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Researchers Test Sediment-scrubbing Technology In New Hampshire River; 'A Great Tool To Add To The Tool Box'
Durham, New Hampshire - Jun 17, 2008 18:49 EST

In a mud flat at the edge of the Cocheco River, just outside downtown Dover, scientists from the University of New Hampshire's Contaminated Sediments Center are testing an innovative way to treat polluted sediment in coastal waterways. Rather than dredging up...
 
Ouch: Boy Hospitalized After Angry Puffer Fish Goes Nuts
Phnom Phen, Cambodia - Jun 17, 2008 18:28 EST

A Cambodian teenager was recovering in hospital after an angry puffer fish attacked him in the groin, local media reported. The Khmer-language Koh Santepheap daily ran a picture of the unnamed 13-year-old in a hospital bed with heavy strapping around his...
 
Researchers: 'World First' As Scientists Reveal Whale Shark Diving Behavior; 'Double Life'
Murdoch, Australia - Jun 17, 2008 17:23 EST

The secret double life of Ningaloo’s whale sharks has been discovered by Murdoch University scientist Brad Norman and his Swansea University (UK) colleague Professor Rory Wilson. In a world-first scientific discovery, the two Laureates of the international Rolex Awards for Enterprise...
 
Researchers Turn To Minisubs To Probe Odd Structures In Canadian Lake; 'Biological Or Geological Processes?'
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - Jun 16, 2008 16:46 EST

Single person submersibles have been called in to help scientists retrieve samples from a lake in northern British Columbia that may hold vital clues to the history of life on Earth and on other planets. Greg Slater, an environmental geochemist in...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Cover-ups, Misinformation Exposed In Recent Shark Attacks Around The World
San Diego, California - Jun 15, 2008 18:45 EST

The July, 2008, episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. Shark Conspiracies explores shark sightings and attacks in a new way, by exposing the cover-ups and misinformation sometimes generated from tourism and conservation interests. Shark Conspiracies claims...
 
Study: Ebb And Flow Of The Sea Have 'clear Relationship' To World's Big Extinction Events
Madison, Wisconsin - Jun 15, 2008 18:34 EST

If you are curious about Earth's periodic mass extinction events such as the sudden demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, you might consider crashing asteroids and sky-darkening super volcanoes as culprits. But a new study, published online today (June...
 
8-day Undersea Mission Begins Experiment To Improve Coral Reef Restoration; 'like Living On The Space Station'
State College, Pennsylvania - Jun 13, 2008 18:50 EST

Scientists have begun an eight-day mission, in which they are living and working at 60 feet below the sea surface, to determine why some species of coral colonies survive transplanting after a disturbance, such as a storm, while other colonies...
 
First Birthday of Captive Baby Walrus 'Akituusaq' Celebrated At Aquarium
New York, New York - Jun 13, 2008 10:24 EST

Brooklyn's biggest baby -- a walrus named Akituusaq -- celebrated his first birthday Thursday. Akituusaq is a rarity. Of just 10 walrus calves to be born at an aquarium, he is one of only six to survive past the first year....
 
'Great White Shark' Washes Ashore In The Bahamas; Officials Concerned As Locals Eat It
Grand Bahama, The Bahamas - Jun 12, 2008 14:25 EST

Bahamas officals are concerned over reports of local residents hacking up and carting away a large shark washed up on Grand Bahama Island. The shark is believed to be a great white. Upon reaching the scene, UNEXSO staff were shocked...
 
NOAA Proposes Rule To Require Saltwater Angler Registration; 'Key To Closing A Major Gap In Information'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 11, 2008 19:49 EST

NOAA’s Fisheries Service is seeking comment on a proposed rule that requires anglers and spearfishers who fish recreationally in federal ocean waters to be registered before fishing in 2009. The rule would also require registration by those who may catch...
 
Researchers Install Unique Acoustic System To Protect Manatees From Injuries And Death
Fort Pierce, Florida - Jun 11, 2008 11:33 EST

Researchers at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University have developed and improved upon a unique acoustic system designed to keep manatees from being injured or killed by flood gates and boat locks. Locks are used on sections of...
 
Study: Mediterranean Sea Shark Population Declined Over 97% In 200 Years; 'This Raises A Red Flag'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 11, 2008 09:10 EST

Sharks in the Mediterranean Sea have declined by more than 97 percent in number and "catch weight" over the last 200 years, according to a new study released in the journal Conservation Biology by marine scientists from Dalhousie University in...
 
Study: Persistent Man-made Chemical Pollutants Found In Deep-sea Octopods And Squids
Washington, D.C. - Jun 10, 2008 17:23 EST

New evidence that chemical contaminants are finding their way into the deep-sea food web has been found in deep-sea squids and octopods, including the strange-looking "vampire squid". These species are food for deep-diving toothed whales and other predators. In a study...
 
