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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: Annual Manatee Death Count Shows Cold Weather An Unusually Big Factor Again
Tallahassee, Florida - Jan 4, 2012 11:01 EST

A cold-related die-off of manatees in early 2011 set the stage for a third straight year with high numbers of deaths for the species. Biologists with the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) documented 453...
 
Divers Can Explore Marathon Artificial Reef Made From Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad Bridge Section
Marathon, Florida Keys - Jan 3, 2012 11:15 EST

Advanced divers seeking to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad’s completion can do so by exploring an artificial reef derived from part of the original railroad bridge sunk off Marathon. Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad, lauded on its...
 
Underwatertimes.com Top Ten Wildest, Weirdest And Strangest Underwater Stories Of 2011
Miami, Florida - Dec 31, 2011 15:05 EST

Underwatertimes.com ends 2011 with this year's top 10 wildest, weirdest, and strangest stories from the underwater world. Be sure to check out the Underweird section for many more strange underwater stories. Tiny Water Insect With 'Singing Penis' Is The Loudest...
 
U.S. Agencies Coordinate Efforts As Japan Tsunami Debris Scatters In The Pacific Ocean, Heads To Shore
Silver Spring, Marland - Dec 28, 2011 18:34 EST

Debris from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March could reach the United States as early as this winter, according to predictions by NOAA scientists. However, they warn there is still a large amount of uncertainty over exactly what is...
 
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...
 
Study: Oil Spills And Sunlight More Toxic To Marine Life Than Previously Thought; 'A Change In The Paradigm'
Davis, California - Dec 27, 2011 20:28 EST

The 2007 Cosco Busan disaster, which spilled 54,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay, had an unexpectedly lethal impact on embryonic fish, devastating a commercially and ecologically important species for nearly two years, reports a new study by...
 
Study Examines Sea Cucumbers Role In Reef Environment; 'Increase Sea Water Buffer Capacity'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 22, 2011 19:11 EST

Coral reefs are extremely diverse ecosystems that support enormous biodiversity. But they are at risk. Carbon dioxide emissions are acidifying the ocean, threatening reefs and other marine organisms. New research led by Carnegie's Kenneth Schneider analyzed the role of sea...
 
New Research Shows How Much Food Is Needed By Seabirds; 'This Paper Will Be An Instant Classic'
Anchorage, Alaska - Dec 22, 2011 18:40 EST

An international group of scientists, including one from the U.S. Geological Survey, has shown that many seabirds begin to suffer when the food available for them in the ocean declines below a critical level. This level is about one-third of...
 
World-First Discovery Of Hybrid Sharks Off Australia's East Coast; 'Detecting Hybrids And Their Offspring Is Extraordinary'
Brisbane, Queensland - Dec 21, 2011 19:18 EST

A group of leading marine scientists has discovered that sharks on Australia's east coast display a mysterious tendency to interbreed, challenging several accepted scientific theories regarding shark behavior. In a joint-UQ research project, scientists have discovered widespread hybridisation in the...
 
Study Examines How Diving Marine Mammals Manage Decompression; 'No Evidence They Get The Bends Routinely'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Dec 21, 2011 18:48 EST

Any diver returning from ocean depths knows about the hazard of decompression sickness (DCS) or "the bends." As the diver ascends and the ocean pressure decreases, gases that were absorbed by the body during the dive, come out of solution...
 
Despite 'Irrefutable Evidence', Costa Rica Dismisses Cases Against Illegal Shrimp Trawlers In National Wildlife Refuges; 'Reasonable Doubts'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Dec 20, 2011 19:37 EST

In an official Incopesca notification PESJ-739-12-2011 received by Pretoma on December 14, the fisheries institute made public its decision to drop two cases of illegal fishing involving two shrimp trawlers within the Caletas-Ario National Wildlife Refuge's protected waters where...
 
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...
 
