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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...
 
Plastic For Dinner: A Quarter Of Fish Sold At Markets Contain Man-Made Debris
Davis, California - Sep 24, 2015 18:17 EST

Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris — plastic or fibrous material — in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in...
 
Researchers Design Fish 'Backpack' To Advance Underwater Research
Las Cruces, New Mexico - Sep 21, 2015 23:53 EST

A new underwater stimulation system created by collaborators at New Mexico State University will assist in the study of electrical activity in aquatic vertebrates. This new technology may also help NMSU researchers reveal the connection between electricity and tissue regeneration...
 
Study: Numbers Encouraging, But Shark Bites Still Problematic For Sea Otter Recovery
Santa Cruz, California - Sep 17, 2015 19:16 EST

The recovery of southern sea otters appears to have taken an upturn, according to results from the annual California sea otter survey released by the U.S. Geological Survey today. Yet despite an overall increase in sea otter abundance, sharks have...
 
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...
 
Scientist Solves 20-Year-Old Cave Diving Death Mystery; 'Like Having A Mudslide Underwater'
Tallahassee, Florida - Sep 1, 2015 23:48 EST

A decades-old mystery surrounding the death of a Florida cave diver has been solved by a simple experiment by three scientists in a lab at Florida State. In 1991, an experienced cave diver named Parker Turner and his diving partner Bill...
 
Study: Female Fish Genitalia Evolved To 'Make Copulation More Difficult For Unwanted Males'
Raleigh, North Carolina - Aug 19, 2015 18:40 EST

Female fish in the Bahamas have developed ways of showing males that "No means no." In an example of a co-evolutionary arms race between male and female fish, North Carolina State University researchers show that female mosquitofish have developed differently...
 
Engineers Identify 'Nanoscale Roughness' As Key To Keep Surfaces Dry Underwater
Evanston, Illinois - Aug 19, 2015 18:23 EST

Imagine staying dry underwater for months. Now Northwestern University engineers have examined a wide variety of surfaces that can do just that -- and, better yet, they know why. The research team is the first to identify the ideal "roughness" needed...
 
Canada's Marineland: Who Is Philip Demers aka 'The Walrus Whisper'?
Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada - Aug 12, 2015 20:41 EST

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of taxpayers' dollars have been spent investigating false allegations by Philip Demers that Marineland mistreats its animals and engages in criminal animal abuse. He continues to pursue the closure of Marineland, one of...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
More People In Florida Sickened By Ciguatera Toxin In Tropical Reef Fish Than Previously Reported
Deerfield, Illinois - Jun 29, 2015 21:11 EST

Public health records may significantly underestimate the number of people in Florida who are sickened by a rare, dangerous food-borne toxin carried by popular sport fish, including barracuda, grouper, and amberjack, according to a new study published online today in...
 
Longest Ever Tiger Shark Tracking Reveals Remarkable, Bird-Like Migrations
Fort Lauderdale, Fl - Jun 9, 2015 23:31 EST

Tiger sharks are among the largest and most recognizable sharks on the planet, yet many of their habits remain mysterious because they are long-distance travelers that are hard to track. But a new study, reported in the June 9 issue...
 
Housing Developer To Make Historic Attempt To Preserve Recently-Discovered Nineteenth Century Schooner In Downtown Toronto
Toronto, Canada - Jun 5, 2015 18:13 EST

Concord Adex, Canada's largest residential developer, has announced it will attempt to recover the remains of a nineteenth century schooner found on one of its development properties near Toronto's waterfront. Discovered in May as part of an archaeological assessment on...
 
Florida Angler Hooks Big Blue Catfish, State Record At 69 Pounds; 'Fishing Capital Of The World'
Ebro, Florida - Jun 4, 2015 19:27 EST

Bill Stewart, 66, of Weeki Wachee, caught a 69-pound, 8-ounce blue catfish on the Choctawhatchee River, near Ebro, during the Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup tournament on May 30. He beat the previous state record by 5 pounds. Stewart had landed four flatheads...
 
Requiem For A Shark: Satellite-Tagged Mako Journey Ends After 9,200 Miles; Researchers Urge Fishermen To 'Release Or Return'
Baltimore, Maryland - May 17, 2015 21:42 EST

While children say a quiet prayer for their school's namesake mako shark in Eastern Ohio, researchers and scientists are again asking fishermen to employ a "release or return" policy for sharks captured wearing satellite tracking tags. "St. Marys", a young shortfin...
 
New Bill Proclaims Striped Bass U.S. National Fish; 'Enshrine Its Place In Our Nation's Cultural Heritage'
Washington, D.C. - Apr 30, 2015 01:04 EST

Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) has introduced the Striped Bass American Heritage Act, which would designate this iconic species as the United States' "National Fish." Just as the majestic bald eagle is the avian symbol of our nation for its strength,...
 
