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Researchers Dive Into Ancient Greek Treasure; 'This Site Is Of Rare International Archaeological Importance'
Nottingham, U.K. - Jun 8, 2009 21:56 EST

Archaeologists from Britain's University of Nottingham and Greece's Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture are using digital equipment to unlock the mystery behind the ancient Greek town of Pavlopetri, thought to be the oldest submerged town in...
 
Video Released Of Underwater Photographer In Amazing Encounter With Humpback Whales Off Tonga
Carle Place, New York - Jun 8, 2009 21:42 EST

Author and underwater photographer Paul J. Mila has released a four-and-half minute video clip showing Pacific humpback whales playing with divers, and then attempting to make contact with them, in Tonga. Mila took still-photos of the encounters, while Rob Barrel,...
 
Canadian-based UN Coral Reef Expert Dr. Peter Sale Honored At World Meeting In Australia
Perth, Australia - Jun 4, 2009 14:10 EST

World experts meeting in Australia have presented a Canadian-based UN coral reef specialist with a distinguished award for his lifetime of achievement in marine research. Peter Sale, Assistant Director for Coastal Zones at the United Nations University's International Network on Water,...
 
Florida Treasure Hunters Lose Court Battle, Ordered To Turn Over 17 Tons Of Gold And Silver To Spain; 'We Will Object'
Tampa, Florida - Jun 4, 2009 09:24 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., pioneers in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration has announced plans to file a written objection to the U.S. Federal Court Magistrate's recommendation that Spain's Motion to Dismiss the "Black Swan" case be granted and that...
 
Scared For Sharks: Oceana Launches Public Service Announcement Campaign With Actress January Jones
Washington, D.C. - Jun 3, 2009 22:52 EST

Oceana launched a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign today that features Golden Globe nominee January Jones swimming with sharks. Jones is best known for her role in the American Movie Channel’s (AMC) critically acclaimed Emmy, Golden Globe and...
 
Study: Estrogen Exposure Linked To Lowered Immunity In Fish; 'May Make Fish More Susceptible To Disease'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 3, 2009 22:33 EST

Exposure to estrogen reduces production of immune-related proteins in fish. This suggests that certain compounds, known as endocrine disruptors, may make fish more susceptible to disease. The research may provide new clues for why intersex fish, fish kills and fish lesions...
 
Poll: Spaniards Unwittingly Eat Shark Meat; 'Accurate Labeling Is Essential'
Madrid, Spain - Jun 3, 2009 22:19 EST

A new TNS Demoscopia poll, commissioned by the Shark Alliance, has revealed that people in Spain are unwittingly eating shark meat. Although 96% of those polled said that they did not eat shark, 76.4% were not aware that “cazón” and...
 
How To Find A Plane At The Bottom Of The Ocean; 'They'll Have To Work With Flotsam'
College Park, Maryland - Jun 3, 2009 14:22 EST

As search crews found debris fields Tuesday in the area where Air France flight 447 apparently crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, John Perry Fish was waiting for the phone to ring. Fish's company, American Underwater Search and Survey on...
 
In The Turf War Against Seaweed, Coral Reefs More Resilient Than Expected
Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Jun 2, 2009 23:15 EST

There's little doubt that coral reefs the world over face threats on many fronts: pollution, diseases, destructive fishing practices and warming oceans. But reefs appear to be more resistant to one potential menace – seaweed – than previously thought, according...
 
Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle 'Nereus' Reaches Deepest Part Of The Ocean; 'The Pinnacle Of Technical Challenges'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jun 2, 2009 22:07 EST

A new type of deep-sea robotic vehicle called Nereus has successfully reached the deepest part of the world’s ocean, reports a team of U.S. engineers and scientists aboard the research vessel Kilo Moana. The dive to 10,902 meters (6.8 miles)...
 
Disappearing Dolphins: Is The West Coast Of Scotland Getting Too Hot To Handle?
Aberdeen, Scotland - Jun 1, 2009 23:03 EST

White-beaked dolphins have almost completely disappeared from the West Coast of Scotland in the last few years. Once one of the most commonly seen dolphin species, new research has found that they are now rarely sighted in these waters, with...
 
Researchers: Squid 'Sight' Not Just Through Eyes; Evolution 'Uses The Same Toolkit Again And Again'
Madison, Wisconsin - Jun 1, 2009 22:37 EST

It's hard to miss the huge eye of a squid. But now it appears that certain squids can detect light through an organ other than their eyes as well. That's what researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison report in the current...
 
The Pool Is Open: Divers Descend On The Vandenberg; 'It's The World's Best Wreck Dive'
Key West, Florida - Jun 1, 2009 22:06 EST

A retired Air Force missile-tracking ship intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary opened Saturday, May 30, to the public. The 523-foot-long Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg is situated about seven miles south of Key...
 
