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Researchers: Sea Urchins See With Their Entire Body; 'A Huge Compound Eye'
Gothenburg, Sweden - Jun 30, 2011 18:10 EST

Many animals have eyes that are incredibly complex – others manage without. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have shown that sea urchins see with their entire body despite having no eyes at all. The study has been published in...
 
Invasionsoft: Researcher Invents Software To Model Lionfish Invasions; 'I Don't See How It's Possible To Get Rid Of Them'
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Jun 30, 2011 12:49 EST

A Nova Southeastern University (Nova) researcher has invented software that helps predict invasion patterns of non-native species including the lionfish, a predatory species that has invaded Florida's coastal waters as well as the Loxahatchee River. Matthew Johnston, M.S., a researcher at...
 
Rare Deep-Water Giant Squid From South Florida Brought To UF For Research; 'It Took About Six People To Move It'
Gainsville, Florida - Jun 28, 2011 21:59 EST

University of Florida researchers received a rare 25-foot-long, deep-water giant squid Monday, the only one of its kind in the collections of the Florida Museum of Natural History. Recovered by recreational fishermen who found the creature floating on the surface about...
 
Indonesia's Wakatobi National Marine Park To Be Designated UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
Jakarta, Indonesia - Jun 28, 2011 21:26 EST

Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau is said to have called the Wakatobi islands – then known as the Tukangbesi islands, an "underwater nirvana." UNESCO is soon to designate Indonesia's Wakatobi National Marine Park in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, as...
 
Researchers: Single Fish A Keystone Nutrient Recycler In Streams
Athens, Georgia - Jun 28, 2011 21:08 EST

Researchers from the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology have found that certain neotropical stream ecosystems rely almost entirely on a single fish species known as the banded tetra for the critical nutrient phosphorus. In a paper recently published...
 
Are Fish Much Smarter Than We Think? Fish Found Using Simple Tool To Smash Shells
Sydney, Australia - Jun 28, 2011 20:51 EST

Fish are not renowned for their smarts, but new evidence suggests that they may even be able to use simple tools. In a paper published today in the journal Coral Reefs, researchers from Macquarie University and Central Queensland University report on...
 
Research: Efforts To Spear Invasive Lionfish Not Likely To Curb Population; 'You'D Have To Fish Them Hard' For A Long Time
Gainsville, Florida - Jun 27, 2011 18:34 EST

Lionfish are causing problems for native fish populations in Florida's coastal waters, such as grouper and snapper, prompting efforts to try and curb populations of the invasive species. But a new University of Florida study suggests that eradicating lionfish isn't likely...
 
170-Yr-Old Shipwrecked Beer Reveals No Live Yeast Cells, Seawater Contamination, 'Beautiful Pale Golden Color'
Otaniemi, Finland - Jun 27, 2011 18:20 EST

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has examined one of five bottles of beer salvaged last summer by divers from the wreck of a ship that sank an estimated 170 years ago in the Εland Islands. The examination yielded...
 
Conservation Dollars And Sense: A Case For Shark Conservation Through Ecotourism; Sharks 'Worth More Alive Than Dead'
Miami, Florida - Jun 27, 2011 17:39 EST

Shark populations over the last 50 years have decreased dramatically. From habitat degradation to overfishing and finning, human activities have affected their populations and made certain species all but disappear. A new article in Current Issues in Tourism by Austin...
 
Fighting Back From Extinction, New Zealand Right Whales Are Returning Home; 'The First Pioneers'
Corvallis, Oregon - Jun 27, 2011 12:36 EST

After being hunted to local extinction more than a century ago and unable to remember their ancestral calving grounds, the southern right whales of mainland New Zealand are coming home. A new study published today has shown for the first time...
 
First As Costa Rica Hotels Agree To Stop Serving Sailfish, Marlin; 'Good For The Oceans And Good For Business'
Fort Lauderdal, Florida - Jun 27, 2011 11:56 EST

The Billfish Foundation (TBF) entered into an agreement with its conservation partner, the Costa Rica Sport Fishing Federation (FECOPT) and four participating Hilton Worldwide hotels in Costa Rica, pledging to stop serving all sailfish and marlin. Based on a...
 
Scientists: Plankton Species Makes First Known Migration From Pacific To Atlantic Via Pole; 'Brightly Flashing Warning Signals'
OOSTENDE, Belgium - Jun 26, 2011 17:38 EST

Some 800,000 years ago – about the time early human tribes were learning to make fire – a tiny species of plankton called Neodenticula seminae went extinct in the North Atlantic. Today, that microscopic plant has become an Atlantic resident again,...
 
Honduran President Lobo Sosa Announces Permanent Shark Sanctuary; Tourists 'Spend Money To See The Sharks'
Roatan, Honduras - Jun 24, 2011 20:10 EST

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa announced a permanent shark sanctuary in Honduran waters today, building on the country's 2010 shark-fishing moratorium. The designation encompasses all 240,000 square kilometers (92,665 square miles) of the country's exclusive economic zone on its Pacific...
 
