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Scientists: 'Surprise' As Bottom-Dwelling Goosefish Eat Deep-Diving Puffins
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 11, 2013 21:11 EST

A recent study has shown that bottom-dwelling goosefish, also known as monkfish, prey on dovekies, a small Arctic seabird and the smallest member of the puffin family. To understand how this deep-water fish finds a shallow-feeding bird in offshore waters,...
 
Scientists: Record-Breaking Bloom In Lake Erie Triggered By 'Perfect Storm' Of Events; Factors 'All Related To Humans'
Arlington, Virginia - Apr 11, 2013 20:53 EST

A 2011 record-breaking algae bloom in Lake Erie was triggered by long-term agricultural practices coupled with extreme precipitation, followed by weak lake circulation and warm temperatures, scientists have discovered. The researchers also predict that, unless agricultural policies change, the lake...
 
Expert: Gulf Of Mexico Has Greater-Than-Believed Ability To Self-Cleanse Oil Spills
New Orleans, Louisiana - Apr 11, 2013 20:44 EST

The Gulf of Mexico may have a much greater natural ability to self-clean oil spills than previously believed, an expert in bioremediation said here today at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's...
 
Scientists Seeks Sea Urchin's Secret To Surviving Ocean Acidification; 'Almost No Negative Effects'
Palo Alto, California - Apr 9, 2013 21:00 EST

Stanford scientists have discovered that some purple sea urchins living along the coast of California and Oregon have the surprising ability to rapidly evolve in acidic ocean water – a capacity that may come in handy as climate change increases...
 
Record-Breaking 2011 Lake Erie Algae Bloom May Be Sign Of Things To Come
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Apr 4, 2013 17:52 EST

The largest harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie's recorded history was likely caused by the confluence of changing farming practices and weather conditions that are expected to become more common in the future due to climate change. Rather than an isolated,...
 
Researchers Unveil Large Robotic Jellyfish That One Day Could Patrol Oceans
Blacksburg, Virginia - Mar 28, 2013 19:25 EST

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers have unveiled a life-like, autonomous robotic jellyfish the size and weight of a grown man, 5 foot 7 inches in length and weighing 170 pounds. The prototype robot, nicknamed Cyro, is a larger model of...
 
Scientists Confirm First-Ever Two-Headed Bull Shark; Connection To Deepwater Horizon Spill Denied
East Lansing, Michigan - Mar 25, 2013 17:03 EST

Scientists have confirmed the discovery of the first-ever, two-headed bull shark. The study, led by Michigan State University and appearing in the Journal of Fish Biology, confirmed the specimen, found in the Gulf of Mexico April 7, 2011, was a single...
 
Study: Humans Drastically Altering Wild Stingray Behavior; 'Interactive Ecotourism' Questioned
Fort Launderdale, Florida - Mar 19, 2013 20:45 EST

Stingrays living in one of the world's most famous and heavily visited ecotourism sites — Stingray City/Sandbar in the Cayman Islands — have profoundly changed their ways, raising questions about the impact of so-called "interactive ecotourism" on marine wildlife, reports...
 
Campaigners Condemn 900 'Last Resort' Seal Shootings In Scotland
East Sussex, England - Mar 18, 2013 20:06 EST

The Seal Protection Action Group (SPAG) today condemned the Scottish Government for publishing details about the shooting of hundreds of seals in Scotland on an obscure website, so avoiding public scrutiny and further public outrage at the killings. The Marine Scotland...
 
Scientists: Ocean Plankton Sponge Up Nearly Twice The Carbon Currently Assumed; 'It's So Important'
Irving, California - Mar 17, 2013 19:38 EST

Models of carbon dioxide in the world's oceans need to be revised, according to new work by UC Irvine and other scientists published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. Trillions of plankton near the surface of warm waters are far more...
 
Researchers: 'Dirty Blizzard' In Gulf May Account For Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil
Tallahassee, Florida - Mar 16, 2013 20:02 EST

Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill acted as a catalyst for plankton and other surface materials to clump together and fall to the sea floor in a massive sedimentation event that researchers are calling a "dirty blizzard." Jeff Chanton, the...
 
Eel Migration Study Reveals Porbeagle Shark Predation In The Gulf Of St. Lawrence
Halifax, Canada - Mar 13, 2013 22:50 EST

A tagging study has revealed that porbeagle sharks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence could severely impact the number of migrating American eels in the region. Canadian researchers tagged eight adult eels in the St. Lawrence River as part of...
 
