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Study: New Indicator Uncovered That Can Predict Coral Health; Dinoflagellates Linked To Disease
Honolulu, Hawaii - Jul 18, 2008 17:49 EST

A new indicator of coral health has been discovered in a community of microscopic single-celled algae called dinoflagellates. The study, released in the July 8th edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals that a particular...
 
Research: Saharan Dust Storms Sustain Life In Atlantic Ocean; 'Ocean Desert' Fertilized
Liverpool, England - Jul 18, 2008 17:44 EST

Research at the University of Liverpool has found how Saharan dust storms help sustain life over extensive regions of the North Atlantic Ocean. Working aboard research vessels in the Atlantic, scientists mapped the distribution of nutrients including phosphorous and nitrogen and...
 
Study: Antarctic Worms, Sea Spiders, Urchins Pounded By Icebergs; Marine Life Could Suffer 'Severe Effects'
London, England - Jul 18, 2008 09:16 EST

Antarctic worms, sea spiders, urchins and other marine creatures living in near-shore shallow habitats are regularly pounded by icebergs. New data suggests this environment along the Antarctic Peninsula is going to get hit more frequently. This is due to an...
 
Doctors: Omega-6 Rich Tilapia Healthy; Replacing With Bacon, Hamburgers Or Doughnuts 'Not Recommended'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 17, 2008 18:21 EST

In response to confusing reports, an international coalition of more than a dozen doctors spoke out today to clarify that fish like tilapia are low in total and saturated fat, high in protein and clearly part of a healthy diet....
 
Study: Caribbean Lionfish Decimating Tropical Fish Populations, Threatens Coral Reefs; 'Voracious Predator'
Corvalis, Oregon - Jul 17, 2008 18:09 EST

The invasion of predatory lionfish in the Caribbean region poses yet another major threat there to coral reef ecosystems – a new study has found that within a short period after the entry of lionfish into an area, the survival...
 
Researcher Leads Underwater Archeological Expedition In Gulf Of Mexico In Search Of First Americans
Austin, Texas - Jul 15, 2008 18:49 EST

C. Andrew Hemmings, research associate of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) at The University of Texas at Austin, will lead an underwater archeological expedition July 30 to Aug. 12 in the Gulf of Mexico to search for submerged evidence...
 
Indian Fishermen Net 10-ton 'White' Shark; 'It Is Not Edible'
Madurai, India - Jul 15, 2008 18:21 EST

A 10-ton white shark was netted by fishermen, 30 nautical miles from Therezpuram coastal village in Tuticorin district Monday. The fishermen pulled the shark from the deep sea to about 25 feet from the shore, after which they found it...
 
Record-setting Dead Zones Predicted For Gulf Of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay; 'An Ecological Time Bomb'
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Jul 15, 2008 17:23 EST

Record-setting "dead zones" in the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay appear likely this summer, according to new forecasts from a University of Michigan researcher. Donald Scavia, a professor at the U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), makes the...
 
Newly Discovered Leatherback Turtle Migration Route May Be Roadmap To Salvation; 'A Really Awesome Flagship For Conservation'
Palo Alto, California - Jul 15, 2008 17:19 EST

With a name like "Leatherback Turtle" you might think the sea turtles could stand up to just about anything the ocean can throw at them, and for more than a hundred million years, they have. But tough, long-lived critters though...
 
CT Scan Performed On Stranded Pygmy Killer Whale 'Pete'; Lesions Found In Lungs
Sarasota, Florida - Jul 11, 2008 18:24 EST

The condition of the pygmy killer whales brought to Mote’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital on June 16 after stranding near Boca Grande continues to improve, though both are still considered to be in critical condition. One of the whales, nicknamed...
 
Researchers: Tilapia Contains Potentially Dangerous Fatty Acid Combination; 'Exaggerated Inflammatory Response'
Winston-Salem, North Carolina - Jul 10, 2008 20:59 EST

Farm-raised tilapia, one of the most highly consumed fish in America, has very low levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and, perhaps worse, very high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, according to new research from Wake Forest University School of...
 
Researchers: Wilkins Ice Shelf Hanging By Its Last Thread; 'It Is Going More Quickly Than We Guessed'
Paris, France - Jul 10, 2008 20:13 EST

The Wilkins Ice Shelf is experiencing further disintegration that is threatening the collapse of the ice bridge connecting the shelf to Charcot Island. Since the connection to the island in the image centre helps to stabilise the ice shelf, it...
 
Study: 1/3 Of Reef-building Corals Face Extinction; 'This Can Lead To The Collapse Of Entire Ecosystems'
Arlington, Virginia - Jul 10, 2008 20:06 EST

A third of reef-building corals around the world are threatened with extinction, according to the first-ever comprehensive global assessment to determine their conservation status. The study findings were published today by Science Express. Leading coral experts joined forces with the...
 
