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Successful Expedition Places Humans At Lower Limits Of Mesophotic Zone; 'A Very Exciting Time For Benthic Marine Scientists'
Providence, Rhode Island - May 16, 2011 18:34 EST

Ocean Opportunity, a Rhode Island based not for profit organization, is pleased to announce the safe and successful return of an expedition to explore and document the natural history of the mesophotic, or 'middle light', zone from 200 to 500...
 
Researchers Searching For War Of 1812 Shipwrecks In Lake Ontario
Indiana, Pennsylvania - May 16, 2011 11:00 EST

The Titanic may be disintegrating, but if two Indiana University of Pennsylvania professors have their way, shipwrecks from the War of 1812 won't face the same fate. Dr. Katie Farnsworth, IUP Geoscience Department, and Dr. Ben Ford, Anthropology Department, are preparing...
 
Nine Potentially New Marine Species Discovered On Bali Reefs; 'Surprisingly High Levels Of Diversity'
Bali, Indonesia - May 14, 2011 17:53 EST

A two-week marine survey conducted by scientists with Conservation International (CI) in Indonesia, along with local partners, led to the discovery of eight potentially new species of fish and a potentially new species of coral in the waters surrounding Bali...
 
Sea Shepherd Ships To Patrol Libyan War Zone For Poachers; 'We Will Be Armed With The Regulations'
Friday Harbor, Washington State - May 13, 2011 20:24 EST

Effective next month, two Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships will enter the waters off the coast of Libya, an area declared to be in a state of war as NATO-backed rebel forces struggle to topple the despotic dictator Muammar Gaddafi,...
 
Disaster As Australian Fur Seals Suffer Hair Loss, Threatening Health And Survival
Parkville, Victoria - May 12, 2011 21:29 EST

Journal of Mammalogy – Advertisers often tell us how life-changing hair loss can be, but it actually is a matter of life and death for the Australian fur seal. These seals depend on a thick coat of fur to maintain...
 
Explorers Find Historic SS Dix Shipwreck In Seattle's Elliott Bay; 'An Important Piece Of Local History'
Seattle, Washington - May 12, 2011 21:16 EST

Using a five passenger submarine and a remotely operated vehicle, a team of local explorers has discovered a historic Mosquito Fleet Steamer in Elliott Bay near Alki Point. The team believes the shipwreck may be the final resting place...
 
Biologists Interpret The Language Of Sperm Whales; Accents And Regional Dialects Highlight Findings
Halifax, Nova Scotia - May 12, 2011 20:39 EST

When they dive together, sperm whales make patterns of clicks to each other known as "codas". Recent findings suggest that, not only do different codas mean different things, but that whales can also tell which member of their community is...
 
Study: Darkness Stifles Reproduction Of Surface-Dwelling Fish
Raleigh, North Carolina - May 11, 2011 20:59 EST

There's a reason to be afraid of the dark. Fish accustomed to living near the light of the water's surface become proverbial "fish out of water" when they move to dark environments like those found in caves, according to a study...
 
Scientists Discover Animal-Like Urea Cycle In Tiny Diatoms In The Ocean; 'Essentially Changes The Way We View Diatoms'
Paris, France - May 11, 2011 20:50 EST

Scientists have discovered that marine diatoms, tiny phytoplankton abundant in the sea, have an animal-like urea cycle, and that this cycle enables the diatoms to efficiently use carbon and nitrogen from their environment. The researchers, from the J. Craig Venter Institute...
 
Angler Teddy Carr Has Tricks For Fishing In His Backyard; 'You're Trying To Find A Diamond In The Rough'
Marbury, Maryland - May 11, 2011 20:21 EST

GEICO bass angler Teddy Carr has been in tournaments like this weekend's Bassmaster Weekend Series stop on the Potomac River before, so he knows the difference between success and failure might come down to an ounce or two. "You're trying to...
 
Study: Antarctic Icebergs Help The Ocean Take Up Carbon Dioxide; 'Implications For Global Climate Models'
Moss Landing, California - May 11, 2011 19:56 EST

The first comprehensive study of the biological effects of Antarctic icebergs shows that they fertilize the Southern Ocean, enhancing the growth of algae that take up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then, through marine food chains, transfer carbon into...
 
Research: Bottlenose Dolphins, Beluga Whales Feeding In Urbanized Areas Accumulate More Chemical Pollutants
Charleston, South Carolina - May 11, 2011 17:04 EST

Bottlenose dolphins* and beluga whales**, two marine species at or near the top of their respective food webs, accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters near urbanized areas, according to scientists working at...
 
An Enigmatic Problem In Marine Ecology Uncovered; 'Fish Larvae Can Go Almost Anywhere'
Halifax, Nova Scotia - May 11, 2011 16:29 EST

Reef fishes and many other marine species live all their adulthood in one place but early in their lives, when they're eggs and larvae, spend a short period of time drifting and swimming in the open ocean. It seems intuitive...
 
