Archive for February, 2011

Belize yet again included in a top 10 holiday list

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Where else but Belize would you want to take the family for spring break? There are far more places to see than just one resort too..

http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/10great/story/2011/02/10-great-places-to-take-the-family-for-spring-break/43762524/1

Deaths of baby dolphins worry scientists

Friday, February 25th, 2011

“Baby bottlenose dolphins are washing up dead in record numbers on the shores of Alabama and Mississippi, alarming scientists and a federal agency charged with monitoring the health of the Gulf of Mexico.

Moby Solangi, the executive director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport, Mississippi, said Thursday he’s never seen such high death numbers.

“I’ve worked with marine mammals for 30 years, and this is the first time we’ve seen such a high number of calves,” he said. “It’s alarming.”

At least 24 baby dolphins have washed up on the shores of the two states since the beginning of the year — more than ten times the normal rate. Also, six older dolphins…”

Read the rest of this CNN article

Coral reefs are evolution hotspot

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Coral Reef Evolution

“Coral reefs give rise to many more new species than other tropical marine habitats, according to a new study.

Scientists used fossil records stretching back 540 million years to work out the evolution rate at reefs.

They report in the journal Science that new species originate 50% faster in coral reefs than in other habitats.

The team says its findings show that the loss of these evolution hotspots could mean “losing an opportunity to create new species” in the future.

Coral reefs harbour a huge number of marine species – they are often likened to rainforests in terms of their biodiversity.

If we lose reefs we lose an opportunity to create new species by evolutionary processes
Wolfgang Kiessling
Humboldt University, Berlin

But they also provide a “pump of new marine species”, according to Wolfgang Kiessling the scientist from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, who led this study.

He and his colleagues examined the fossil record to find the..”

Read the rest of this BBC article