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Silver 'Pieces Of Eight' Discovery On 1622 Fleet Galleon Santa Margarita Off Florida Coast
Key West, Florida - May 22, 2010 17:41 EST

Kicking off the 2010 search and recovery season, underwater exploration divers for Keith Webb's Blue Water Ventures Key West discovered a five-pound fused conglomeration of artifacts Wednesday afternoon, among which a number of sea-blackened silver "pieces of eight" treasure coins...
 
Godfather Of Oceanography Wins Prestigious Award; 'He Truly Is A Pioneer'
Arlington, Virginia - May 21, 2010 18:44 EST

Hailed as one of the world's greatest oceanographers and pioneers of marine science, Dr. Walter Munk, a long-time contributor to the Office of Naval Research (ONR), received the prestigious 2010 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of...
 
Research: Evolution Of Whale Size Link To Diet; 'A Huge Size Variation In Cetaceans'
Davis, California - May 20, 2010 15:45 EST

The wide range of body sizes among whales arose early in their evolution and was associated with changes in diet, according to a new study by researchers at UC Davis and UCLA. The study appears in today's (May 20) issue...
 
Commonly Used Atrazine Herbicide Adversely Affects Fish Reproduction; 'Most Frequently Detected Pesticide'
Reston, Virginia - May 20, 2010 14:53 EST

Atrazine, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, has been shown to affect reproduction of fish, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. "Concentrations of atrazine commonly found in agricultural streams and rivers caused reduced reproduction...
 
Scientists Track Polluted Groundwater To The Sea; Septic Systems 'Much More Energy Efficient'
Palo Alto, California - May 20, 2010 14:34 EST

Faulty septic systems have long been blamed for polluting some of California's most popular beaches. Yet few scientific studies have established a direct link between septic systems and coastal contamination. Now, in the first study of its kind, Stanford University...
 
Scientists Set Sail To Study Bluefin Tuna Spawning Grounds In The Oil-Tainted Gulf
Ocean Springs, Mississippi - May 19, 2010 22:22 EST

Scientists from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) are set to begin a 12-day research expedition Saturday to collect samples of bluefin tuna larvae, one of the ocean's most threatened fish. Funded by the National Oceanic...
 
European Space Agency: Satellite Images Provide Clear Evidence Gulf Oil Spill In The Loop Current
Strasbourg, France - May 19, 2010 21:26 EST

Scientists monitoring the US oil spill with ESA's Envisat radar satellite say that it has entered the Loop Current, a powerful conveyor belt that flows clockwise around the Gulf of Mexico towards Florida. "With these images from space, we have visible...
 
New Analysis Method Could Stop Shark Oil Being Used In Cosmetics And Vaccines
San Michele all'Adige, Italy - May 19, 2010 21:17 EST

A new method of analyzing squalene and squalane, oils often used in the production of cosmetics and vaccines, can show whether they came originally from the liver oil of deep-water sharks or from olive oil. In 2006 the European Union...
 
Officials: Relief As Florida Keys Tarballs Not From Gulf Oil Spill; Source 'Remains Unknown'
Key West, Florida - May 19, 2010 21:09 EST

U.S. Coast Guard Key West Sector Captain Pat DeQuattro confirmed Wednesday morning that tests on tar balls found Monday and Tuesday on Key West's Fort Zachary Taylor State Park beach and other areas of the Lower Keys are not from...
 
Navy Awards New Science Ship To Scripps Institution Of Oceanography; 'This Is A New Kind Of Research Vessel'
San Diego, California - May 18, 2010 22:06 EST

Ushering in the next era of ocean exploration, the U.S. Office of Naval Research has selected Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego as the operator of a new scientific research vessel. The yet-to-be-designed and built Ocean Class ship—a new...
 
1.332 Billion Cubic Kilometers: Study Calculates Volume And Depth Of The World's Oceans
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 18, 2010 21:58 EST

How high is the sky? Scientists have a pretty good handle on that one, what with their knowledge of the troposphere, stratosphere an the other "o-spheres." Now, thanks to new work headed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), they...
 
Florida Marine Lab Sends Underwater Robots In Search Of Oil In Southwest Florida, Florida Keys
Sarasota, Florida - May 18, 2010 21:24 EST

On Monday, Mote Marine Laboratory scientists working in partnership with Rutgers University launched an underwater robot offshore of Southwest Florida to patrol the Gulf of Mexico for oil. The robot, called an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, looks like a...
 
Florida Keys Beach Tar Balls Attract Widespread Media Attention, But No Confirmation They Are Associated With Gulf Oil Spill
Key West, Florida - May 18, 2010 21:12 EST

Travel continues to the Florida Keys, despite reports of oil tar balls discovered on a Key West state park beach. The discovery of 20 tar balls Monday at Key West's Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is getting widespread national media attention,...
 