More Than 300 New Species Discovered In The Philippines By New Expedition; 'The Hottest Of The Hotspots'
San Francisco, California - Jun 24, 2011 19:47 EST

This spring, scientists from the California Academy of Sciences braved leeches, lionfish, whip-scorpions and a wide variety of other biting and stinging creatures to lead the most comprehensive scientific survey effort ever conducted in the Philippines, documenting both terrestrial and...
 
National Geographic Honors Kenny Broad, Wes Skiles, Jack Johnson And Ibm At Inaugural 'Evening Of Exploration' Celebration
Washington, D.C. - Jun 24, 2011 18:38 EST

Three exceptional individuals and a corporation were honored by the National Geographic Society at its first ever "Evening of Exploration" gala event Thursday night, presented by Rolex. Environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad and the late underwater photographer Wes Skiles were named "Explorers...
 
Research Discovering Lost Salmon At Sea; 'Every Single Salmon Contains The Natural Chemical Tag'
Southampton, U.K. - Jun 23, 2011 20:48 EST

Where Atlantic salmon feed in the ocean has been a long-standing mystery, but new research led by the University of Southampton shows that marine location can be recovered from the chemistry of fish scales. Surprisingly, salmon from different British rivers...
 
Study: Modern Fish Communities Live Fast And Die Young; 'Fishing Removes The Slower-Growing, Longer-Lived Species'
New York, New YOrk - Jun 23, 2011 18:50 EST

Fish communities in the 21st Century live fast and die young. That's the main finding of a recent study by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society who compared fish recently caught in coastal Kenya with the bones of fish contained...
 
'Orca Ears' Inspire Researchers To Develop Ultrasensitive Undersea Microphone; 'Tthey Can Sense Sounds Over A Tremendous Range'
Palo Alto, California - Jun 23, 2011 18:37 EST

For most people, listening to the ocean means contemplating the soothing sound of waves breaking gently on a sandy beach. But for researchers studying everything from whale migration to fisheries populations, and from underwater mapping to guiding robots trying to repair...
 
Enric Sala, James Cameron Named National Geographic's Newest Explorers-In-Residence
New York, New York - Jun 23, 2011 11:05 EST

Two outstanding explorers — filmmaker and alternative-energy proponent James Cameron and marine ecologist Enric Sala — are the National Geographic Society's newest Explorers-in-Residence. Both were honored today at a special gathering of National Geographic's top explorers at Society headquarters. Explorers-in-Residence are...
 
Study: Rare Cuban Crocs Breeding With American Crocs, Threatening Their Fate
New York, New York - Jun 22, 2011 18:48 EST

A new genetic study by a team of Cuban and American researchers confirms that American crocodiles are hybridizing with wild populations of critically endangered Cuban crocodiles, which may cause a population decline of this species found only in the Cuban...
 
Dixon Rings: 1940's Technology Could Help Today's Submariners Breathe Easier
London, England - Jun 22, 2011 18:24 EST

A UK engineering firm is helping to develop a way of keeping the air clean and safe in deep sea submarines. Croft Engineering Services is working with two of the country's leading universities to help create a chemical-free system of removing...
 
Research: Teeming With Life, Pacific's California Current Likened To Africa's Serengeti Plain; 'Where Food Is Most Abundant'
Washington, D.C. - Jun 22, 2011 17:23 EST

Like the vast African plains, two huge expanses of the North Pacific Ocean are major corridors of life, attracting an array of marine predators in predictable seasonal patterns, according to final results from the Census of Marine Life Tagging of...
 
Decade-Long Study Of Pacific Predators Shows Importance Of Biological 'Hotspots'
Newport, Oregon - Jun 22, 2011 16:43 EST

An unprecedented decade-long study of apex predators in the Pacific Ocean found a wider range of distribution among some species than previously thought, unknown relationships between other species, and the importance of biological "hotspots" to the survival of most of...
 
Researcher: Fastest Sea-Level Rise In 2 Millennia Linked To Increasing Temperatures; 'A Potentially Disastrous Outcome Of Climate Change'
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Jun 21, 2011 18:02 EST

An international research team including University of Pennsylvania scientists has shown that the rate of sea-level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years and that there is a consistent...
 
Scientist Discover Landscape Of Fear Visible From Space; Fish And Urchin Grazing Halos Confirmed With Google Earth
Sydney Australia - Jun 20, 2011 16:56 EST

While most of us could find no better use for Google Earth than checking out a holiday destination, scientists in Sydney have shown it can reveal a lot about the behavior of marine life on the Great Barrier Reef. In what...
 
Shipwreck Salvage Company Confirms Ming Dynasty Porcelain Find Off Indonesia Coast Worth Millions
Madeira, Portugal - Jun 17, 2011 19:37 EST

Arqueonautas Worldwide, in direct cooperation with RM Discovery Inc. (RMD), confirms after successful completion of a marine archaeological reconnaissance operation, the recovery of the biggest ever found shipwreck cargo of Ming porcelain. The Chinese merchant ship from the time of...
 
