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Today on Ocean Talk Friday (OTF) we talk about four main stories regarding Ocean Conservation topics.

Story #1

Marine biologists Dr Roger Grace and Dan Breen gave presentations warning that unless urgent action is taken sea life in the Hauraki Gulf will continue to decline. Grace says the problem is that fish stocks, such as decent-sized snapper and crayfish, have fallen so badly it has resulted in degradation of land under the sea and waning marine life. You can read the article here.

Story #2

On Naming Boats, or why we love Boaty McBoatface. Originally written and posted by Andrew David Thaler with Southern Fried Science.

Giving a research vessel a silly name is a deep and abiding tradition within the marine research community. And, frankly, even if a vessel has a Very Serious Name (TM), the crew is still going to call it something else.

I think Boaty McBoatface is a perfectly good name for a ship, and I agree with Craig McClain that it is a great science outreach opportunity. Did you know the U launched Sikuliag last year? Or that the British christened the Discovery in 2013? No? Well I bet you know about Boaty McBoatface.

But beyond the outreach potential, there are some real, practical reasons why silly or whimsical names are a superior choice. I hate naming boats after people. Exploration-driven research should be about looking forward and inspiring the next generation, not wallowing in the past. We build monuments for the dead, we build ships to live. Endeavor, Endurance, Voyager, Curiosity, Challenger, these are names that inspire. Imagine if New Horizons had been named for a recently deceased president and we were exploring the other solar system with the Ronald ReaganYou can read the rest of the article here.

Story #3

The intertidal mollusk Acanthopleura granulata, also known as the West Indian fuzzy chiton, may have all of the Avengers and other fictional body-armor clad superheroes beat with its bizarre eyeball-adorned armored shell, described in new research published today in the journal Science.

Story #4

“What’s happening to the grown-up whale sharks? There are many possible stories. One, whale sharks are hunted especially for their meat. It’s also possible that the ban on overfishing may mean the babies are still taking time to grow, which is naturally slow.

However, the researchers are crossing their fingers that the adult whale sharks simply prefer the deeper parts of the ocean unlike the young ones. Otherwise, they may truly be doomed.” You can read the full article from the Tech Times here.

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