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Irish Divers Uncover Anchor off Coolock Coast; 'It was a Big Surprise'
Coolock, Ireland - Jul 18, 2006 22:01 EST

Four Coolock diving enthusiasts uncovered a rare find last week when they managed to pull what they believe to be a 120-year-old anchor from the sea off Lambay Island. In a two and half hour operation, the divers, Kevin Darling,...
 
Greenpeace: Marine Reserves Needed to Protect Mediterranean Fish Stock; Illegal Driftnet Ban Needs Enforcement
Athens, Greece - Jul 12, 2006 21:36 EST

Greenpeace today warned that the illegal killing of scores of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean sea will continue until Mediterranean countries get serious about enforcing a long standing ban on illegal driftnet fishing in their sea. The environmental organisation...
 
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...
 
Swiss Shark Expert Dispels 'Jaws' Myth; 'We Simply Don't Know the Basic Facts'
Geneva, Switzerland - Jul 8, 2006 18:41 EST

For a landlocked Swiss, Michael Scholl has an unusual passion: sharks. And not just any shark but the big daddy of them all, the great white. The marine biologist has spent much of the past decade in close proximity with carcharodon...
 
Hungarian Scuba Diver Sets World Record with 270m Unaided Scuba Dive at Red Sea 'Diver's Cemetary'
Dahab, Egypt - Jul 8, 2006 09:24 EST

Hungarian diver Gusztav Riczler has set a new world record for the deepest unaided scuba dive. The 37-year-old man set the new mark by diving to a depth of 270 meters near the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea, in the...
 
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. Quality...
 
Greenpeace: Marine Reserves Needed for the Mediterranean; 'Home to 9% of the World's Marine Life'
Genoa, Italy - Jun 15, 2006 21:50 EST

Marine life in the Mediterranean is in danger of being wiped out unless 40% of the sea is protected by reserves, says a new Greenpeace report. The report, "Marine Reserves for the Mediterranean Sea" highlights the threats facing the Mediterranean...
 
Greenpeace: Every Four Seconds, Ten Football Fields of Marine Life Wiped Out by Bottom Trawlers
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Jun 8, 2006 16:47 EST

As the kick-off to the football world cup approaches, Greenpeace has revealed the shocking fact that every four seconds, marine life in an area of ocean floor the size of ten football fields is wiped out by high seas bottom...
 
Study: Protein Myglobin Key to Common Carp's Ability to Survive with Little Oxygen
Liverpool, England - Jun 1, 2006 16:03 EST

The common carp has given scientists at the University of Liverpool an unusual insight into how animals can survive in environments with little or no oxygen The research team found that the protein myglobin - thought to act as an oxygen...
 
Study: Governments Have Failed to Stop Overfishing; Quotas, Scientific Advice Ignored
Gland, Switzerland - May 18, 2006 20:02 EST

Around the world, governments are failing to prevent over-fishing on the high seas. Many are ignoring scientific advice and increasing catches rather than enforcing wise management, reveals a new report from WWF and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. Regional Fisheries...
 
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 Reveal Fate of Earth's Oceans; Seawater Absorbed Into the Deep Earth
Manchester, UK - May 10, 2006 21:14 EST

Scientists at The University of Manchester have uncovered the first evidence of seawater deep inside the Earth shedding new light on the fate of the planet's oceans, according to research published in Nature (May 11, 2006). For years geologists have debated...
 
Researchers: Nanosecond-scale release of stinging jellyfish nematocysts 'fastest cellular processes in nature'
Frankfurt, Germany - May 8, 2006 22:05 EST

By using an electronic ultra-high-speed camera, researchers have characterized the explosive discharge of stinging jellyfish nematocytes and show that this event represents one of the fastest cellular processes in nature. The research is reported by Thomas Holstein of the University...
 
Plans to Drill Into Deep Antarctic Lakes Called into Question Over Contamination Fears
London, United Kingdom - Apr 19, 2006 15:02 EST

Plans to drill deep beneath the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, to investigate subglacial lakes where ancient life is thought to exist, may have to be reviewed following a discovery by a British team led by UCL (University College London)...
 
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). Marine...
 
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...
 
Report: 70% of the Oceans Shark Free; All Populations 'Within the Reach of Human Fisheries'
Aberdeen, Scotland - Feb 22, 2006 18:22 EST

Marine scientists have discovered that the deepest oceans of the world would appear to be shark free. In a paper published today, an international team of researchers, led by the University of Aberdeen, reveal that sharks have failed to colonise at...
 
Japanese Reseachers Attack British Environmentalists' Claims Whale Meat is Being Fed to Dogs
London, England - Feb 17, 2006 21:44 EST

A Japanese research group has criticized British environmentalists who recently claimed whale meat was being used in Japanese pet food. Last week, Britain's Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society said the use of the meat in pet food showed that Japan...
 
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...
 
First as Brit Pair's Carp Conquers Japanese Koi Show; 'Our Fish is Superb'
Sheffield, U.K. - Feb 4, 2006 17:41 EST

Property developer Mark, of Lodge Moor, and his London-based partner in fish Martin Plows have become the first westerners ever to win the All Japan Koi Show, the equal of the football World Cup in carp circles. Mark, who has kept...
 
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...
 
Tropical Fish Found with 'Allah' and 'Mohammed' Markings on Its Side
Rossendale, UK - Feb 1, 2006 20:01 EST

A pet shop owner was stunned to find markings spelling out Allah in Arabic on the body of a tropical fish. A customer spotted the markings on the side of an Oscar fish in a tank at Walker Aquatics in Waterfoot,...
 
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. The...
 
Study: Human Ears Evolved from Fish Gills; 'Missing Link' Fossil Examined
Uppsala, Sweden - Jan 30, 2006 00:00 EST

Your ability to hear relies on a structure that got its start as a gill opening in fish, a new study reveals. Humans and other land animals have special bones in their ears that are crucial to hearing. Ancient fish used...
 
Scientists Discover the World's Smallest Fish; 'It's Tiny, It Lives in Acid'
London, England - Jan 25, 2006 00:00 EST

Scientists have discovered the world's smallest fish on record in an acidic peat swamp in Indonesia, with a see-through body and a head that is unprotected by a skeleton, researchers said Wednesday. Mature females of the Paedocypris progenetica, a member of...
 
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...
 
Diving Pair Claims World Record with 205m Plunge; 'It is a Dice with Death'
Red Sea, Egypt - Jan 19, 2006 00:00 EST

A diver from Borehamwood has plunged a death-defying 205 metres underwater to set a new world record. Leigh Cunningham, 37, now carries the record for the deepest wreck dive, after making it down to a sunken cargo ship in pitch-black waters...
 
Files: Scot Officials Fretted Over Protecting the Loch Ness Monster from Poachers
Loch Ness, Scotland - Jan 9, 2006 00:00 EST

Senior government officials debated how best to protect the Loch Ness monster from poachers. Newly-released files show that during the 1980s the government was in turmoil about how to deal with the monster should it ever surface. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office...
 
Mom of Singer Kirsty McColl Girds for Justice Years After Dive Accident off Cozumel
London, England - Jan 9, 2006 00:00 EST

The mum of Croydon-born singer Kirsty MacColl has vowed she will "never give up" the fight for justice for her daughter. Following the fifth anniversary of Kirsty's death Jean MacColl believes the goal is in sight as she battles for the...
 

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