Study: Scuba Diving Not A Risk for Decline in Lung Function
Kronshagen, Germany - Jul 11, 2006 21:01 EST
A study by the German Naval Medical Institute suggests that scuba divers are not at greater risk of accelerated decline in lung function.
The researchers performed pulmonary function tests on 590 healthy male members of the German Navy -- 468 were...
Greenpeace: Mediterranean bluefin tuna fish could be on brink of collapse
Cairo, Egypt - Jun 22, 2006 21:19 EST
The bluefin tuna population in the Mediterranean Sea may be on the brink of collapse and the fishery must be closed immediately, said Greenpeace today. The organisation's ship Esperanza, in the Mediterranean on the 4th leg of its fourteen-month Defending...
Research: Slap Happy Killer Whales Battle Herriing, Flatulence to Get Meal
Odense, Denmark - Jun 20, 2006 22:27 EST
Norwegian and Icelandic killer whales use a variety of techniques to get their dinner, many of which are acoustic. In defense, their prey employ clever acoustical countermeasures of their own. Icelandic killer whales, as we have discovered, employ an additional...
Suunto Dive Computers Recalled; Software Bug 'A Potential Risk to Divers'
Helsinki, Finland - Jun 19, 2006 21:38 EST
Suunto has announced an important safety notice regarding its D9 and D6 diving instruments. This global decision involves D9 and D6 instruments that have been delivered to distributors and retailers, as well as product that has been sold to consumers.
Study: Global Warming May Have Damaged Coral Reefs Forever
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - May 15, 2006 21:53 EST
Global warming has had a more devastating effect on some of the world's finest coral reefs than previously assumed, suggests the first report to show the long-term impact of sea temperature rise on reef coral and fish communities.
Large sections of...
Scientists: Carp Found to Hold Its Breath for Months
Oslo, Sweden - Apr 7, 2006 17:51 EST
How long can you hold your breath? Scientists at the University of Oslo have recently discovered how the Crucian Carp, a close relative of the goldfish, is able to live for months without oxygen. The researchers hope that understanding how...
Scientists: Some Cod Like It Hot, Some Not
Canterbury, U.K. - Apr 3, 2006 19:36 EST
Scientists at CEFAS (UK) have found that the migration pattern of wild cod is much less restricted by environmental temperature than laboratory studies suggest. Previously, research in the lab indicated that the preferred temperature range of cod was between 11-15ºC....
Researcher: Fish larvae don't swim well because they lack control
Lancaster, U.K. - Apr 3, 2006 18:57 EST
Do you remember learning to swim? Thrashing around, floundering, until suddenly it all clicks into place and a few feeble strokes of doggy-paddle propel you away from your parent's arms. Surely, you think, fish must be born as expert swimmers....
Report: Environmentalists' 'marine reserve' proposals for North Sea misguided
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom - Mar 27, 2006 19:14 EST
Proposals by environmentalists to declare small areas of the North Sea as 'no-fishing' zones would not save our flagging fish stocks, suggests a new report by Newcastle University for the British Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA).
Satellite making first direct measurements of ocean surface velocities
Bergen, Norway - Mar 27, 2006 18:50 EST
For more than a decade space-based radar instruments have been routinely observing ocean surface phenomena including wind, waves, oil slicks, even the eyes of hurricanes. Now – employing the same principle as police speed guns – satellite radar has also...
Researchers: Bering Sea ecosystem changing 'from arctic to sub-arctic'
Arlington, Virginia - Mar 9, 2006 18:50 EST
Physical changes--including rising air and seawater temperatures and decreasing seasonal ice cover--appear to be the cause of a series of biological changes in the northern Bering Sea ecosystem that could have long-range and irreversible effects on the animals that live...
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...
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...
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...
Dog Trainer Teaches Sharks Some Table Manners at Dutch Zoo
Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Feb 1, 2006 00:00 EST
Biology student Kavita Khemlani is a dog trainer in her spare time. For her studies, she works with animals that she can’t pet if they do their tricks right. Amazingly, she managed to teach the bullsharks and blacknose...
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.
Watering Can from River Thames Whale Rescue Put for Bid on Ebay
London, England - Jan 23, 2006 00:00 EST
The whale's would-be rescuers call it a "symbol of hope," but really it's a small, bright red plastic watering can of the sort usually favored by gardeners.
On Monday, the can - which was used to moisten the skin of a...
Scuttled: Family Feud Threatens to Sink Cousteau's Legacy
La Rochelle, France - Jan 22, 2006 00:00 EST
In an obscure corner of the old trawler harbour of La Rochelle, hidden from view by the building-site that was once the city’s fish-market and forgotten by all but a devoted few, lie the rotting remains of one of the...
Lebanese diver saves endangered guitar shark from certain death
Beirut, Lebanon - Jan 20, 2006 00:00 EST
The Sport Diver magazine - a National Geographic affiliate - featured, in its December issue, the story of a Lebanese diver who saved an endangered shark in Mauritius. Naji Cherabieh, a scuba diver with over 12 years of experience in...