Aquatic Biology

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Ship noise extends to frequencies used for echolocation by endangered killer whales

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– Noise pollution is a really important issue that garners less attention than it should.
Evaluation of the global impacts of mitigation on persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic pollutants in marine fish

Editor rating: 7 / 10

J. Thomas Sanderson –– A large data set of pollutant levels in marine fish across the globe provides important information for ecotoxicologists, environmental chemists and regulators alike. This will be very useful for future reference.
First insights into the diversity of gill monogeneans of ‘Gnathochromis’ and Limnochromis (Teleostei, Cichlidae) in Burundi: do the parasites mirror host ecology and phylogenetic history?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– This paper use the study of parasites as a bioindicator of host ecology or even host phylogeny.
A tide prediction and tide height control system for laboratory mesocosms

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Robert Toonen –– Experimental work recreating intertidal habitats in the laboratory remains a challenge, but this system is a relatively inexpensive way to create realistic tidal fluctuations in the lab.
Combining environmental suitability and population abundances to evaluate the invasive potential of the tunicate Ciona intestinalis along the temperate South American coast

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Rita Castilho –– This paper goes beyond the standard reporting of invasive species distributions to attempt to predict likely future distributions along a long latitudinal gradient. Moreover, modelling of the abundance of an invasive marine species may have implications for conservation.
Testing animal-assisted cleaning prior to transplantation in coral reef restoration

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Costello –– Provides useful method to improve coral transplantation techniques. Also, shows beneficial interactions between 3-D habitat, fish grazing and survival of coral polyps.
Isthminia panamensis, a new fossil inioid (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Chagres Formation of Panama and the evolution of ‘river dolphins’ in the Americas

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mark Young –– This manuscript helps eludicate the origin of a freshwater radiation of tooth cetaceans (odontocetes), one clade of 'river dolphins'.
Let’s be pals again: major systematic changes in Palaemonidae (Crustacea: Decapoda)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– This is a major revision of an important taxonomic group.
A population genetic assessment of coral recovery on highly disturbed reefs of the Keppel Island archipelago in the southern Great Barrier Reef

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mónica Medina –– It has relevance for conservation biology.
Not all jellyfish are equal: isotopic evidence for inter- and intraspecific variation in jellyfish trophic ecology

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jack Stanford –– The paper adds significantly to our understanding of jelly fish ecology. Should be of wide interest to marine biologists and all ecologists using isotopes to understand trophic relations.

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Ship noise extends to frequencies used for echolocation by endangered killer whales TC4032 Hydrophone

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River dolphins evolved independently on different continents & even within S. America. See also @PyensonLab review:

Science: Standard ship noise may interfere with orca communication

Kitsap Sun - Puget Sound Blogs: Research on ocean noise could help save whales

Time Magazine: Ship Noises Could Hurt Endangered Killer Whales, Study Finds

Washington Post: Ship noises could hurt endangered killer whales, study finds

The Telegraph: Ship noise stops Orca whales from talking to each other The Noise From Ships Interferes With Orca Communication

Nature: pick of today's science stories (2/3/2016)

The Christian Science Monitor: "Is ship noise killing endangered orca whales?"

Vancouver Sun: Ships emitting sounds at high frequencies critical to orcas

San Diego Union-Tribune: "Fish toxins at lowest levels in decades"