X-Ray Mag #23 Published: Diving Off Cornwall, Deep Diving, Hammerheads, Croatia, Digital Workflow And More
Miami, Florida - Jun 10, 2008 09:25 EST

Issue #23 of X-ray Mag has been published and is ready for free download. The latest issue features Mark Webster's tour through the underwater world off Cornwall, England, Pascal Bernabé's insights into deep diving, Michael Symes's investigation into locomotion...
 
NOAA: Study Shows Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean Dolphin Populations Improving
Washington, D.C. - Jun 9, 2008 17:44 EST

The numbers of Northeastern offshore spotted and eastern spinner dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean are increasing after being severely depleted because of accidental death in the tuna purse-seine fishery between 1960 and 1990, according to biologists from NOAA's...
 
Study: Domoic Acid From Toxic Algal Blooms May Cause Seizures In California Sea Lions
Washington, D.C. - Jun 9, 2008 16:35 EST

Scientists, reporting in the current issue of the online journal Marine Drugs, state that an increase of epileptic seizures and behavioral abnormalities in California sea lions can result from low-dose exposure to domoic acid as a fetus. The findings follow...
 
New Catfish Species Named For Museum Mail Supervisor; 'I Was Impressed By Frank's Dedication'
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Jun 9, 2008 15:47 EST

He's not well known like President Bush and musician Neil Young, but Philadelphian Frank Gallagher now has something in common with them: He has a new species named after him. Gallagher was The Academy of Natural Sciences' affable mailroom supervisor for...
 
Correction: Deep Ocean Expedition's Sub Tourism Business Healthy And Afloat; Affiliated Shipbuilder Bankrupt
Miami, Florida - Jun 9, 2008 13:28 EST

The Wall Street Journal has offered a correction to a June 4, 2008, story titled "Tourism Firm Files Bankruptcy". The June 6th story incorrectly reported that the bankrupt Deep Ocean Expeditions LLC offered trips aboard minisubmarines to well-healed tourists. The...
 
NOAA: Caribbean Monk Seal Confirmed Extinct; Only Seal Species To Vanish Due To Human Impact
Washington, D.C. - Jun 6, 2008 18:46 EST

After a five year review, NOAA’s Fisheries Service has determined that the Caribbean monk seal, which has not been seen for more than 50 years, has gone extinct—the first type of seal to go extinct from human causes. Monk seals became...
 
Researchers: School Of Robofish Provides Basis For Underwater Robot Teams; 'Don't Need Oxygen'
Seattle, Washington - Jun 6, 2008 18:16 EST

In the world of underwater robots, this is a team of pioneers. While most ocean robots require periodic communication with scientist or satellite intermediaries to share information, these can work cooperatively communicating only with each other. Over the past five...
 
Brit Bass Fishing Association: Stop Eating The Babies; 'Too Valuable A Resource To Be Wasted'
Kent, U.K. - Jun 3, 2008 09:13 EST

With widespread and still growing public concern about over-fishing, and the terrible waste from fishery discards, most people would be horrified to realize that some fishermen are targeting the wild bass stocks before they have ever had a chance to...
 
Florida Shark Expert Summoned To Mexico After Third Attack In Four Weeks
Gainsville, Florida - Jun 2, 2008 16:21 EST

Florida Museum of Natural History shark expert George Burgess was summoned to Mexico Monday by the State of Guerrero after a third shark attack off the Mexican coast in a month. The attacks April 28 and May 23 and 24...
 
Odyssey Marine Files Claim To 2 New Shipwrecks Near The English Channel
Tampa, Florida - May 30, 2008 19:13 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration today filed Admiralty Arrest Complaints in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on two separate shipwreck sites recently discovered by the Company. Both sites lie within the general area of the English Channel...
 
Singapore Resort Mostly Drops Shark Fin Off Menus, Launches Conservation Fund; High Roller Exceptions
Singapore - May 29, 2008 09:32 EST

Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS) today launched a fund to sponsor research, education and conservation efforts related to marine life, to further the marine conservation cause. The RWS Marine Life Fund will dispatch up to S$100,000 each year in 2008...
 
Study: Healthy Parents Provide Clues To Survival Of Young Haddock On Georges Bank; 'Significant Implications'
Washington, D.C. - May 29, 2008 08:45 EST

In 2003, haddock on Georges Bank experienced the largest baby boom ever documented for the stock, with an estimated 800 million new young fish entering the population. With typical annual averages of 50 to 100 million new fish in the...
 
Records Smashed As Danish Angler Lands Monster 8-foot, 444-pound Halibut
Lofoten, Norway - May 28, 2008 17:13 EST

A halibut thought to be the largest ever line-caught fish has been hooked by an angler in Norway. The 444 pounds creature, which measures 8 foot 1 inch long, was landed by proud fisherman Soren Bec following a titanic struggle....
 
Scientists: 'Barren' Seafloor Teeming With Microbial Life; 'There Are Significant Implications'
Los Angeles, California - May 28, 2008 16:35 EST

Seafloor bacteria on ocean-bottom rocks are more abundant and diverse than previously thought, appearing to "feed" on the planet's oceanic crust, according to results of a study reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature. The findings pose intriguing...
 