New Fossil Tells Twisted Tale Of How Flatfishes Ended Up With Two Eyes On One Side Of Head
Chicago, Illinois - Jul 9, 2008 19:59 EST

A newly identified fossil and the reinterpretation of previously known fossils, all from Europe and about 50 million years old, fill in a "missing link" in the evolution of flatfishes and explain one of nature's most extraordinary phenomena. All living...
 
NASA Mission To Be Crystal Ball Into Oceans' Future, Mirror To The Past; 'It's The Motion Of The Ocean'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 8, 2008 19:53 EST

Imagine the lives that could be saved from flash floods and drought, the millions of dollars in fuel costs that could be avoided for fishing vessels, and the homes that could be spared from the effects of coastline erosion if...
 
Scientists Discover New Reefs Teeming With Marine Life In Brazil; Reef Structure Supports An 'Abundance Of Fish'
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Jul 8, 2008 19:22 EST

Scientists announced today the discovery of reef structures they believe doubles the size of the Southern Atlantic Ocean's largest and richest reef system, the Abrolhos Bank, off the southern coast of Brazil's Bahia state. The newly discovered area is also...
 
NOAA And Partners To Explore German Subs Sunk Off North Carolina During World War II
Washington, D.C. - Jul 7, 2008 21:11 EST

NOAA will lead a research expedition July 7-26 to study the wrecks of three German submarines sunk by U.S. forces in 1942 off the coast of North Carolina during the Battle of the Atlantic. “This expedition is the first part of...
 
NOAA: Half Of U.S. Coral Reefs In 'Poor' Or 'Fair' Condition; 'We Need To Redouble Our Efforts'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 7, 2008 20:44 EST

Nearly half of U.S. coral reef ecosystems are considered to be in "poor" or "fair" condition according to a new NOAA analysis of the health of coral reefs under U.S. jurisdiction. The report issued July 7, The State of Coral Reef...
 
Swordfish Washes Up On Brit Cost; Rare Visitor A 'Tiddler In Global Terms'
Glamorgan, South Wales - Jul 4, 2008 19:18 EST

A rare and exotic large fish has been found washed up on the British coast, marine experts revealed today. A swordfish, measuring six feet and weighing up to 175lb, was discovered dead on Barry Island beach in the Vale of Glamorgan,...
 
Scientists: Acidifying Oceans Add Urgency To CO2 Cuts; 'May Mean The End Of Coral Reefs'
Stanford, California - Jul 3, 2008 18:06 EST

It's not just about climate change anymore. Besides loading the atmosphere with heat-trapping greenhouse gases, human emissions of carbon dioxide have also begun to alter the chemistry of the ocean—often called the cradle of life on Earth. The ecological and...
 
Research: Ancient Marine Invertebrate Diversity Less Explosive Than Thought
University Park, Pennsylvania - Jul 3, 2008 18:03 EST

Diversity among the ancestors of such marine creatures as clams, sand dollars and lobsters showed only a modest rise beginning 144 million years ago with no clear trend afterwards, according to an international team of researchers. This contradicts previous work...
 
Researchers Discover New Pathway For Methane Production In The Oceans; 'A Harbinger Of Many New Insights'
Manoa, Hawaii - Jul 3, 2008 17:50 EST

A new pathway for methane production has been uncovered in the oceans, and this has a significant potential impact for the study of greenhouse gas production on our planet. The article, released in the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience, reveals that...
 
Vancouver Aquarium's Beloved Steller Sea Lion 'Tag' Succumbs To Cancer; 'Noble Heart, Gentle Soul'
Vancouver, BC, Canada - Jul 1, 2008 18:51 EST

Staff and volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Tag, a 15 year-old male Steller sea lion. Tag was diagnosed with oral cancer last winter and was in treatment until his death in the...
 
Giant Catfish Dies Trying To Eat Football; 'I've Never Seen Anything Like This In 30 Years'
Berlin, Germany - Jul 1, 2008 17:26 EST

A catfish met an unpleasant fate in Germany when it tried to eat a football floating in the river. Police patrolling the Main River say it's the weirdest case they've seen in 30 years. A giant catfish died trying to...
 
Penguins Setting Off Sirens Over Health Of World's Oceans; 'Some Species Go Extinct Before Their Time'
Seattle, Washington - Jul 1, 2008 17:11 EST

Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, penguins are sounding the alarm for potentially catastrophic changes in the world's oceans, and the culprit isn't only climate change, says a University of Washington conservation biologist. Oil pollution, depletion of fisheries and...
 
Research: Exploited Fish Make Rapid Comeback In World's Largest No-take Marine Reserve Network
Townsville, Australia - Jun 30, 2008 19:09 EST

No-take marine reserves, in which fishing is completely banned, can lead to very rapid comebacks of the fish species most prized by commercial and recreational fisheries, reveals a new study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef published in the June 24th...
 
Greenpeace Presses Japanese Embassy For Release Of 'Tokyo Two' Whaling Activists; 'We Won't Back Down'
Ottawa, Canada - Jun 30, 2008 17:45 EST

Greenpeace today will ask the Japanese Ambassador to Canada to intercede with his government to secure the immediate release of two Greenpeace activists, dubbed the Tokyo Two. "We will deliver a request from Greenpeace Canada's Executive Director and a petition signed...
 
