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Researchers: 'Vigorous Gaping' A Surprising Source Of Adaptive Variation In Baby Fish Jaws
Amherst, Massachusetts - Aug 1, 2017 23:01 EST

An unspoken frustration for evolutionary biologists over the past 100 years, says Craig Albertson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is that genetics can only account for a small percentage of variation in the physical traits of organisms. Now he...
 
Reanimator: How To Cryopreserve Fish Embryos And Bring Them Back To Life
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Jul 13, 2017 17:14 EST

Scientists report for the first time the ability to both deep freeze and reanimate zebrafish embryos. The method, appearing in the journal ACS Nano, could potentially be used to bank larger aquatic and other vertebrate oocytes and embryos, too, for...
 
Endangered Devil Ray Landings In Turkey Denounced; Conservation Groups Call On Mediterranean Officials To Better Enforce Protections
London, England - Mar 15, 2017 23:43 EST

Conservation groups are calling for answers and action in relation to the landing in Turkey of 30 Giant Devil Rays in contravention of Mediterranean agreements to protect the Endangered species. The groups are asking Turkish and regional fisheries authorities about...
 
Decapod Justice: Group Launches Campaign To Get Legal Protection For Crustaceans
London, England - Feb 21, 2017 22:35 EST

Despite a marked increase in scientific evidence about the ability of decapod crustaceans to feel pain and suffer, there has been no government assessment of their welfare and no increase in protections for animals like crabs and lobsters, which in...
 
Scientists: First Functional Fish Head Joint Discovered In Deep-Sea Dragonfishes In Museum Collections
Washington, D.C. - Feb 2, 2017 16:53 EST

Scientists with the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the French Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle are the first to describe and illustrate an evolutionary novelty among fishes -- a unique, flexible connection between the skull and vertebral column in...
 
Despite Ban, Costa Rican Exporter Requests Permission To Ship 690 Kilos Of Hammerhead Shark Fins
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jan 26, 2017 19:38 EST

Smalley Development S.A. intends to export 690 kilos of hammerhead shark fins, the international trade of which has been banned in Costa Rica in abidance to the international convention that regulates the trade of endangered species (CITES). The request was...
 
No Mistake: Study Says Shark Don't Confuse Surfers For Seals; 'Exploratory Bites'
Pensacola, Florida - Nov 29, 2016 18:58 EST

A new study has cast doubt on the theory that sharks mistake surfers for seals when the two are involved in an attack. The most widely known assumption for shark attacks on surfers is the mistaken identity theory that...
 
Feds: More Than A Quarter-Million Dollars In Marijuana Found Floating Off The Shore Of Florida In Month's Time
Washington, D.C. - Oct 17, 2016 14:00 EST

Persistent cross-border drug smuggling by transnational criminal networks is having an unintended consequence as illegal narcotics are washing up on shores and discovered floating in the seas off the coasts of Florida. In a span of 27 days, from Sep. 15...
 
Study: Tiger Sharks Opt For Scavenging On Dead And Dying Sea Turtles As A Feeding Strategy
Miami, Florida - Aug 8, 2016 23:47 EST

An international team that includes University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researchers found behavioral evidence that tiger sharks prefer to opportunistically scavenge on dead or weakened green turtles rather than actively hunting healthy individuals despite...
 
Lawsuit Over Cruelty To Endangered Orca At Miami Seaquarium To Return To Court
Miami, Florida - Jul 3, 2016 19:21 EST

This morning, PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Orca Network, and Orca Network director Howard Garrett filed an appeal of the trial court's dismissal of their Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit against the Miami Seaquarium. Armed with testimony from expert biologists,...
 
Scientists Discover Coral Reef 'Bright Spots' Where Marine Life Is Surprisingly Thriving
Palo Alto, California - Jun 15, 2016 17:12 EST

In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers conducted more than 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries across the globe and discovered 15 'bright spots' – places where, against all the odds, there were a lot more...
 
Study: Shark Meat Sold In Costa Rican Supermarkets 'Exceeds U.S. Health Guidelines' For Mercury
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jun 12, 2016 18:28 EST

New data from George Mason University has revealed that shark meat sold in San Jose and Heredia food markets contain high levels of toxic mercury. The levels are so high that three shark species tested exceed U.S. federal health guidelines....
 
Research: Harbour Porpoises Are Skilled Hunters And Eat Almost Constantly; 'Living In The Fast Lane'
Aarhus, Denmark - May 26, 2016 20:37 EST

Harbour porpoises have sometimes been described as "living in the fast lane." Being smaller than other cetaceans and living in cold northern waters means that the porpoises require a lot of energy to survive, making them prone to starvation. Now...
 
Researchers Find That Networking Lets Sharks Off The Hook; 'Forty-Six Thousand Sharks Could Have Been Saved'
Manoa, Hawaii - May 24, 2016 20:59 EST

Tuna fishers who network with their competition may be able to stop thousands of sharks a year from being accidentally captured and killed in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook...
 
