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Group To Investigate Substantial Increase In Dolphin Numbers Off Western Scotland
Isle of Mull, Scotland - Apr 14, 2015 23:14 EST

A substantial increase in common dolphin numbers off western Scotland is to be studied by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in a new season of marine research expeditions beginning next month. The trust's encounter rate with common dolphins has more than...
 
Ocean Myth Busted: 'toddler' Sea Turtles Are Very Active Swimmers; New Clue To 'Lost Years'
Orlando, Florida - Apr 9, 2015 20:30 EST

It turns out sea turtles, even at a tender 6-18 months of age, are very active swimmers. They don't just passively drift in ocean currents as researchers once thought. NOAA and University of Central Florida researchers say it's an important...
 
Research: 'Warm Blob' In Pacific Ocean Linked To Weird Weather Across The United States
Seattle, Washington - Apr 9, 2015 20:19 EST

The one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seals are washing up on...
 
American Airlines Announces Shark Fin Shipment Ban On Twitter; 'Now It Is Time For An Official Announcement'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Apr 7, 2015 23:17 EST

Conservation groups PRETOMA and Turtle Island Restoration Network found evidence that hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) were being exported from Costa Rican ports and flown to plates in Hong Kong by way of stop-overs on U.S. soil. With this evidence in...
 
Pilot School: Learn To Drive A Submarine And Explore The Depths Of The Mediterranean Sea
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands - Apr 6, 2015 23:18 EST

Waterproof Expeditions in collaboration with U-Boat Worx now offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a submarine pilot. Adventurous types, submarine enthusiasts, explorers and submersible operators can sign up for a selection of pilot training courses to be held in August 2015....
 
Americas Newswire...
Ocean Myth Busted: 'toddler' Sea Turtles Are Very Active Swimmers; New Clue To 'Lost Years'
Orlando, Florida - Apr 9, 2015 20:30 EST

It turns out sea turtles, even at a tender 6-18 months of age, are very active swimmers. They don't just passively drift in ocean currents as researchers once thought. NOAA and University of Central Florida researchers say it's an important...
 
Research: 'Warm Blob' In Pacific Ocean Linked To Weird Weather Across The United States
Seattle, Washington - Apr 9, 2015 20:19 EST

The one common element in recent weather has been oddness. The West Coast has been warm and parched; the East Coast has been cold and snowed under. Fish are swimming into new waters, and hungry seals are washing up on...
 
American Airlines Announces Shark Fin Shipment Ban On Twitter; 'Now It Is Time For An Official Announcement'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Apr 7, 2015 23:17 EST

Conservation groups PRETOMA and Turtle Island Restoration Network found evidence that hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) were being exported from Costa Rican ports and flown to plates in Hong Kong by way of stop-overs on U.S. soil. With this evidence in...
 
Pilot School: Learn To Drive A Submarine And Explore The Depths Of The Mediterranean Sea
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands - Apr 6, 2015 23:18 EST

Waterproof Expeditions in collaboration with U-Boat Worx now offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a submarine pilot. Adventurous types, submarine enthusiasts, explorers and submersible operators can sign up for a selection of pilot training courses to be held in August 2015....
 
American Connection: Conservation Group Exposes U.S. Airline Transporting Endangered Shark Fins From Costa Rica To Hong Kong
San Jose, Costa Rica - Apr 6, 2015 22:28 EST

Conservation groups PRETOMA and Turtle Island Restoration Network and have found evidence that hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) are being exported from Costa Rican ports and flown to plates in Hong Kong by way of stop-overs on U.S. soil. Eastern Pacific Scalloped...
 
Europe Newswire...
Group To Investigate Substantial Increase In Dolphin Numbers Off Western Scotland
Isle of Mull, Scotland - Apr 14, 2015 23:14 EST

A substantial increase in common dolphin numbers off western Scotland is to be studied by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in a new season of marine research expeditions beginning next month. The trust's encounter rate with common dolphins has more than...
 
