Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snapping shrimp may ring 'dinner bell' for gray whales off the Oregon coast

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Editor's note: The following story is adapted from a news article released by the American Geophysical Union on February 13, 2018.

PORTLAND — Scientists have for the first time captured the sounds of snapping shrimp off the Oregon coast and think the loud crackling from the snapping of their claws may serve as a dinner bell for eastern Pacific gray whales, according to new research by NOAA and Oregon State University presented here today. 

Summer of sailing drones

Unmanned ocean vehicles are collecting data from the Arctic to the tropics

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Over the next four months, NOAA scientists will launch unmanned ocean vehicles, called Saildrones, from the Arctic to the tropical Pacific Ocean to help better understand how changes in the ocean are affecting weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals. The wind and solar-powered research vehicles that resemble a sailboat will travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching some areas never before surveyed with such specialized technology.