Marine Sanctuaries: to protect and expand

The National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed the expansion of the Gulf of Farollones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, in San Francisco.

NOAA's proposal aims to protect the northern California coast from offshore drilling. The plan, which has been encouraged by Surfrider Foundation, extends the sanctuaries nearly 2,800 square miles, more than doubling their size.

The goal is to defend the region's outstanding marine habitats, wildlife, fisheries, and recreational areas from the threat of oil and gas drilling. The designation would not affect fishing, boating, or other existing uses.

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Corals: don't buy them, protect them | Still: Daniel Stoupin

Daniel Stoupin, a marine biologist, has captured breathtaking time-lapse footage of corals and sponges, as they look for food.

The corals and sponges were filmed under high magnification. They move very slowly, so the PhD student from the University of Queensland used the time-lapse photo technique.

The details, the colors, the patterns, the forms are part of 150,000 shots the researcher had to collect during nine months, in order to produce these incredible animated photos.

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Nurse Shark: nice sense of smell

Scientists have demonstrated that sharks are capable of attending to multiple sensory cues simultaneously.

Sharks use all of their senses when hunting for prey, according to a study led by researchers of the Mote Marine Laboratory, University of South Florida and Boston University.

Switching sensory modalities in a hierarchical fashion as they approach their prey, and substituting alternate sensory cues, when necessary, to accomplish behavioral tasks.

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