Due to its vast extent, the ocean is able to capture at least 25% of the carbon dioxide that humans emit into the atmosphere.
If a warming ocean can do its part to save the planet in its current state, a healthy ocean could have an even bigger impact, experts say.
Secrets of the ocean
The ocean is full of hope. Just ask the Queen of the Deep herself, Sylvia Earle.
The 87-year-old oceanographer has spent much of his life exploring the ocean and still holds the world record for the deepest untethered walk on the sea floor.
“Every time I get in the water, I see things I’ve never seen before,” he said.
Gray nurse sharks may look menacing with their ragged, needle-like teeth, but a 16-year-old marine conservationist from Port Macquarie, Australia, would beg to differ.
“They are so tame and so curious,” said Shalise Leesfield, who works to protect critically endangered species. “They are like the Labradors of the sea.”
He wants to establish a sanctuary area where sharks that are largely harmless to humans can continue to reproduce and survive.
The sun is coming, and I’m glad to see you.
“Compostable plastic” is not as planet-friendly as it sounds.
Instead, keep reusable containers on hand, such as mugs or bottles for on-the-go drinks. And if you see two versions of the same product with different packaging, choose cardboard instead of plastic.
The curious story of an ancient creature was just beginning in 1818 when fossil collector Mary Anning discovered an unusual specimen in southwest England.
He discovered the first complete skeleton of a prehistoric marine reptile called an ichthyosaur, and his discovery helped spawn a young field called paleontology. But the fossil was destroyed in a World War II bombing.
A chance discovery by two researchers revealed two unknown plaster casts of the skeleton stored in museum vaults, one in the United States and the other in Germany.
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