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Great white shark captured off US coast with gash on head was bitten by even bigger shark, experts say

A new photo showing a disfigured great white shark that was recently captured off the U.S. coast has experts guessing that the nearly 13-foot, 1,200-pound apex predator was attacked by an even bigger shark.

The shark, named Vimy, was caught and tagged in the North Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 4, said OCEARCH, an international great white shark research organization. Scientists tagged a total of 11 sharks for satellite tracking while on an expedition to Nova Scotia to study their habits, the group said in a news release.

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The group on Monday posted a photo on Facebook showing the shark with a “fresh” bloody gash on its head and a scar below its jaw, writing: “White sharks live in a tough world. Need proof? Check out white shark Vimy’s head.”

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Vimy appeared to have a “very fresh” wound on top of his head and a second “well-healed” scar below his jaw, researchers said. (OCEARCH / Rob Snow)

OCEARCH Founding Chairman Chris Fischer told McClatchy news group that based on the bite marks and jaw size, the attacker could be at least two feet longer than Vimy.

“It was a very large animal that grabbed it, something significantly bigger than 12 feet,” he said. “Anything that can grab an animal like that by the head is pretty impressive.”

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The shark most likely got into a fight with a rival male over a mate, or he tried mating with a bigger female who bit him, Fischer said.

The bite could be a clue that helps researchers find exactly where great white sharks are mating in the North Atlantic, Fischer told McClatchy.

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Vimy was caught an tagged in the North Atlantic Ocean, OCEARCH said. (OCEARCH)

“Maybe Vimy was just the small guy on the block,” he said. “We do know that shark mating is very violent. Sharks biting each other in the head is not a new thing. This is an everyday part of their life.”

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However, there have been some cases where sharks will eat smaller sharks of the same species, according to Newsweek.

“Sharks eat other sharks more often than most people might think,” Michael Heithaus, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, told the outlet earlier this year. “For some species of large sharks, like bull sharks, great hammerheads, and tiger sharks, smaller sharks are a favorite prey item.”

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Antarctica ice shelves’ edges being attacked by warm ocean water, new study reveals

Upside-down “rivers” of warm ocean water are attacking the edges of Antarctic ice shelves from below, creating conditions ripe for break-ups and sea-level rise, according to scientists.

A study published Thursday in Science Advances examines this process, which could affect the continent’s future.

“Warm water circulation is attacking the undersides of these ice shelves at their most vulnerable points,” said Karen Alley, a visiting assistant professor of Earth Sciences at The College of Wooster in Ohio, in a statement. “These effects matter,” she said. “But exactly how much, we don’t yet know. We need to.”

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Satellite images show polynyas (open-water regions) forming at the ends of basal channels beneath shear margins of the East Getz Ice Shelf. (Karen Alley/The College of Wooster and NASA MODIS/MODIS Antarctic Ice Shelf Image Archive at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, CU Boulder.)

Ice shelves float out on the ocean at the edges of land-based ice sheets, according to scientists, and about 75 percent of the Antarctic continent is surrounded by these extensions of the sheet.

The shelves can be hemmed in by bumps and walls in the ocean floor. When restrained, the ice shelves slow down the flow of ice from the interior of the continent toward the ocean.

However, if an ice shelf retreats or breaks apart, ice on land flows much more quickly into the ocean, increasing rates of sea-level rise.

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Arctic sea ice minimum tied for second-lowest on record

The amount of Arctic sea ice has reached its annual minimum — a mere 1.6 million square miles.

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), this year’s extent is the second-lowest on record, tied with minimums reached in 2007 and 2016.

Since satellite records have been kept beginning in the late 1970s, NSIDC reports that the 13 smallest sea ice minimums have all occurred in the last 13 years. The lowest amount on record came in 2012, sea ice dropped to 1.37 million square miles.

The sea ice minimum area has declined 12.8 percent per decade over the past 40 years, which scientists believe is partially a result of climate change.

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Ilulissat Icefjord at Disko Bay off the west coast of Greenland. (Martin Zwick/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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A study published last month claimed that sea ice in the Arctic could completely disappear each summer through September if average global temperatures increase by as little as two degrees Celsius.

“Ice recedes from June to September and then in September, it begins to grow again in a seasonal cycle. And we’re saying we could have no ice in September,” Chang said in a statement.

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Scientists have said carbon pollution is warming the Arctic at a faster rate than the rest of the world, thereby contributing to melting sea ice.

Skeptics have largely dismissed fears of man’s impact on global temperatures and claimed climate change has been going on since the beginning of time. They also claim the dangers of a warming planet are being wildly exaggerated and question the impact that fossil fuels have had on climate change.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this report.

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Scientists monitoring marine heat wave off West Coast which could disrupt ecosystem

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Government scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the West Coast which could badly disrupt marine life.

Five years ago, an expansion of warm ocean water nicknamed “the Blob” by scientists disrupted the marine ecosystem off the West Coast. Now, a similar expanse of abnormally warm water positioned in the same area has threatened to do the same.