Scientists: Glaciers Contribute Significant Iron To North Atlantic Ocean; More Than 'A Big Block Of Ice'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Mar 12, 2013 19:32 EST

All living organisms rely on iron as an essential nutrient. In the ocean, iron's abundance or scarcity means all the difference as it fuels the growth of plankton, the base of the ocean's food web. A new study by biogeochemists and...
 
Researcher Discovers Plankton Adjusts To Changing Ocean Temperatures By 'Altering The Rhythm Of Its Pulsing Appendage'
Lubbock, Texas - Mar 11, 2013 15:03 EST

Imagine trying to swim through a pool of honey. Because of their small size, this is what swimming in water is like for tiny marine plankton. So, it was often assumed they would be easy prey, especially in the dense...
 
Scientists Tracking Sediments' Fate In Largest-Ever Dam Removal; 'This Is A Chance To Document A 100-Year Storm'
Seattle, Washington - Mar 8, 2013 19:53 EST

Salmon are beginning to swim up the Elwha River for the first time in more than a century. But University of Washington marine geologists are watching what's beginning to flow downstream – sediments from the largest dam-removal project ever undertaken....
 
Scientists Breaking The Rules For How Tsunamis Work; 'We Are Still Trying To Understand The Implications'
Los Angeles, California - Mar 7, 2013 13:50 EST

The earthquake zones off of certain coasts—like those of Japan and Java—make them especially vulnerable to tsunamis, according to a new study. They can produce a focusing point that creates massive and devastating tsunamis that break the rules for how...
 
Scientists Create New Maps Depicting Potential Worldwide Coral Bleaching By 2056
Miami, Florida - Feb 25, 2013 20:04 EST

In a study published today in Nature Climate Change researchers used the latest emissions scenarios and climate models to show how varying levels of carbon emissions are likely to result in more frequent and severe coral bleaching events. Large-scale 'mass'...
 
Study: Fragments Of Continents Hidden Under Lava In The Indian Ocean
Potsdam, Germany - Feb 24, 2013 17:37 EST

The islands Reunion and Mauritius, both well-known tourist destinations, are hiding a micro-continent, which has now been discovered. The continent fragment known as Mauritia detached about 60 million years ago while Madagascar and India drifted apart, and had been hidden...
 
Study Uncovers Widespread Seafood Fraud Nationwide; 'No One Is Safe'
Washington, D.C. - Feb 21, 2013 20:48 EST

Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans, uncovered widespread seafood fraud across the United States, according to a new report released today. In one of the largest seafood fraud investigations in the world to...
 
Study: Modelling Shows Some Oceans Left Behind By Sea-Level Rise; Pacific Up, Poles Regions Down
Bristol, UK - Feb 19, 2013 20:06 EST

Sophisticated computer modeling has shown how sea-level rise over the coming century could affect some regions far more than others. The model shows that parts of the Pacific will see the highest rates of rise while some polar regions will...
 
Report: Number Of Shark Attacks At 12-Yr High; 'Human-Causative Factors Are Involved'
Gainesville, Florida - Feb 11, 2013 20:44 EST

Shark attacks in the U.S. reached a decade high in 2012, while worldwide fatalities remained average, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File report released today. The U.S. saw an upturn in attacks with 53, the most since...
 
Research: Magnetic Map Guides Salmon Home; 'They Imprint The Magnetic Field'
Corvallis, Oregon - Feb 7, 2013 18:28 EST

The mystery of how salmon navigate across thousands of miles of open ocean to locate their river of origin before journeying upstream to spawn has intrigued biologists for decades, and now a new study may offer a clue to the...
 
Tapeworm Eggs Discovered In 270 Million Year Old Fossil Shark Feces
Rio Grande, Brazil - Jan 30, 2013 17:35 EST

A cluster of tapeworm eggs discovered in 270-million-year-old fossilized shark feces suggests that intestinal parasites in vertebrates are much older than previously known, according to research published January 30 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Paula Dentzien-Dias and...
 
Bite Back: New Study Calls For Society To Change The Way We Refer To Shark Behavior; No 'Attacks'
Sarasota, Florida - Jan 29, 2013 17:58 EST

The term "shark attack" is typically used by the media, government officials, researchers and the public to describe almost any kind of human-shark interaction — even those where no contact or injury occurs between humans and sharks. Now, Christopher Neff of...
 
How The Purple And Pink Sunscreens Of Reef Corals Work; Chromoproteins 'Don't Re-Emit Light'
Southampton, United Kingdom - Jan 23, 2013 18:36 EST

New research by the University of Southampton has found a mechanism as to how corals use their pink and purple hues as sunscreen to protect them against harmful sunlight. Many reef corals need light to survive, as they benefit from sugars...
 