Growing Seal 'Hooligan' Population Threatens Small-Scale Fishing; 'It Is Only Certain Seals Who Are Responsible For The Damage'
Gothenburg, Sweden - May 10, 2011 23:27 EST

Seals and the fishing industry compete for fish of all types – no matter whether it is salmon, whitefish, herring or cod. Seal-safe fishing gear is the most sustainable solution, and we need knowledge about the behavior of fish and...
 
CO2 Makes Life Difficult For Algae: Coccoliths Dissolve When Seawater Acidifies
fCopenhagen, Denmark - May 10, 2011 23:16 EST

The acidification of the world's oceans could have major consequences for the marine environment. New research shows that coccoliths, which are an important part of the marine environment, dissolve when seawater acidifies. Associate Professor Tue Hassenkam and colleagues at the...
 
Research: 'Fool's Gold' From The Deep Is Fertilizer For Ocean Life; 'An Ongoing Iron Supplement For The Ocean'
Arlington, Virginia - May 9, 2011 18:33 EST

Similar to humans, the bacteria and tiny plants living in the ocean need iron for energy and growth. But their situation is quite different from ours--for one, they can't turn to natural iron sources like leafy greens or red meat...
 
Study Probes Sources Of Mississippi River Phosphorus; Don't Blame Cow And Over-Fertilization
Madison, Wisconsin - May 9, 2011 17:13 EST

In their eagerness to cut nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico, people have often sought simple explanations for the problem: too many large animal operations, for instance, or farmers who apply too much fertilizer,...
 
Shark Men: 18-Footer Is Biggest Great White Shark Caught, Released; 'He Was Just A Bad-Ass'
Washington, D.C. - May 6, 2011 19:02 EST

The crew of National Geographic Channel's hit series Shark Men today announced that they have broken the previous record for capturing the largest great white shark ever caught and released alive. The crew landed a 17-foot, 9-inch-long male great...
 
From A Bucket Of Seawater, New Understanding Of The Ocean; 'Predation, Viral Infections, And The Divergent Fate Of Close Relatives'
New Brunswick, New Jersey - May 6, 2011 18:03 EST

From a bucket of seawater, scientists have unlocked information that may lead to deeper understanding of organisms as different as coral reefs and human disease. By analyzing genomes of a tiny, single-celled marine animal, they have demonstrated a possible way...
 
After A Three-Decade Hiatus, Sea-Level Rise May Return To The West Coast; 'Wind Stess Shift'
San Diego, California - May 5, 2011 10:19 EST

The West Coast of North America has caught a break that has left sea level in the eastern North Pacific Ocean steady during the last few decades, but there is evidence that a change in wind patterns may be occurring...
 
Sea Elite Systems Recalls 'Scout' And 'Profile' Buoyancy Control Devices Due To Drowning Hazard
Washington, D.C - May 4, 2011 18:23 EST

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to...
 
Battle Scars Seen On An Ancient Sea Monster; 'Such Finds Have Also Rarely Been Reported'
Uppsala, Sweden - May 4, 2011 17:24 EST

Scars on the jaw of a 120 million year old marine reptile suggest that life might not have been easy in the ancient polar oceans. The healed bite wounds were probably made by a member of the same species. Such...
 
What Lies Beneath The Seafloor? Report Provides Results From First Microbial Subsurface Observatory Experiment
Miami, Florida - May 3, 2011 18:39 EST

An international team of scientists report on the first observatory experiment to study the dynamic microbial life of an ever-changing environment inside Earth's crust. University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science professor Keir Becker contributed the...
 
Study: Rare Deep-Sea Starfish Lose Legs, Stuck In Juvenile Body Plan; 'Many Could Not Recognize It'
Columbus, Ohio - May 2, 2011 17:58 EST

A team of scientists has combined embryological observations, genetic sequencing, and supercomputing to determine that a group of small disk-shaped animals that were once thought to represent a new class of animals are actually starfish that have lost the large...
 
Study: 'Small Fry' Fish Just As Vulnerable To Population Plunges As Sharks Or Tuna; 'All Species Of Fishes Can Collapse'
Palo Alto, California - May 2, 2011 17:42 EST

On land, being small and lurking at the bottom of the food chain is a far better strategy for species survival than being big, fierce and perched on top, at least when humans are after you – just ask the...
 
Shark Tourism Worth US$18m Annually For Pacific Island Nation; 'A Viable Economic Engine'
Washington, D.C. - May 2, 2011 17:32 EST

A single reef shark can contribute almost US$2 million in its lifetime to the economy of Palau, according to a new study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the University of Western Australia. The analysis quantified the...
 
Capt. Kidd Shipwreck Site To Be Dedicated 'Living Museum Of The Sea' By Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana - May 2, 2011 17:12 EST

Nearly three years after the discovery of the shipwreck Quedagh Merchant, abandoned by the scandalous 17th century pirate Captain William Kidd, the underwater site will be dedicated as a "Living Museum of the Sea" by Indiana University, IU researcher and...
 
