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Despite Their Thick Skins, Alligators And Crocodiles Are Surprisingly Touchy
Nashville, Tennessee - Nov 12, 2012 20:18 EST

Crocodiles and alligators are notorious for their thick skin and well-armored bodies. So it comes as something of a surprise to learn that their sense of touch is one of the most acute in the animal kingdom. The crocodilian sense of...
 
Researchers: Corals Attacked By Toxic Seaweed Use Chemical 911 Signals To Summon Help
Atlanta, Georgia - Nov 8, 2012 16:26 EST

Corals under attack by toxic seaweed do what anyone might do when threatened – they call for help. A study reported this week in the journal Science shows that threatened corals send signals to fish "bodyguards" that quickly respond to...
 
Sitting Still Or Going Hunting: Which Works Better? 'Swimming Costs Matter'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Nov 5, 2012 20:39 EST

For the kinds of animals that are most familiar to us — ones that are big enough to see — it's a no-brainer: Is it better to sit around and wait for food to come to you, or to move...
 
Research: Controlling Invasive Lionfish May Best Be Done In Targeted Areas
Gainsville, Florida - Oct 29, 2012 19:03 EST

nvasive lionfish may never be eradicated from Florida's coastal waters, but it's possible to keep them under control — in specific, targeted areas and using plenty of manpower, a new University of Florida study shows. Native to the Indo-Pacific, the spiny,...
 
Whale Racket: Sounding Out How Loud The Oceans Were From Whale Vocalizing Prior To Industrial Whaling
Lagunitas, California - Oct 25, 2012 14:19 EST

Concern is growing that human-generated noise in the ocean disrupts marine animals that rely on sound for communication and navigation. In the modern ocean, the background noise can be ten times louder than it was just 50 years ago. But...
 
Researchers: Pacific Albacore Carry Barely Detectable Fingerprints Of Fukushima Disaster
Corvallis, Oregon - Oct 24, 2012 22:37 EST

Samples of albacore tuna caught off the West Coast of the United States show minute traces of radiation that can be traced to the Fukushima reactor disaster, according to an interdisciplinary team of scientists from Oregon State University and the...
 
Price Chopper Becomes First Supermarket To Voluntarily Test Seafood For Species Verification
Schenectady, NY - Oct 23, 2012 21:56 EST

Is the seafood you're buying what the label, sign or menu says it is? Concern is growing nationwide that restaurants, seafood markets and even some supermarkets are selling mislabeled seafood. Consumer Reports found that 18% of seafood samples its researchers collected...
 
Contact: Us Scientists Report Whale Making Human Voice Sounds; 'An Example Of Vocal Learning'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 22, 2012 20:37 EST

For the first time, researchers have been able to show by acoustic analysis that whales—or at least one very special white whale—can imitate the voices of humans. That's a surprise, because whales typically produce sounds in a manner that is...
 
Strong 2012 Nesting Season For Florida Loggerheads; 'Nesting Has Risen Over The Past Five Years'
Tallahassee, Florida - Oct 19, 2012 19:02 EST

Loggerhead sea turtle nesting was near a 24-year high along Florida beaches this year, according to data compiled by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers. The loggerhead is listed federally as a threatened species. Trained surveyors from partners across...
 
Why Are Coastal Salt Marshes Falling Apart? 'There Are Limits To What Salt Marshes Can Do'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Oct 19, 2012 18:37 EST

Salt marshes have been disintegrating and dying over the past two decades along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and other highly developed coastlines without anyone fully understanding why. This week in the journal Nature, scientist Linda Deegan of the Marine Biological...
 
Research: Dolphins Can Stay Awake For 15 Days Straight; 'True Unwavering Sentinels Of The Sea'
San Diego, California - Oct 18, 2012 00:07 EST

Dolphins sleep with only one half of their brains at a time, and according to new research published Oct. 17 in the open access journal PLOS ONE, this trait allows them to stay constantly alert for at least 15 days...
 
Scientists: Coral Diseases Might Not Be Contagious; No 'Clusters Of Sick Colonies'
Sarasota, Florida - Oct 17, 2012 00:47 EST

Sick corals might be stressed but not necessarily contagious — an important finding for predicting diseases outbreaks on threatened coral reefs, according to research by Mote Marine Laboratory and Florida Institute of Technology scientists who have completed the largest-ever study...
 
Undercover Investigation: Disease, Overcrowding, Neglect At Caymans Island Turtle Farm; 'It's Truly Horrific'
Boston, Massachusetts - Oct 15, 2012 23:55 EST

A year-long undercover investigation conducted by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) at the Cayman Turtle Farm, a popular tourist destination and the world's last remaining facility that raises sea turtles for slaughter, has revealed disturbing animal...
 
