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Study Finds Shark Hotspots Overlap With Commercial Fishing Locations; 'We Had No Idea [Overlap] Would Be This High'
Miami, Florida - Jan 25, 2016 19:28 EST

A new study from an international team of scientists found commercial fishing vessels target shark hotspots, areas where sharks tend to congregate, in the North Atlantic. The researchers suggest that sharks are at risk of being overfished in these oceanic...
 
Study: Humpbacks Unfazed By 'Complex' Fishing Net Alarms Sounds; 'We Haven't Yet Cracked The Whale Code'
Sydney, Australia - Jan 21, 2016 20:04 EST

An international team lead by Macquarie researchers has found that humpback whales are not only unfazed by complex alarm sounds designed to alert them to hazards like fishing gear, they have no response to these warning sounds at all. The research...
 
Hold The Pee: New Experiments Determine Effective Treatments For Box Jelly Stings
Manoa, Hawaii - Jan 20, 2016 20:03 EST

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa developed an array of highly innovative experiments to allow scientists to safely test first-aid measures used for box jellyfish stings—from folk tales, like urine, to state-of-the-art technologies developed for the military. The...
 
Scientists Discover Nursery Ground For Sand Tiger Sharks In Long Island's Great South Bay
New York, New York - Jan 5, 2016 18:27 EST

Scientists and veterinarians working for WCS's New York Aquarium have discovered something noteworthy in the near shore waters of Long Island's Great South Bay: a nursery ground for the sand tiger shark, a fearsome-looking but non-aggressive fish. The discovery was made...
 
The Carolina Hammerhead, A New Species Of Shark, Debuts; 'Outwardly Indistinguishable' From The Scalloped Hammerhead
Columbia, South Carolina - Jan 4, 2016 19:13 EST

Discovering a new species is, among biologists, akin to hitting a grand slam, and University of South Carolina ichthyologist Joe Quattro led a team that recently cleared the bases. In the journal Zootaxa, they describe a rare shark, the Carolina...
 
Americas Newswire...
Study Finds Shark Hotspots Overlap With Commercial Fishing Locations; 'We Had No Idea [Overlap] Would Be This High'
Miami, Florida - Jan 25, 2016 19:28 EST

A new study from an international team of scientists found commercial fishing vessels target shark hotspots, areas where sharks tend to congregate, in the North Atlantic. The researchers suggest that sharks are at risk of being overfished in these oceanic...
 
Hold The Pee: New Experiments Determine Effective Treatments For Box Jelly Stings
Manoa, Hawaii - Jan 20, 2016 20:03 EST

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa developed an array of highly innovative experiments to allow scientists to safely test first-aid measures used for box jellyfish stings—from folk tales, like urine, to state-of-the-art technologies developed for the military. The...
 
Scientists Discover Nursery Ground For Sand Tiger Sharks In Long Island's Great South Bay
New York, New York - Jan 5, 2016 18:27 EST

Scientists and veterinarians working for WCS's New York Aquarium have discovered something noteworthy in the near shore waters of Long Island's Great South Bay: a nursery ground for the sand tiger shark, a fearsome-looking but non-aggressive fish. The discovery was made...
 
The Carolina Hammerhead, A New Species Of Shark, Debuts; 'Outwardly Indistinguishable' From The Scalloped Hammerhead
Columbia, South Carolina - Jan 4, 2016 19:13 EST

Discovering a new species is, among biologists, akin to hitting a grand slam, and University of South Carolina ichthyologist Joe Quattro led a team that recently cleared the bases. In the journal Zootaxa, they describe a rare shark, the Carolina...
 
Shoestring Budget Doesn't Stop URI Oceanography Student From Making Discoveries Inside Underwater 'shark-Cano'
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Dec 17, 2015 20:07 EST

Oceanographic research expeditions can be extremely expensive undertakings, especially when the operating cost of a research ship for just one day can top $25,000. But a University of Rhode Island graduate student has figured out how to do it on...
 
