'Lucky Luke' Of The Seas: How Ambush-feeding Zooplankton Capture Prey
Copenhagen, Denmark - Sep 3, 2009 16:50 EST
Could you filter 100,000 cubic metres of syrup every day to find food in a concentration of two grains of rice per cubic metre?
This is what zooplankters, such as copepods, do every day, gathering microscopic food particles (algae etc.) from...
Scientists: Specialized 'Toolbox' Gene Spurs Scale Development In Fish
New York, New York - Sep 3, 2009 16:29 EST
Scientists have suspected that spare parts in the genome—extra copies of functional genes that arise when genes or whole genomes get duplicated—might sometimes provide the raw materials for the evolution of new traits. Now, researchers report in a study published...
Study: Soviet's Secret Whaling Devastated Some Humpback Whale Populations
Lismore, Australia - Sep 1, 2009 23:53 EST
Secret illegal Soviet whaling, during the years from 1947 to 1973, led to the decimation of some populations of humpback whales in the Pacific, according to a new study by collaborating marine researchers.
Wally Franklin, a PhD student with Southern Cross...
Scientists Shed New Light On Behavior Of Shark 'Tweens' And Teenagers
Stony Brook, University - Aug 24, 2009 21:16 EST
A long-term field and DNA study by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, University of Miami, Field Museum of Chicago and others has shown that young lemon sharks born at the Bimini islands, Bahamas, tend to...
Florida Shark Fin Dealer Pleads Guilty To Illegally Dealing Fins Of Protected Species
Atlanta, Georgia - Aug 19, 2009 21:09 EST
Mark L. Harrison, 47, of Southport, Florida, and “HARRISON INTERNATIONAL LLC,” a Florida corporation, today pleaded guilty in federal district court to violating the Lacey Act, a federal fish and wildlife trafficking law, by dealing in shark fins and not...
Charges Pending As Florida Angler Intentionally Snares Scuba Diver
Escambia County, Florida - Aug 18, 2009 22:06 EST
Charges are pending against a fisherman who "intentionally hooked" a diver, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report.
Officer Kenneth Manning received a complaint that a fisherman intentionally hooked a diver at the Russian freighter wreck site. ...
Research: Warming Oceans Triggering Release Of Greenhouse Gases From Seabed
Southampton, U.K.e - Aug 14, 2009 17:28 EST
The warming of an Arctic current over the last 30 years has triggered the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from methane hydrate stored in the sediment beneath the seabed.
Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton working in collaboration...
Researchers Install New Arctic Deep-sea Observatory To Study Mud Volcano
Bremen, Germany - Aug 13, 2009 13:42 EST
Three research institutes from the German federal state Bremen among others have set up an observation ward for the long-term observation of a mud volcano in the Norwegian deep sea. This took place during RV Polarstern's 24th Arctic expedition from...