Experts: Florida's 'Mystery Eyeball' Appears To Be From A Swordfish; Likely 'Removed By A Fisherman And Discarded'
Tampa, Florida - Oct 15, 2012 20:54 EST

After examining an eye found on a south Florida beach this week, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) believe the specimen came from a swordfish. Genetic testing will be done to confirm the identification. "Experts on site...
 
Study: Prenatal Mercury Exposure From Fish May Be Associated With Risk Of ADHD-Related Behaviors
Boston, Massachusetts - Oct 8, 2012 22:59 EST

A study of children in the New Bedford, Mass., area suggests that low-level prenatal mercury exposure may be associated with a greater risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)-related behaviors and that fish consumption during pregnancy may be associated with a lower...
 
Countries Propose To List Ten Shark And Ray Species Under International Wildlife Treaty
Washington, D.C. - Oct 6, 2012 19:44 EST

At least 37 countries, including the United States and Mexico, have proposed protections for ten shark and ray species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The U.S. will join Colombia in leading an effort to secure...
 
Study: Manatees Reflect Quality Of Health In Marine Ecosystems; 'Canaries In The Mineshaft'
Fairfax, Virginia - Oct 2, 2012 23:43 EST

A longterm study conducted by researchers at George Mason University may be a benchmark in determining health threats to marine mammals. Over ten years of research in Belize was conducted studying the behavioral ecology, life history and health of manatees in...
 
Researchers: Fish Getting Smaller As The Oceans Get 'Warmer And Less-Oxygenated Ocean'
Vancouver, BC - Oct 1, 2012 23:00 EST

Changes in ocean and climate systems could lead to smaller fish, according to a new study led by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia. The study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, provides the first-ever global projection...
 
Researchers: White Shark Diets Vary With Age And Among Individuals
Santa Cruz, California - Sep 30, 2012 17:20 EST

White sharks, the largest predatory sharks in the ocean, are thought of as apex predators that feed primarily on seals and sea lions. But a new study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows surprising variability in...
 
Time Bomb: Unexploded Military Ordnance In Gulf Poses Threat To Shipping; 'It's Been 40 To 60 Years'
College Station, Texas - Sep 28, 2012 18:21 EST

Millions of pounds of unexploded bombs and other military ordnance that were dumped decades ago in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as off the coasts of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, could now pose serious threats to shipping...
 
Study: Vampire Squid Thrive On Feces And Ocean Debris
Monterey, California - Sep 26, 2012 22:21 EST

About 100 years ago, marine biologists hauled the first vampire squid up from the depths of the sea. Since that time, perhaps a dozen scientific papers have been published on this mysterious animal, but no one has been able to...
 
California Names Leatherback Sea Turtle As Official State Marine Reptile
Sacramento, California - Sep 26, 2012 22:14 EST

In a strong affirmation of the Golden State's commitment to the environment, Governor Brown today designated the endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle as California's official state marine reptile by signing into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1776 by Assemblymember Fong (D-...
 
NOAA: Study Finds That Ocean Acidification Is Accelerated In Nutrient-Rich Areas
Silver Spring, Marlyland - Sep 24, 2012 21:01 EST

Carbon dioxide released from decaying algal blooms, combined with ongoing increases in atmospheric carbon emissions, leads to increased levels of ocean acidification, and places additional stress on marine resources and the coastal economies that depend on them, according to a...
 
Florida's Famed 'Beggar' The Dolphin Found Dead; 'A Local Icon And Tourist Attraction For Over Two Decades'
Sarasota, Florida - Sep 23, 2012 17:15 EST

One of Sarasota's most well known and ill-fed dolphins was found dead near the Albee Road Bridge in Sarasota on Friday, 9-21-12. Known as "Beggar," the bottlenose dolphin was one of the most studied wild dolphins in the world and...
 
Homeland Security Scientists Envision Protecting Our Harbors And Ships With A Robotic Tuna Fish
Waltham, Massachusetts - Sep 20, 2012 17:42 EST

No question about it… they're very good at what they do. But they don't take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter....
 
The 'Slippery Slope To Slime': Researchers Confirm Overgrown Algae Causing Coral Reef Declines
Corvallis, Oregon - Sep 19, 2012 18:02 EST

Researchers at Oregon State University for the first time have confirmed some of the mechanisms by which overfishing and nitrate pollution can help destroy coral reefs – it appears they allow an overgrowth of algae that can bring with it...
 
Group Seeks Protection For Orange Clownfish; Iconic Fish Threatened By Ocean Acidification, Global Warming, Aquarium Trade
San Francisco, California - Sep 17, 2012 18:54 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal petition today with the National Marine Fisheries Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the orange clownfish — star of the movie Finding Nemo — and seven similarly coral-dependent damselfish threatened by...
 
