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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...
 
Rise In Asian Tiger Shrimp Sightings Prompts Scientific Look At Invasion Concerns
Silver Spring, Maryland - Apr 26, 2012 19:11 EST

The recent rise in sightings of non-native Asian tiger shrimp off the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts has government scientists working to determine the cause of the increase and the possible consequences for native fish and seafood in...
 
Research: It's The Bowl That Makes Goldfish Stupid; Fish Brains Adjust To Meet Environmental Needs
Helsinki, Finland - Apr 25, 2012 21:30 EST

A goldfish in a bowl is a stock allegory for stupidity we know for example from Donald Duck. Recent brain research supports this assumption. But it is not the fish that is stupid as such, it is the bowl that...
 
Study: Wind Pushes Plastics Deeper Into Oceans, Driving Trash Estimates Up
Seattle, Washington - Apr 25, 2012 21:04 EST

While working on a research sailboat gliding over glassy seas in the Pacific Ocean, oceanographer Giora Proskurowski noticed something new: The water was littered with confetti-size pieces of plastic debris, until the moment the wind picked up and most of...
 
Study: Warm Ocean Currents Cause Majority Of Ice Loss From Antarctica; 'We See A Clear Pattern'
British Antarctic Survey, Antarctica - Apr 25, 2012 21:00 EST

Reporting this week (Thursday 26 April) in the journal Nature, an international team of scientists led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has established that warm ocean currents are the dominant cause of recent ice loss from Antarctica. New techniques have...
 
Researchers: Shark Repellents Work Best If Targeted Against Specific Species
Perth, Australia - Apr 24, 2012 20:36 EST

Shark repellents may work best if they target specific species rather than try to deter all types of sharks, say scientists from the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia. Their findings are among six papers published by Oceans Institute...
 
Geophysicists Employ Novel Method To Identify Sources Of Global Sea Level Rise
Toronto, Ontario - Apr 24, 2012 19:47 EST

As the Earth's climate warms, a melting ice sheet produces a distinct and highly non-uniform pattern of sea-level change, with sea level falling close to the melting ice sheet and rising progressively farther away. The pattern for each ice sheet...
 
Research: Fish Larvae Find The Reef By Orienting, The Earlier The Better
Miami, Florida - Apr 23, 2012 21:25 EST

The behavior of marine larvae is central to fully understanding and modeling the pelagic (open ocean) stage for many coastal organisms. For the first time, a numerical study conducted by the University of Miami (UM) incorporates horizontal larval fish navigation...
 
Lawsuit Seeks Protections For Sea Turtles, Polar Bears, Other Rare Wildlife From Oil-Spill Dispersants
San Francisco, California - Apr 18, 2012 20:02 EST

Conservation groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard today for authorizing toxic oil dispersants without ensuring that these chemicals would not harm endangered species or their habitats. The groups want the EPA to immediately study the...
 
Lawsuit Launched To Protect Habitat For Florida's Loggerhead Sea Turtles; 'We Have To Save The Places They Live'
San Francisco, California - Apr 17, 2012 21:05 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network (seaturtles.org) filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Obama administration today seeking to protect critical habitat for imperiled loggerhead sea turtles on Florida's nesting beaches and marine waters...
 
Auditory Fats: Study Amplifies Understanding Of Hearing In Baleen Whales
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 17, 2012 20:38 EST

For decades, scientists have known that dolphins and other toothed whales have specialized fats associated with their jaws, which efficiently convey sound waves from the ocean to their ears. But until now, the hearing systems of their toothless grazing cousins,...
 
Scooter: Underwater Grand Prix Racers To Circle Vandenberg Off Key West, Florida
Key West, Florida - Apr 17, 2012 20:01 EST

The world’s second-largest ship ever sunk as an artificial reef is to become an underwater racetrack during the third annual Vandenberg Underwater Grand Prix, set for Friday through Sunday, May 18-20. Participants using diver-propulsion vehicles are to race around the...
 
Study: Manatee Hearing Good Despite Background Noise
Sarasota, Florida - Apr 12, 2012 19:31 EST

A new study on manatee hearing by Mote Marine Laboratory and collaborators shows that these marine mammals can sense a wide range of pitches despite loud background noise. The study, published today in the peer-reviewed Journal of Experimental Biology, demonstrates...
 
Researchers: Ocean Acidification Linked To Larval Oyster Failure; Hatcheries 'Non-Economically Viable'
Corvallis, Oregon - Apr 11, 2012 20:56 EST

Researchers at Oregon State University have definitively linked an increase in ocean acidification to the collapse of oyster seed production at a commercial oyster hatchery in Oregon, where larval growth had declined to a level considered by the owners to...
 