Double Paradox: Global Warming Brings More Snowfall To Antarctica, More Ice Loss; 'Major Contributor To Future Sea-Level Rise'
Potsdam, Germany - Mar 16, 2015 22:47 EST

"Warmer air transports more moisture and hence produces more precipitation - in cold Antarctica this takes the form of snowfall," lead author Katja Frieler from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) explains. "We have now pulled a number...
 
In Hot And Cold Water: The Private Lives Of 'Hoff' Crabs Revealed; 'We Are Getting A Clearer Picture'
Southampton, U.K. - Mar 2, 2015 22:09 EST

Researchers at the University of Southampton have shed light on the private life of a new species of deep-sea crab, previously nicknamed the "Hoff" crab because of its hairy chest. Male and female Hoff crabs lead largely separate lives at...
 
Study: Shark Attack Deaths Down In 2014; Florida Leads The World Again In 'Dog Bites'
Gainsville, Florida - Feb 12, 2015 00:39 EST

Three people died worldwide from shark attacks last year, far below the average of 6.3 deaths per year over the past decade, according to the International Shark Attack File report released by the University of Florida today. The U.S. had no...
 
Scientists Discover How Tuna Stay Warm With Cold Hearts: Adrenalin
Manchester, United Kingdom - Feb 5, 2015 19:13 EST

Scientists at The University of Manchester, working with colleagues at Stanford University in America, have discovered how prized bluefin tuna keep their hearts pumping during temperature changes that would stop a human heart. The research helps to answer important questions...
 
Asia Newswire...
'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...
 
Whale Wars: Japan Whaling Fleet Obstructed By Sea Shepherd Activists
Tokyo, Japan - Jan 5, 2012 19:19 EST

Japan's fisheries agency reported today that Sea Shepherd activists have interrupted the hunt for whales for the first time this season. The text of Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research press release follows: On 4 January the Yushin Maru No. 3...
 
Australia / New Zealand Newswire...
Academic: Western Australia's 'Imminent Threat' Policy To Kill 'Rogue Sharks' Based On Hollywood Fiction
Sydney, Australia - Dec 8, 2014 23:33 EST

The film Jaws has heavily influenced Western Australia's stance on sharks, a review of over a decade of state government policy has found. Dr Christopher Neff of the University of Sydney has examined the narratives and shark hunt policies implemented by...
 
Investigation: Beached Great White Shark Likely Choked To Death On Sea Lion
Perth, Western Australia - Jul 17, 2014 08:44 EST

The Western Australia Department of Fisheries has concluded its investigation into the death of a White shark found washed ashore at Coronation Beach, about 28 kilometers north of Geraldton earlier this week. Principal Research Scientist Dr Rory McAuley says the four-meter...
 
301 Australian And International Scientists: No Evidence That Drum Lines Reduce Shark Attacks; 'Sharkocide'
Sydney, Australia - Jul 4, 2014 17:33 EST

Over 300 experts have today provided their submission to the Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), rejecting the scientific grounds for the proposed three-year drum-line program. Coordinating scientist, Professor Jessica Meeuwig from the University of Western Australia said: "To...
 
Researcher Predicts The Motion Of The Ocean; 'Once Generated, (waves) Propagate By Themselves'
Canberra, Australia - Nov 7, 2013 20:11 EST

ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young AO, has just published research that will help you every morning with the surf report. Research led by the Vice-Chancellor will allow oceanographers and meteorologists to better predict the rate at which ocean swells decay, or...
 
Study: Caribbean Fish Can't See Lionfish; 'Practically Unstoppable'
Queensland, Australia - Oct 17, 2013 21:16 EST

A spiny, toxic and beautiful member of the world's coral reef communities, the Red Lionfish is invisible to the small fish it likes to eat. A new study by James Cook University scientists Oona Lönnstedt and Professor Mark McCormick suggests this...
 
Africa Newswire...
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...
 
French Bodyboarding Champion Missing, Presumed Dead After Shark Attack Off Reunion Island; Fourth Attack In 2011
Saint-Paul, Reunion Island - Sep 20, 2011 12:19 EST

Mathieu Schiller, age 38, former champion bodyboarder, was reported missing and presumed dead after being attacked by a shark off the island of Reunion. The latest attack is the second deadly shark encounter at Boucan-Canot, a top tourist beach...
 
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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