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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...