Aussie Trawler Nets Giant 20-foot, 500-lb Squid; 'Pretty Unusual'
Victoria, Australia - May 26, 2008 20:11 EST

Australian fishermen were squids in when they hauled this 20-foot long sea monster from the ocean. Skipper Rangi Pene said the 500-pound giant squid was already dead when it was caught in the trawler’s nets last night off Australia’s southeastern...
 
Another Surfer Killed By Shark Off Mexico's Pacific Coast; 'Osvaldo Went Under'
Acapulco, Mexico - May 24, 2008 07:45 EST

A surfer was killed by a shark off Mexico's Pacific coast, a mere 6 miles (10 kilometers) from a beach where an American man died in a similar attack last month, authorities said. Osvaldo Mata Valdovinos, 21, was attacked Friday while...
 
Pictures Reveal Shark Vs. Crocodile Battle Off Aussie Coast; 'We Heard Some Splashing'
Northern Territory, Australia - May 23, 2008 17:56 EST

There'S no need to be scared of sharks when you're in the Territory -- the crocs usually get to them first. Paul van Bruggen snapped these amazing pictures of a 2.5m saltie dining out on a shark on the banks...
 
Ocean Acidification: Another Undesired Side Effect Of Fossil Fuel-burning; 30 Years To 'Tipping Point'
Strasbourg, France - May 22, 2008 14:47 EST

Up to now, the oceans have buffered climate change considerably by absorbing almost one third of the worldwide emitted carbon dioxide. The oceans represent a significant carbon sink, but the uptake of excess CO2 stemming from man’s burning of fossil...
 
Saltwater Sleuths: Seeking Clues To Help Determine The Ages Of Fish And Shellfish Populations
Washington, D.C. - May 21, 2008 17:35 EST

Fishery biologist Sandy oSutherland looks through the lens of the microscope at tiny sections of fish earbones, known as toliths, each showing annual bands of growth. She carefully counts the bands to determine the age of the fish, then moves...
 
How Do You Put A Tuna On A Treadmill? And Why? Researchers Examine Lives Of Tuna In The Open Ocean
San Francisco, California - May 21, 2008 16:09 EST

It's easy to find them in a can, but the lives of tuna in the open ocean have been a mystery to scientists. Thanks to a tagging program, Monterey Bay Area scientists are learning that these underwater sprinters travel thousands...
 
From The Deep: Spectacular Squid Found Off Little Cayman; 'The Best Preserved Specimen To Date'
George Town, Cayman Islands - May 21, 2008 15:40 EST

A rare squid found floating on the surface of the ocean about 5 miles south of Little Cayman this weekend has been positively identifed as Asperoteuthis. Local fisherman Derren Burlington, who was taking part in the Brac Jackpot Fishing Tournament, discovered...
 
Clue To Mystery Crustacean; 'The Adults Of These Larvae Must Be Parasites'
London, England - May 20, 2008 19:28 EST

First identified in 1899, y-larvae have been one of the greatest zoological mysteries for over a century. No one has ever found an adult of these puzzling crustaceans, despite the plethora of these larvae in plankton, leading generations of marine...
 
Rare Gold Toothpick And Earwax Scoop Recovered From Florida Shipwreck; 'What A Way To Start The New Season!'
Key West, Florida - May 20, 2008 16:48 EST

The crew of the historic shipwreck search and recovery vessel Blue Water Rose pulled into port Sunday with an extraordinary discovery – a solid gold early 17th Century grooming tool consisting of both toothpick and earwax scoop. The ornate artifact,...
 
NOAA: Ancient Deep-sea Coral Reefs Off Southeastern US Serve As Underwater 'Islands' In The Gulf Stream
Washington, D.C. - May 19, 2008 16:17 EST

Largely unexplored deep-sea coral reefs, some perhaps hundreds of thousands of years old, off the coast of the southeastern U.S. are not only larger than expected but also home to commercially valuable fish populations and many newly discovered and unusual...
 
What To Say When Your Child Says 'If I Enter The Water, The Sharks Will Eat Me!'
Miami, Florida - May 19, 2008 15:25 EST

As a parent, we want our children to spend time outdoors and learn about nature. But what happens when your child tells you they don't want to walk in the park because "the bears will eat me". Should your child be...
 
Leading Brit Seafood Wholesaler Bans All Bluefin Tuna Sales; Calls For 'Sustainable Practices'
Aylesbury, England - May 19, 2008 12:50 EST

M&J Seafood has announced that as from May 19th, it will no longer be supplying Bluefin tuna to the foodservice market. The decision comes hot on the heels of its move to ban all shark products from its portfolio and...
 
Explorers Marvel At 'Brittlestar City' On Seamount In Powerful Current Swirling Around Antarctica
Washington, D.C. - May 18, 2008 18:36 EST

Census of Marine Life-affiliated scientists, plumbing the secrets of a vast underwater mountain range south of New Zealand, captured the first images of a novel “Brittlestar City” established against daunting odds on the peak of a seamount – an underwater...
 


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