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...
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: 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,...
Licensed To Kill: Campaigners Condemn Increase In Scottish Seal Killings
Lewes, East Sussex, UK - Sep 17, 2012 18:24 EST
The Seal Protection Action Group (SPAG) today condemned an increase in seal shootings in Scotland in the first six months of 2012, the second year of a government license scheme introduced to reduce them.
Government figures just released show that 201...
Carbon Sink: Researchers Publish Results Of Iron Fertilization Experiment
Berlin, Germany - Jul 18, 2012 20:47 EST
An international research team has published the results of an ocean iron fertilization experiment (EIFEX) carried out in 2004 in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature. Unlike the LOHAFEX experiment carried out in 2009, EIFEX has shown that...
Investigation: Greenland Is Killing Whales To Feed Tourists
Wiltshire, UK - Jun 26, 2012 21:18 EST
The real reasons behind Denmark's pleas to increase the number of whales it needs to kill for native Greenlandic peoples have been exposed by Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS).
Despite a ban on commercial whaling, the WDCS undercover investigation has...
New Species Of Fish Discovered In Sweden: Reticulated Dragonet
Gothenburg, Sweden - May 14, 2012 20:45 EST
Reticulated dragonet have been found in Väderöarna – "Weather Islands" – off the west coast of Sweden. It is not often that a new species of fish is discovered in Sweden.
Lars-Ove Loo is the underwater photographer who has captured the...
Scientists: Glowing Belly Helps Tiny Shark Hide From Predators
Louvain, Belgium - Apr 26, 2012 20:43 EST
Some sharks deserve a blood curdling reputation, but not the diminutive smalleye pygmy shark (Squaliolus aliae). Reaching a maximum length of only 22cm, the tiny animals are more likely to be on someone else's menu. Silhouetted against weak light penetrating...
Clash Of The Crayfish: Why The Americans Are Winning
Leeds, U.K. - Mar 15, 2012 20:29 EST
Aggressive American signal crayfish are threatening Yorkshire's native white-clawed crayfish populations because they have better resistance to parasites and are less fussy about what they eat.
The native crayfish suffers from two parasites; plague, which is carried by the American...
What Do Killer Whales Eat In The Arctic? 'Whatever They Can Catch'
London, United Kingdom - Jan 29, 2012 19:26 EST
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are the top marine predator, wherever they are found, and seem to eat everything from schools of small fish to large baleen whales, over twice their own size. The increase in hunting territories available to killer...
Researchers: 'Lost World' Discovered Around Antarctic Vents
Oxford, United Kingdom - Jan 4, 2012 18:32 EST
Communities of species previously unknown to science have been discovered on the seafloor near Antarctica, clustered in the hot, dark environment surrounding hydrothermal vents.
The discoveries, made by teams led by the University of Oxford, University of Southampton and British Antarctic...
RSPCA: Don't Buy 'Fashion Accessory' Fish Tanks This Christmas
Southwater, West Sussex - Dec 9, 2011 21:14 EST
The RSPCA is concerned about the growing trend for 'fashion accessory' aquariums which are designed as ornaments rather than suitable homes for fish.
We are urging Christmas shoppers against buying 'decorative' fish tanks such as globe-shaped bowls, tanks built into furniture,...
Fish Show Females Choose Sexier Friends To Avoid Harassment
Exeter, UK - Dec 7, 2011 20:21 EST
Scientists have observed a strategy for females to avoid unwanted male attention: choosing more attractive friends.
Published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the study is the first to show females spending time with those more sexually...