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Researchers Track Atlantic Bluefin Tuna To Learn Migration, Habitat Secrets
Amherst, Massachusetts - May 24, 2012 20:25 EST

New fish-tagging studies of young bluefin tuna in Atlantic waters off New England by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are offering the first fishery-independent, year-round data on dispersal patterns and habitat use for the popular game fish. The...
 
Researchers: Weather, 'Climate Change' To Impact Leatherback Turtle Survival; 'Clear Link'
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - May 24, 2012 20:16 EST

When leatherback turtle hatchlings dig out of their nests buried in the sandy Playa Grande beach in northwest Costa Rica, they enter a world filled with dangers. This critically endangered species faces threats that include egg poaching and human fishing...
 
Alien Invaders: Scientists Discover Deep Sea Animals Stowaway On Submarines And Reach New Territory
Chicago, Illinois - May 24, 2012 19:49 EST

Marine scientists studying life around deep-sea vents have discovered that some hardy species can survive the extreme change in pressure that occurs when a research submersible rises to the surface. The team's findings, published in Conservation Biology, reveal how a...
 
Scientists Surprised As Human-Like Spine Morphology Found In Aquatic Eel Fossil; 'It's The Last Trait To Fall'
Chicago, Illinois - May 23, 2012 19:16 EST

For decades, scientists believed that a spine with multiple segments was an exclusive feature of land-dwelling animals. But the discovery of the same anatomical feature in a 345-million-year-old eel suggests that this complex anatomy arose separately from -- and perhaps...
 
Scientists: New Sensory Organ Discovered In The Chin Of Baleen Whales; 'Perfectly Placed, Anatomically'
Washington, D.C. - May 23, 2012 18:53 EST

Lunge feeding in rorqual whales (a group that includes blue, humpback and fin whales) is unique among mammals, but details of how it works have remained elusive. Now, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution and University of British Columbia have solved...
 
Study: Mercury In Dolphins Compared Between Captive And Wild Animals; 'One Puzzle Piece'
Baltimore, Maryland - May 22, 2012 20:30 EST

Amid growing concerns about the spread of harmful mercury in plants and animals, a new study by researchers from The Johns Hopkins University and The National Aquarium has compared levels of the chemical in captive dolphins with dolphins found in...
 
Scientists Develop Tool To 'Fingerprint' Sea Level Rise In 'Synthetic Datasets'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - May 18, 2012 18:51 EST

It was used to help Apollo astronauts navigate in space, and has since been applied to problems as diverse as economics and weather forecasting, but Harvard scientists are now using a powerful statistical tool to not only track sea level...
 
Elephant Seal Tracking Reveals Hidden Lives Of Deep-Diving Animals; Drawn To Gyres
Santa Cruz, California - May 17, 2012 20:46 EST

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who pioneered the use of satellite tags to monitor the migrations of elephant seals have compiled one of the largest datasets available for any marine mammal species, revealing their movements and diving...
 
Historic, 19th Century Shipwreck Discovered In Northern Gulf Of Mexico; 'A Relatively Unexplored Area'
Silver Spring, Maryland - May 16, 2012 20:19 EST

During a recent Gulf of Mexico expedition, NOAA, BOEM and partners discovered an historic wooden-hulled vessel which is believed to have sunk as long as 200 years ago. Scientists on board the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used underwater robots with...
 
New Product To Replace Fishmeal Could Help Prevent Global Food Shortage; 'Plant Protein Food'
Liverpool, UK - May 15, 2012 19:55 EST

Scientists at the University of Liverpool are developing a new plant-based product that could replace fishmeal, reducing the need for farmers to feed fish to other fish at a time when more than 90% of EU waters are at risk...
 
Researchers: Sulphur And Iron Compounds Common In Old Shipwrecks, Presenting Preservation Problems
Gothenburg, Sweden - May 15, 2012 19:36 EST

Sulphur and iron compounds have now been found in shipwrecks both in the Baltic and off the west coast of Sweden. The group behind the results, presented in the Journal of Archaeological Science, includes scientists from the University of Gothenburg...
 
Undersea Warriors, Undersea Medicine: The Future Force; 'No Such Thing As A Pure 100% Safe Dive'
Arlington, Virginia - May 15, 2012 19:23 EST

U.S. Navy divers take on dangerous tasks every day-and starting this week, they will be part of a multinational effort near Estonia to help clear the Baltic Sea of underwater mines left over from as long ago as the First...
 