From Whales To Silver Foxes To Refugees: EMILY Robot Is A Lifesaver; 'a classic overnight success story years in the making'
Arlington, Virginia - May 5, 2016 19:54 EST

She's tough--capable of punching through 30-foot waves and riptides or smashing into rocks and reefs. But she's also tender, providing hope to those in peril. Meet EMILY the robotic lifeguard--officially known as the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard--a remote-controlled buoy that recently...
 
Bronze Bell Recovered From World War II Aircraft-Carrying Submarine Off Hawaiian Coast
Manoa, Hawaii - Mar 24, 2016 20:35 EST

During a test dive last week, the Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) recovered the bronze bell from the I-400 - a World War II-era Imperial Japanese Navy mega-submarine, lost since 1946 when it was intentionally sunk by U.S. forces after...
 
Surprise As Study Shows Sharkskin Increases Drag By 50 Percent
Stony Brook, New York - Mar 15, 2016 20:47 EST

The nature of sharkskin with its riblets – the micro-grooved structures found in aircraft wings, wind turbine blades, and Olympic-class swimsuits – seems to suggest a design for speed and streamlined swimming. But a new study led by Stony Brook...
 
Is Yours Bigger Than 18 Inches? State Of Florida Launches Lionfish Category For Record Size Catches
Tallahassee, Florida - Mar 14, 2016 10:19 EST

It's big, it's bold and it's invasive. But could your lionfish catch be a record? If it is over 477 millimeters (18.78 inches) it very well could be. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) newest way of encouraging divers to...
 
Study: Shark Babies Remain Strong In Future Acidic Oceans; 'Future Projections Are Still Not The Best-Case Scenario'
Townsville, Queensland - Mar 8, 2016 21:47 EST

Dr. Jodie Rummer from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University (JCU) and her co-authors studied epaulette shark embryos as they were developing. "Overall, there were no differences between growth and survival...
 
Scientists Model How Global Warming Will Harm 'Fictitious' Fishing Towns, Find 'Inefficient Reallocation Of Wealth'
New Haven, Connecticut - Mar 7, 2016 20:40 EST

Many studies have shown that critical natural resources, including fish stocks, are moving poleward as the planet warms. A new Yale-led study suggests that these biophysical changes are also reallocating global wealth in unpredictable, and potentially destabilizing, ways. On its surface,...
 
Researchers: Reef Sharks Prefer Bite-Size Meals 'Infrequently And Opportunistically'
Townsville City, Queensland - Feb 24, 2016 21:40 EST

Sharks have a reputation for having voracious appetites, but a new study shows that most coral reef sharks eat prey that are smaller than a cheeseburger. Researchers from James Cook University's ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies examined stomach...
 
Study Finds Fish Larvae Swim Faster, Straighter In Groups; 'Group Orientation Emerges From Simple Group Dynamics'
Miami, Florida - Feb 11, 2016 19:56 EST

A recent study provides new evidence that larvae swim faster, straighter and more consistently in a common direction when together in a group. The research led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric...
 
Study Finds Shark Hotspots Overlap With Commercial Fishing Locations; 'We Had No Idea [Overlap] Would Be This High'
Miami, Florida - Jan 25, 2016 19:28 EST

A new study from an international team of scientists found commercial fishing vessels target shark hotspots, areas where sharks tend to congregate, in the North Atlantic. The researchers suggest that sharks are at risk of being overfished in these oceanic...
 
Study: Humpbacks Unfazed By 'Complex' Fishing Net Alarms Sounds; 'We Haven't Yet Cracked The Whale Code'
Sydney, Australia - Jan 21, 2016 20:04 EST

An international team lead by Macquarie researchers has found that humpback whales are not only unfazed by complex alarm sounds designed to alert them to hazards like fishing gear, they have no response to these warning sounds at all. The research...
 
Hold The Pee: New Experiments Determine Effective Treatments For Box Jelly Stings
Manoa, Hawaii - Jan 20, 2016 20:03 EST

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa developed an array of highly innovative experiments to allow scientists to safely test first-aid measures used for box jellyfish stings—from folk tales, like urine, to state-of-the-art technologies developed for the military. The...
 
Scientists Discover Nursery Ground For Sand Tiger Sharks In Long Island's Great South Bay
New York, New York - Jan 5, 2016 18:27 EST

Scientists and veterinarians working for WCS's New York Aquarium have discovered something noteworthy in the near shore waters of Long Island's Great South Bay: a nursery ground for the sand tiger shark, a fearsome-looking but non-aggressive fish. The discovery was made...
 
The Carolina Hammerhead, A New Species Of Shark, Debuts; 'Outwardly Indistinguishable' From The Scalloped Hammerhead
Columbia, South Carolina - Jan 4, 2016 19:13 EST

Discovering a new species is, among biologists, akin to hitting a grand slam, and University of South Carolina ichthyologist Joe Quattro led a team that recently cleared the bases. In the journal Zootaxa, they describe a rare shark, the Carolina...
 