Research: Fish Facing Reflections Become Feisty But Fearful; 'It Seems Like Something They Don't Understand'
Palo Alto, California - May 17, 2010 21:48 EST

Fish become feisty but fearful when facing themselves in a mirror, according to two Stanford biologists. "It seems like something they don't understand," said Julie Desjardins, a postdoctoral researcher in biology and lead author of a paper describing the study, to...
 
Prehistoric Fish Extinction Paved The Way For Modern Vertebrate; Unknown Event 'Created A Completely Different World'
Chicago, Illionois - May 17, 2010 21:01 EST

A mass extinction of fish 360 million years ago hit the reset button on Earth's life, setting the stage for modern vertebrate biodiversity, a new study reports. The mass extinction scrambled the species pool near the time at which the first...
 
Research: Baby Corals Swim Home By Following The Sounds Of Reefs; 'Sound Stirs Up Water Molecules'
Bristol, U.K. - May 14, 2010 19:18 EST

Baby corals find their way home in their first days as free-swimming larvae by listening to the noise of animals on the reef and actively swimming towards it, an international team of researchers working in the Caribbean has discovered. These...
 
Scientists Worried As Invasive 'Tunicate' Appears In Oregon's Coastal Waters; 'Now The Clock Is Ticking'
Corvallis, Oregon - May 13, 2010 14:26 EST

An aggressive, invasive aquatic organism that is on the state's most dangerous species list has been discovered in both Winchester Bay and Coos Bay, and scientists say this "colonial tunicate" – Didemnum vexillum – has serious economic and environmental implications. Its...
 
Peter Hughes Resigns From Peter Hughes Diving And The Dancer Fleet; Named President Of Newly Created DivEncounters
Miami, Florida - May 13, 2010 14:15 EST

Peter Hughes recently announced his resignation as President of Peter Hughes Diving, Inc. and the Dancer Fleet. Having built the live-aboard dive boat company from scratch over the past 25 years, Hughes reluctantly knew he had to sell...
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration Files Appellate Brief In 'Black Swan' Case With The U.s. Court Of Appeals
Tampa, Florida - May 11, 2010 21:34 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX) has filed its Appellate Brief in the "Black Swan" case with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In the brief, Odyssey demonstrates that the district court erroneously dismissed the case by...
 
Great White Shark Released By Monterey Aquarium Dies Off Baja Coast; 'Not All Of Them Survive'
Monterey, California - May 11, 2010 21:27 EST

The young great white shark that was returned to the wild by the Monterey Bay Aquarium last November died after she was caught in a fishing net off Baja California. She is the only one of the five white sharks...
 
Research: Chemicals From Seaweed Can Kill Coral On Contact; 'This Is A Growing Problem'
Atlanta, Georgia - May 10, 2010 21:05 EST

Field studies have shown for the first time that several common species of seaweeds in both the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans can kill corals upon contact using chemical means. While competition between seaweed and coral is just one of many...
 
Epidemic This Year? Check The Lake'S Shape; 'Physics Gets The Epidemic Going'
Bloomington, Illionois - May 8, 2010 18:36 EST

Of all the things that might control the onset of plankton disease epidemics in Michigan lakes, the shape of the lakes' bottoms might seem unlikely. But that's indeed the case, according to a paper published in the May issue of...
 
Lake-Bed Trails Tell Ancient Fish Story; 'The One That Got Away 50 Million Years Ago'
Atlanta, Georgia - May 6, 2010 15:16 EST

The wavy lines and squiggles etched into a slab of limestone found near Fossil Butte National Monument are prehistoric fish trails, made by Notogoneus osculus as it fed along a lake bottom, says Emory University paleontologist Anthony Martin. "This is a...
 
Scientific Team Makes First Detailed Underwater Survey Of Huge Volcanic Flank Collapse Deposits
Southampton, U.K. - May 5, 2010 22:10 EST

A scientific team led by Dr Peter Talling of the UK's National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is currently aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook to map extremely large landslide deposits offshore from an active volcano on Montserrat in the Lesser...
 
Five Teams Heading To Finale Of 'Next Generation' Shark Tournament; 'We're Making History Here'
Sarasota, Florida - May 5, 2010 21:55 EST

Five teams won the right this weekend to compete in the final round of the Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge - an innovative shark tournament uniting sport fishing, science, business and humane interests as never before. The Challenge is a...
 
NASA Announces Next Undersea Exploration Mission Dates And Crew
Washington, D.C. - May 4, 2010 22:35 EST

NASA will send two astronauts, a veteran undersea engineer and an experienced scientist into the ocean depths off Florida's east coast this month to test exploration concepts and learn more about working in an unforgiving, treacherous environment. The 14th expedition...
 
Scientists Investigate Ocean Floor Minerals On Deep-Sea Volcanoes; 'We Are Providing Robust Science'
Auckland, New Zealand - May 4, 2010 22:29 EST

NIWA's research vessel Tangaroa will set sail next week to explore the minerals potential of deep-sea volcanoes of the Kermadec Arc, 200 km north-east of Auckland. On this trip, the mineral wealth of the Kermadec Arc will be probed and scanned...
 
