Whale Wars: Japan Whaling Fleet Obstructed By Sea Shepherd Activists
Tokyo, Japan - Jan 5, 2012 19:19 EST
Japan's fisheries agency reported today that Sea Shepherd activists have interrupted the hunt for whales for the first time this season.
The text of Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research press release follows:
On 4 January the Yushin Maru No. 3...
Scientists Find 'Opportunistic' Fish That Mimics Octopus That Mimics Fish
San Francisco, California - Jan 4, 2012 19:25 EST
Nature's game of intimidation and imitation comes full circle in the waters of Indonesia, where scientists have recorded for the first time an association between the black-marble jawfish (Stalix cf. histrio) and the mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus).
Undescribed by scientists until...
Russian River Water Unexpected Culprit Behind Arctic Freshening Near US, Canada
Seattle, Washington - Jan 4, 2012 18:52 EST
A hemispherewide phenomenon – and not just regional forces – has caused record-breaking amounts of freshwater to accumulate in the Arctic's Beaufort Sea.
Frigid freshwater flowing into the Arctic Ocean from three of Russia's mighty rivers was diverted hundreds of miles...
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...
Florida Tiger And Hammerhead Shark Fishing Restrictions Begin January 1, 2012
Tallahassee, Florida - Dec 28, 2011 18:25 EST
The recreational and commercial harvest of tiger sharks and smooth, scalloped and great hammerhead sharks will be prohibited in Florida state waters beginning Jan. 1.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the management change at its Nov. 16...
Nominations Open For The 2012 Dan/Rolex Diver Of The Year Award
Durham, North Carolina - Dec 19, 2011 22:31 EST
Everyone has the ability to make a difference every day, but there are those who go so far above and beyond the call their contributions have far-reaching effects and influence the ways things are done. Do you know someone like...
Barracuda Babies: Novel Study Sheds Light On Early Life Of Prolific Predator
Miami, Florida - Dec 16, 2011 19:18 EST
For anglers and boaters who regularly travel the coasts of Florida the great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) is a common sight. Surprisingly, however, very little is known about the early life stage of this ecologically and socio-economically important coastal fish.
Study Of Skates And Sharks Questions Assumptions About 'Essential' Genes
Salisbury Cove, Maine - Dec 15, 2011 18:37 EST
Biologists have long assumed that all jawed vertebrates possess a full complement of nearly identical genes for critical aspects of their development. But a paper in the December 16 issue of Science with Benjamin King of the Mount Desert Island...
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,...
Elephant Seal Travels 'Awe-Inspiring' 18,000 Miles In 11 Months
New York, New York - Dec 9, 2011 19:18 EST
The Wildlife Conservation Society tracked a southern elephant seal for an astonishing 18,000 miles – the equivalent of New York to Sydney and back again.
WCS tracked the male seal from December, 2010, to November, 2011. The animal – nicknamed Jackson...
Sierra Club Launches 'Safe Sushi' App To Query Mercury Levels
San Francisco, California - Dec 8, 2011 22:03 EST
Successfully eating with chopsticks will once again be the most nerve-racking part of eating sushi, thanks to a new app that informs and educates consumers about mercury levels in fish. The Sierra Club, the largest and most effective grassroots...
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...