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Researchers: Salmon And Other Fish Predators Rely On 'No Guts, No Glory' Survival Tactic
Seattle, Washington - Sep 15, 2011 20:21 EST

The phrase "no guts, no glory" doesn't just apply to athletes who are striving to excel. Salmon and other fish predators take the adage literally, by having up to three times the "gut" capacity they need on a daily basis just...
 
Aussie Researcher Discovers New Dolphin Species In Victoria; 'A Large Sea Fish Of The Porpoise Kind'
Melbourne, Victoria - Sep 15, 2011 16:11 EST

They're one of the most intelligent marine mammals, well known for their inquisitive and playful nature and now, following an amazing discovery by a Monash University researcher, Victoria's dolphins have been formally recognised as a new species. Kate Charlton-Robb, a PhD...
 
Sea Smarts: Scientists Reconstruct Evolutionary History Of Mollusks; 'Nature Did Many Experiments For Us'
Gainsville, Florida - Sep 15, 2011 14:44 EST

Seemingly simple animals such as the snail and squid have ransacked the genetic toolkit over the last half billion years to find different ways to build complex brains, nervous systems and shells, according to an international team of researchers, including...
 
Accidental Sea Turtle Deaths Drop By 90 Percent Since 1990; Fishing Equipment Preventing Lethal 'Bycatch'
Durham, North Carolina - Sep 14, 2011 21:43 EST

The number of sea turtles accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear in United States coastal waters has declined by an estimated 90 percent since 1990, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University Project GloBAL and Conservation...
 
Scientists Spend Ten Days Underwater In Aquarius Lab To Study Coral Reef Protection
Atlanta, Georgia - Sep 14, 2011 21:36 EST

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology is using the Aquarius underwater laboratory off the coast of Florida to study how the diversity of seaweed-eating fish affects endangered coral reefs. The research mission, which began Sept. 13,...
 
Researchers: Floating Volcanic Rock Rafts 'Could Have Been Cradles Of Life'
Oxford, United Kingdom - Sep 13, 2011 21:48 EST

Floating rafts of volcanic pumice could have played a significant role in the origins of life on Earth, scientists from Oxford University and the University of Western Australia have suggested. The researchers, writing in the September issue of the journal Astrobiology,...
 
New Commitments From Pacific Island Leaders Significantly Bolster Future Of Pacific Oceanscape
Washington, D.C. - Sep 12, 2011 21:31 EST

A year after Pacific Island Leaders made an unprecedented commitment to establish the largest government-endorsed framework for a marine management initiative on the planet, Conservation International applauds the global vision shown once again by leaders here, who pledged bold new...
 
In Hurricane Irene's Wake, Reports Of Mysterious Foul-Smelling 'Gray Blobs' Left Behind; 'Kind Of Rubbery Or Leathery'
Williamsburg, Virginia - Sep 12, 2011 11:06 EST

Most of Hurricane Irene's impacts—heavy rain, high winds, downed trees, coastal erosion, and storm-tide flooding—are all too familiar to the storm-weary residents of Chesapeake Bay and the Eastern seaboard. But based on post-storm queries to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science...
 
Activist Plans To Attract Sharks During World-Record Breaking 30-Mile Dive From Catalina Island To Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California - Sep 10, 2011 19:19 EST

On Saturday, September 17th world renowned diver and environmental activist, Scott Cassell will face the biggest challenge of his life: completing a world-record breaking 30-mile dive in less than 24 hours from Catalina Island to Los Angeles. Cassell's mission is...
 
Using 61 Years Of Tropical Storm Data, Scientists Find Relationship Between Hurricane Tracks And Climate Variability
Miami, Florida - Sep 9, 2011 18:34 EST

Scientists at the University of Miami's (UM's) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science have found an intriguing relationship between hurricane tracks and climate variability. Angela Colbert, a graduate student in Meteorology & Physical Oceanography, with the collaboration of Professor...
 
FindTheBest Releases New Aquarium Ranking Reference Tool
Miami, Florida - Sep 9, 2011 17:46 EST

FindTheBest recently created an aquarium reference, http://aquarium.findthebest.com, that allows users to find and analyze sea life centers of interest. Each facility is compared based on several factors such as number of species, location, and admission price. With new listings...
 
Ancient Eggs And Teeth Unearthed Reveal Fossil Shark Nursery; At 'One Of The Farthest Points On Land From Any Sea'
Deerfield, Illinois - Sep 8, 2011 19:43 EST

Fuelled by Hollywood and its vision of Jaws, sharks conjure images of fearsome predators patrolling our seas in search of their next unfortunate victim. It is therefore hard to imagine sharks as relatively small, harmless fishes living in lakes and...
 
Iceland Exports Over A Hundred Tons Of Endangered Fin Whale As U.S. Sanction Deadline Looms; 'Environmental Crime'
Washington, D.C. - Sep 8, 2011 19:06 EST

Environmental and welfare groups today revealed that Iceland's commercial whaling operation exported a further 133 metric tons of whale products from endangered fin whales in July despite the pending threat of U.S. trade sanctions for violating conservation agreements that protect...
 