Dolphin's Death Concludes Mote's Longtime Study Of Its Life; 'We Will All Miss This Old Girl'
Sarasota, Florida - May 29, 2009 17:56 EST

A female wild dolphin monitored for 38 years by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program based at Mote Marine Laboratory died May 22, leaving behind two documented generations of offspring to continue her legacy. Waterfront residents found the 46-year-old dolphin — known...
 
Massachusetts Man Indicted For Trafficking In Illegally-Imported Sperm Whale Teeth
Washinton, D.C. - May 29, 2009 17:40 EST

A Massachusetts man has been charged in U.S. District Court in Boston with crimes related to the illegal importation and illegal trafficking of sperm whale teeth, the Justice Department announced today. On May 13, 2009, a federal grand jury sitting in...
 
Study: Height Of Large Waves Changes According To Month; 'Not The Same Height In Winter And Summer'
Madrid, Spain - May 29, 2009 16:34 EST

"Anybody who observes waves can see that they are not the same height in winter and summer, but rather that their height varies over time, and we have applied a 'non- seasonal' statistical model in order to measure extreme events...
 
Vandenberg Artificial Reef Open On Saturday For Diving; 'We Waited For It A Real Long Time'
Key West, Florida - May 29, 2009 15:38 EST

The new Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg artificial reef is scheduled to open to the public Saturday morning, project officials said Friday. The installation of mooring buoys was completed Thursday, according to Kent Edwards, Lower Keys regional manager of the Florida Keys...
 
Non-toxic Hull Coating Resists Barnacles, May Save Ship Owners Millions; 'Very Promising'
Raleigh, North Carolina - May 28, 2009 17:50 EST

North Carolina State University engineers have created a non-toxic "wrinkled" coating for use on ship hulls that resisted buildup of troublesome barnacles during 18 months of seawater tests, a finding that could ultimately save boat owners millions of dollars in...
 
Studies Shed Light On Collapse Of Coral Reefs; Biologists 'Starting To Think More Outside The Box'
Corvallis, Oregon - May 28, 2009 15:41 EST

An explosion of knowledge has been made in the last few years about the basic biology of corals, researchers say in a new report, helping to explain why coral reefs around the world are collapsing and what it will take...
 
Satellite Breakthrough Made In Assessing Marine Phytoplankton Health; 'Until Now We've Really Struggled'
Corvallis, Oregon - May 28, 2009 15:28 EST

Researchers from Oregon State University, NASA and other organizations said today that they have succeeded for the first time in measuring the physiology of marine phytoplankton through satellite measurements of its fluorescence – an accomplishment that had been elusive for...
 
Melting Greenland Ice Sheets May Threaten Northeast United States, Canada; Impacts 'This Century'
Boulder, Colorado - May 27, 2009 18:53 EST

Melting of the Greenland ice sheet this century may drive more water than previously thought toward the already threatened coastlines of New York, Boston, Halifax, and other cities in the northeastern United States and in Canada, according to new research...
 
'A Gift To History': The 'Vandenberg' Slips Below The Waves As The Second-largest Intentionally Sunk Ship; Sinking Picture Gallery
Key West, Florida - May 27, 2009 18:28 EST

Thirteen years in the making, the plan to sink the decommissioned military ship “Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg” finally came to fruition today. At 10:24 a.m. EST, cutting charges were detonated and ship quickly sank below the waves 114 seconds...
 
'Vandenberg' Artificial Reef Successfully Deployed Off Key West, Florida; 523-foot-vessel Sinks In 114 Seconds
Key West, Florida - May 27, 2009 17:37 EST

The highly anticipated placement of the world’s second-largest ex-military ship as an artificial diving and fishing reef, near Key West, is finally a reality. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) worked closely with its many project partners to...
 
Spectacular Deep-water Coral Province Discovered Off Ireland's West Coast
Galway, Ireland - May 26, 2009 19:40 EST

NUI Galway researchers, during a recent deep-water expedition, have confirmed the existence of a major new coral reef province on the southern end of the Porcupine Bank off the west coast of Ireland. The province covers an area of some...
 
Four Angel Sharks Born At San Francisco Aquarium; 'We're Thrilled To Have These Rare Births'
San Francisco, California - May 26, 2009 17:57 EST

Keeping in line with the pupping season for many local shark species, Aquarium of the Bay welcomed the births of four Pacific Angel Sharks in its Under the Bay exhibit today. Aquarium of the Bay is the only nature center...
 
Shark-free Marinas Initiative Launched To Reduce Worldwide Shark Mortality; Fishermen Urged 'To Start Releasing Their Catch'
San Diego, California - May 25, 2009 20:21 EST

Shark-Free Marinas has a singular purpose, to reduce worldwide shark mortality. Today the not-for-profit company launches its strategy which intends to prevent the deaths of millions of vulnerable and endangered species of shark. The initiative aims to win over the...
 