Researchers: Powerful, Invisible Waves Help Shape The Continental Slope; 'It's Very Important'
Austin, Texas - Jun 30, 2008 17:36 EST

A class of powerful, invisible waves hidden beneath the surface of the ocean can shape the underwater edges of continents and contribute to ocean mixing and climate, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found. The scientists simulated...
 
New High-Tech Research Ship To Serve NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks Sanctuary
Washington, D.C. - Jun 27, 2008 19:27 EST

Today, NOAA christened a new, state-of-the-art research vessel that will enhance the study and protection of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. The 83-foot R/V Manta will operate out of Galveston, Texas, where the sanctuary...
 
NOAA: Seven Stocks Removed From Overfishing Lists, None Added; 'Great News For The American People'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 27, 2008 19:06 EST

NOAA announced today that seven stocks have been removed from the overfishing list and no new stocks added in their annual report to Congress on the status of fishing stocks. The report tracks both population levels and harvest rates for...
 
Hero Dolphin Seen Trying To Rescue Filipino Fisherman From Drowning; Survivor Swears Off Dolphin Meat
Masbate, The Philippines - Jun 26, 2008 14:27 EST

A dolphin rescued a fisherman after his fishing boat capsized Saturday in the wake of typhoon "Frank" off Negros, although both of them died upon reaching the shore of Burias Island in Masbate. Online news site Visayan Daily Star reported Thursday...
 
Researchers: Ocean Algae Biofuels Might Prove To Be A Sustainable Energy Source; 'Encouraging Results'
Manhattan, Kansas - Jun 26, 2008 13:46 EST

Research by two Kansas State University scientists could help with the large-scale cultivation and manufacturing of oil-rich algae in oceans for biofuel. K-State's Zhijian "Z.J." Pei, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and Wenqiao "Wayne" Yuan, assistant professor of...
 
Fire Under Ice: International Expedition Discovers Gigantic Volcanic Eruption In The Arctic Ocean
Bremerhaven, Germany - Jun 26, 2008 13:40 EST

An international team of researchers was able to provide evidence of explosive volcanism in the deeps of the ice-covered Arctic Ocean for the first time. Researchers from an expedition to the Gakkel Ridge, led by the American Woods Hole Oceanographic...
 
Diver Finds Million Dollar Golden Chalice Off Florida Coast; 'Spectacular' Artifact Only 18 Feet Underwater
Key west, Florida - Jun 26, 2008 06:45 EST

Divers for the historic shipwreck search and salvage company Blue Water Ventures Key West have discovered an intact, centuries old, golden chalice in the waters of the Florida Straits. The ornately etched vessel, which the Spanish called a bernegal, was discovered...
 
Scientists: Census Of Marine Life Lists 122,500 Known Species, 56,400 Aliases
Washington, D.C. - Jun 25, 2008 15:18 EST

Census of Marine Life-affiliated scientists consolidating world databases of ocean organisms have demoted to alias status almost one-third of all names culled from 34 regional and highly specialized inventories. The new World Register of Marine Species (www.marinespecies.org) contains about 122,500 validated...
 
Researchers: Devastating 'White Syndrome' Coral Disease May Have Bacterial Cause
Queensland, Australia - Jun 24, 2008 20:06 EST

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University have identified the possible cause of a virulent coral disease that until now has been mysterious. Coral disease...
 
Official Olympic Fish Killed By Barracuda Attack At Hong Kong Aquarium; Sturgeon Death 'Natural Phenomenon'
Hong Kong - Jun 24, 2008 17:40 EST

Chinese officials gave Hong Kong a ticking off Tuesday after one of five "Olympic" fish presented to the city by China ended up dead within days. The rare Chinese sturgeon, one of China's five Olympic symbols, died Monday, just four days...
 
Discovery Announces Dates For 2008 Shark Week; Mythbusters, Survivorman, Dirty Jobs, Mysterious Shark Coast
Miami, Florida - Jun 23, 2008 17:27 EST

Shark Week, summer television's must-see event, is back for its 21st year on Discovery Channel, from July 27 to August 1, 2008 at 9PM ET/PT. Cable television's longest-running programming event will kick off Sunday, July 27 at 9PM ET/PT with the...
 
Researchers: Dry Tortugas Show Positive Trends; Protected Area Slowly Rebounding
Miami, Florida - Jun 23, 2008 15:26 EST

A team of 38 research divers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, NOAA Fisheries Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Park Service, REEF, and the University of North Carolina...
 
X-Ray Mag #24 Published: Sulawesi, Kas Turkey, Ilha Grande Brazil, Dive Doctor, GirlDiver, Painter Jens Poulsen And Much, Much More
Miami, Florida - Jun 23, 2008 14:58 EST

Issue #24 of X-ray Mag has been published and is ready for free download. The latest issue features Wolfgang Pölzer's tour through the underwater world off North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Harald Apelt's features the picturesque little port town of Kas,...
 


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