Study: Ciguatoxin Discovered In Critically Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jun 7, 2011 19:20 EST
Researchers from NOAA have discovered a potent and highly-debilitating toxin in the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, a first-of-its-kind chemical finding that is now prompting investigations of other marine mammals in the state.
The toxin, ciguatoxin, is produced by marine algae...
Discovery Channel's Shark Week Returns With Andy Samberg For 24th Season
New York, New York - Jun 6, 2011 20:05 EST
SHARK WEEK, cable television's longest-running programming event and the ultimate summertime ritual, returns to Discovery Channel Sunday, July 31 at 9PM with seven all-new specials and some of the most watched shows from recent years. The 24th annual fin-filled...
Scientists: Ocean Gliders Uncover Underwater 'Rivers' Off Perth
Perth, Australia - Jun 6, 2011 18:26 EST
Oceanographers at The University of Western Australia have discovered the first underwater 'rivers' to be identified in a sub-tropical region flowing along the ocean bed off Perth's coastline.
The finding published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters reveals 'rivers' or...
Study: 'Champagne Reefs' Signal Severe Impacts To Coral Reefs Worldwide
Miami, Florida - May 29, 2011 18:51 EST
A new study from University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science scientists Chris Langdon, Remy Okazaki and Nancy Muehllehner and colleagues from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in...
7,000 Tanks: University Opens World's Most Modern Zebrafish Facility
St. Louis, Missouri - May 27, 2011 18:13 EST
Tiny tropical fish are helping scientists understand human development and disease, from birth defects and cancer to muscle and nerve disorders.
Contributing to this effort, Washington University is now home to one of the largest zebrafish facilities in the world. And...
Pass: NOAA Finds Endangered Species Listing For Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Not Warranted
Silver Spring, Maryland - May 27, 2011 18:04 EST
After an extensive scientific review, NOAA announced today that Atlantic bluefin tuna
currently do not warrant species protection under the Endangered Species Act.
NOAA has committed to revisit this decision by early 2013, when more information will
be available about the effects of...
Prized Delicacy Abalone Could Be Doomed By Increasing Ocean Acidity; 'This Is Bad News'
Vancouver, British Columbia - May 25, 2011 16:35 EST
Increasing levels of ocean acidity could spell doom for British Columbia's already beleaguered northern abalone, according to the first study to provide direct experimental evidence that changing sea water chemistry is negatively affecting an endangered species.
The northern abalone--prized as a...