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Shark Attack Survivors Press U.N. To Save The Sharks; 'We See The Value In Saving These Animals'
New York, New York - Sep 13, 2010 20:01 EST

Shark attack survivors hailing from five countries are pushing the United Nations to adopt measures to protect sharks. The survivors-turned-advocates, brought together by the Pew Environment Group, are calling for countries to end the fishing of sharks threatened or near-threatened...
 
Research: Wind Tunnel Experiment Proves Flying Fish Can Glide Better Then Insects, And As Good As Birds
Cambridge, U.K. - Sep 10, 2010 18:17 EST

We're all familiar with birds that are as comfortable diving as they are flying but only one family of fish has made the reverse journey. Flying fish can remain airborne for over 40 seconds, covering distances of up to 400m...
 
U.S. Seafood Consumption Declines Slightly In 2009; 'Room For The U.S. Aquaculture Industry To Grow'
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 9, 2010 13:44 EST

The average American ate 15.8 pounds of fish and shellfish in 2009, a slight decline from the 2008 consumption figure of 16.0 pounds, according to a NOAA Fisheries Service report out today. The U.S. continues as the third-ranked country for...
 
Researcher: Oil Remains Below Surface, Will Come Ashore In Pulses; 'It's Most Definitely There'
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Sep 8, 2010 21:25 EST

Gregory Stone, director of LSU's WAVCIS Program and also of the Coastal Studies Institute in the university's School of the Coast & Environment, disagrees with published estimates that more than 75 percent of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident...
 
Bahamas Police: Photos Of Human Remains Eaten By Shark Offer Few Clues; Warning: Extremely Graphic Pictures
Nassau, The Bahamas - Sep 7, 2010 23:14 EST

Bahamian authorities are still trying to identify the remains of a dead man found inside of a tiger shark caught off the island's coast last weekend. Investigators are examining pictures of the deceased to gather whether or not the man was...
 
Scientists Uncover Counterpart Of Cerebral Cortex In Marine Worms; 'It Came Out Of 'The Blue''
Heidelberg, Germany - Sep 4, 2010 18:26 EST

Our cerebral cortex, or pallium, is a big part of what makes us human: art, literature and science would not exist had this most fascinating part of our brain not emerged in some less intelligent ancestor in prehistoric times. But...
 
Conservation Groups Urge Passage Of Stalled U.s. Coral Reef Protection Legislation; 'Disappearing Within Our Lifetimes'
Miami, Florida - Sep 4, 2010 17:46 EST

Our coral reefs are in trouble. Almost 20% of the world's coral reefs have been lost and an additional 35% are threatened according to the expert opinion of 372 coral reef scientists and managers from 96 countries who contributed to...
 
Study: Oceans On Brink Of Mass Extinction; 'There Will Be Very Unpredictable Consequences'
Sydney, Australia - Sep 3, 2010 17:38 EST

New research by Macquarie University palaeobiologist, Dr John Alroy, predicts major changes to the rules of evolution as we understand them now. Those changes will have serious consequences for future biodiversity because no one can predict which groups will come...
 
Florida Diver Derbies To Net Lionfish And $10,000 In Cash And Prizes; 'Genuine Food Delicacy'
Florida Keys, Florida - Sep 2, 2010 18:46 EST

Putting an innovative twist on fishing tournaments, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, in partnership with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), have created three fishing derbies for the dive community to capture and remove non-native lionfish from Keys waters. Participants are...
 
Experts: Marine Stewardship Council's Certification Failing Basic Science; 'Bureaucracy' Instead Of 'Biology'
Vancouver, BC Canada - Sep 1, 2010 18:00 EST

The world's most established fisheries certifier is failing on its promises as rapidly as it gains prominence, according the world's leading fisheries experts from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at...
 
Scientists: Sonar Images Reveal Sunken Oil Tanker Off California Coast, Possible Pollution Threat
Monterey, California - Sep 1, 2010 17:39 EST

Experts hope to use sonar images of a sunken ship off California's coast to determine whether the vessel is at risk of leaking oil. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) sent a robotic submersible down to the wreck of...
 
Researcher: Worry More About Lightning Or Bees Than Shark Attacks; 'A Surfer Looks Like A Seal'
Galveston, Texas - Aug 30, 2010 17:37 EST

Pity the poor shark. If ever a creature needed a good PR campaign, it might be the shark – especially when it comes to those headline-grabbing – but very rare – shark attacks. Studies show that lightning is a far greater...
 
From Pirate To Prisoner: Animal Planet To Air Whale Wars Special Featuring Eco-Maverick Peter Bethune
Beverly Hills, California - Aug 30, 2010 16:29 EST

Animal Planet today announced it has given the green light for a new WHALE WARS one-hour special series episode featuring Captain Pete Bethune of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. During the two-hour season finale, viewers' last glimpse of eco-pirate and...
 