It's In The Algae: Study Shows Adaptive Capacity Of Reef Corals To 'Climate Change' May Be Widespread
Miami, Florida - Apr 11, 2012 20:52 EST

A new study by scientists at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science suggests that many species of reef-building corals may be able to adapt to warming waters by relying on their closest aquatic partners -...
 
Oceanographer Leading Effort To Enlist Commercial Ships To Collect Ocean Data
Kingston, Rhode island - Apr 5, 2012 17:57 EST

A University of Rhode Island oceanographer is leading an effort to partner with the global shipping industry to systematically collect detailed data about the world's oceans using equipment installed on commercial vessels. H. Thomas Rossby, a professor at the Graduate School...
 
New iPad, iPhone App Helps Mariners Avoid Endangered Right Whales
Silver Spring, Maryland - Apr 4, 2012 18:57 EST

Mariners along the U.S. east coast can now download a new iPad and iPhone application that warns them when they enter areas of high risk of collision with critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. The free Whale Alert app provides...
 
Research: Baltic Gray Seals Consume As Much Fish As The Fishing Industry Catches; 'Competition'
Gothenburg, Sweden - Apr 2, 2012 19:49 EST

The grey seals in the Baltic Sea compete for fish with the fishing industry. The seals locally eat about the same quantities of cod, common whitefish, salmon, sea trout and eel as those taken by fishermen. This is the conclusion...
 
Expert Task Force Recommends Halving Global Fishing For Crucial Prey Species; 'Small But Significant'
Washington, D.C. - Apr 2, 2012 19:33 EST

Fishing for herring, anchovy, and other "forage fish" in general should be cut in half globally to account for their critical role as food for larger species, recommends an expert group of marine scientists in a report released today. The...
 
Study: Ocean Temperatures On Upward Trend Over Last 100 Years
San Diego, California - Apr 1, 2012 17:16 EST

A new study contrasting ocean temperature readings of the 1870s with temperatures of the modern seas reveals an upward trend of global ocean warming spanning at least 100 years. The research led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego...
 
Some Corals Like It Hot: Scientists Discover Heat Stress May Help Coral Reefs Survive 'Climate Change'
Vancouver, British Columbia - Apr 1, 2012 17:13 EST

A team of international scientists working in the central Pacific have discovered that coral which has survived heat stress in the past is more likely to survive it in the future. The study, published today in the journal PLoS ONE, paves...
 
Study: Declines In Caribbean Coral Reefs Pre-Date Damage Resulting From 'Climate Change'
San Diego, California - Apr 1, 2012 17:10 EST

The decline of Caribbean coral reefs has been linked to the recent effects of human-induced climate change. However, new research led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego suggests an even earlier cause. The bad news...
 
Group: National Geographic's New TV Show 'Wicked Tuna' Trivializes Plight Of Disappearing Bluefin Tuna
San Francisco, California - Mar 30, 2012 18:41 EST

A new National Geographic Channel show, Wicked Tuna, focuses on a group of fishermen trying to catch one of ocean's most majestic and imperiled fish, the bluefin tuna. The program comes at a time when key fisheries for bluefin tuna...
 
Superstopper: Containing A Tunnel Flood With An Inflatable Plug; 'No One's Ever Done This Before'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 29, 2012 20:35 EST

Twenty years ago in Chicago, a small leak in an unused freight tunnel expanded beneath the Windy City and started a flood which eventually gushed through the entire tunnel system. A quarter-million people were evacuated from the buildings above, nearly...
 
WHOI Team Uses Advanced Imaging Data To Bring A New View Of Titanic To The World
Wood Hole, Massachusetts - Mar 29, 2012 19:42 EST

Newly released images of the Titanic wreck site provide the first unrestricted view of the world's most notable maritime heritage site. These new images add to the already unprecedented collection of images published in the April 2012 issue of National...
 
Guy Harvey Gambles On Florida Reef Conservation With New Lottery Scratch-off Tickets
Fort Launderdale, Florida - Mar 29, 2012 10:15 EST

For fans of marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey there's a new collector's artwork series that will be available starting on April 3rd—priced at just $2. Dr. Harvey and the Florida Lottery are officially launching the GUY HARVEY® Scratch-Off game...
 
Size Matters: Large Marine Protected Areas Work For Dolphins
North Dunedin, New Zealand - Mar 27, 2012 18:50 EST

Ecologists in New Zealand have shown for the first time that Marine Protected Areas – long advocated as a way of protecting threatened marine mammals – actually work. Their study, based on 21 years' monitoring and published today in the...
 
Hammerhead Double Whammy: 'Look-Alike' Species May Muddy The Water For The Endangered Shark
Fort Launderdale, Florida - Mar 26, 2012 20:17 EST

Identity confusion between a new, yet unnamed shark species, originally discovered off the eastern United States by Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center (NSU-OC) researchers, and its look-alike cousin—the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark—may threaten the survival of both species. According to an...
 