The 2014 heat wave saw temperatures spike seven degrees Fahrenheit above average. It led to poor returns on young salmon, more humpback whales becoming entangled in fishing gear as they swam closer to shore, the stranding of young sea lions on the California coast, and an algal bloom that shut down crabbing and clamming in the Pacific Ocean.

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This 2019 heat wave has already seen temperatures rise five degrees above normal.

“It’s on a trajectory to be as strong as the prior event,” said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research scientist Andrew Leising, who has developed a system for tracking and measuring heat waves.

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The warm expanse stretching from Alaska to California is the second most expansive marine heat wave in the last 40 years. Cold water welling up from the depths of the ocean has helped to hold off the warm expanse. But, due to forecasted coastal winds, the upwelling is likely to subdue in the autumn, allowing the heat wave to settle in. It could even move onshore and affect coastal areas, which appears to have already happened along the coast of Washington, according to NOAA.

NOAA fisheries are monitoring on the heat wave, named the “Northeast Pacific Marine Heat wave of 2019,” with the goal of informing managers how the unusually warm conditions could affect their stocks.

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A marine heat wave is not necessarily a direct result of climate change. The causes could include a persistent low-pressure weather pattern that weakens the winds that otherwise mix and cool surface waters, according to NOAA research scientist Nathan Mantua. It’s unclear what’s causing the low-pressure pattern; it could be the earth’s disorderly motion or it could be related to ocean warming or other effects of human-made climate change, Mantua said.

It’s unclear whether this new heat wave will stick around long enough to cause major damage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Past sea-level rise? Scientists find evidence several million years old

A group of scientists studying evidence preserved in cave formations have found that sea level was as much as 52 feet higher than the present day more than 3 million years ago.

Their findings, based on an analysis of deposits from Arta Cave on the island of Mallorca, depict a time when Earth was two to three degrees Celsius warmer than in the pre-industrial era, and have implications for the study of current-day sea-level level rise.

Sea level rises as a result of melting ice sheets, but scientists have long worked to answer how fast and how much it could rise during a warming period.

“Constraining models for sea-level rise due to increased warming critically depends on actual measurements of past sea level,” said senior research scientist Victor Polyak in a statement. “This study provides very robust measurements of sea-level heights during the Pliocene.”

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A closeup of the bulbous stalactitic feature of a phreatic overgrowth on speleothems (POS). (University of New Mexico)

The project zeroed in on cave deposits that form in coastal caves at the “interface” between brackish water and cave air when the ancient spaces were flooded by rising seas.

“We can use knowledge gained from past warm periods to tune ice sheet models that are then used to predict future ice sheet response to current global warming,” USF Department of Geosciences Professor Bogdan Onac explained.

The researchers were particularly interested in a time during Pliocene known as the mid-Piacenzian Warm Period, which was some 3 million years ago.

“The interval also marks the last time the Earth’s atmospheric CO2 was as high as today, providing important clues about what the future holds in the face of current anthropogenic warming,” Onac said.

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In this Aug. 15 photo, a large Iceberg floats away as the sun sets near Kulusuk, Greenland.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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The research team included scientists from the University of New Mexico, the University of South Florida, Columbia University and Universitat de les Illes Balears.

The findings were published in the journal Nature.

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Russia maps 5 new Arctic islands discovered by eagle-eyed student

Russia has mapped five new Arctic islands that were first spotted by a student using satellite imagery.

The islands, which are on the coast of the remote Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, are the result of melting glaciers.

Marina Migunova made the discoveries in 2016 while a student at the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping in St. Petersburg The Moscow Times reports that Migunova was on a research vessel from Russia’s Northern Fleet when she made the discoveries. She is now an engineer on the same hydrographic vessel, the report added.

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In a statement, Russia’s Ministry of Defense explained that naval and civilian scientists recently took part in an expedition to the five newly discovered islands, where “[t]opographic surveys were conducted.”

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The islands are on the coast of the remote Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. (Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation)

The islands range in size from 900 square meters (9,688 square feet) to 54,500 square meters (585,557 square feet), according to Russian defense officials.

A number of countries, including Russia, are focusing their attention on the Arctic as melting ice opens up new sea routes for trade and other opportunities.

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In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin put forward an ambitious program to reaffirm his country’s presence in the Arctic, including efforts to build ports and other infrastructure and expand its icebreaker fleet. Russia wants to stake its claim in the region that is believed to hold up to one-fourth of the Earth’s undiscovered oil and gas.

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Environmentalists remain concerned about melting sea ice in the region. In Iceland, for example, officials and environmentalists recently unveiled a memorial plaque for a glacier recognized as the country’s first to disappear as a result of climate change.

In 2016 scientists at the Russian Arctic National Park unearthed the remains of a secret Nazi base on the remote island of Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Land archipelago.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Sharks attack 2 surfers minutes apart at Florida beach: reports

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Two surfers were bitten by sharks minutes apart at the same Florida beach on Saturday, according to reports.