New Species Of Fish Discovered In Sweden: Reticulated Dragonet
Gothenburg, Sweden - May 14, 2012 20:45 EST

Reticulated dragonet have been found in Väderöarna – "Weather Islands" – off the west coast of Sweden. It is not often that a new species of fish is discovered in Sweden. Lars-Ove Loo is the underwater photographer who has captured the...
 
Largest Reef Restoration Project Under Way In Florida And The U.S. Virgin Islands
Big Pine Key, Florida - May 14, 2012 19:50 EST

Scientists are transplanting up to 10,000 nursery-grown staghorn and elkhorn corals to degraded reefs in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the largest marine restoration project of its kind. Experts hope that the transplanted young corals will thrive and...
 
Annual NOAA Report Shows A Record Number Of Fisheries Rebuilt In The United States
Silver Spring, Maryland - May 14, 2012 19:08 EST

A record six fish populations were declared rebuilt to healthy levels in 2011, bringing the number of rebuilt U.S. marine fish populations in the last 11 years to 27, according to a report to Congress out today from NOAA's Fisheries...
 
First Satellite Tag Study For Manta Rays Reveals Habits And Hidden Journeys Of Ocean Giants
New York, New York - May 11, 2012 20:07 EST

Using the latest satellite tracking technology, conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Exeter (UK), and the Government of Mexico have completed a ground-breaking study on a mysterious ocean giant: the manta ray. The research team has produced...
 
Research: A Push From The Mississippi Kept Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Off Shore
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - May 10, 2012 20:04 EST

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil. And while many wetland habitats and wildlife were oiled during the three-month leak, the environmental damage to...
 
Research: Plastic Trash Altering Ocean Habitats; 'Garbage Patches' Could Have Ecosystem-Wide Consequences
San Diego, California - May 9, 2012 19:13 EST

A 100-fold upsurge in human-produced plastic garbage in the ocean is altering habitats in the marine environment, according to a new study led by a graduate student researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. In 2009 an ambitious...
 
Research: Pufferfish At The 'Beak' Of Evolution; 'A Very Alternative, And Unique, Dentition'
Western Bank, Sheffield - May 8, 2012 20:23 EST

New research focusing on tooth development in the deadly fish -unchanged through evolution - shows that after the first generation of teeth the program for continued tooth replacement modifies to form a distinctive and unusual `parrot like´ beak. The study, which...
 
Campaigners Condemn Scottish Government's Complacency As Seven Months Of Seal Killings Remain Unreported
Lewes, East Sussex - May 8, 2012 19:03 EST

The Seal Protection Action Group has today condemned the failure of the Scottish Government to release figures on the number of seals shot over the past seven months under its new Seal License Scheme, introduced at the beginning of 2010....
 
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...
 
Researchers: GPS-equipped Commercial Ships Could Become 'Network Of Accurate Tsunami Sensors'
Manoa, Hawaii - May 7, 2012 20:10 EST

Commercial ships travel across most of the globe and could provide better warnings for potentially deadly tsunamis, according to a study published May 5 by scientists at the University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
 
Study: Greenland Glacier Speed Slower Than Expected, Lessening Predicted Increase In Sea Levels
Seattle, Washington - May 3, 2012 20:27 EST

Changes in the speed that ice travels in more than 200 outlet glaciers indicates that Greenland's contribution to rising sea level in the 21st century might be significantly less than the upper limits some scientists thought possible, a new study...
 
Canadian Scientists Uncover Ancient Killer Coelacanth; 'Overturns The Age Old Image Of Coelacanths'
Deerfield, Illinois - May 2, 2012 18:41 EST

Coelacanths are iconic fishes, well-known as 'living fossils.' The group was thought to have died out with the dinosaurs until a living one was caught in 1938 off the coast of South Africa, sending shock waves through the scientific world....
 
Study: Marine Food Chain Becomes Clearer With New Revelations About Prey 'Patchiness'
Corvallis, Oregon - May 2, 2012 18:22 EST

A new study has found that each step of the marine food chain is clearly controlled by the trophic level below it – and the driving factor influencing that relationship is not the abundance of prey, but how that prey...
 
Old Maps And Dead Clams Help Solve Coastal Boulder Mystery; 'Moved By Storm Waves'
Chicago, Illinois - May 1, 2012 21:59 EST

Perched atop the sheer coastal cliffs of Ireland's Aran Islands, ridges of giant boulders have puzzled geologists for years. What forces could have torn these rocks from the cliff edges high above sea level and deposited them far inland? While...
 