Study: Fish Hatcheries Super-Charge The Speed Of Evolution; Unintentional 'Domestication Selection'
Corvallis, Oregon - Dec 19, 2011 21:49 EST

The impact of hatcheries on salmonids is so profound that in just one generation traits are selected that allow fish to survive and prosper in the hatchery environment, at the cost of their ability to thrive and reproduce in a...
 
Florida Reefs Suffer Significant Coral Bleaching In 2011, Worst In 6 Years Of Studies
Altamonte Springs, Florida - Dec 18, 2011 18:18 EST

The summer of 2011 saw almost the entire Florida Reef Tract, from the Lower Keys to Martin County, suffer coral bleaching, the most extensive coral bleaching event since detailed monitoring began in 2005. The results were tabulated by The Nature...
 
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. In...
 
Scientists Assess Radioactivity In The Ocean From Japan Nuclear Power Facility
Arlington, Virginia - Dec 15, 2011 18:56 EST

With current news of additional radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, the impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the plants remains unclear. But a new study by U.S. and Japanese researchers analyzes the levels of...
 
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...
 
Blue Marlin Blues: Loss Of Dissolved Oxygen In Oceans Squeezes Billfish Habitat
Miami, Florida - Dec 14, 2011 19:51 EST

he science behind counting fish in the ocean to measure their abundance has never been simple. A new scientific paper in Nature Climate Change shows that expanding 'ocean dead zones' (areas of low oxygen) driven in part by climate change...
 
Study Links Earthquakes To Tropical Cyclone Activity; 'Very Wet Rain Events Are The Trigger'
Miami, Florida - Dec 14, 2011 19:29 EST

A groundbreaking study led by University of Miami scientist Shimon Wdowinski shows that earthquakes, including the recent 2010 temblors in Haiti and Taiwan, may be triggered by tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons). "Very wet rain events are the trigger," said Wdowinski,...
 
Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Winners Announced; $82,000 Worth Of Prizes Awarded
Santa Monica, California - Dec 14, 2011 18:34 EST

The Second Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced its winners for 2011. This year's Ocean Art Photo Competition represents entrants from over fifty countries. Over $82,000 worth of prizes were awarded to 52...
 
Lions And Tigers: Too Much For The Gulf Of Mexico To Bear? Like 'Europeans Bringing Smallpox To The New World'
College Station, Texas - Dec 14, 2011 12:49 EST

There's an unseen foreign invasion going on in the Gulf of Mexico. Its stealth and speed is matched only in the uncertainty it has created among scientists and the people who make their livings from the Gulf's waters. Lionfish and black...
 
Scientists Discover Astounding Deep-Sea Sponges With Carnivorous Ways, 'Jaws Of A Great White Shark'
Newmarket, Auckland - Dec 13, 2011 21:14 EST

NIWA's Dr Michelle Kelly and a visiting scientist, Professor Jean Vacelet from Centre d'Oceanologie de Marseille, have recently discovered and described three "previously unknown species" of carnivorous sponges from the family Cladorhizidae. The scientists say that one resembles a "tiny shrub",...
 
Oceana Sues To Protect Prey Of Whales, Dolphins And Seals; Government Ignores Science And Illegally Allows Overfishing Of Key Species
San Francisco, California - Dec 13, 2011 19:43 EST

Today Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Northern California challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) approval of Amendment 13 to the Coastal Pelagic...
 
The Origin Of Walking: 'Hopping' Lungfish Suggest Fish First Took Steps Underwater
Chicago, Illinois - Dec 12, 2011 18:58 EST

The eel-like body and scrawny "limbs" of the African lungfish would appear to make it an unlikely innovator for locomotion. But its improbable walking behavior, newly described by University of Chicago scientists, redraws the evolutionary route of life on Earth...
 
Research Divers Retrieve Prehistoric Wood From Lake Huron; 'Slowly, The Environmental Picture Is Filling In'
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Dec 12, 2011 18:28 EST

Under the cold clear waters of Lake Huron, University of Michigan researchers have found a five-and-a-half foot-long, pole-shaped piece of wood that is 8,900 years old. The wood, which is tapered and beveled on one side in a way that...
 