Progress On Vaccine For 'Ich,' Bane Of Fish Farms And Home Aquarium Hobbyists; 'Just One Treatment'
Boston, Massachusetts - Aug 27, 2010 19:20 EST

Tests of the potential vaccine against "Ich" ― the dreaded "white-spot" disease that plagues fish in commercial fish farms, public aquariums, pet fish retail outlets, and home aquariums ― are raising hopes for finally controlling the disease, scientists reported here...
 
Report: Numerous Great White Sharks Seen Lurking Off Southern California Beaches
Los Angeles, California - Aug 27, 2010 17:08 EST

There have been 8 confirmed and 5 suspected white shark sightings and breaches reported from Sunset Beach, Los Angeles, in less than two weeks. Observations have occurred from early morning to late afternoon. Reports of juvenile and adult white sharks...
 
Coral Off Puerto Rico's Coast 'Ideal Case Study' For Gulf Oil Spill's Impact; 'Our Team Showered With Laboratory Soap'
Orlando, Florida - Aug 25, 2010 21:55 EST

Coral living off the coast of Puerto Rico may provide researchers valuable information about the potential impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. University of Central Florida biologist John Fauth, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists and non-governmental agencies...
 
Scientists: First Frozen Repository For Hawaiian Coral Created; Can Be Thawed '1,000 Years From Now'
Mānoa, Hawaii - Aug 24, 2010 23:24 EST

Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have created the first frozen bank for Hawaiian corals in an attempt to protect them from extinction and to preserve their...
 
Paternity Tests: Whale Sharks May Produce Many Litters From One Mating; 'Storing Sperm'
Chicago, Illinois - Aug 24, 2010 23:13 EST

How do female whale sharks meet their perfect mates and go on to produce offspring? While little is known about the reproductive behavior of these ocean-roaming giants, a newly published analysis led by University of Illinois at Chicago biologist Jennifer...
 
Scientists Map Origin Of Large, Underwater Hydrocarbon Plume In Gulf; 22 Miles Long And More Than 3,000 Feet Below Surface
Washington, D.C. - Aug 24, 2010 23:07 EST

Scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and affiliated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have detected a plume of hydrocarbons at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of...
 
Ancient Microbes Responsible For Breathing Life Into Ocean Deserts; 'Cyanobacteria Is The Simplest Explanation'
Phoenix, Arizona - Aug 23, 2010 21:41 EST

More than two and a half billion years ago, Earth differed greatly from our modern environment, specifically in respect to the composition of gases in the atmosphere and the nature of the life forms inhabiting its surface. While today's atmosphere...
 
Humane Society: OSHA Sanctions On Seaworld Are Further Evidence That Orcas Are Unsuitable For Captivity
Washington, D.C. - Aug 23, 2010 21:23 EST

The Humane Society of the United States is guardedly optimistic about the consequences of a citation issued today by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to SeaWorld for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in the death of...
 
Guy Harvey And Neal Watson Join Forces With Dive Bimini; 'Neal Or Guy Might Be On Board Diving With You'
Bimini, The Bahamas - Aug 20, 2010 19:28 EST

Celebrated artist and conservationist Guy Harvey along with his Guy Harvey Outpost organization announced today plans to team with renown dive authority Neal Watson to offer "top of class" dive centers at Guy Harvey Outpost resort properties. Their first...
 
Discovery Of 650-Million-Year-Old Sponge-Like Creatures Pushes Back Fossil Record; Reef-Dwelling Creatures On 'Snowball Earth'
Princeton, New Jersey - Aug 19, 2010 14:55 EST

In findings that push back the clock on the scientific world's thinking about when animal life appeared on Earth, Princeton scientists may have discovered the oldest fossils of animal bodies, suggesting that primitive sponge-like creatures were living in ocean reefs...
 
They're Back: Recent Otter Deaths A Reminder That Great White Sharks Are Patrolling California Waters
Monterey, California - Aug 19, 2010 14:19 EST

The likely deaths of two mother sea otters from shark bites, and the rescue of their orphaned pups in recent days is a reminder of what researchers have learned from a decade studying adult great white shark behavior: These top ocean...
 
Spinal Gap Of Barbeled Dragonfishes Mystery Solved: Due To Long Notochord
London, England - Aug 17, 2010 22:37 EST

The mystery of why a group of deep sea fishes has a gap between their skull and spine has been solved by an international team of scientists, including those at the Natural History Museum. Large sharp teeth, a thread-like skin extension...
 
Scientists: Oil Droplets Speckle Gulf Floor, Evidence Seen That Oil Has Become Toxic To Critical Marine Life
St. Petersburg, Florida - Aug 17, 2010 22:23 EST

University of South Florida marine scientists conducting experiments in an area of the Gulf of Mexico where clouds of oil from the BP spill were found now have discovered what appears to be oil in sediments of a vital underwater...
 
Survey: California Sea Otter Population Numbers On Decline; 'Sea Otter Health Can Tell Us A Lot'
Santa Cruz, California - Aug 17, 2010 22:09 EST

After a decade of steady recovery, the southern sea otter — a federally listed threatened species — is in decline for the second year in a row, according to the latest population survey by U.S. Geological Survey researchers. "We have seen...
 
