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Unlocking The Secrets Of Sea Turtle Migration; 'Bermuda Is A Place Where Young Turtles Go To Grow Up'
St. Petersburg, Florida - Feb 29, 2012 18:45 EST

Sea turtles have long and complex lives; they can live into their 70s or 80s and they famously return to their birthplace to nest. But new research suggests this isn't the only big migration in a sea turtle's life. "We're starting...
 
Say Again: Blue Whale Behavior Affected By Man-Made Noise
San Diego, California - Feb 29, 2012 18:24 EST

Blue whale vocal behavior is affected by man-made noise, even when that noise does not overlap the frequencies the whales use for communication, according to new research published Feb. 29 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The whales were...
 
Phosphorus And Groundwater: Scientists Establish Links Between Agricultural Use And Transport To Streams
Sacramento, California - Feb 29, 2012 17:49 EST

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have, for the first time, demonstrated how aquifer composition can affect how excessive levels of phosphorous (an essential nutrient contained in fertilizers) can be carried from fertilized agricultural fields via groundwater to streams and...
 
Scientists: Plants, Nuts And Coastal Microalgae Support Bottom Fish In Hawaiian Submarine Canyons
Manoa, Hawaii - Feb 28, 2012 18:40 EST

Scientists from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM) and colleagues recently discovered that land-based plant material and coastal macroalgae indirectly support the increased abundances of bottom fish in...
 
Researchers: Sharks Blamed As Number Of Dead Sea Otters Recovered Hits High; 'Taste-Tests' Take Toll
Santa Cruz, California - Feb 24, 2012 19:24 EST

The California or southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) appears to be experiencing an unprecedented increase in mortality from attacks by sharks, according to federal and state scientists. Since 1968, biologists and veterinarians at the U.S. Geological Survey and California...
 
Researchers, Google Collaborate On 'Virtual' Exploration Of The Great Barrier Reef
Brisbane, Australia - Feb 24, 2012 18:37 EST

A pioneering scientific expedition that will document the health of coral on the Great Barrier Reef will be undertaken as a joint venture between global technology giant Google, the UQ Global Change Institute, not-for-profit organization Underwater Earth and insurance company...
 
Neurotoxins In Shark Fins: A Human Health Concern; 'It Is Likely Harmful To People'
Miami, Florida - Feb 23, 2012 19:23 EST

Sharks are among the most threatened of marine species worldwide due to unsustainable overfishing. They are primarily killed for their fins to fuel the growing demand for shark fin soup, which is an Asia delicacy. A new study by University...
 
For Fish, Fear Smells Like Sugar; Mysterious 'Schreckstoff' Puzzle Solved After 70 Years
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Feb 23, 2012 19:02 EST

When one fish gets injured, the rest of the school takes off in fear, tipped off by a mysterious substance known as "Schreckstoff" (meaning "scary stuff" in German). Now, researchers reporting online on February 23 in the Cell Press journal...
 
Researchers: Even In Winter, Life Persists In Arctic Seas; 'The Zooplankton Community Seemed To Be Quite Active'
Arlington, Virginia - Feb 22, 2012 18:47 EST

Despite brutal cold and lingering darkness, life in the frigid waters off Alaska does not grind to a halt in the winter as scientists previously suspected. According to preliminary results from a National Science Foundation- (NSF) funded research cruise, microscopic...
 
Research: Humans Greater Threat To Groundwater Than 'Climate Change'
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Feb 22, 2012 18:25 EST

Human activity is likely a greater threat to coastal groundwater used for drinking water supplies than rising sea levels from climate change, according to a study conducted by geoscientists from the University of Saskatchewan and McGill University in Montreal. Grant Ferguson...
 
Is It Radioactive? Tsunami Disaster Debris Arriving On U.S. Shores From Japan Bring Questions
Corvallis, Oregon - Feb 22, 2012 18:20 EST

The first anniversary is approaching of the March, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that devastated Fukushima, Japan, and later this year debris from that event should begin to wash up on U.S. shores – and one question many have asked is...
 
Climate Change Study Warns Against One-Off Experiments; Warming May Produce More Copepods
Aberdeen, Scotland - Feb 21, 2012 19:35 EST

Scientists examined how different climate change scenarios affected one of the most important organisms in our ocean - tiny marine crustaceans called copepods, which are the preferred prey of cod and herring larvae. Understanding how copepods are affected by climate change...
 
Researchers Use Deep-Ocean 'Gliders' To Track A Current From The Tasman Sea To The Indian Ocean
Sydney, Australia - Feb 21, 2012 18:57 EST

Deployed in 2010 and 2011, the gliders have also profiled a 200-meter tall wall of water at the core of long-lived ocean eddies formed from the East Australian Current. The study, by University of Technology Sydney and CSIRO oceanographers, revealed the...
 