Malaysian-Led Research Team Successfully Sequenced The Genome Of A Malaysian Fish: The Asian Arowana
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Dec 26, 2015 18:56 EST

A Malaysian-led research group from Monash University Malaysia has successfully sequenced the genome of a Malaysian fish: the Asian arowana. This is the first Malaysian fish genome to be sequenced and the first achieved by a Malaysian university. The Asian...
 
Shoestring Budget Doesn't Stop URI Oceanography Student From Making Discoveries Inside Underwater 'shark-Cano'
Narragansett, Rhode Island - Dec 17, 2015 20:07 EST

Oceanographic research expeditions can be extremely expensive undertakings, especially when the operating cost of a research ship for just one day can top $25,000. But a University of Rhode Island graduate student has figured out how to do it on...
 
Ketone Esters Eyed By Researchers To Combat Oxygen Toxicity In Deep-Water Divers
Miami, Florida - Dec 8, 2015 23:17 EST

For the first time, ketone esters-oral supplements useful in epilepsy treatment-are being studied to fight seizures caused by hyperbaric oxygen toxicity, a life-threatening byproduct of breathing too much oxygen that impacts deep-water divers. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is...
 
UN Agency Deploys 'Fish Magnets' Along Somali Coast To Boost Sustainable Fishing
Rome, Italy - Dec 7, 2015 22:05 EST

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), working with the European Union has completed the deployment of 25 Fish-Aggregating Devices (FADs) – or 'fish magnets' – along Somalia's 3,300 km coastline, aiming to boost the nation's small-scale artisanal fisheries and tackle...
 
Study: Vessel Speed, Not Speed, Major Factor In How Much Noise From Boats That Reaches Killer Whales
Seattle, Washington - Dec 2, 2015 23:07 EST

The speed of vessels operating near endangered killer whales in Washington is the most influential factor -- more so than vessel size -- in how much noise from the boats reaches the whales, according to a new study published today...
 
Scientists: Footage Reveals New Shark Feeding Behavior; 'Sharks Modify Their Hunting Strategy' Based On Prey
Annapolis, Maryland - Nov 5, 2015 20:19 EST

Scientists with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) dove into the shark-infested waters of French Polynesia to study how sharks hunt for prey in the wild–using a professional film crew. The cameramen were shooting footage for Mysteries of...
 
Minke Whale Baby Boom Off Scotland's West Coast? Highest Number Of Young Recorded Since Surveys Began
Tobermory, Isle of Mull - Nov 3, 2015 20:23 EST

Sightings of juvenile minke whales off Scotland's west coast increased in 2015 to the highest ever recorded within a survey season, during marine research expeditions carried out by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust – indicating either a significant increase in...
 
Research: Distressed Damsels Release Chemical Cry For Help
Townsville, Queensland - Oct 28, 2015 19:47 EST

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at James Cook University have found that fish release a chemical 'distress call' when caught by predators, dramatically boosting their chances of survival. Fish harbour a chemical substance...
 
Research: Lost Poop Disrupts The Earth; Whale's 'Focculent, Liquidy Cloud' Drive Nutrient Movement
Burlington, Vermont - Oct 26, 2015 19:21 EST

Giants once roamed the earth. Oceans teemed with 90-foot-long whales. Huge land animals — like truck-sized sloths and ten-ton mammoths — ate vast quantities of food, and, yes, deposited vast quantities of poop. A new study shows that these whales and...
 
Researchers: Orange Peels May Clean Up The Ocean By Soaking Up Mercury
Adelaide, South Australia - Oct 25, 2015 19:32 EST

A brand new, dirt cheap, non-toxic polymer that literally sucks mercury out of water and soil is set to become a game changer in the battle against one of the world's most reviled pollutants. The dark red material, developed by...
 
Sportsman Sets New Maryland Snakehead Record With 17.49 Pound Catch
Annapolis, Maryland - Oct 23, 2015 19:43 EST

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that Michael Meade of Upper Marlboro, Maryland set a new state sport fish record with a 17.49-pound northern snakehead while fishing with bow and arrow along the marshes of Mattawoman...
 
NOAA Declares Third Ever Global Coral Bleaching Event; Bleaching Intensifies In Hawaii, High Ocean Temperatures Threaten Caribbean Corals
Silver Spring, Maryland - Oct 13, 2015 21:43 EST

As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever...
 
Costa Rican NGO's Denounce Government's Irresponsible Attitude Towards Marine Conservation
San Jose, Costa Rica - Oct 5, 2015 21:50 EST

Stemming from the recent blockades of public highways by the fishery sector last September 2, the government agreed to a series of reckless, illegal, and unconstitutional agreements with certain members of the sector. The agreements and commitments were communicated to...
 


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