Dive Discovers Missing Aircraft Hangar Of Sunken WW II-Era Japanese Submarine
Manoa, Hawaii - Apr 28, 2015 22:59 EST

The dramatic discovery of a lost World War II-era Imperial Japanese Navy mega-submarine by a University of Hawai'i and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) team in December 2013 inspired a new search by NHK, the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation,...
 
Seeing The Unseen: PET/CT Scans Reveal Seabed Worms' Hidden Life
Odense M, Denmark - Apr 21, 2015 00:30 EST

The seabed is inhabited by vast numbers of small animals with hidden lives in the sandy sediments. Here they play an important role in keeping the oceans healthy. But how these animals behave and interact with each other is unclear,...
 
Big Fish: Aussie Industry Group Demands Green Groups To Stop The Lies; 'Anti-Progress And Anti-Business'
Canberra, ACT - Apr 20, 2015 22:40 EST

The Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA) encourages the public to see past the superficial messages circulated by radical green groups and look to the substance of the science around Australia's fisheries which are sustainably fished. CFA are supportive of developing new...
 
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....
 
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...
 
Oil's Well: Study Says Algae-Based Biofuels Can Be Grown From Municipal Wastewater
Houston, Texas - Apr 2, 2015 20:26 EST

In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent...
 
Helldiver Plane Found: Researchers Locate Another WWII Aircraft Missing In Palau For Over 70 Years
Newark, Delaware - Mar 31, 2015 00:45 EST

A United States Navy Curtiss SB2C Helldiver aircraft lost in World War II and missing for over 70 years was recently found resting in the tropical waters of the Republic of Palau. The carrier-based dive bomber plane was discovered by...
 
Trouble In Paradise? New Research Points To A Loss Of Sharks And Rays At Cocos Island
Victoria, BC, Canada - Mar 26, 2015 19:12 EST

New research led by researchers at the University of Victoria raises serious concerns about the ability of marine protected areas (MPAs) to effectively protect wide-ranging iconic species, such as sharks and rays. The study, published today in Conservation Biology, investigated 21...
 
Florida: Biologists Tally Record Manatee Count; 'Near-Optimal Conditions For Our Survey This Year'
Tallahassee, Florida - Mar 17, 2015 00:13 EST

Warm temperatures and clear, sunny days between some of the coldest weather of the year assisted FWC biologists and partners in counting an all-time high number of manatees during this year's statewide aerial survey. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission...
 
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...
 
Scientists Question Rush To Build Nicaragua Canal, Site Environmental Concerns, Call For 'Greater Role For Science'
Houston, Texas - Mar 9, 2015 23:52 EST

A consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal across Nicaragua. The path of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will cut through Lake Cocibolca...
 
Research: Hurricanes Spread Helped 'Accelerate The Invasion' Of Lionfish
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Mar 4, 2015 23:04 EST

Just when you thought hurricanes couldn't get any scarier, think again. Their names roll of the tongue like a rogues' gallery: Floyd, Frances, Irene, Wilma and Andrew. But these aren't the names of notorious criminals; rather, they are just a few...
 
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: White Sharks Grow More Slowly And Mature Much Later Than Previously Thought
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 19, 2015 00:10 EST

A new study on white sharks in the western North Atlantic indicates they grow more slowly and mature much later than previously thought. The findings, published online in Marine and Freshwater Research, present the first reliable growth curve for this...
 
Researchers: Remoras Don't Suck; Mystery Of 'A Specialized Suction Cup That Can Bend And Won't Slip' Intrigues
Newark, New Jersey - Feb 16, 2015 22:37 EST

How does the hitchhiking, flat-headed remora fish attach to surfaces so securely yet release so easily? Suction was thought to be the easy answer, but Brooke Flammang, a biologist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has proved this...
 
Research Institute To Conduct One-Of-A-Kind Shark Race For Conservation Science; 'We Want To Have Some Fun'
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Feb 16, 2015 21:42 EST

– On your Mark! Get Set! GO! That's usually the refrain heard at the start of most races. However, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) are putting on...
 
Study Recommends Closing The High Seas To Fishing; 'A Few Countries Would Lose Out, But Most Would Gain'
Burnaby, BC - Feb 12, 2015 21:02 EST

The world's high seas should be closed to fishing argues a new study in the journal Scientific Reports, co-authored by Isabelle Côté, a Simon Fraser University professor of marine ecology and conservation. "Intense fishing in the high seas has resulted in...
 


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