Marine Life http://wunc.org en Federal Cuts Could Close 115 Year Old Beaufort Marine Lab http://wunc.org/post/federal-cuts-could-close-115-year-old-beaufort-marine-lab <p></p><p>If Congress passes the president's proposed 2015 budget, North Carolina's coast could lose a century-old marine lab.</p><p></p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's lab in Beaufort is on the chopping block.</p><p></p><p>Ciaran Clayton is a spokeswoman for NOAA.</p><p></p><p>“The current cost per year to operate and maintain the facility (is) about $1.6 million per year,” Clayton said. “It's an aging facility and would require additional funding to make those improvements, something that is just not currently in our current budget or in our future budgets.”</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:05:20 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33032 at http://wunc.org Federal Cuts Could Close 115 Year Old Beaufort Marine Lab Duke Study Finds Blue Whales Are Affected By Military Sonar http://wunc.org/post/duke-study-finds-blue-whales-are-affected-military-sonar <p><a href="http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1765/20130657">New research from Duke University looks at how whales are impacted by military sonar used in underwater training exercises</a>.&nbsp; The study was conducted off the coast of California and found that whales might avoid important feeding sites when exposed to mid-frequency sonar routinely produced at a nearby military training site. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 18321 at http://wunc.org Duke Study Finds Blue Whales Are Affected By Military Sonar Scientists And Musicians Collaborate To Explore The Underwater World Of Biomusic http://wunc.org/post/scientists-and-musicians-collaborate-explore-underwater-world-biomusic <p></p><p>Music production is often considered a very “human” creation. But scientists have recently discovered the songs of mice, elephants, and other animals that human ears are unable to capture.&nbsp; Scientists and musicians in Greensboro have been exploring the world of biomusic, music produced by nature, beneath the ocean surface. Thu, 09 May 2013 15:37:33 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 15061 at http://wunc.org Scientists And Musicians Collaborate To Explore The Underwater World Of Biomusic Less Ice = More Krill = More Whales http://wunc.org/post/less-ice-more-krill-more-whales <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">Duke scientists are finding record numbers of humpback whales feeding on krill on the Western Antarctic Peninsula. A new report shows scientists observed more than 300 whales in a bay in May 2009. Scientists say a sheet of ice should have prevented whales from feeding on krill by that time of year. But Duke’s Ari Friedlaender says climate change is shortening the winter season and ice is forming slowly. So the krill are exposed for feeding.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);"> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 09:40:00 +0000 WUNC News 8882 at http://wunc.org Less Ice = More Krill = More Whales