Europe Newswire...
UN Agency Deploys 'Fish Magnets' Along Somali Coast To Boost Sustainable Fishing
Rome, Italy - Dec 7, 2015 22:05 EST

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), working with the European Union has completed the deployment of 25 Fish-Aggregating Devices (FADs) – or 'fish magnets' – along Somalia's 3,300 km coastline, aiming to boost the nation's small-scale artisanal fisheries and tackle...
 
Minke Whale Baby Boom Off Scotland's West Coast? Highest Number Of Young Recorded Since Surveys Began
Tobermory, Isle of Mull - Nov 3, 2015 20:23 EST

Sightings of juvenile minke whales off Scotland's west coast increased in 2015 to the highest ever recorded within a survey season, during marine research expeditions carried out by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust – indicating either a significant increase in...
 
Research Shows Value Of Cadaver Dogs Locating Underwater Corpses
Queensgate, Huddersfield - Sep 11, 2015 20:13 EST

EVEN when a body is submerged in deep and murky water, a specially-trained dog can sniff its whereabouts from the surface. This incredible level of canine capability is being investigated by University of Huddersfield researcher Lorna Irish. Her...
 
Surprise As Scientists Discover Rainbow Of Glowing Corals In The Depths Of The Red Sea
Southampton, United Kingdom - Jul 6, 2015 23:38 EST

Glowing corals that display a surprising array of colors have been discovered in the deep water reefs of the Red Sea by scientists from the University of Southampton, UK, Tel Aviv University and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI),...
 
Hard To Port: Conservation Group Kicks Off Anti-Whaling Campaign In Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland - Jul 2, 2015 23:12 EST

Activists from the marine conservation group Hard To Port have launched an educational anti-whaling campaign to monitor and expose the country's whaling activities. As the first fin whale of the season was pulled towards the whaling station for further processing, an...
 
Asia Newswire...
Malaysian-Led Research Team Successfully Sequenced The Genome Of A Malaysian Fish: The Asian Arowana
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Dec 26, 2015 18:56 EST

A Malaysian-led research group from Monash University Malaysia has successfully sequenced the genome of a Malaysian fish: the Asian arowana. This is the first Malaysian fish genome to be sequenced and the first achieved by a Malaysian university. The Asian...
 
'Ditching, Ditching, Ditching!': Marines Complete Underwater Egress Training; 'I Wanted It To Be Over'
Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan - Dec 18, 2014 17:22 EST

As the fuselage filled up with water, Staff Sgt. Mikal A. Bowman braced himself and took one last breath just before the water covered his face. "The first thing that was going through my mind was that I wanted it to...
 
Researchers: Whales May Turn Down Their Hearing Sensitivity When Warned Of An Impending Loud Noise
Tokyo,Japan - May 8, 2012 18:10 EST

Toothed whales navigate through sometimes dark and murky waters by emitting clicks and then interpreting the pattern of sound that bounces back. The animals' hearing can pick up faint echoes, but that sensitivity can be a liability around loud noises....
 
Scientists: 'Dolphin Speaker' To Enhance Study Of Dolphin Vocalizations And Acoustics
Tokyo, Japan - May 8, 2012 18:00 EST

Dolphins rely on the combination of a variety of vocalizations and vastly better acoustic abilities than humans to communicate with each other or to detect their surroundings and prey in the dark sea. To gain new insights into how dolphins...
 
Professor Uses New Supercomputer Model To Accurately Predict 2012 Seasonal Climate Patterns
Tokyo, Japan - Feb 1, 2012 19:52 EST

Professor Toshio Yamagata, Dean of University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science and Head of the Application Laboratory of Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), has announced seasonal climate predictions for 2012 which are strongly influenced by only...
 
Australia / New Zealand Newswire...
Study: Humpbacks Unfazed By 'Complex' Fishing Net Alarms Sounds; 'We Haven't Yet Cracked The Whale Code'
Sydney, Australia - Jan 21, 2016 20:04 EST

An international team lead by Macquarie researchers has found that humpback whales are not only unfazed by complex alarm sounds designed to alert them to hazards like fishing gear, they have no response to these warning sounds at all. The research...
 
