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IPCC Report: Oceans Are Shielding Humanity From Impacts Of Climate Change
Oxford, England - Sep 26, 2013 20:44 EST

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that the ocean is shielding humanity from climate change impacts at significant cost to its own health, says the Global Ocean Commission. The UN's climate change assessment panel found...
 
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...
 
Scientists: Mantas, Devil Rays Butchered For Apothecary Trade Now Identifiable
Seattle, Washington - Sep 19, 2013 18:36 EST

Since dried filters from the mouths of filter-feeding rays hit apothecary shop menus in Asia – the thought being that eating ground-up filters will cleanse one's liver – there's been no way to know which of these gentle-natured rays...
 
Study: Stronger Winds Explain Puzzling Growth Of Sea Ice In Antarctica; 'The Ice Just Survives Longer'
Seatlle, Washington - Sep 18, 2013 17:56 EST

Much attention is paid to melting sea ice in the Arctic. But less clear is the situation on the other side of the planet. Despite warmer air and oceans, there's more sea ice in Antarctica now than in the 1970s...
 
Plankton Portal To Use Crowd-Sourcing To Classify Strange Oceanic Creatures; 'Human Eye' Needed
Miami, Florida - Sep 17, 2013 17:39 EST

Today, an online citizen-science project launches called "Plankton Portal" was created by researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science...
 
Scientists: Achilles' Heel Of Antarctic Ice Shelves Is Beneath The Water, Accounting For 90% Loss In Some Areas
Bristol, UK - Sep 15, 2013 17:46 EST

New research has revealed that more ice leaves Antarctica by melting from the underside of submerged ice shelves than was previously thought, accounting for as much as 90 per cent of ice loss in some areas. Iceberg production and melting causes...
 
Researchers: Viruses Associated With Coral Epidemic Of 'White Plague'
Corvallis, Oregon - Sep 13, 2013 18:08 EST

They call it the "white plague," and like its black counterpart from the Middle Ages, it conjures up visions of catastrophic death, with a cause that was at first uncertain even as it led to widespread destruction – on marine...
 
Unprecedented Rate And Scale Of Ocean Acidification Found In The Arctic; Melted Sea Ice 'Adds Fuel To Fire'
Tampa, Florida - Sep 13, 2013 17:54 EST

Acidification of the Arctic Ocean is occurring faster than projected according to new findings published in the journal PLoS One. The increase in rate is being blamed on rapidly melting sea ice, a process that may have important consequences for...
 
Study: 'Harmless' Fukushima Radioactive Plume To Reach United States In 3 Years
Sydney, Australia - Aug 29, 2013 19:15 EST

The radioactive ocean plume from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster will reach the shores of the US within three years from the date of the incident but is likely to be harmless according to new paper in the journal...
 
AC Or DC? 2 Newly Described Electric Fish From The Amazon Are Wired Differently
Ithaca, New York - Aug 28, 2013 20:55 EST

Much as human siblings can have vastly different personalities despite their similar resemblance and genetics, two closely related species of electric fish from the Amazon produce very different electric signals. These species, new to science, are described in the open...
 
Research: 'Zombie Fish' Can Reproduce Long After Death; 'Stored Sperm' A First For Vertebrates
Riverside, California - Aug 27, 2013 20:48 EST

Performing experiments in a river in Trinidad, a team of evolutionary biologists has found that male guppies continue to reproduce for at least ten months after they die, living on as stored sperm in females, who have much longer lifespans...
 
Crocodile Confession: Meat-Eating Predators Sometimes Consume Fruit; 'Appears Widespread'
New York, New York - Aug 22, 2013 17:53 EST

It turns out that alligators do not live on meat alone. Neither do Nile crocodiles. A new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society says that the American alligator and a dozen other crocodile species enjoy an occasional taste of...
 
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)...
 
Research: Tiny Fish Make Big 'Eye' To Distract Predator, Boosting Chances Of Survival
Queensland, Australia - Aug 19, 2013 19:00 EST

Small prey fish can grow a bigger 'eye' on their rear fins as a way of distracting predators and dramatically boosting their chances of survival, new scientific research has found. Researchers from Australia's ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies...
 