'Narco' Sub Built By Homeland Security Mimics The Real Thing
Fort Walton Beach, Florida - Sep 14, 2012 20:57 EST

The erstwhile planet Pluto (now officially an asteroid) was known for decades as a small, dark planet—hidden, difficult to spot, and on a quiet, determined course all its own. And so, when the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) needed...
 
NOAA, Partners To Document Civil War-Era Warship Sunk In Gulf Of Mexico Battle
Galveston, Texas - Sep 11, 2012 22:22 EST

A team of archaeologists and technicians assembled by NOAA will begin today to create a three-dimensional sonar map to document the storm-exposed remains of the USS Hatteras, the only Union warship sunk in combat in the Gulf of Mexico during...
 
Researchers: Deep-Sea Crabs Seek Food Using Ultraviolet Vision
Hollywood, Florida - Sep 8, 2012 13:14 EST

Some deep-sea crabs have eyes sensitive to ultraviolet light, which they may use to snatch glowing plankton and stuff it in their mouths, a new Nova Southeastern University study suggests. Tamara Frank, Ph.D., a marine biologist and associate professor at Nova...
 
Study Examines How Ocean Energy Impacts Life In The Deep Sea; 'Once Thought Remote And Buffered Against Climatic Change'
Durham, North Carolina - Sep 5, 2012 20:28 EST

A new study of deep-sea species across the globe aims to understand how natural gradients in food and temperature in the dark, frigid waters of the deep sea affect the snails, clams, and other creatures that live there. Similar studies...
 
Researchers: Less Is More For Reef-Building Corals; 'Exactly The Opposite Of What We Expected'
Manoa, Hawaii - Aug 28, 2012 23:06 EST

Researchers at the University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) made a discovery that challenges a major theory in the field of coral reef ecology. The general assumption has been that the...
 
Fade To Blue: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Extent Ever Recorded; 'There's No Reason To Believe This Trend Will Change'
Boulder, Colorado - Aug 27, 2012 22:28 EST

The blanket of sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean melted to its lowest extent ever recorded since satellites began measuring it in 1979, according to the University of Colorado Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center. On Aug. 26,...
 
Good News From The Bad Drought: Gulf 'Dead Zone' Smallest In Years; 'We Had To Really Hunt To Find Any Hypoxia'
College Station, Texas - Aug 25, 2012 19:53 EST

The worst drought to hit the United States in at least 50 years does have one benefit: it has created the smallest "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico in years, says a Texas A&M University researcher who has just...
 
Groups File Petition For Endangered Status For California's Great White Sharks; 'There Must Be Action Taken'
Sacramento, California - Aug 20, 2012 23:35 EST

Conservation groups Oceana, Center for Biological Diversity, and Shark Stewards filed a petition to the California Fish and Game Commission today seeking to protect the US West Coast population of great white sharks, throughout their California range, under the state's...
 
Researchers: Global Ocean Health Gets Passing 60% Grade; 'An Excellent Framework'
Vancouver, British Columbia - Aug 15, 2012 22:56 EST

The health of the world's oceans received a score of 60 out of 100 from a team of international scientists, including fisheries researchers at the University of British Columbia. The team undertook the first global quantitative assessment of ocean health and...
 
New Book Explores Noah's Flood; Says Bible And Science Can Get Along
Seattle, Washington - Aug 15, 2012 00:14 EST

"I doubt the historic truth about Noah's Flood will ever be known with certainty. And I don't think it really matters. The discoveries of science have revealed the world and our universe to be far more spectacular than could have...
 
Study: Hurricanes Can Be 50 Percent Stronger If Passing Over Fresh Water
College Station, Texas - Aug 13, 2012 22:59 EST

If a hurricane's path carries it over large areas of fresh water, it will potentially intensify 50 percent faster than those that do not pass over such regions, meaning it has greater potential to become a stronger storm and be...
 
No License Required: Florida Officials Increases Lionfish Harvest Opportunities, Asks Public To Help
Coral Gables, Florida - Aug 13, 2012 22:33 EST

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced changes to the lionfish harvest at a media event today in Coral Gables. Harvesting invasive lionfish no longer will require a fishing license when using certain gear, and there is no...
 
Study: North American Fish Extinctions May Double By 2050; '877 Times Faster Than The Fossil Record'
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 10, 2012 20:07 EST

From 1900-2010, freshwater fish species in North America went extinct at a rate 877 times faster than the rate found in the fossil record, while estimates indicate the rate may double between now and 2050. This new information comes...
 
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