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Research: 20th Century Sea-Level Change Was Overestimated Before It Was Underestimated
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Jan 15, 2015 20:35 EST

The acceleration in global sea level from the 20th century to the last two decades has been significantly larger than scientists previously thought, according to a new Harvard study. The study, co-authored by Carling Hay, a post-doctoral fellow in the...
 
Climate And Friends Influence Young Corals' Choice Of Real Estate; 'Once In Place, Corals Can't Move'
Brisbane St Lucia, Queensland - Jan 14, 2015 22:14 EST

Coral larvae use ocean temperature and the presence of symbiotic algae to determine where they should settle, researchers have found. Using a range of sensory cues to find a good location improved the coral's chance of survival, said Dr Eugenia Sampayo...
 
Sizing Up Giants Under The Sea: Research Team Corrects Inaccuracies And Elucidates Measurements For 25 Marine Species
Durham, North Carolina - Jan 13, 2015 23:48 EST

A team of scientists and undergraduate students have analyzed the body size for 25 marine species, including whales, sharks, squids, and other ocean giants. The project elucidates both the challenges of arriving at exact measurements and the human bias toward...
 
Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Winners Announced
Culver City, California - Jan 7, 2015 00:27 EST

The prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced the 2014 winners. This year's Ocean Art Competition attracted a very high caliber of photos, representing entrants from over 50 countries. Over $70,000 of prizes will...
 
Caribbean Pygmy Octopuses Have Babies; 'We've Really Been Working At This'
Sarasota, Florida - Jan 6, 2015 23:27 EST

The end of 2014 brought some eight-tentacled surprises to Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, Fla. On Dec. 26, Mote's Caribbean pygmy octopuses — whose baby pictures made the national news earlier in 2014 — had babies of their own. More than 20 new...
 
Researchers: Alaskan Fish Ignore Climate Change, Adjust Migration To Follow Food
Seattle, Washington - Dec 21, 2014 17:57 EST

Not all species may suffer from climate change. A new analysis shows that Dolly Varden, a species of char common in southeast Alaska, adjust their migrations so they can keep feasting on a key food source - salmon eggs -...
 
Inaugural National Data Science Bowl Kicks Off With Plankton Identification Algorithm Challenge
McLean, Virginia - Dec 18, 2014 19:28 EST

Booz Allen Hamilton, the management and technology consulting firm, and Kaggle, the leading online data science competition community, today announced the launch of the inaugural National Data Science Bowl. A 90-day competition, the National Data Science Bowl will provide the...
 
'Ditching, Ditching, Ditching!': Marines Complete Underwater Egress Training; 'I Wanted It To Be Over'
Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan - Dec 18, 2014 17:22 EST

As the fuselage filled up with water, Staff Sgt. Mikal A. Bowman braced himself and took one last breath just before the water covered his face. "The first thing that was going through my mind was that I wanted it to...
 
Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions Of Tons Of Seafloor Methane; 'We Looked At The Amounts, It's Significant'
Seattle, Washington - Dec 9, 2014 21:04 EST

Off the West Coast of the United States, methane gas is trapped in frozen layers below the seafloor. New research from the University of Washington shows that water at intermediate depths is warming enough to cause these carbon deposits to...
 
Academic: Western Australia's 'Imminent Threat' Policy To Kill 'Rogue Sharks' Based On Hollywood Fiction
Sydney, Australia - Dec 8, 2014 23:33 EST

The film Jaws has heavily influenced Western Australia's stance on sharks, a review of over a decade of state government policy has found. Dr Christopher Neff of the University of Sydney has examined the narratives and shark hunt policies implemented by...
 
Model Fail: Research Blames Ocean Heat Uptake As Cause Of Slowdown In Global Surface Warming
Southampton, United Kingdom - Dec 4, 2014 19:14 EST

New research shows that ocean heat uptake across three oceans is the likely cause of the 'warming hiatus' - the current decade-long slowdown in global surface warming. Using data from a range of state-of-the-art ocean and atmosphere models, the research...
 
Harmful Algae: Scientists Unlock Some Mysteries Behind Florida's Red Tide In 5-Year Study
Miami, Florida - Nov 12, 2014 22:15 EST

Last month, researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) published new findings on Florida's red tide organism, Karenia brevis, in a special issue of the scientific journal Harmful Algae. This publication is the culmination of an unprecedented...
 
Fish 'Personality' Linked To Vulnerability To Angling; Cautious Live Another Day
Joensuu, Finland - Oct 29, 2014 23:11 EST

Individual differences in moving activity in a novel environment are linked to individual differences in vulnerability to angling, according to an experimental study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute. The study...
 