Excrete Science: Radioactive Medicine Being Tracked Through Rivers
Newark, Deleware - Mar 26, 2012 20:09 EST

A University of Delaware oceanographer has stumbled upon an unusual aid for studying local waterways: radioactive iodine. Trace amounts of the contaminant, which is used in medical treatments, are entering waterways via wastewater treatment systems and providing a new way...
 
Seismic Survey At The Mariana Trench Will Follow Water Dragged Down Into The Earth's Mantle
St. Louis, Missouri - Mar 23, 2012 18:58 EST

Last month, Doug Wiens, PhD, professor of earth and planetary science at Washington University in St. Louis, and two WUSTL students were cruising the tropical waters of the western Pacific above the Mariana trench aboard the research vessel Thomas G....
 
Study: Ancient Civilizations Reveal Ways To Manage Fisheries For Sustainability; 'Management Matters'
Palo Alto, California - Mar 23, 2012 18:20 EST

In the search for sustainability of the ocean's fisheries, solutions can be found in a surprising place: the ancient past. In a study published on March 23 in the journal Fish and Fisheries, a team of marine scientists reconstructed fisheries...
 
Research: Waters Rising, But Venice Also Continues To Slowly Sink; 'It's A Small Effect'
San Diego, California - Mar 22, 2012 18:49 EST

The water flowing through Venice's famous canals laps at buildings a little higher every year – and not only because of a rising sea level. Although previous studies had found that Venice has stabilized, new measurements indicate that the historic...
 
U.S. Scientist Helps Lead International Study Of Ocean Value; Oceans 'Victim Of A Massive Market Failure'
Gloucester Point, Virginia. - Mar 22, 2012 18:45 EST

Professor Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, is a co-editor of "Valuing the Ocean" a major new study by an international team of scientists and economists that attempts to measure the ocean's...
 
Researcher: Australian Saltwater Crocs Are World's Most Powerful Biters; 'Astounding' Power
Tallahassee, Florida - Mar 22, 2012 18:19 EST

In Greg Erickson's lab at Florida State University, crocodiles and alligators rule. Skeletal snouts and toothy grins adorn window ledges and tables — all donated specimens that are scrutinized by researchers and students alike. Lately, Erickson, a Florida State biology professor, and...
 
Researchers To Examine The Effects Of Year-Old NOAA West Coast 'Catch Shares' Program
Santa Barbara, California - Mar 21, 2012 18:50 EST

UC Santa Barbara resource economists Christopher Costello and Robert Deacon will be examining the ongoing effects of a fisheries management system implemented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in January 2011. Their effort is funded as part of...
 
Scientists: Amount Of Coldest Antarctic Water Near Ocean Floor Decreasing For Decades
Silver Spring, Maryland - Mar 20, 2012 19:50 EST

Scientists have found a large reduction in the amount of the coldest deep ocean water, called Antarctic Bottom Water, all around the Southern Ocean using data collected from 1980 to 2011. These findings, in a study now online, will likely...
 
Bradley And Carr Catch Their Limits On Potomac, But Finish Mid-Pack; 'It Was Definitely A Slugfest'
Marbury, Maryland - Mar 18, 2012 17:27 EST

GEICO anglers Christiana Bradley and Teddy Carr didn't have much luck in Saturday's Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series event on the Potomac River. Fishing in the opener of Division 21 (Maryland) of the Weekend Series, Bradley placed 57th and Carr 64th...
 
Study: Marine Protected Areas Defenseless Against Global Warming; 'Not An Effective General Solution'
Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Mar 17, 2012 19:06 EST

Special conservation zones known as marine protected areas provide many direct benefits to fisheries and coral reefs. However, such zones appear to offer limited help to corals in their battle against global warming, according to a new study. To protect coral...
 
NOAA: Use Of Lethal Force To Stop Protected Sea Lions From Eating Protected Salmon Has Been Approved
Silver Spring, Maryland - Mar 16, 2012 19:35 EST

NOAA's Fisheries Service said today it was authorizing Idaho, Oregon and Washington to permanently remove the specific California sea lions eating the imperiled salmon and steelhead that congregate below Bonneville Dam as they head up the Columbia River to spawn....
 
Giant Squids' Giant Eyes: The Better To See Hungry Whales With; 'Eyes Are Expensive To Build And Maintain'
Lund, Scania - Mar 16, 2012 19:29 EST

It's no surprise that giant and colossal squid are big, but it's their eyes that are the real standouts when it comes to size, with diameters measuring two or three times that of any other animal. Now, researchers reporting online...
 



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