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,...
 
New Study Illustrates The Physics Behind Great White Shark Attacks On Seals; 'Stealth And Ambush Are Key Elements'
Maimi, Florida - Dec 9, 2011 20:40 EST

A new study examining the complex and dynamic interactions between white sharks and Cape fur seals in False Bay, South Africa, offers new insights on the physical conditions and biological factors underlying predator-prey interactions in the marine environment. University of Miami...
 
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...
 
Queensland Satellite-Tags Second Shark; 'Helps Us Understand The Behavior And Biology Of Dangerous Sharks'
Brisbane, Queensland - Dec 9, 2011 18:36 EST

'Kirra J' is now Queensland's second satellite-tagged great white shark. Fisheries Minister Craig Wallace said she was 2.66 meters long and weighed in at 180 kilograms when caught and tagged off the Gold Coast last week. "Kirra J was tagged on 1...
 
Greenpeace And Palau Bust Pirates In Palau Shark Sanctuary; 'Occurring On A Daily Basis'
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Dec 8, 2011 22:34 EST

Palauan fisheries officials have boarded and detained a Taiwanese fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing activities during a joint patrol with Greenpeace of the Pacific Island nation's exclusive economic zone. The Greenpeace ship Esperanza and the Palauan patrol boat, PSS President...
 
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...
 
Whale Wars: Japanese Sue Sea Shepherd And Paul Watson, Seeking Relief From Attacks On Vessels And Crews
Tokyo, Japan - Dec 8, 2011 21:26 EST

The Institute of Cetacean Research, the group heading Japan's whaling efforts, has filed suit again the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in an effort to protect its vessels and crews from physical attacks from the controversial conservation group. Kyodo Senpaku Kaisa,...
 
New Study Puts Eco-Labels To The Test; Environmental Standards For Farm-Raised Seafood Often Fall Short
Washington, D.C. - Dec 8, 2011 20:59 EST

A new report released today by the University of Victoria ranks eco-labels intended to distinguish seafood produced with less damage to the environment. It is the first study to evaluate how eco-labels for farmed marine fish compare to unlabeled options...
 
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...
 
Sylvia Earle 'Delighted' To Join Board Of Advisors Of Ocean-Themed Web Media Property Theblu.com
Los Angeles, California - Dec 7, 2011 19:45 EST

Wemo Media today announced that legendary oceanographer Dr.Sylvia Earle has joined the Board of Advisors for its first Maker Media title, theBlu (www.theblu.com), bringing the Ocean to life on the web. "We are honored to have Sylvia on the Board...
 
Study Finds Evidence Of Sperm Whale Culture; 'It's Very Difficult To Actually Prove Cultural Transmission'
St Andrews, Fife - Dec 6, 2011 21:19 EST

Differences in the patterned clicks that sperm whales use to communicate with each other seem to be down to culture and not genetics, say researchers. The finding could influence conservation efforts; instead of focusing solely on where the animals live, protection...
 
Study: Global Warming Changes Balance Between Parasite And Host In Fish
Leicester, England - Dec 6, 2011 21:13 EST

Parasitic worms that infect fish, and have a devastating effect on fish reproduction, grow four times faster at higher temperatures – providing some of the first evidence that global warming affects the interactions between parasites and their hosts. The study...
 
Scientists: 'Double Tsunami' Doubled Japanese Destruction; 'It Was Like Looking For A Ghost'
San Francisco, California - Dec 6, 2011 09:55 EST

Researchers have discovered that the destructive tsunami generated by the March 2011 Tōhoku-Oki earthquake was a long-hypothesized "merging tsunami" that doubled in intensity over rugged ocean ridges, amplifying its destructive power before reaching shore. Satellites captured not just one wave front...
 



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