Strange Vent-Fellows: First As NOAA Expedition Discovers Chemosynthetic Shrimp, Tubeworms Together At Hydrothermal Vent
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 7, 2011 18:13 EST

Ocean explorers on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer observed two species of marine life scientists believe have never before been seen together at a hydrothermal vent — chemosynthetic shrimp and tubeworms. They also observed the first known live tubeworms ever seen...
 
Evidence For A Persistently Iron-Rich Ocean Changes Views On Earth's Early History; 'We Will Need To Rethink All Of Our Models'
Riverside, California - Sep 7, 2011 17:47 EST

Over the last half a billion years, the ocean has mostly been full of oxygen and teeming with animal life. But earlier, before animals had evolved, oxygen was harder to come by. Now a new study led by researchers at...
 
Scientists: Nearly All Deep-Sea Fisheries Are Unsustainable; 'The World's Worst Place To Catch Fish'
Bellevue, Washington - Sep 7, 2011 17:37 EST

A team of leading marine scientists from around the world is recommending an end to most commercial fishing in the deep sea, the Earth's largest ecosystem. Instead, they recommend fishing in more productive waters nearer to consumers. In a comprehensive...
 
NOAA: U.S. Domestic Seafood Landings And Values Increase In 2010; Dutch Harbor And New Bedford Top Fishing Ports
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 7, 2011 17:21 EST

U.S. commercial fishermen landed 8.2 billion pounds of seafood in 2010, valued at $4.5 billion, an increase of 200 million pounds and more than $600 million in value over 2009, according to a new report released today by NOAA. This...
 
Underground For Millions Of Years, Blind Cave Fish Tell Time On Biological Clocks; 47 Hour 'Day'
Ferrara, Italy - Sep 6, 2011 20:02 EST

How do animals that have evolved for millions of years underground, completely isolated from the day-night cycle, still "know" what time it is? Does a normal circadian clock persist during evolution under constant darkness? A new study directly tackles these...
 
CAFTA To Investigate Costa Rica For Failing To Protect Sea Turtles; 'Authorities Are Reluctant To Implement Laws'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Sep 6, 2011 19:11 EST

The Secretariat for Environmental Matters of the Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), with headquarters in Antigua, Guatemala, formally admitted a Communication submitted by Pretoma (CAALA/11/005), in which Costa Rica is denounced for failing to effectively implement...
 
Researchers: Patchy Reefs 'Good For Fish', Reduces Competition For Weaker Or Newcomers
Townsville, Queensland - Sep 5, 2011 18:23 EST

Vital clues to coral reef recovery have been identified in a remarkable research project in which three scientists labored to hand-build 30 coral reefs from hundreds of tonnes of rock and gravel. Working in a shallow, sandy area of Kimbe Bay...
 
King Kong: Monster 21-Foot, One-Ton Crocodile Captured In The Philippines; To Become 'Biggest Star' Of Eco-Tourism Park
Manilla, Philippines - Sep 5, 2011 17:26 EST

Philippine villagers and veteran hunters have captured a massive 21-foot, one-ton crocodile in Barangay Nueva Era, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Saturday night. The beast is said to be one of the largest ever captured alive in the country. The female...
 
Researchers: Re-Emergence Of Salmon In The Thames 'Not From Restocking'
Exeter, Devon - Sep 2, 2011 16:54 EST

The recent returns of Atlantic salmon in the Thames are more likely to be a result of fish straying from nearby rivers rather than a consequence of expensive restocking efforts, according to new research by the University of Exeter. A team...
 
Research: Tadpoles Protect Themselves From Predators By Being A Not-So-Tasty Treat
Ontario, Canada - Sep 1, 2011 19:52 EST

Nature has many tricks to protect its weaker creatures against more aggressive prey. One of these is being so unpalatable that predators have no desire to eat you. By being unpalatable to fish, bullfrog tadpoles have a better chance to...
 
Chile Says No To Salmon Farming Off Tierra Del Fuego; 'the Right Step In Protecting Invaluable Coastal Resources'
New York, New York - Sep 1, 2011 19:48 EST

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) commended local Chilean officials for keeping salmon farms from the fragile coastal waters of Tierra del Fuego Province due to environmental concerns. The officials also reduced salmon farming in nearby Antarctica and Magellanes Provinces along...
 
Just In Time For The Holidays, Monterey Bay Aquarium Puts Newly Netted Great White Shark On Display
Monterey, California - Sep 1, 2011 10:36 EST

For the sixth time, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has a young great white shark on exhibit. He was brought to Monterey from Malibu last night (Wednesday, August 31), just 13 days after he was collected by aquarium staff in waters...
 
Group: 'Trophy Hunters' Devastating Sharks In St. Maarten Marine Park
St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles - Aug 30, 2011 18:06 EST

Recently the Nature Foundation has been receiving reports that individuals are trophy hunting the resident shark population within the Man of War Shoal Marine Park and subsequently killing them. Sharks have a very high value to the ecology of the...
 