Study: Madagascar Marine Resources Plundered By International Seafood Markets; Threatens 'Mainstays Of Human Survival'
Vancouver, British Columbia - Jun 17, 2011 18:03 EST

Fish catches in Madagascar over the last half-century are double the official reports, and much of that fish is being caught by unregulated traditional fishers or accessed cheaply by foreign fishing vessels. Seafood exports from Madagascar often end up in...
 
Costa Rica: Fishermen Protest President's Office Over Lack Of Control Of International Shark Finning Vessels
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jun 16, 2011 19:52 EST

Yesterday, members of the Puntarenas Pacific Fishers Association sent a document to Don Ricardo Benavides, Presidential Minister, complaining of deficiencies and multiple irregularities committed by Incopesca favoring foreign vessels that arrive at Puntarenas to land shark products. The document...
 
Savage Frenzy: Swarm Of Sharks Kill Surfer Off France's Reunion Island
Saint-Gilles, Reunion - Jun 16, 2011 19:25 EST

Police officials Thursday confirmed that a surfer has been killed in a savage shark attack off the shores of Saint-Gilles, a tourist area of Reunion, a French island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. The attack, the...
 
Study: The Punishment Must Fit The Crime--Even For Hermaphroditic, Mucus-Eating Fish
London, England - Jun 15, 2011 19:54 EST

Telling your partner to watch her weight is not recommended-unless you're a male cleaner fish, reports a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Cleaner fish feed in male-female pairs by removing parasites from larger 'client' fish. While providing...
 
Study Finds Golden Algae Less Toxic In Sunlight; Deepwater Fish May Be At Greater Risk
Waco, Texas - Jun 15, 2011 19:29 EST

A new Baylor University study has found that sunlight decreases the toxicity of golden algae, which kills millions of fish in the southern United States every year. While golden algae is primarily a coastal species, it has been found in...
 
Coming Off A Career-Best Outing, Bass Angler Robert Pearson Braces For Kentucky Event; 'I Am A Believer In Karma And Momentum'
Gilbertsville, Kentucky - Jun 15, 2011 17:55 EST

GEICO angler Robert Pearson is a big believer in momentum, and the lifelong fisherman has plenty as he prepares for this week's Walmart FLW Outdoors event, which runs Thursday through Sunday on Kentucky Lake. Pearson earned his first big payout on...
 
Landmark Report Investigates Environmental Impacts Of Aquaculture; Sustainably-Farmed Seafood Key To Future Global Food Security
Bangkok, Thailand - Jun 14, 2011 20:14 EST

A new and comprehensive analysis released by WorldFish Center and Conservation International (CI) has investigated the environmental impact of the world's major aquaculture production systems and species, and today offers a first-ever global assessment of trends and impacts of cultivated...
 
Major Flooding On The Mississippi River Predicted To Cause Largest Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone Ever Recorded
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jun 14, 2011 18:12 EST

The Gulf of Mexico's hypoxic zone is predicted to be the largest ever recorded, due to extreme flooding of the Mississippi River this spring, according to an annual forecast by a team of NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine...
 
Deep Sea Mystery Solved: Copepods Share 'Diver's Weight Belt' Buoyancy Technique With Whales
Cambridge, U.K. - Jun 13, 2011 17:48 EST

A deep-sea mystery has been solved with the discovery that the tiny 3 mm long marine animals, eaten by herring, cod and mackerel, use the same buoyancy control as whales. Reporting this week in the journal Limnology and Oceanography, researchers from...
 
Monster Fish Researcher Zeb Hogan Named National Geographic Fellow; 'It's A Great Honor'
Reno Nevada - Jun 11, 2011 19:35 EST

University of Nevada, Reno researcher Zeb Hogan, who travels the globe to find, study and protect monster freshwater fish, has been named a National Geographic Fellow – one of only 15 men and women worldwide. "It's a great honor," Hogan said....
 
For Some Crustaceans In Polluted Waters, It Could Be Worse‎: They Could Have Healthy Predators
Newark, New Jersey - Jun 10, 2011 18:09 EST

Imagine that you're a grass shrimp. Now, imagine that you're a rational grass shrimp, and that you have a choice of living in an environment with relatively high levels of dioxin, poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other floating nastiness or a...
 
Researcher: Male Desert Goby Fish 'Put Courtship Before Childcare'
Melbourne, Victoria - Jun 10, 2011 16:35 EST

After studying male desert goby fish, a team of Monash researchers has suggested that male sexual behavior is primed to produce the greatest number of offspring. In the underwater world of desert goby fish, it is the males whose work is...
 
Group: McDonald's Filet-O-Fish To Carry Questionable Eco-Label; 'Made From A Controversial Fish'
Washington, D.C - Jun 9, 2011 20:09 EST

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Europe: Brussels, Belgium – "It is deeply disturbing that McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwich will soon carry the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-label at the fast food chain's European locations. Filet-O-Fish sandwiches are made...
 
Research: Water's Surface Not All Wet; 'the Air-Water Interface Is About 70 Percent Of The Earth's Surface'
Los Angeles, California - Jun 9, 2011 19:41 EST

Air and water meet over most of the earth's surface, but exactly where one ends and the other begins turns out to be a surprisingly subtle question. A new study in Nature narrows the boundary to just one quarter of...
 



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