Research: Distressed Damsels Release Chemical Cry For Help
Townsville, Queensland - Oct 28, 2015 19:47 EST

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University have found that fish release a chemical 'distress call' when caught by predators, dramatically boosting their chances of survival. Fish harbour a chemical substance...
 
Researchers: Orange Peels May Clean Up The Ocean By Soaking Up Mercury
Adelaide, South Australia - Oct 25, 2015 19:32 EST

A brand new, dirt cheap, non-toxic polymer that literally sucks mercury out of water and soil is set to become a game changer in the battle against one of the world's most reviled pollutants. The dark red material, developed by...
 
Study: Fish Found To Cooperate, 'Watch Each Other's Back', While Feeding; 'Complex Social Behaviors'
Queenland, Australia - Sep 27, 2015 16:23 EST

When it comes to helping each other out, it turns out that some fish are better at it than previously thought. New research from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University has found that pairs...
 
Study: Commercial Fishing Industry Reeling From Mental Health Crisis; 'People's Lives Are On The Line'
Victoria, Australia - Aug 11, 2015 21:08 EST

Chronic job insecurity has led to a mental health crisis and high rates of suicide among Australian commercial fishers, according to a new Deakin University study published this month in Marine Policy journal. Led by Deakin University maritime anthropologist, Dr Tanya...
 
Africa Newswire...
Do Great White Sharks Like Beef Jerky? New Video Appears To Settle The Question
Tampa, FL - Jun 30, 2015 22:14 EST

A beef jerky company has put its product to the ultimate test: Would a great white shark prefer a giant beef jerky over a seal? A new video released by Oberto Beef Jerky appears to answer the question, and...
 
Survey: South African 'Pride' In Great White Sharks Unchanged After Attacks; Public 'Not Panicked'
Cape Town, South Africa - Jul 24, 2012 18:47 EST

The first survey conducted before and after a shark attack has found that public support for great white sharks was virtually unchanged. The academic journal Marine Policy published the results online this week in a paper by two University of...
 
Tour Of South Africa's 'Shark Route' Launched; Top Scientists, Photographers, Divers To Guide Trips
Mossel Bay, South Africa - Nov 28, 2011 18:15 EST

Oceans Discovery has launched the first ever shark route along the coasts of Southern Africa, home to diverse and abundant shark populations and some of the most incredible ocean ecosystems our world has to offer. The shark route...
 
Into The Deep Unknown: Scientists On A Mission To Explore Underwater Mountains In The Indian Ocean
Cape Town, South Africa - Nov 7, 2011 19:59 EST

Top marine scientists from around the world are setting off on a six-week cruise on board the RRS James Cook today to explore underwater mountains – or seamounts – of the southwest Indian Ocean Ridge. Their main focus will be...
 
Canoer Survives Encounter With Shark Off Reunion Island; Fifth Attack Of The Year
SAINT-GILLES, Reunion - Oct 5, 2011 19:06 EST

A canoer was attacked by a shark off the western shore of Reunion, a French island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. Jean-Pierre Castellani, 51, was unharmed though shaken by the encounter. This is the fifth...
 
Caribbean Newswire...
Fish Pee Helps Keep Coastal Ecosystems Healthy, Thriving; 'Greatest Source Of Nutrients To These Ecosystems'
Raleigh, North Carolina - Feb 9, 2015 23:47 EST

Life in the Caribbean islands is an idyllic bliss. You can picture it, right? The sparkling clear water. The pristine coral reefs. The perfect amount of fish pee … It turns out that the proper amount of fish excretion – and the...
 
Dr. Guy Harvey Inducted Into The 2013 International Scuba Diving Hall Of Fame
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - Nov 15, 2013 17:20 EST

Dr. Guy Harvey, a renown marine wildlife artist and conservationist, joined an elite group of scuba diving legends this week in Grand Cayman where he was inducted into the sport's hall of fame. The honor came as Dr. Harvey marks...
 
Study: Longline Fishery In Costa Rica Kills Thousands Of Sea Turtles And Sharks
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Oct 2, 2013 23:47 EST

The second-most-common catch on Costa Rica's longline fisheries in the last decade was not a commercial fish species. It was olive ridley sea turtles. These lines also caught more green turtles than most species of fish. These findings and more,...
 