Researchers: Iconic Marine Mammals Are 'Swimming In Sick Seas' Of Terrestrial Pathogens
Vancouver, Canada - Feb 20, 2012 19:30 EST

Parasites and pathogens infecting humans, pets and farm animals are increasingly being detected in marine mammals such as sea otters, porpoises, harbor seals and killer whales along the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada, and better surveillance is required...
 
Staghorn Coral Transplanted On Florida Reef; 'Northernmost Location On The Planet'
Hollywood, California - Feb 18, 2012 18:42 EST

In a delicate operation at sea, healthy staghorn coral were transplanted Friday to a threatened reef off the Broward County coast by researchers at Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center and its internal National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI). "This is the northernmost...
 
Scientists: Mother Of Pearl Tells A Tale Of Ocean Temperature, Depth
Madison, Wisconsin - Feb 16, 2012 18:48 EST

Nacre -- or mother of pearl, scientists and artisans know, is one of nature's amazing utilitarian materials. Produced by a multitude of mollusk species, nacre is widely used in jewelry and art. It is inlaid into musical instruments, furniture and...
 
Marine Scientists Awarded Grant To Study Ciguatera Fish Poisoning; 'There's A Lot We Don't Know'
Austin, Texas - Feb 15, 2012 20:44 EST

Marine scientist Deana Erdner is part of an international team of researchers awarded an anticipated five-year, $4 million grant to study the causes of ciguatera fish poisoning, the most common form of algal toxin-induced seafood poisoning in the world. The study...
 
Researchers: Ocean Microbe Communities Changing, But Long-Term Environmental Impact Is Unclear
Corvallis, Oregon - Feb 14, 2012 17:58 EST

As oceans warm due to climate change, water layers will mix less and affect the microbes and plankton that pump carbon out of the atmosphere – but researchers say it's still unclear whether these processes will further increase global warming...
 
Florida Keys 'Wreck Trek' Program's Prize Winners Announced
Key West, Florida - Feb 14, 2012 00:25 EST

Several thousand divers visit the Florida Keys annually to dive the island chain's shipwreck trail. More than 100 of them completed a series of nine wreck dives to be eligible to win one of several dive and lodging packages and...
 
Scientists: Big Fish Shelter Choice Could Have Impact On Ability To Survive Climate Change
Townsville, Queensland - Feb 13, 2012 23:45 EST

When it comes to choosing a place to hang out, big reef fish like coral trout, snappers and sweetlips have strong architectural preferences. The choices big fish make on where to shelter could have a major influence on their ability to...
 
'Anti-Freeze' Fish Of Antarctica Threatened By Climate Change; 'So Well Adapted To Water At Freezing Temperatures'
New Haven, Connecticut - Feb 13, 2012 23:16 EST

A Yale-led study of the evolutionary history of Antarctic fish and their "anti-freeze" proteins illustrates how tens of millions of years ago a lineage of fish adapted to newly formed polar conditions – and how today they are endangered by...
 
Engineers Find Inspiration For New Materials In Piranha-Proof Armor; 'We're Reaching The Limit With Synthetic Materials'
San Diego, California - Feb 11, 2012 00:56 EST

It's a matchup worthy of a late-night cable movie: put a school of starving piranha and a 300-pound fish together, and who comes out the winner? The surprising answer—given the notorious guillotine-like bite of the piranha—is Brazil's massive Arapaima fish. The...
 
Research: Amazing Skin 'Denticles' Gives Sharks A Push
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Feb 9, 2012 17:16 EST

Streamlined sharks are legendary for their effortless swimming. George Lauder from Harvard University explains that the fish have long inspired human engineers, but more recently attention has focused on how the fish's remarkable skin boosts swimming. Coated in razor sharp...
 
Study: Ocean Warming Causes Elephant Seals To Dive Deeper; 'Food In The Sea Is Unevenly Distributed'
Berlin, Germany - Feb 9, 2012 15:58 EST

Global warming is having an effect on the dive behavior and search for food of southern elephant seals. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association cooperating in a joint study with biologists...
 
Study: Ocean Warming Causes Elephant Seals To Dive Deeper; 'Food In The Sea Is Unevenly Distributed'
Berlin, Germany - Feb 9, 2012 15:54 EST

Global warming is having an effect on the dive behavior and search for food of southern elephant seals. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association cooperating in a joint study with biologists...
 
Study: Global Glaciers, Ice Caps, Shedding Billions Of Tons Of Mass Annually; Sea Rising 0.4 Millimeters Annually
Boulder, Colorado - Feb 8, 2012 18:35 EST

Earth's glaciers and ice caps outside of the regions of Greenland and Antarctica are shedding roughly 150 billion tons of ice annually, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The research effort is the first...
 