Synchronized Swimming For Submarines: Engineers Study Schooling Fish To Improve Motion Coordination In Unmanned Vehicle Teams
College Park, Maryland - May 4, 2010 21:58 EST

Nature shows and Caribbean vacation commercials often depict a school of fish moving as a single entity to avoid obstacles and elude prey. Engineers hope to give unmanned mini-submarines, mini-helicopters and other autonomous vehicles the same coordinated movement. Derek Paley, assistant...
 
Researchers Investigate Shark'S Fishy Sense Of Smell; Flow Tank Used To Model Hammerhead'S Nasal Cavity
Bath, U.K. - May 4, 2010 21:42 EST

As every Jaws fan knows, sharks can smell a drop of blood from up to a kilometer away, but how are their noses so sensitive? Research led by the University of Bath is using the latest technology to find out how...
 
New Study Sheds Light On Corals' Susceptibility To Temperature Change; Inability To 'Shuffle Their Symbionts'
Newark, Deleware - May 4, 2010 20:53 EST

An international team of marine biologists has found that existing diversity in some coral populations may significantly influence their response to extreme temperature disturbances — such as those predicted from climate warming. The team demonstrated that natural selection acting on...
 
Scientists Alter Developing Fish Brain To Resemble That Of Another Species; 'Late Equals Large'?
Atlanta, Georgia - May 3, 2010 21:40 EST

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that by applying chemicals to manipulate genes in a developing embryo, they've been able to change the brain of one type of cichlid fish to resemble that of another. The...
 
Students Discover Deep-Sea Canyon Off Aussie Coast; 'A Deep Cleft In The Continental Shelf'
Perth, Australia - May 2, 2010 17:49 EST

A deep-sea canyon new to science has been discovered on the continental shelf near the Montebello Islands by students from The University of Western Australia, James Cook University and the University of Tasmania. They made the exciting and unexpected discovery on...
 
NOAA: Fishing Closed In Oil-Affected Portion Of Gulf Of Mexico; 'We Stand With America's Fisherman'
Reston, Virginia - May 2, 2010 17:20 EST

NOAA is restricting fishing for a minimum of ten days in federal waters most affected by the BP oil spill, largely between Louisiana state waters at the mouth of the Mississippi River to waters off Florida's Pensacola Bay (map attached)....
 
Nasa Satellite Imagery Keeping Eye On The Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico; 'Spill Of National Significance'
Greenbelt, Maryland - Apr 30, 2010 20:50 EST

NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites are helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) keep tabs on the extent of the recent Gulf oil spill with satellite images from time to time. NOAA is the lead agency on oil spills...
 
Scientists Identify Seamounts As Significant, Unexplored Territory; 'Most People Will Never See A Seamount'
Reston, Virginia - Apr 30, 2010 20:43 EST

Scientists from NOAA and Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi were astounded to find that seamounts, mountains that rise from the seafloor, rank as some of the most common ocean habitats in the world. Their findings are published in a new study...
 
Bad Weather Throws Wrinkle Into Plans Underwater Ironing Record Bid; 'Diver Safety Is Paramount'
Kew West, Florida - Apr 30, 2010 20:22 EST

A National Weather Service forecast for strong winds and rough seas has forced organizers of the Key Largo's Extreme Underwater Ironing event to change the date for their wacky activity. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 1, but now...
 
Study: Increased Enforcement Is Cheapest Way To Save Southeast Asia's Coral Reefs From Blast Fishing
Washington, D.C. - Apr 29, 2010 12:06 EST

A new study analyzing the destruction of Southeast Asia's coral reefs by blast fishing finds that an ounce of prevention is indeed better than a pound of cure. The authors of the study in the journal Conservation Letters find that...
 
Study: Melting Sea Ice A Major Cause Of Warming In Arctic; 'Like A Shiny Lid On The Arctic Ocean'
Melbourne, Australia - Apr 28, 2010 21:44 EST

Melting sea ice has been shown to be a major cause of warming in the Arctic according to a University of Melbourne, Australia study. Findings published in Nature today reveal the rapid melting of sea ice has dramatically increased the...
 
Researchers: Asteroid Ice May Be 'Living Fossil' With Clues To Oceans' Origins
Orlando, Florida - Apr 28, 2010 21:29 EST

The first-ever discovery of ice and organic molecules on an asteroid may hold clues to the origins of Earth's oceans and life 4 billion years ago. University of Central Florida researchers detected a thin layer of water ice and organic...
 
Eyeing Iceland: Scientists To Measure Impact Of Volcanic Ash On Ocean Biology
Southampton, U.K. - Apr 27, 2010 20:47 EST

A team led by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, have today set sail from Govan in Scotland towards the region of the North Atlantic Ocean affected by ash from the Icelandic volcano eruption to investigate potential impacts...
 


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