Ocean Life In Olden Days: Researchers Upend Modern Notions Of 'Natural' Animal Sizes, Abundance
- May 24, 2009 19:03 EST

Before oil hunters in the early 1800s harpooned whales by the score, the ocean around New Zealand teemed with about 27,000 southern right whales - roughly 30 times as many as today - according to one of several astonishing reconstructions...
 
Shark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, Featured On ABC's Good Morning America Weekend TV Shows
New York, New York - May 22, 2009 17:02 EST

Shark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, was featured on ABC's Good Morning America Weekend Adventure segment aired 5/17/09. Stuart Cove was interviewed and spoke about his famous Shark Dive Adventure at his Nassau, Bahamas operation. Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas is one of...
 
Second Season Ordered As River Monsters Hooks Viewers; Animal Planet's Highest Rated Series Ever
New York, New York - May 22, 2009 16:55 EST

Animal Planet's RIVER MONSTERS, hosted by extreme angler and biologist Jeremy Wade, reeled in an average of more than a million households (1.05M) across its seven premiere episodes, making it the best-performing series in network history. The series averaged more...
 
Vandenberg Fact Summary; Sinking Set For May 27th Off Key West, Florida
Key West, Florida - May 22, 2009 10:32 EST

The decommissioned military ship “Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg” will sail on its final voyage, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. It is scheduled to be sunk as an artificial reef the following day. Vandenberg Fact summary What: Sinking of the former USAF Gen....
 
Special Security Precautions Announced For Vandenberg Sinking Off Key West
Key West, Florida - May 22, 2009 09:57 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other law enforcement agencies will escort the decommissioned military ship “Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg” on its final voyage, Tuesday, May 26, weather permitting. The following day, the ship will slip beneath...
 
Thieving Whale Caught On Video Gives Rare Clues About Hunting Strategy, Sound Production
San Diego, California - May 21, 2009 17:32 EST

For decades scientists have been intrigued by the variety of sounds emitted by sperm whales, partly due to a popular theory that suggests that the sounds might contain information about the animals' size. But historically it has been extremely difficult...
 
First-Ever Global Report On Shellfish Finds 85 Percent Of World's Oyster Reefs Have Vanished
Arlington, Virginia - May 21, 2009 17:01 EST

The Nature Conservancy has released the first-ever comprehensive global report on the state of shellfish at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Washington, DC. The report, which finds that 85 percent of oyster reefs have been lost worldwide, concludes...
 
NOAA: Report Offers In-depth Look At Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Life, Ecosystems
Washington, D.C. - May 21, 2009 16:44 EST

A new NOAA report on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), protected by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, provides the sharpest picture yet of the region's marine life and ecosystems. Prepared by NOAA's National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, the report, A...
 
Scientists Find Heat-tolerant Coral Reefs That May Resist Climate Change; 'May Be Tougher Than We Thought'
Palo Alto, California - May 20, 2009 20:15 EST

Experts say that more than half of the world's coral reefs could disappear in the next 50 years, in large part because of higher ocean temperatures caused by climate change. But now Stanford University scientists have found evidence that some...
 
'Groundbreaking' Study Of Marine Mammals Brains Reveals Hazardous Cocktail Of Pesticides
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 20, 2009 20:05 EST

The most extensive study of pollutants in marine mammals’ brains reveals that these animals are exposed to a hazardous cocktail of pesticides such as DDTs and PCBs, as well as emerging contaminants such as brominated flame retardants. Eric Montie, the...
 
MSNBC To Feature Florida Shark Expert Discussing Shark Repellent Technology
Key West, Florida - May 20, 2009 19:56 EST

Tune in to MSNBC News on Friday May 22, 2009 to see live coverage of Florida Keys Community College’s Dean of Marine Sciences, Dr. Patrick Rice, as he shows off his pioneering research in shark repellent technology at the new...
 
Prison For Virginia Man Convicted Of Importing And Mislabeling Frozen Catfish
Los Angeles, California - May 20, 2009 19:41 EST

A Virginia man has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy that led to more than 10 million pounds of frozen catfish being imported from Vietnam, but fraudulently labeled and sold in the United...
 
U.S. Navy Grant To Fund Probe Of Squid And Octopus Camouflage; 'A Virtual Reality Machine For The Ocean'
Durham, North Carolina - May 20, 2009 19:28 EST

Octopuses and squid are big brained species that use much of their mental powers to adjust their own appearances. This remarkable ability to camouflage on the fly has inspired the Office of Naval Research to award $7.5 million to Duke...
 
Scientists Use Hydrophones To Find Endangered Right Whales Where Presumed Extinct
Newport, Oregon - May 20, 2009 19:23 EST

Using a system of underwater hydrophones that can record sounds from hundreds of miles away, a team of scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has documented the presence of endangered North Atlantic right whales...
 
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