Genetics Used To Sort Out Poorly Known -- And Hunted -- Whale Species
New York, New York - Oct 3, 2013 20:57 EST
Saving the whales often means knowing—sometimes genetically—one group of whales from another, say researchers attempting to define populations of a medium-sized and poorly understood baleen whale that is sometimes targeted by Japan's scientific whaling program. In a new study, scientists...
Research Reveals Bottom Side-Roll Feeding Techniques Of Tagged Humpback Whales
Durham, New Hampshire - Sep 26, 2013 21:07 EST
New NOAA-led research on tagged humpback whales in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary reveals a variety of previously unknown feeding techniques along the seafloor. Rather than a single bottom feeding behavior, the whales show three distinct feeding approaches: simple side-rolls,...
Study: Urban Fish Masculinized By Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals
Davis, California - Sep 25, 2013 23:34 EST
It's a man's world for fish in a San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary.
Silverside fish collected from an urban beach in Suisun Marsh were more masculinized, but with smaller and less healthy gonads, than were neighboring silversides swimming near a cattle ranch...
Torpedo Shot From USS Iowa In 1899 Surfaces; 'Several Museums Are Interested'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 20, 2013 19:16 EST
Naval History and Heritage Command's (NHHC) Underwater Archeology Branch (UAB) dove into the history of a recently-discovered late-19th century No. 24 Howell Torpedo, Aug. 9, and they scored a direct hit.
"We started looking through SECNAV (Secretary of the Navy)...
U.S. Navy Ships Participate In Marine Mammal Studies Of Sonar Responses
Washington, D.C. - Aug 7, 2013 19:11 EST
Independent researchers working in coordination with the Navy ships USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) conducted ground-breaking marine mammal behavioral response studies (BRSs) on the Navy's Southern California Offshore Range in July.
The studies occurred July...
Scientists Discover Thriving Colonies Of Microbes In Ocean 'Plastisphere'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jun 27, 2013 20:12 EST
Scientists have discovered a diverse multitude of microbes colonizing and thriving on flecks of plastic that have polluted the oceans—a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities that they have dubbed the "plastisphere."
In a study recently published online in Environmental...
Researchers Uncover Fatal Attraction: Dolphins Choking On Fish, Fishing Line
Orlando, Florida - Jun 24, 2013 20:26 EST
A team of scientists from SeaWorld and the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has uncovered an unusual cause of death among bottlenose dolphins in Florida's Indian River Lagoon: asphyxiation (choking) by ingestion of certain fish.
"This is the first study documenting a statistically...
Scientists Find Possible Solution To An Ancient Enigma: What Happened To The Stromatolites?
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 28, 2013 20:38 EST
The widespread disappearance of stromatolites, the earliest visible manifestation of life on Earth, may have been driven by single-celled organisms called foraminifera.
The findings, by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI); Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of Connecticut; Harvard...