Marine Science in the News: Bioplastics Part 1

We recently shared a video on our Facebook page highlighting Full Cycle, a Bay Area-based bioplastics company that converts organic wastes into a biodegradable plastic! Refresh your memory with the video below: This video piqued the interest of some of our followers, asking "How long does it take for a bioplastic bottle or bag to deteriorate?" We did some digging into the topic and began our journey down the rabbit hole. The simple answer is that we don't know how long it takes the Full Cycle bioplastics to biodegrade. We scoured their website and press releases to find an answer. We also contacted the company and asked the question above, but we have not received an answer yet. Due to misle

Marine Science in the News: Bioplastics Part 1

We recently shared a video on our Facebook page highlighting Full Cycle, a Bay Area-based bioplastics company that converts organic wastes into a biodegradable plastic! Refresh your memory with the video below: This video piqued the interest of some of our followers, asking "How long does it take for a bioplastic bottle or bag to deteriorate?" We did some digging into the topic and began our journey down the rabbit hole. The simple answer is that we don't know how long it takes the Full Cycle bioplastics to biodegrade. We scoured their website and press releases to find an answer. We also contacted the company and asked the question above, but we have not received an answer yet. Due to misle

Marine Science in the News: Bacteria in California Sea Lions

A contagious bacteria is affecting California Sea Lions in Monterey County. As of the end of October the Marine Mammal Center confirmed that 24 sea lions tested positive for leptospirosis, a contagious bacterial infection that can result in kidney damage and renal failure. While the cause of the outbreak is unknown, there have been cyclical outbreaks of 4-5 years since the 1970s. The Marine Mammal Center and UCLA scientists are working to study the pathogen and what is causing it. If you see a sick sea lion on the beach do not approach it. Dogs and humans are at risk because the bacteria is spread through urine. What to look for: Infected mammals include drinking water and folding their flip

Marine Science in the News: Bacteria in California Sea Lions

A contagious bacteria is affecting California Sea Lions in Monterey County. As of the end of October the Marine Mammal Center confirmed that 24 sea lions tested positive for leptospirosis, a contagious bacterial infection that can result in kidney damage and renal failure. While the cause of the outbreak is unknown, there have been cyclical outbreaks of 4-5 years since the 1970s. The Marine Mammal Center and UCLA scientists are working to study the pathogen and what is causing it. If you see a sick sea lion on the beach do not approach it. Dogs and humans are at risk because the bacteria is spread through urine. What to look for: Infected mammals include drinking water and folding their flip

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