Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ocean Census

News flash: New species of jellyfish found near the Canadian Arctic Basin! Giant mollusk found in the Gulf of Mexico! Octopuses (apparently not Octopi) take advantage of the thermohaline expressway to migrate new places!

How has our little blog gotten wind of such hot new aquatic tips? It's the latest report from the 2,000-strong Census of Marine Life scientists. Yes, marine scientists from 82 nations have come together to pool their astonishing oceanic finds. These discoveries are part of the larger multinational International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 scientific expedition. Believe it or not, this is actually the fourth polar year (previous ones were in 1882-3, 1932-3, and 1957-8). IPY is organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Scientists have started to report their findings at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Spain this past week (Nov 11- 15). The Census Project is due to be complete in 2010.
Stay tuned to future Blog Aquatic posts- your primary news source for all things IPY-related.

(Census find: A squid in the Arctic depths)