Study: Preserving 4 Percent Of The Ocean Could Protect Most Marine Mammal Species
Palo Alto, California - Aug 29, 2011 18:03 EST

Preserving just 4 percent of the ocean could protect crucial habitat for the vast majority of marine mammal species, from sea otters to blue whales, according to researchers at Stanford University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Their findings...
 
NASA: 'Rainfall Rollercoaster' Blamed As Oceans Levels Unexpectedly Drop; Expected 'Global Warning' Rise Hits 'Pothole'
Pasadena, California - Aug 27, 2011 18:42 EST

Like mercury in a thermometer, ocean waters expand as they warm. This, along with melting glaciers and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, drives sea levels higher over the long term. For the past 18 years, the U.S./French Jason-1, Jason-2...
 
The Same Number Of Fishermen, But Less Salmon In Spanish Rivers; 'Exploitation Of The Populations Has Increased'
Oviedo, Spain - Aug 26, 2011 19:09 EST

"It's not that the salmon are biting less, there are less of them," explained Eva García Vázquez, lead author and Functional Biology researcher at the University of Oviedo (Spain). The study, published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, shows a...
 
New Study Shows That Florida's Reefs Cannot Endure A 'Cold Snap'
Miami, Florida - Aug 26, 2011 18:32 EST

Remember frozen iguanas falling from trees during Florida's 2010 record-breaking cold snap? Well, a new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science shows that Florida's corals also dropped in numbers...
 
Researchers: Dolphin 'Conching' May Be Spreading To Others 'Before Our Very Eyes'
Perth, Australia - Aug 25, 2011 00:11 EST

Researchers from Murdoch University believe a recently documented method of fishing may be spreading throughout a population of dolphins. Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Shark Bay were photographed engaging in 'conching' in 2007 and 2009. The dolphins would trap small fish...
 
Research Vessel Polarstern At North Pole; 'Not More Interesting Than Other Places In The Arctic'
North Pole - Aug 24, 2011 22:52 EST

On August 22, 2011, at exactly 9.42 a.m., the research icebreaker Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association reached the North Pole. The aim of the current expedition is to document changes...
 
Ancient Whale Skulls And Directional Hearing: A Twisted Tale; 'Not Related To Echolocation'
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Aug 23, 2011 21:19 EST

Skewed skulls may have helped early whales discriminate the direction of sounds in water and are not solely, as previously thought, a later adaptation related to echolocation. University of Michigan researchers report the finding in a paper to be published...
 
BBC Set To Premiere 'The Woman Who Swims With Killer Whales', Detailing Dr. Ingrid Visser's Orca Research
London, England - Aug 23, 2011 09:37 EST

At seven meters long and weighing six tonnes, the Killer Whale is among the most feared creatures in the ocean – one of the few fierce enough to battle and beat sizeable sharks. Most would consider it madness to enter...
 
Mote Receives NOAA Grant For Study Of Catch-And-Release Shark Fishing; 'Way Beyond 'Dead Or Alive''
Sarasota, Florida - Aug 22, 2011 22:52 EST

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded Mote Marine Laboratory a $192,000 grant to study how sharks fare after anglers release them — critical knowledge that will help resource managers maintain healthy shark fisheries. Mote scientists will record fine-scale...
 
Eco-Labeled Seafood Is Not Always What It Seems; 'The Results Are Not Exactly Shocking'
Clemson, South Carolina - Aug 22, 2011 19:09 EST

When you buy what looks to be a nice piece of certified sustainable fish at the supermarket, you'd like to think that's exactly what you're getting. Unfortunately, things aren't always what they seem, according to researchers who have analyzed DNA...
 
Newly Discovered Icelandic Current Could Change North Atlantic Climate Picture; 'We'Ve Identified A New Paradigm'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 21, 2011 18:55 EST

An international team of researchers, including physical oceanographers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has confirmed the presence of a deep-reaching ocean circulation system off Iceland that could significantly influence the ocean's response to climate change in previously unforeseen...
 
Office Of Naval Research Taking On Challenges Of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles; 'It Is All About Taking S&T From ONR'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 20, 2011 18:13 EST

As the Office of Naval Research (ONR) increases its science and technology (S&T) investment in unmanned systems, a number of hurdles need to be overcome including autonomy and littoral operations, ONR's director of innovation said at an Aug. 18 conference...
 
Social Behavior Can Make Predators Even Pickier; 'Dietary Conservatism Was Discovered Out Of The Blue'
Cardiff, U.K. - Aug 18, 2011 18:35 EST

Your greedy cat may turn up his nose at different food, but wild animals can be conservative when it comes to food choices too. And new research suggests that, in a group, even adventurous individuals can end up acting like...
 
Swamp People: Louisiana Engineers Eye Alligator Fat For Biodiesel Source
Lafayette, Louisiana - Aug 18, 2011 18:02 EST

UL engineers have identified a novel source stock for biodiesel: alligator fat. Their findings appeared in the Journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, published by American Chemical Society. UL engineers have identified a novel source stock for biodiesel: alligator...
 



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