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S.C. Dolphin Drama: Humans Try to Help Distressed Animal | The Post and Courier | Charleston SC

The dolphin was coming straight up out of the water, making pitiful moans and then going back down, slowly swimming around the Bushy Park Boat Landing. Cathy Murphy spotted it Friday. It looked like something might be wrapped around its tail, dragging it down. “ We’ve watched dolphins for years, and we knew something was wrong,” she […]

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Big pipe triggers big science on O.C. coast – News – The Orange County Register

The repair of a massive pipe that carries wastewater to the ocean is inspiring one of the most elaborate scientific investigations in years along the Orange County coast. Missile-shaped robotic gliders, sensors tethered offshore and boats crisscrossing the ocean with instruments in tow – all are part of an attempt to learn which life forms […]

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California HAB Project Well-Timed to Study Impacts of Sewage Ocean Outfall Diversion

Beginning in mid-September, the California Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) will temporarily divert wastewater effluent from the main discharge pipe located 5 miles offshore (60m depth) of Los Angeles to a shorter pipe 1 mile offshore (17m depth) in order to evaluate the main pipe for maintenance. The diversion will last between 3–8 weeks. An […]

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Study reveals link between dolphin skin disease and climatic factors

Skin lesions on coastal dolphins are associated with water that’s colder and has lower salinity, say researchers at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. They analyzed photographs collected during routine monitoring studies of dolphins in estuaries and coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and found that in all three sites, the prevalence of skin lesions […]

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Tropical Fungus Range Expands into Northern Waters

In August 2008, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was found dead on the North Carolina coast, its skin cracked and ulcerated with an alarming growth of gray and white nodules. This dolphin was confirmed as having lobomycosis, the first confirmed case in North Carolina waters of this chronic fungal skin infection. Reports of this type of […]

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Sponge Compound Lowers Microbes’ Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and colleagues have identified a unique anti-biofilm chemical, derived from a sponge, that seems to be able to reverse antibiotic resistance in many strains of harmful bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). When researchers mixed the agent with antibiotics and applied them to microbial infections […]

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Interview with Peter Moeller, NOAA Hollings Marine Laboratory

Caption: In marine environments, Dr. Peter Moeller has found new bacteria that yield highly selective antibiotics as well as a chemical in a sponge that makes bacteria more vulnerable to existing antibiotics. He participated in a news briefing and symposium on Friday, Feb. 13, at the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting. For more information on Dr. […]

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Northward Creep of Tropical Disease Another Consequence of Climate Change?

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, working with NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response researchers, identified multiple cases of lobomycosis in stranded and live, free-swimming bottlenose dolphins from coastal North Carolina. Lobomycosis is a chronic fungal infection of the skin and, until now, only been reported in people and dolphins […]

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