Centuries-Old Gold And Emerald Ring Discovered By Divers Off Florida Coast; 'When You See It, You Just Know It'
Key West, Florida Keys - May 2, 2011 14:26 EST

Only a few days into launching their 2011 search and recovery season, divers for Keith Webb's Blue Water Ventures of Key West have discovered an elegant gold and emerald ring, along with a gold "flake," a piece of ornate silver,...
 
Scientists Eavesdrop On Lake, Detect Early Warning Signal For Aquatic Ecosystem Collapse; 'It Is A Strong Signal'
Madison, Wisconsin - May 2, 2011 10:06 EST

Researchers eavesdropping on complex signals emanating from a remote Wisconsin lake have detected what they say is an unmistakable warning — a death knell — of the impending collapse of the lake's aquatic ecosystem. The finding, reported today (April 29) in...
 
Researchers: Mercury Converted To Its Most Toxic Form In Ocean Waters
Edmonton, Alberta - Apr 30, 2011 18:47 EST

University of Alberta-led research has confirmed that a relatively harmless inorganic form of mercury found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into a potent neurotoxin in the seawater. After two years of testing water samples across the Arctic Ocean, the...
 
Company Launches Sleek High Tech Underwater Scooter For Two; 'Something You Should Do At Least Once In Your Lifetime'
Plantation, Florida - Apr 30, 2011 18:02 EST

Building upon the success of the single seat AS1 model, Aqua Star envisioned a two person scooter, the AS2. After intense design and engineering, it is now a reality. Now couples can share the underwater experience together. The second person...
 
Scalloped Hammerheads Declared Overfished In U.S. Atlantic; 83% Population Decline
Washington, D.C. - Apr 29, 2011 18:48 EST

Shark Advocates International is highlighting a new National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) determination that U.S. Atlantic scalloped hammerhead sharks are overfished and subject to excessive fishing pressure. Scientists estimate that the population has declined by more than 80% from its...
 
Researchers: Eddies Found To Be Deep, Powerful Modes Of Ocean Transport
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 29, 2011 18:14 EST

Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues have discovered that massive, swirling ocean eddies—known to be up to 500 kilometers across at the surface—can reach all the way to the ocean bottom at mid-ocean ridges, some 2,500...
 
New Method For Measuring Biomass Reveals Fish Stocks Are More Stable Than Widely Believed
Seattle, Washington - Apr 28, 2011 15:36 EST

Fish and marine species are among the most threatened wildlife on earth, due partly to over exploitation by fishing fleets. Yet there are differences in assessing trends in worldwide fishing stocks which, researchers writing in Conservation Biology argue, stem from...
 
Eat Your Anchovies: Fish Livers Contain Beneficial Fatty Acids
Almeria, Spain - Apr 28, 2011 15:27 EST

The fishing industry usually discards fish livers, but a team of researchers from the University of Almeria (Spain) has confirmed that they are a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial to health. Anchovies are one of the...
 
Researcher: Jump In Communication Skills Led To Species Explosion In Electric Fishes; 'It Sounds Like A Frying Pan'
St. Louis, Missouri - Apr 28, 2011 15:21 EST

Bruce Carlson stands next to a fish tank in his lab, holding a putty colored Radio Shack amplifier connected to two wires whose insulation has been stripped. At the bottom of the tank a nondescript little fish lurks in a...
 
Through Unique Eyes, Box Jellyfish Look Out To The World Above The Water
Copenhagen, Denmark - Apr 28, 2011 14:49 EST

Box jellyfish may seem like rather simple creatures, but in fact their visual system is anything but. They've got no fewer than 24 eyes of four different kinds. Now, researchers reporting online on April 28 in Current Biology, a Cell...
 
Research: Fish Can Detect And Record Marine 'Dead Zones'
Syracuse, New York - Apr 28, 2011 10:48 EST

The discovery that fish can pick up — and physically record — evidence of "dead zones" in oceans and coastal waters could help scientists understand how fish deal with the growing problem of low-oxygen areas that threaten fisheries and tourism...
 
Researchers Determine How Fire Ants Build Waterproof Rafts; 'A Fluid Composed Of Ant 'Molecules''
Atlanta, Georgia - Apr 28, 2011 10:37 EST

It's a naturally occurring phenomenon that has puzzled biologists for decades: Place a single fire ant in water and it will struggle. But a group of fire ants will bind together and float effortlessly for days. Georgia Tech researchers – Nathan...
 
June 3: Animal Planet's Whale Wars Returns For The Ultimate Battle That May End The Antarctic Whaling War Forever
New York, New YOrk - Apr 27, 2011 23:22 EST

When the Japanese whale meat processing ship - the Nisshin Maru - turned around and set its course back to its home port in mid-February, Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds declared a cautious victory. Watson and his international...
 


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