People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here’s how to stay safe

People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here's how to stay safe

Cooling off in the pool or spending the day at a water park are classic summer activities, but government health officials warn that there are parasites lurking in communal water that even chlorine can’t kill.

In a well-chlorinated pool, the Giardia parasite can survive for up to 45 minutes, and the hepatitis A virus can survive for about 16 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A … [more…]

Bringing the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Bringing the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

The National Aquarium, located in the heart of the nation’s largest estuary, is bringing back estuarine landscapes to Baltimore City.

This blog was written by Charmaine Dahlenburg, Manager of the National Aquarium’s Chesapeake Bay Program. Photo © PAUL BURK

Estuaries are necessary for the health of people and the planet. They capture and filter stormwater runoff, reduce effects of flooding, prevent shoreline erosion and provide habitat for fish, birds, mammals … [more…]

Sunscreen chemicals in water may harm fish embryos

photo: sunset over the ocean. Sunscreen chemicals in water may harm fish embryos

Photo: CC0 Public Domain

A painful sunburn can ruin a vacation, and too much sun can also lead to more serious problems like premature skin aging and melanoma. Therefore, manufacturers have added ultraviolet (UV) filters to many personal care products, including sunscreens, moisturizers and makeup.

Scientists have detected these substances in the environment, but most studies have concluded that individual sunscreen chemicals are not present at high-enough levels to harm … [more…]

‘Shark in the cage!’ Shaq pulled from water after predator wiggles through bars

photo: great white shark appears for shark week. 'Shark in the cage!' Shaq pulled from water after predator wiggles through bars of enclosure

Photo: caught on camera: ‘Largest’ great white ever filmed in the wild

Shaquille "Shaq" O’Neal was temporarily trapped inside a 12-foot-tall enclosure with a shark after the curious creature wiggled its way through the metal bars during the filming of a television show.

Divers rushed to Shaq, star of Discovery Channel’s "Shaq Does Shark Week" segment Sunday, and he was pulled from the water seconds later. "I survived a shark … [more…]

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich on water releases from Lake Okeechobee

Screenshot of Facebook post. Environmental activist Erin Brockovich weighs in on water releases from Lake Okeechobee

A nationally-known environmental activist and consumer advocate is speaking out against the releases of water from Lake Okeechobee. Erin Brockovich, who gained notoriety for her role in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993, took to Facebook Wednesday.

She posted a photo of algae in Port St. Lucie and wrote: "This is a photograph of Death."

She also made an entry about the … [more…]