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A 23-year-old woman had to receive stitches after she was bitten on her left hand and wrist at New Smyrna Beach, on Florida’s Atlantic coast, according to authorities.

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Then, as the woman was leaving the scene in the ambulance, a 21-year-old male surfer reported being bitten on one of his feet, suffering several minor cuts, ClickOrlando.com reported, citing information from Volusia County Beach Safety.

The man was treated at the scene. Neither bite was life-threatening.

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Lifeguards reportedly rescued 30 people from the surf on Saturday without any major issues.

New Smyrna Beach has been dubbed by some as the “shark attack capital of the world.” Last Monday and 18-year-old surfer became the sixth person attacked by a shark there this year.

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Florida beachgoers, wildlife officials rescue 5 stranded pilot whales

Florida wildlife officials — with the help of marine biologists, the Coast Guard, and beachgoers — this week rescued five beached pilot whales on Redington Beach.

The whales were first spotted around 6:30 a.m. Monday by a beachgoer who said the sea creatures we “splashing in the shallows” and ejecting water from their blowholes, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium veterinarians, along with officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Coast Guard members, a number of volunteers and marine biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, worked to rescue the whales.

After protecting the whales from the sun with shades, rescuers used canvas slings to hoist the animals out of the water and relocate them. According to the Tampa Bay Times, three of the whales were taken by boats back out to sea, while the remaining two were taken to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for “medical treatment and testing.” They will be returned to sea if they are determined to be healthy.

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“It was really hard work but it was so great to see people who didn’t even know each other come together and work together to help,” Thomas Nuhfer, a 27-year-old student from Clearwater who was on the scene, told the newspaper.

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Pilot whales seen swimming in the ocean. (iStock)

“Something is obviously wrong here. It could be that one whale is sick and beached and the others followed, or they could all be sick,”  Clearwater Marine Aquarium spokesperson Carlee Wendell told the Tampa Bay Times of why the whales may have swum so far inland.

The news comes after at least 50 dead pilot whales were found on a remote beach in Iceland. 

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Clean energy? Researchers develop technology to harness power from freshwater and seawater

Researchers have developed a cheap technology that could become a major source of renewable energy in the future.

Stanford University scientists have tested a prototype of a battery that could tap into the mix of salty seawater and freshwater — known as “blue energy” — at wastewater treatments plants. Globally, according to the scholars, the recoverable energy from coastal wastewater treatment plants is about 18 gigawatts, which would be enough to power 1,700 homes for a full year.

“Blue energy is an immense and untapped source of renewable energy,” said study coauthor Kristian Dubrawski, a postdoctoral scholar in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, in a statement. “Our battery is a major step toward practically capturing that energy without membranes, moving parts or energy input.”

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The Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant on Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles is an example of a coastal wastewater treatment operation that could recover energy from the mixing of seawater and treated effluent. (Doc Searls / Flickr)

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As the researchers explain in their paper, they monitored the battery prototype’s energy production while flushing it with wastewater effluent from the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant and seawater collected nearby from Half Moon Bay. The battery materials maintained 97 percent effectiveness in capturing the salinity gradient energy, according to Stanford University.

Wastewater treatment plants are known to be energy-intensive and vulnerable to power grid shutdowns which have happened in California amid its wildfire crisis; however, as the researchers note, making them energy independent would cut down on emissions and free them from potential blackouts.

According to the researchers, the process of capturing “blue energy” releases sodium and chloride ions from the battery’s electrodes into the solution, making a current flow from one electrode to another; after that, a quick exchange of wastewater effluent with seawater leads the electrode to reincorporate sodium and chloride ions and reverse the current flow.

Energy gets recovered during the freshwater and seawater flushes, with no upfront investment or charging required. However, the researchers cautioned that the concept needs to be tested more.

“It is a scientifically elegant solution to a complex problem,” Dubrawski said. “It needs to be tested at scale, and it doesn’t address the challenge of tapping blue energy at the global scale – rivers running into the ocean – but it is a good starting point that could spur these advances.”

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Stunning photo uncovers ‘hidden light’ of life deep in the ocean

Photographer Louise Murray witnessed a stunning series of neon and flourescent colors during a trip into the darkest depths of the ocean.

This type of shimmering, candy-colored light is typically difficult to see with the naked eye, but the photographer was able to change that.

Murray, who has been photographing marine life for more than 25 years, writes in Smithsonian that the addition of the concentrated blue light from the flashlights and flashguns attached to her camera rig helped to “stimulate the strongest response from the fluorescing proteins.”

According to the photographer, scientists are still learning more about marine fluorescence and discovering that the proteins could be vital to the health of the reef ecosystem and how it responds to stress.

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Researchers don’t know as much about the role of fluorescence in fish.

In addition, not all corals produce the same amount of fluorescent protein.

“There is a great deal of variation in pigment production between individuals of the same species,” Jörg Wiedenmann, head of the Coral Reef Laboratory at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, explained to Murray in Smithsonian. “One might fluoresce strongly while the other produces little or no color.”

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