Petition Seeks International Investigation Of Canada's Farmed Fish Operations, Protections For Wild Salmon
San Francisco, California - Feb 7, 2012 20:24 EST

Conservation, fishing and native groups in Canada and the United States filed a formal petition (pdf) today requesting an international investigation into Canada's failure to protect wild salmon in British Columbia from disease and parasites in industrial fish feedlots. The...
 
Report: 2011 Shark Attacks Remain Steady, Worldwide Deaths Highest Since 1993; 'Who's Killing Who?'
Gainsville, Florida - Feb 7, 2012 14:49 EST

Shark attacks in the U.S. declined in 2011, but worldwide fatalities reached a two-decade high, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File report released today. While the U.S. and Florida saw a five-year downturn in the number of...
 
Scientists To Install First Real-Time Seafloor Earthquake Observatory At Cascadia Fault; 'You Have To Have Instruments Out There'
Wood Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 3, 2012 18:47 EST

damage Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, and Victoria, British Columbia, and generate a large tsunami. Yet there are currently no instruments installed offshore, directly above the fault, for measuring the strain that is currently building up along the fault. But a recent $1...
 
Scottish Seal Killings Can And Must End Say Campaigners; 'Indelible Stain'
Lewes, East Sussex - Feb 2, 2012 18:50 EST

The Scottish Government has just reported that a total of 362 seals were shot in the first nine months of 2011 under its new 'Seal Licence' scheme, introduced at the beginning of the year. In 2012, 58 licenses have been...
 
Study Finds Southern Indian Ocean Humpbacks Singing Different Tunes
New York, New York - Feb 2, 2012 17:41 EST

A recently published study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and others reveals that humpback whales on both sides of the southern Indian Ocean are singing different tunes, unusual since humpbacks in the same ocean basin usually all sing very similar...
 
Scientists: 'No Evidence' To Support 'Media' And 'Climate Change' Reports On Increasing Jellyfish Populations
Santa Barbara, California - Feb 1, 2012 20:00 EST

Blooms, or proliferation, of jellyfish have shown a substantial, visible impact on coastal populations — clogged nets for fishermen, stinging waters for tourists, even choked intake lines for power plants — and recent media reports have created a perception that...
 
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...
 
Indonesian Shark Fishing Communities To Help In Sustainability Study
Perth, Western Australia - Jan 30, 2012 20:47 EST

A Murdoch University PhD student will spend a year living among Indonesian shark fishermen to investigate their impact on shark populations and the effects of conservation efforts on fishing communities. Vanessa Jaiteh hopes her project, beginning at the end of this...
 
NOAA Study To Satellite Tag Killer Whales Angers Canadian Conservationists; 'Risk Isn't Worth It'
Sidney, British Columbia - Jan 29, 2012 19:43 EST

A plan to tag the endangered southern resident killer whales that ply both sides of the international boundary between Canada and the USA is meeting with growing opposition, now on the Canadian side of the border. Despite efforts between Canada...
 
What Do Killer Whales Eat In The Arctic? 'Whatever They Can Catch'
London, United Kingdom - Jan 29, 2012 19:26 EST

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are the top marine predator, wherever they are found, and seem to eat everything from schools of small fish to large baleen whales, over twice their own size. The increase in hunting territories available to killer...
 
Federal Judge Allows Nonhuman Rights Project To Appear As Friend Of The Court In Peta V. Seaworld
Coral Springs, Florida - Jan 27, 2012 19:32 EST

Over the objections of both PETA and SeaWorld, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey T. Miller granted a request by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) to appear as an amicus curiae, or "Friend of the Court," in the case PETA filed...
 
Group Sues Us Navy For Blasting Marine Mammals With Harmful Sonar, 'Deafening Noises'
San Francisco, California - Jan 26, 2012 21:14 EST

A coalition of conservation and American Indian groups today sued the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for failing to protect thousands of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea lions from U.S. Navy warfare training exercises along the coasts of California,...
 
Scientist Detecting Detrimental Change In Coral Reefs With 'Temporal Texture Monitoring'
Greenbelt, Maryland - Jan 26, 2012 21:03 EST

Over dinner on R.V. Calypso while anchored on the lee side of Glover's Reef in Belize, Jacques Cousteau told Phil Dustan that he suspected humans were having a negative impact on coral reefs. Dustan—a young ocean ecologist who had worked...
 
Ecologists Among The First To Record And Study Deep-Sea Fish Noises; 'A Wealth Of Biological Sounds'
Amherst, Massachusetts - Jan 26, 2012 20:49 EST

University of Massachusetts Amherst fish biologists have published one of the first studies of deep-sea fish sounds in more than 50 years, collected from the sea floor about 2,237 feet (682 meters) below the North Atlantic. With recording technology now...
 


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