Study: 'Ray' Wings Sold To Consumers Include Vulnerable Species And Can Be Mislabeled
Manchester, England - Aug 13, 2013 20:07 EST

Genetic testing by DNA Barcoding, has revealed which species are sold under the commercial term 'ray wings' in Ireland and the UK. The blonde ray, given the lowest rating for sustainability in the marine conservation society's good fish guide, was...
 
Researchers Look For Answer To The Question: Do Fish Really Feel Pain
Berlin, Germany - Aug 9, 2013 19:06 EST

Fish do not feel pain the way humans do. That is the conclusion drawn by an international team of researchers consisting of neurobiologists, behavioral ecologists and fishery scientists. One contributor to the landmark study was Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus of...
 
Researchers: Dolphins Keep Lifelong Social Memories, Longest In A Non-Human Species; 'Consistent With Humans'
Chicago, Illinois - Aug 8, 2013 17:03 EST

Dolphins can recognize their old tank mates' whistles after being separated for more than 20 years — the longest social memory ever recorded for a non-human species. The remarkable memory feat is another indication that dolphins have a level of cognitive...
 
Explorer Trains In Exosuit, New Advanced Diving System That Can Reach 1000 Feet; 'Working In A New Frontier'
Providence, Rhode Island - Aug 7, 2013 19:51 EST

Ocean Opportunity, a Rhode Island based not for profit organization, is pleased to announce that its founder, Rhode Island native Michael Lombardi recently became among the first to train in the new deep diving system called the Exosuit. The Exosuit is...
 
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...
 
2013 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced; Over $75,000 In Prizes Will Be Awarded
Santa Monica, California - Aug 6, 2013 20:26 EST

Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce that it is accepting entries for the Ocean Art Photo Competition 2013. There are over $75,000 worth of prizes, including over 35 liveaboard and scuba diving resort packages, dive equipment, and much more. Grand...
 
Bite Back: Shark Scientists Urge Media To Use New Labels In Reporting Shark 'Attacks'
Phoenix, Arizona - Aug 5, 2013 18:07 EST

The American Elasmobranch Society (AES), the leading society of shark researchers in the U.S., is calling upon the Associated Press, Reuters and other media outlets to update their guidelines for editors and reporters to support more accurate stories on shark-human...
 
Odyssey Marine Recovers Record 1.8 Million Ounces Of Silver From Shipwreck Three Miles Deep
Tampa, Florida - Jul 22, 2013 22:24 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, has recovered over 61 tons of silver bullion this month from a depth of nearly three miles. This recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship...
 
Study: Manatees Are Touchy-Feely To The Extreme; 'We Needed To Put Their Senses To The Test'
Sarasota, Florida - Jul 18, 2013 16:25 EST

Manatees can feel water movements thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair — an ability that makes them one of the most touch-sensitive mammals on Earth — according to a new study led by scientists at...
 
Study: Deepwater Horizon Debris As Likely Source Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Sheens; 'Fundamental Science Finds A Real World Application'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 16, 2013 21:28 EST

A chemical analysis of oil sheens found floating recently at the ocean's surface near the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster indicates that the source is pockets of oil trapped within the wreckage of the sunken rig. Both the Macondo...
 
Scientists Model Long-Term Sea-Level Rise In Response To Warming Of Planet; 2.3 Meters Per Degree Celsius Rise
Corvallis, Oregon - Jul 15, 2013 23:32 EST

A new study estimates that global sea levels will rise about 2.3 meters, or more than seven feet, over the next several thousand years for every degree (Celsius) the planet warms. This international study is one of the first to combine...
 
Scientists Eye Whale Earwax To Study Contaminants In Oceans; 'It's Not Easy; It's Very Tedious'
Waco, Texas - Jun 28, 2013 20:02 EST

Whale earwax is not a topic that usually comes up on a walk to get coffee, but it did for Baylor U. researchers Dr. Stephen Trumble, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Sascha Usenko, assistant professor of environmental science. They were...
 
Not Endangered: Feds Decline To Protect U.S. West Coast Great White Sharks; 'The Wrong Decision'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 28, 2013 19:26 EST

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today declined to protect great white sharks off the coast of California under the Endangered Species Act. Although peer-reviewed scientific population estimates at the two primary white shark aggregation sites indicate fewer than 350...
 