Ignoring International Limits, U.S. Expands Fishing For Declining Bigeye Tuna; 'These Tuna Pay The Price'
Honolulu, Hawaii - Oct 28, 2014 22:50 EST

The National Marine Fisheries Service today issued regulations allowing Hawaii-based longline fishermen to ignore international agreements and continue fishing for bigeye tuna after reaching the cap allowed for U.S. fishing vessels. Highly valued for sushi, bigeye tuna has been increasingly...
 
Research: BOFFFS—Big, Old, Fat, Fertile, Female Fish—Sustain Fisheries
Manoa, Hawaii - Oct 24, 2014 21:09 EST

Recreational fishermen prize large trophy fish. Commercial fishing gear targets big fish. After all, larger fish feed the egos of humans as well as their bellies. A new compilation of research from around the world now shows that big, old, fat,...
 
Top Marine Scientists Call For Action On 'Invisible' Fisheries; 'Small But Cumulatively, It's Massive'
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Oct 23, 2014 20:09 EST

To protect our oceans from irreversible harm, governments, conservationists, and researchers around the world must address the enormous threat posed by unregulated and destructive fisheries, say top marine scientists. In an article published today in Science, Prof. Amanda Vincent of Project...
 
Engineers Develop Breath-Test Device For Dolphin Health; 'Explosive Breathers'
Davis, California - Oct 16, 2014 00:27 EST

More than just "fish breath": Engineers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new device for collecting dolphin breath for analysis, which could make it easier to check the marine animals' health and be used in studying dolphin...
 
Study: Could Sleeper Sharks Be Preying On Protected Steller Sea Lions? 'It Creates Something Of A Dilemma'
Corvallis, Oregon - Oct 15, 2014 22:45 EST

Pacific sleeper sharks, a large, slow-moving species thought of as primarily a scavenger or predator of fish, may be preying on something a bit larger – protected Steller sea lions in the Gulf of Alaska. A new study found the first...
 
Researchers: Migrating Animals' Pee Affects Ocean Chemistry; 'It's Exciting'
Seattle, Washington - Oct 9, 2014 19:53 EST

The largest migration on the planet is the movement of small animals from the surface of the open ocean, where they feed on plants under cover of darkness, to the sunless depths where they hide from predators during the day. University...
 
Research: Dolphins Can Sense Magnetic Fields
Rennes, France - Sep 30, 2014 00:48 EST

Add dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals, French researchers say. Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects. So says Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues at Ethos unit of the Université...
 
Study: Cause Of 'Surprising' Global Warming Hiatus Found Deep In The Atlantic Ocean, Part Of 'Naturally Occurring Cycle'
Seattle, Washington - Aug 22, 2014 23:22 EST

Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth's surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate...
 
Scientists: Invasive Lionfish Likely Safe To Eat After All; 'You Have Nothing To Fear' From Venom
Kaneohe, Hawaii - Jul 31, 2014 17:05 EST

Scientists have learned that recent fears of invasive lionfish causing fish poisoning may be unfounded. If so, current efforts to control lionfish by fishing derbies and targeted fisheries may remain the best way to control the invasion. And there's a...
 
Scientists: Atlantic Salmon Show Capacity To Adapt To Warmer Waters; 'The Results Are Surprising'
Vancouver, Canada - Jul 17, 2014 14:47 EST

Populations of Atlantic salmon have a surprisingly good capacity to adjust to warmer temperatures resulting from climate change, according to scientists at UBC and the University of Oslo. The finding adds to recent UBC-supported research on heat tolerance of Pacific...
 
Investigation: Beached Great White Shark Likely Choked To Death On Sea Lion
Perth, Western Australia - Jul 17, 2014 08:44 EST

The Western Australia Department of Fisheries has concluded its investigation into the death of a White shark found washed ashore at Coronation Beach, about 28 kilometers north of Geraldton earlier this week. Principal Research Scientist Dr Rory McAuley says the four-meter...
 
European Street Artists Stand Up Against Deep-Sea Bottom Trawling; 'Fuel-Greedy, Subsidy-Dependent Fishing Vessels'
London, England - Jul 14, 2014 20:55 EST

Today, while the Council of European Fisheries Ministers is meeting in Brussels, six renowned street artists will perform live and simultaneously across Europe to call on Member States to take the will of European citizens into consideration and to adopt...
 
301 Australian And International Scientists: No Evidence That Drum Lines Reduce Shark Attacks; 'Sharkocide'
Sydney, Australia - Jul 4, 2014 17:33 EST

Over 300 experts have today provided their submission to the Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), rejecting the scientific grounds for the proposed three-year drum-line program. Coordinating scientist, Professor Jessica Meeuwig from the University of Western Australia said: "To...
 
Scientists: Fish Can Remember For Up To 12 Days; 'An Evolutionary Advantage'
Edmonton, Alberta - Jul 1, 2014 19:52 EST

It is popularly believed that fish have a memory span of only 30 seconds. Canadian scientists, however, have demonstrated that this is far from true – in fact, fish can remember context and associations up to twelve days later. The...
 
