Researcher: Florida Manatee Deaths Wane Due To Mild Winter
Tallahassee, Florida - Jan 8, 2013 19:19 EST
Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) documented fewer manatee deaths in 2012 than in the previous three years, as milder winter temperatures led to significantly less cold-related mortality. The FWC recorded 392 manatee carcasses in state...
Study: Groundwater, Stream Water Dissolving Hawaiian Islands
Salt Lake City, Utah - Dec 21, 2012 19:37 EST
Someday, Oahu's Koolau and Waianae mountains will be reduced to nothing more than a flat, low-lying island like Midway.
But erosion isn't the biggest culprit. Instead, scientists say, the mountains of Oahu are actually dissolving from within.
"We tried to figure out...
Researchers Pitch Idea Of 'Wave Cloaking' To Shield Floating Objects
San Diego, California - Nov 26, 2012 18:07 EST
A new approach to invisibility cloaking may one day be used at sea to shield floating objects – such as oil rigs and ships – from rough waves. Unlike most other cloaking techniques that rely on transformation optics, this one...
Researchers: Eating Right Key To Survival Of Whales And Dolphins
Vancouver, British Columbia - Nov 21, 2012 17:27 EST
In the marine world, high-energy prey make for high-energy predators. And to survive, such marine predators need to sustain the right kind of high-energy diet. Not just any prey will do, suggests a new study by researchers from the University...
Researchers Studying 'Fingerprint' Left On Seafloor By Hurricane Sandy
Newark, Delaware - Nov 19, 2012 21:30 EST
Beneath the 20-foot waves that crested off Delaware's coast during Hurricane Sandy, thrashing waters reshaped the floor of the ocean, churning up fine sand and digging deep ripples into the seabed. Fish, crustaceans and other marine life were blasted with...
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,...
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...
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-...