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: Resourceful Microbes Reign In World's Oceans, Devoid Of 'Genomic Pork'
East Boothbay, Maine - Jun 25, 2013 19:29 EST

research team led by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has discovered that marine microbes are adapted to very narrow and specialized niches in their environment. This may explain why so few of these microbes—usually less than 1%—can be grown for...
 
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...
 
Group Delivers International Petitions To The Governor Of Bali To End Sea Turtle Trade
Bali, Indonesia - Jun 24, 2013 19:14 EST

More than 25,000 people from various countries have signed the petition to force Indonesian government to resolve illegal sea turtle trades in Bali. The petition established by SOS Sea Turtles and ProFauna is delivered to the governor of Bali on...
 
Frozen In Time: Researchers Find Australian Lake That Resists Human Impact, Untouched By Climate Change For 7,000 Years
Adelaide, Australia - Jun 19, 2013 18:29 EST

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found that a lake on an island off the coast of Queensland, Australia, has been relatively untouched by changes in climate for the past 7000 years, and has so far also resisted the...
 
Scientists 'tailing' Spiny Lobster Larvae To Protect Them; 'Larval Lobster Credits' A 'Viable Cooperative Management Strategy'
Miami, Florida - Jun 14, 2013 19:25 EST

The commercial value of spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) in the Caribbean reaches $1 billion annually, thus making it one of the most valuable fisheries in the region. In a new study of this iconic species, Ph.D. candidate Andrew Kough and...
 
Researchers Developing Techniques For Tuna Aquaculture In U.S.; 'There Is A Lot Of Commercial Potential'
Kingston, Rhode Island - Jun 13, 2013 19:22 EST

Swimming around and around in a 20,000 gallon tank at the University of Rhode Island's Bay Campus are several large yellowfin tuna captured last fall about 100 miles off the Rhode Island coast. The fish are part of the first...
 
Spanish Researchers Sequence The Genome Of Global Deep Ocean; 'No Country Has This Kind Of Samples On A Global Scale'
Madrid, Spain - Jun 12, 2013 20:08 EST

A team of Spanish researchers, coordinated by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has started to sequence the genome of the global deep ocean. They are using more than 2,000 samples of microorganisms collected in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific...
 
Study Questions Iron Seeding For Ocean C02 Sequestration; Phytoplankton 'Hogging The Food'
Lemont, Illinois - Jun 12, 2013 20:01 EST

A new study on the feeding habits of ocean microbes calls into question the potential use of algal blooms to trap carbon dioxide and offset rising global levels. These blooms contain iron-eating microscopic phytoplankton that absorb C02 from the air...
 
Campaigners Warn Tourists: Scotland Home To Mass Seal Shootings; 'Seal Management In Progress'
East Sussex, England - Jun 12, 2013 19:50 EST

Campaigners warned tourists to stay away from Scotland if they care about wildlife, especially seals, as they may be horrified to witness mass seal shootings. The warning comes as television presenter Neil Oliver launched a £350,000 campaign promoting Scotland as a...
 
Study: 'Living Fossil' Sturgeons Evolving At Rapid Pace; 'They're Kind Of An Outlier'
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Jun 7, 2013 16:28 EST

Efforts to restore sturgeon in the Great Lakes region have received a lot of attention in recent years, and many of the news stories note that the prehistoric-looking fish are "living fossils" virtually unchanged for millions of years. But a new...
 
Scientists Confirm Theory Regarding The Origins Of The Sucking Disc Of Remoras
Washington, D.C. - Jun 6, 2013 20:35 EST

Remora fish, with a sucking disc on top of their heads, have been the stuff of legend. They often attach themselves to the hulls of boats and in ancient times were thought to purposely slow the boat down. While that...
 
Researchers Discover A New Way Fish Camouflage Themselves In The Ocean
Austin, Texas - Jun 4, 2013 23:30 EST

Fish can hide in the open ocean by manipulating how light reflects off their skin, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. The discovery could someday lead to the development of new camouflage materials for use in...
 


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