Coastwatch Currents

Pollinated? Coastal Waters Run Yellow

Sara Mirabilio goes in search of the source of yellow ocean water. Perhaps it is Trichodesmium erythraeum, a marine cyanobacterium found worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters. The blue-green algae blooms seasonally off the North Carolina coast. Charter boat captains regularly share accounts of “marine pollen” or “sulphur” when describing an occurrence of yellow coastal waters, which likely are spottings of Trichodesmium blooms.

Junior Curators and Whale Falls

Carter Smith introduced young scientists at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences to whale fall communities — and to her own path to becoming a scientist.

Coastal Collaborations in Spring 2015 Coastwatch

E-Ching Lee gives a preview of the Spring 2015 issue of Coastwatch. The magazine is scheduled for distribution in mid April.

Sounds of the Sound

Shannon Brown studies the collection of biological, physical and human-produced sounds in the estuarine environment. She shares some recordings she gathered from Rachel Carson Reserve. Brown, a graduate student at North Carolina State University, was a joint North Carolina Sea Grant/N.C. Coastal Reserve fellow in 2014.

A One-Stop Shop for Coastal Topics

Susan White, North Carolina Sea Grant executive director, explains why she’s looking forward to North Carolina’s Coastal Conference, #NCCoastConf, on April 14. And she invites you to join her there.