Scientists Provide First Large-Scale Estimate Of Reef Shark Losses In The Pacific Ocean
Honolulu, Hawaii - Apr 27, 2012 20:05 EST

Many shark populations have plummeted in the past three decades as a result of excessive harvesting – for their fins, as an incidental catch of fisheries targeting other species, and in recreational fisheries. This is particularly true for oceanic species....
 
Researchers: Ocean Salinity Change Detected; Wet To Get Wetter, Dry To Get Drier
Clayton South, Victoria - Apr 26, 2012 21:08 EST

A clear change in salinity has been detected in the world's oceans, signaling shifts and an acceleration in the global rainfall and evaporation cycle. In a paper published today in the journal Science, Australian scientists from CSIRO and the Lawrence Livermore...
 
Scientists: Glowing Belly Helps Tiny Shark Hide From Predators
Louvain, Belgium - Apr 26, 2012 20:43 EST

Some sharks deserve a blood curdling reputation, but not the diminutive smalleye pygmy shark (Squaliolus aliae). Reaching a maximum length of only 22cm, the tiny animals are more likely to be on someone else's menu. Silhouetted against weak light penetrating...
 
Rise In Asian Tiger Shrimp Sightings Prompts Scientific Look At Invasion Concerns
Silver Spring, Maryland - Apr 26, 2012 19:11 EST

The recent rise in sightings of non-native Asian tiger shrimp off the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts has government scientists working to determine the cause of the increase and the possible consequences for native fish and seafood in...
 
Research: It's The Bowl That Makes Goldfish Stupid; Fish Brains Adjust To Meet Environmental Needs
Helsinki, Finland - Apr 25, 2012 21:30 EST

A goldfish in a bowl is a stock allegory for stupidity we know for example from Donald Duck. Recent brain research supports this assumption. But it is not the fish that is stupid as such, it is the bowl that...
 
Study: Wind Pushes Plastics Deeper Into Oceans, Driving Trash Estimates Up
Seattle, Washington - Apr 25, 2012 21:04 EST

While working on a research sailboat gliding over glassy seas in the Pacific Ocean, oceanographer Giora Proskurowski noticed something new: The water was littered with confetti-size pieces of plastic debris, until the moment the wind picked up and most of...
 
Study: Warm Ocean Currents Cause Majority Of Ice Loss From Antarctica; 'We See A Clear Pattern'
British Antarctic Survey, Antarctica - Apr 25, 2012 21:00 EST

Reporting this week (Thursday 26 April) in the journal Nature, an international team of scientists led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has established that warm ocean currents are the dominant cause of recent ice loss from Antarctica. New techniques have...
 
Researchers: Shark Repellents Work Best If Targeted Against Specific Species
Perth, Australia - Apr 24, 2012 20:36 EST

Shark repellents may work best if they target specific species rather than try to deter all types of sharks, say scientists from the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia. Their findings are among six papers published by Oceans Institute...
 
Geophysicists Employ Novel Method To Identify Sources Of Global Sea Level Rise
Toronto, Ontario - Apr 24, 2012 19:47 EST

As the Earth's climate warms, a melting ice sheet produces a distinct and highly non-uniform pattern of sea-level change, with sea level falling close to the melting ice sheet and rising progressively farther away. The pattern for each ice sheet...
 
Research: Fish Larvae Find The Reef By Orienting, The Earlier The Better
Miami, Florida - Apr 23, 2012 21:25 EST

The behavior of marine larvae is central to fully understanding and modeling the pelagic (open ocean) stage for many coastal organisms. For the first time, a numerical study conducted by the University of Miami (UM) incorporates horizontal larval fish navigation...
 
Lawsuit Seeks Protections For Sea Turtles, Polar Bears, Other Rare Wildlife From Oil-Spill Dispersants
San Francisco, California - Apr 18, 2012 20:02 EST

Conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard today for authorizing toxic oil dispersants without ensuring that these chemicals would not harm endangered species or their habitats. The groups want the EPA to immediately study the...
 
Lawsuit Launched To Protect Habitat For Florida's Loggerhead Sea Turtles; 'We Have To Save The Places They Live'
San Francisco, California - Apr 17, 2012 21:05 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network (seaturtles.org) filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Obama administration today seeking to protect critical habitat for imperiled loggerhead sea turtles on Florida's nesting beaches and marine waters...
 
Auditory Fats: Study Amplifies Understanding Of Hearing In Baleen Whales
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 17, 2012 20:38 EST

For decades, scientists have known that dolphins and other toothed whales have specialized fats associated with their jaws, which efficiently convey sound waves from the ocean to their ears. But until now, the hearing systems of their toothless grazing cousins,...
 


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