Guy Harvey Launches Petition Drive To Protect Stingrays; 'Affects Every Single Person In The Cayman Islands'
The Cayman Islands - Oct 16, 2012 22:48 EST

Marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey is leading a petition drive calling on the government of the Cayman Islands to immediately put the National Conservation Law into effect, ensuring the safety and protection of all stingrays in the...
 
Study: Declines In Caribbean Coral Reefs Pre-Date Damage Resulting From 'Climate Change'
San Diego, California - Apr 1, 2012 17:10 EST

The decline of Caribbean coral reefs has been linked to the recent effects of human-induced climate change. However, new research led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests an even earlier cause. The bad news...
 
Middle East Newswire...
Israeli Scientists Discover Why Soft Corals Have Unique Pulsating Motion; 'Siestas' Remain Unexplained
Jerusalem, Israel - Apr 23, 2013 23:26 EST

Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have discovered why Heteroxenia corals pulsate. Their work, which resolves an old scientific mystery, appears in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of...
 
Oceana Applauds ICCAT Decision To Protect Vulnerable Silky Sharks; Frowns On 'Half-Hearted' Swordfish Protections
Istanbul, Turkey - Nov 19, 2011 19:03 EST

Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans, applauded the 22nd Regular Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) today for establishing new protections for silky sharks, the shark species...
 
Researchers Discover Freshwater Springs And New Life-Forms In The Dead Sea
Beersheba, Israel - Sep 21, 2011 19:17 EST

Ben-Gurion University researchers announced today that they have discovered deep springs on the floor of the Dead Sea, which provide fresh water to the rapidly dwindling lake. Meanwhile, a parallel study by German researchers has found new forms of life...
 
Researchers: Soft Coral Builds Strong Reefs, Key To Health Of Oceans
Tel Aviv, Israel - Aug 16, 2011 23:03 EST

Scientists have long believed soft corals, one of the many endangered elements of marine life, are only minor contributors to the structure of coral reefs. But that's not true, says new research from Tel Aviv University — and the preservation...
 
Researchers Discover How Mercury Gets Into Fish We Eat: Oxidation
Jerusalem, Israel - Feb 28, 2011 21:10 EST

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the US have discovered the mechanism whereby dangerous mercury eventually finds its way into the fish we eat from the open seas and oceans. The researchers, Prof. Menachem Luria from the Fredy...
 
World Newswire...
Research: Antarctic Krill Provide Potent Carbon Sink in Southern Ocean; Counteracts 35 Million Cars
British Antarctic Survey, Antartica - Jul 19, 2006 21:35 EST

Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Scarborough Centre of Coastal Studies at the University of Hull discovered that rather than doing so once per 24 hours, Antarctic krill 'parachute' from the ocean surface to deeper layers several times during...
 
Scientists: Unprecedented Number of Walrus Calves Stranded by Melting Sea Ice
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 13, 2006 18:19 EST

Scientists have reported an unprecedented number of unaccompanied and possibly abandoned walrus calves in the Arctic Ocean, where melting sea ice may be forcing mothers to abandon their pups as the mothers follow the rapidly retreating ice edge north. Nine lone...
 
Two new lakes found beneath Antarctic ice sheet; could contain unique ecosystems
Lake Vostok, Antarctica - Jan 30, 2006 00:00 EST

Lying beneath more than two miles of Antarctic ice, Lake Vostok may be the best-known and largest subglacial lake in the world, but it is not alone down there. Scientists have identified more than 145 other lakes trapped under the...
 
Research: El Nino events affect whale breeding
South Atlantic - Jan 11, 2006 00:00 EST

New research shows that global climate processes are affecting southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) in the South Atlantic. A thirty-year study by an international team of scientists found a strong relationship between breeding success of whales in the South Atlantic...
 
Global Warming Can Trigger Extreme Ocean, Climate Changes
San Diego, California - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST

New research produced by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, helps illustrate how global warming caused by greenhouse gases can quickly disrupt ocean processes and lead to drastic climatological, biological and other important...
 

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