Olivine Eyed As Researchers Analyze 'rock Dissolving' Method Of Geoengineering
Bremerhaven, Germany - Jan 22, 2013 19:10 EST

The benefits and side effects of dissolving particles in our ocean's surfaces to increase the marine uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2), and therefore reduce the excess amount of it in the atmosphere, have been analysed in a new study published...
 
Study: Salmon Runs Boom, Go Bust Over Centuries; No 'Signal Of Commercial Fishing' In Trends
Seattle, Washington - Jan 14, 2013 21:10 EST

Salmon runs are notoriously variable: strong one year, and weak the next. New research shows that the same may be true from one century to the next. Scientists in the past 20 years have recognized that salmon stocks vary not...
 
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: Waterfall-Climbing Fish Use Same Mechanism To Climb Waterfalls And Eat Algae
Clemson, South Carolina - Jan 4, 2013 17:57 EST

Going against the flow is always a challenge, but some waterfall-climbing fish have adapted to their extreme lifestyle by using the same set of muscles for both climbing and eating, according to research published January 4 in the open access...
 
Sylvia Earle 'Delighted' To Join Board Of Advisors Of Ocean-Themed Web Media Property Theblu.com
Los Angeles, California - Jan 4, 2013 17:50 EST

Going against the flow is always a challenge, but some waterfall-climbing fish have adapted to their extreme lifestyle by using the same set of muscles for both climbing and eating, according to research published January 4 in the open access...
 
Study: No Evidence Of Increasing Jellyfish Population Over Last Two Centuries
Southampton, England - Dec 31, 2012 17:57 EST

Scientists have cast doubt on the widely held perception that there has been a global increase in jellyfish. Blooms, or proliferations, of jellyfish can show a substantial, visible impact on coastal populations – clogged nets for fishermen, stinging waters for tourists,...
 
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...
 
Geo-Engineering Against Climate Change: Seeding The Oceans With Iron May Not Address Carbon Emissions
Sydney, Australia - Dec 19, 2012 20:49 EST

Numerous geo-engineering schemes have been suggested as possible ways to reduce levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and so reduce the risk of global warming and climate change. One such technology involves dispersing large quantities of...
 
Researchers Find Injured Coral Have Less Sex; 'they Don't Necessarily Look Damaged'
Buffalo, New York - Dec 17, 2012 21:46 EST

Coral colonies that suffered tissue damage in The Bahamas were still producing low numbers of eggs four years after the injuries occurred, according to new research by University at Buffalo scientists. Tiny sperm-producing factories called spermaries were also in short...
 
Florida: Dolphin Found Dead After Swallowing Fishing Gear; 'Her Stomach Was Full Of Fish'
Sarasota, Florida - Dec 11, 2012 21:22 EST

A local bottlenose dolphin was found dead Saturday, Dec. 8, in Venice Inlet and examined by Mote Marine Laboratory scientists, who report that it most likely died from swallowing fishing gear. This case serves as a reminder to keep waterways...
 
Study: Warm Sea Water, 'Change In Ocean Circulation' Is Melting Antarctic Glaciers
Gothenberg, Sweden - Dec 6, 2012 14:18 EST

The ice sheet in West Antarctica is melting faster than expected. New observations published by oceanographers from the University of Gothenburg and the US may improve our ability to predict future changes in ice sheet mass. The study was recently...
 
Study: Mercury In Coastal Fog Linked To Upwelling Of Deep Ocean Water; 'Parts-Per-Trillion Levels'
Santa Cruz, California - Dec 4, 2012 20:33 EST

An ongoing investigation of elevated mercury levels in coastal fog in California suggests that upwelling of deep ocean water along the coast brings mercury to the surface, where it enters the atmosphere and is absorbed by fog. Peter Weiss-Penzias, an environmental...
 
NOAA Proposes Listing 66 Reef-Building Coral Species Under The Endangered Species Act
Washington, D.C. - Nov 30, 2012 20:26 EST

In compliance with a federal court ordered deadline, and consistent with existing international protections, NOAA Fisheries announced today that it is proposing Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings for 66 coral species, including 59 in the Pacific and seven in the...
 
Study: Dispersants Used During Gulf Of Mexico Clean-Up Made Spill 52-Times More Toxic
Atlanta, Georgia - Nov 30, 2012 19:27 EST

If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill was a ecological disaster, the two million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it even...
 
Scientists: Projected Sea-Level Rise May Be Underestimated; IPCC 'Far From Being Alarmist'
Potsdam, Germany - Nov 28, 2012 20:44 EST

That sea level is rising faster than expected could mean that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) sea-level rise projections for the future may be biased low as well, their results suggest. Sea-level rise potentially affects millions of people all...
 


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