Researchers Reveal How Electric Fish Evolved Their Shocking Skills Independently At Six Different Times
Madison, Wisconsin - Jun 26, 2014 17:02 EST

New research demonstrates that the six electric fish lineages, all of which evolved independently, used essentially the same genes and developmental and cellular pathways to make an electricity-generating organ for defense, predation, navigation and communication. The work will be published June...
 
Scientists Take First Dip Into Supercooled Water's Mysterious 'No Man's Land'
Menlo Park, California - Jun 18, 2014 21:38 EST

Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first structural observations of liquid water at temperatures down to minus 51 degrees Fahrenheit, within an elusive "no man's land" where water's strange properties are super-amplified. The research,...
 
Researchers Suggest Including Thinking, Feeling Fish In Our 'Moral Circle'
New York, New York - Jun 17, 2014 22:50 EST

Do you still believe that fish are dumb and cannot feel pain? That we do not have to worry much about how they are cared for or caught? Think again, says Culum Brown of Macquarie University in Australia, in a...
 
Researchers: Great White Shark Population In Good Health Along California Coast
Gainesville, Florida - Jun 16, 2014 19:13 EST

The Great White Shark is not endangered in the Eastern North Pacific, and, in fact, is doing well enough that its numbers likely are growing, according to an international research team led by a University of Florida researcher. George Burgess, director...
 
Cod Bones Reveal 13th Century Origin Of Global Fish Trade; 'Local Fishing Could No Longer Keep Up'
London, England - May 27, 2014 20:10 EST

London's international fish trade can be traced back 800 years to the medieval period, according to new research published today in the journal Antiquity. The research, led by archaeologists from UCL, Cambridge and UCLan, provides new insight into the medieval fish...
 
Study: Turtle Migration Directly Influenced By Ocean Drift Experiences As Hatchlings
Southampton, England. - May 16, 2014 17:26 EST

New research has found that adult sea-turtle migrations and their selection of feeding sites are directly influenced by their past experiences as little hatchlings adrift in ocean currents. When they breed, adult sea turtles return to the beach where they were...
 
Tiny 'Alien' Catfish With Bulldog Snout Defies Classification; 'It Continues To Be A Puzzle'
, Philadelphia, Penns - May 13, 2014 21:17 EST

Kryptoglanis shajii is a strange fish -- and the closer scientists look, the stranger it gets. This small subterranean catfish sees the light of day and human observers only rarely, when it turns up in springs, wells and flooded rice...
 
Florida Dive Boat Operators Face Charges Of Illegally Feeding Sharks In State Waters; 'A Public Safety Issue'
Tallahassee, Florida - Mar 20, 2014 10:15 EST

Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have filed charges against four men linked to the illegal feeding of sharks and fish within state waters. The investigation started after the FWC received several complaints that shark feeding was...
 
Researcher Unravels Mystery Of Sea Turtles' 'Lost Years'; Sea Surface, Sargassum Provides 'A Thermal Refuge'
Boca Raton, Florida - Mar 7, 2014 18:11 EST

Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D., associate professor of biological science at Florida Atlantic University, and Kate Mansfield, Ph.D., a co-investigator at the University of Central Florida, are the first to successfully track neonate sea turtles in the Atlantic Ocean waters during what...
 
A 'Shark's Eye' View: Scientists Strap 'Flight Data Recorders' On Sharks, Get Interesting Results
Honolulu, Hawaii - Feb 27, 2014 18:08 EST

Instruments strapped onto and ingested by sharks are revealing novel insights into how one of the most feared and least understood ocean predators swims, eats and lives. For the first time, researchers at the University of Hawaii and the University of...
 
Research: Mesopelagic Fish Biomass In The Ocean Is 10 Times Higher Than Estimated
Madrid, Spain - Feb 7, 2014 19:34 EST

With a stock estimated at 1,000 million tons so far, mesopelagic fish dominate the total biomass of fish in the ocean. However, a team of researchers with the participation of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has found that their...
 
Fight Back: War On Lionfish Shows First Promise Of Success; 'Complete Extirpation Is Not Necessary'
Corvallis, Oregon - Jan 22, 2014 20:51 EST

It may take a legion of scuba divers armed with nets and spears, but a new study confirms for the first time that controlling lionfish populations in the western Atlantic Ocean can pave the way for a recovery of native...
 
Researchers Discover Sea Anemone Living On Ice, Hanging Upside Down; 'The Pictures Blew My Mind'
Lincoln, Nebraska - Jan 20, 2014 16:43 EST

National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while using a camera-equipped robot to survey the area under Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf, unexpectedly discovered a new species of small sea anemones that were burrowed into the ice, their...
 


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