Report: 80% Of Gulf Spill Oil Remains In The Ecosystem; 'the Oil Is Still Out There'
Athens, Georgia - Aug 17, 2010 16:29 EST

A report released today by the Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia concludes that up to 79 percent of the oil released into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon well has not been recovered and remains...
 
Massive Coral Mortality Following Bleaching In Indonesia; 'A Disappointing Development'
New York, New York - Aug 16, 2010 21:00 EST

The Wildlife Conservation Society today released initial field observations that indicate that a dramatic rise in the surface temperature in Indonesian waters has resulted in a large-scale bleaching event that has devastated coral populations. WCS's Indonesia Program "Rapid Response Unit"...
 
Research: Ocean's Color Affects Hurricane Paths; 'The Oceans Aren't Really Blue'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 13, 2010 18:45 EST

A change in the color of ocean waters could have a drastic effect on the prevalence of hurricanes, new research indicates. In a simulation of such a change in one region of the North Pacific, the study finds that hurricane...
 
LA Museum: Life Of 85-Million-Year-Old 'Sea Monster' Featured; 'The Finest Preserved Mosasaur In Existence'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 10, 2010 22:59 EST

One of the ocean's most formidable marine predators, the marine mosasaur Platecarpus, lived in the Cretaceous Period some 85 million years ago and was thought to have swum like an eel. That theory is debunked in a new paper published...
 
Discovery Channel's 23rd Annual 'Shark Week' Is Most-Watched Ever; Seen By 30.8 Million People
Silver Spring, Maryland - Aug 10, 2010 22:28 EST

Discovery Channel's 23rd annual SHARK WEEK – cable's longest-running programming event – was seen by 30.8 million people this year, making it the most-watched SHARK WEEK on record. The previous record holder was 2008 with 29.1 million viewers. [Source:...
 
Scientist: The Jellyfish-Like Salp Is Most Efficient Filter-Feeder In The Deep; 'Like Eating Everything From A Mouse To A Horse'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 9, 2010 22:11 EST

What if trains, planes and automobiles all were powered simply by the air through which they move? What if their exhaust and by-products helped the environment? Such an energy-efficient, self-propelling mechanism already exists in nature. The salp, a small, barrel-shaped organism that...
 
Pennekamp: America's First Undersea Park To Celebrate 50th Birthday
Key Largo, Florida Keys - Aug 9, 2010 21:33 EST

Plans are underway for a milestone birthday celebration as John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America's first underwater preserve, turns 50 years old. The historic event is set for Wednesday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, offering an ideal...
 
U.S. Sportfishing Vessel Attacked Off Costa Rica By Venezuela's Socialist Fisheries; 'Its Crew Obnoxiously Celebrated Its Victory'
Garza, Costa Rica - Aug 8, 2010 16:07 EST

A U.S. based world fisheries conservation association is demanding disciplinary action after the attack by a commercial Venezuelan tuna purse seining vessel and helicopter on a sportfishing boat off the coast of Costa Rica. The incident has been reported and posted...
 
Odyssey's Legal Team Wins Case In Spanish Court Over Blockaded Ship; 'A Step In The Right Direction'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 8, 2010 15:41 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, is pleased to report that Captain Sterling Vorus has been cleared of all charges by a court in Algeciras, Spain relating to the blockade and...
 
NOAA: More Fishing, Higher Consumption Might Help Reverse Lionfish Invasion; 'Delicious'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 6, 2010 18:17 EST

A new study looking at how to curb the rapid growth of lionfish, an invasive species not native to the Atlantic Ocean, suggests that approximately 27 percent of mature lionfish will have to be removed monthly for one year to...
 
First Divers Complete Florida Keys 'Wreck Trek' Challenge; 'Truly A Pinnacle Moment In A Long Diving Career'
Key West, Florida - Aug 5, 2010 15:55 EST

Eleven Florida divers recently became the first "Wreck Trekker" dive enthusiasts to complete nine wreck dives as part of the Florida Keys Wreck Trek Passport Program. The dive challenge, developed by tourism officials and area dive operators, showcases the world-class diving...
 
Scientists Observe 'Fastest' Evolution; Tiny Fish Evolved To Tolerate Colder Temperature In Three Years
Guelph, Ontario - Aug 4, 2010 22:12 EST

University of British Columbia researchers have observed one of the fastest evolutionary responses ever recorded in wild populations. In as little as three years, stickleback fish developed tolerance for water temperature 2.5 degrees Celsius lower than their ancestors. The study, published...
 
In The Mouth Of Jaws: California Kayaker Survives Attack On His Kayak; 'Screaming Like A Little Girl'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 4, 2010 15:14 EST

A kayaker is breathing a sigh of relief after a terrifying encounter with a great white shark off the Southern California coast. Duane Strosaker was five miles off the coast from Gaviota State Park, which is north of Los Angeles,...
 

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