Hawaii Man Recalls the Day a Great White Shark Attacked Him
Kauai, Hawaii - Feb 16, 2006 19:48 EST
Kenny Doudt talks about the longest 15 seconds of his life. It happened 25 years ago in the split second moments when he found himself in the jaws of a great white shark. The attack happened in the chilly...
Paws or claws? Giant Corpse was Floating Mystery
Miami, Florida - Feb 15, 2006 18:14 EST
Something very dead was floating in an Olympia Heights canal in western Miami-Dade: A black bear was the word from Miami-Dade police. Their corpses turn up rarely and it's almost always gruesome when they do. They turn up skinless, headless...
Fish skin shoes set to make a splash; 'Fish skin is another piece of leather'
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Feb 14, 2006 19:04 EST
This is not another “fishy” tale. Newly-opened shoe boutique Zendalia is introducing shoes, bags, wallets and key chains, made of tilapia fish skin.
With the natural scale pattern in copious colours, these products are simply irresistible.
“Fish skin is another piece of...
Escapee Farmed Salmon Infiltrate Fitter Wild Populations
Quebec, Canada - Feb 13, 2006 18:50 EST
There is growing concern about the threats that farmed Atlantic salmon escapees constitute to wild salmon populations.
Consumers and environmentalists are concerned about farmed salmon yet heritable changes that have accumulated in farmed strains at the genetic level are largely unknown.
The Man Who Scared Millions: 'Jaws' Author Peter Benchley Dead at 65
New York, NY - Feb 13, 2006 10:08 EST
Peter Benchley, whose novel Jaws terrorized millions of swimmers even as the author himself became an advocate for the conservation of sharks, has died at age 65, his widow said Sunday. Wendy Benchley, married to the author for 41 years,...
Sunken Treasure Looters Posing as Scuba Divers in Malaysia
Mersing, Malaysia - Feb 11, 2006 18:10 EST
Looters posing as scuba-divers are scouring the waters of Mersing looking for sunken treasure.
They have managed to carry away artifacts from many shipwrecks in the area, University Kebangsaan Malaysia archaeologist Prof Nik Hassan Suhaimi told The New Straits Times.
Diver Lost Off Puerto Rico Swims 10 Miles to Safety; 'Thank You God'
Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico - Feb 10, 2006 18:03 EST
A lost diver who was the subject of a U.S. Coast Guard search managed to swim 10 miles through heavy seas to safety, authorities said Thursday.
Marcos Calzada Colon said that at one point he followed a pod of whales because...
Six Indicted in Scheme to Poach and Smuggle Protected California Leopard Sharks
Oakland, California - Feb 9, 2006 09:47 EST
United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that a federal grand jury indicted six individuals on charges of criminally catching and selling thousands of undersized juvenile leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata). The indictment, which was returned on January 24, 2006, and...
Brit Scientists Warn: Chinese Crab Menace Must Be Controlled
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK - Feb 8, 2006 17:15 EST
An exotic type of crab is spreading at an alarming rate throughout Britain's coast and rivers, a study by the University's School of Marine Science and Technology has found.
The Chinese mitten crab, brought to Britain during the last century in...
New Sonar Method Offers Way to Assess Health of Squid Fisheries
Monterey, California - Feb 8, 2006 16:44 EST
California’s $30-million-a-year squid fishery has quadrupled in the past decade, but until now there has been no way to assess the continuing viability of squid stocks. A multi-institutional team of scientists this month reported a new sonar technique to locate...
Researcher: 'Two-Mouthed' Trout Caused by Injury, Not Genetics
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Feb 8, 2006 16:24 EST
Clarence Olberding of Lincoln thought he had the catch of the day when he hooked a trout with two mouths. But a Harvard University researcher who examined the severed fish head said the unusual deformity was caused by an...
Study: Fish the Primary Source of Mercury Contamination in Women
Ashville, North Carolina - Feb 8, 2006 16:11 EST
Interim results of the nation’s largest mercury hair sampling project were released today by the Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. The report found mercury levels exceeding the EPA’s recommended limit of one microgram of mercury...
Galapagos Tour Operator Banned for Two Months Following Illegal Shark Fishing
Galapagos, Ecuador - Feb 7, 2006 19:20 EST
The regulatory authority of the Galapagos National Park suspended Celebrity Xpeditions from operating tours in the Galapagos Islands for two months as a consequence of an illegal shark-fishing incident.
The authority also ordered Celebrity to pay a fine equivalent to the...
Research: Over 15,000 Shipwrecks Lie Buried on the Irish Seabed
Dublin, Ireland - Feb 7, 2006 18:35 EST
Lustiania, the Cunard Line steamer sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Cork in 1915 drowning all 1,200 on board, is one of the most famous shipwrecks in Irish waters. But a new study has discovered that the...
Researchers: Parachuting Allows Krill to Eat and Run
Cambridge, United Kingdom - Feb 6, 2006 19:18 EST
Antarctic researchers have recorded a novel behavior in krill that may help regulate greenhouse gases. Antarctic krill, one of the largest animal resources on Earth, parachute into the deeper layers of the ocean many times a night and sequester large...
Deaths Push Rare Asia DolphinsNearer to Extinction; 'This is Terrible News'
Gland, Switzerland - Feb 3, 2006 19:16 EST
The death of ten Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River in Cambodia is raising serious concerns about the survival of this already critically endangered population, warns WWF.
The global conservation organization estimates that there are only 80–100 Irrawaddy dolphins left in...
Whale soul for sale -- one tragic owner
London, England - Feb 3, 2006 19:08 EST
It used to be a practice confined to pacts with the devil, but now an anonymous vendor in America is offering to sell the soul of the London whale.
The Northern Bottlenosed Whale died two weeks ago after swimming up the...
One fish, two fish: New sensor improves fish counts
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Feb 2, 2006 18:38 EST
Researchers at MIT have found a new way of looking beneath the ocean surface that could help definitively determine whether fish populations are shrinking.
A remote sensor system developed by Associate Professor Nicholas Makris of mechanical engineering, along with others at...
Shark kills US Peace Corps worker in Tonga
Tu’anuku Village, Tonga - Feb 2, 2006 18:31 EST
Reports from Tonga say a US Peace Corps Volunteer died in Vava’u on Wednesday after losing a leg in a shark attack in the water off the village of Tu’anuku.
Tessa Horan was 24 years old and from New Mexico, and...
Aussie Croc Killed After Jumping on Passing SUV; 'No Time to React'
Jabiru, Australia - Feb 1, 2006 19:12 EST
A saltwater crocodile has launched itself at a vehicle in Kakadu National Park, sparking an unusual warning from rangers.
Croc expert Garry Lindner said the episode – on the Kakadu Highway near Jabiru last week – followed a swag of reports...
Water Can Used on London Whale Sold on eBay for £2,050
London, England - Feb 1, 2006 00:00 EST
The watering can used to hydrate the whale stranded in the Thames has been sold on online auction site eBay for £2,050.
All proceeds will go to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue which led the operation to save the creature.