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Newly Developed Cloak Hides Underwater Objects From Sonar; 'We Are Not Talking About Science Fiction'
Champaign, Illinois - Jan 6, 2011 15:25 EST

In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't. Led by mechanical science and engineering professor Nicholas Fang, Illinois researchers have demonstrated an acoustic cloak, a technology that renders underwater objects...
 
Sight Unseen: Prestigious Journal Validates Asian Carp Research; 'This Is A Big New Breakthrough'
Notre Dame, Indiana - Jan 5, 2011 18:14 EST

The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) by scientists from the University of Notre Dame and The Nature Conservancy to detect invasive Asian carp in the Chicago-area waterway has been validated in Conservation Letters, a new flagship peer-reviewed journal published by...
 
Researchers: First As Blue Sharks Tracked Across The Atlantic Ocean; 'We Thought This Migration Might Be Happening'
Gainesville, Florida - Jan 5, 2011 18:01 EST

Blue sharks are strong enough to cross the Southern Atlantic Ocean but need human protection at their destinations and points of departure, a University of Florida collaborative international tagging project finds. The discovery of the shark's wide ranging ways shows that...
 
Catfish Study Reveals Importance Of Being 'Similar But Different'
Bangor, Wales - Jan 5, 2011 16:36 EST

Peer into any stream in a South American rainforest and you may well see a small shoal of similar-looking miniature catfish. But don't be fooled into thinking that they are all the same species. An extensive investigation of South American Corydoras...
 
Duplicity? Odyssey Marine Files Motion To Strike The United States Amicus Brief Filed In The 'Black Swan' Case
Tampa, Florida - Jan 5, 2011 12:38 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean exploration, filed a Motion to Strike the amicus brief filed by the United States which is in support of Spain in the "Black Swan" case. In the alternative, Odyssey...
 
Scientists: Thriving 'Middle Light' Reefs Found In Puerto Rico; 'Extensive, Vibrant, And Diverse' Coral Ecosystems
Silver Spring, Maryland - Jan 4, 2011 21:50 EST

NOAA-funded scientists have found extensive and biologically diverse coral ecosystems occurring at depths between 100-500 feet within a 12 mile span off the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico. With the overall health of shallow coral reefs and the abundance of...
 
Scientist: Ocean's 'Great Garbage Patch' Greatly Exaggerated Claims 'Undermine The Credibility Of Scientists'
Corvallis, Oregon - Jan 4, 2011 19:11 EST

There is a lot of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean, but claims that the "Great Garbage Patch" between California and Japan is twice the size of Texas are grossly exaggerated, according to an analysis by an Oregon State...
 
Underwatertimes.com Top Ten Strangest, Weirdest, and Wildest Underwater Stories of 2010
Miami, Florida - Jan 2, 2011 21:02 EST

What do screaming tadpoles, scuba diving dogs, attacking swans, and a psychic octopus have in common? They all made the list of the weirdest underwater stories from 2010. The year's weird underwater news proved once again that reality is stranger...
 
NOAA And Partners Assist Right Whale Off East Coast Of Florida With 'Life Threatening' Entanglement
Daytona, Florida - Jan 1, 2011 17:31 EST

A team of state and federal biologists assisted a severely entangled North Atlantic right whale off the coast of Daytona, Fla., yesterday. The team successfully removed more than 150 feet of ropes wrapped around the whale's head and fins, and...
 
What Triggers Mass Extinctions? Study Shows How Invasive Species Stop New Life
Athens, Ohio - Dec 30, 2010 18:56 EST

An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events, according to research results published today in the journal PLoS ONE. The study of the collapse of Earth's marine life 378...
 
'Flex' Update: Gray Whale From Endangered Population Surprises Scientists; 'Uncharted Waters'
Newport, Oregon - Dec 28, 2010 16:26 EST

A lone western gray whale, tagged off Russia's Sakhalin Island by scientists in September and tracked for more than 70 days, has suddenly taken off from its feeding area and sped across the Sea of Okhotsk to the west side...
 
Research: Pterygotid Sea Scorpions Not The Terror Of Ancient Seas
Buffalo, New York - Dec 23, 2010 19:41 EST

Experiments by a team of researchers in New York and New Jersey have generated evidence that questions the common belief that the pterygotid eurypterids ("sea scorpions") were high-level predators in the Paleozoic oceans. This group, which ranged the seas from...
 
Scientists: In The Evolutionary Mating Game, Brawn And Stealth Rule; 'Females Will Almost Always Choose A Red Male'
Syracuse, New York - Dec 23, 2010 19:36 EST

When prowling for a hook up, it's not always the good-looker who gets the girl. In fact, in a certain species of South American fish, brawn and stealth beat out colorful and refined almost every time. In a series of...
 
Study: Drifting Fish Larvae Allow Marine Reserves To Rebuild Fisheries; 'Should Help Resolve Some Skepticism About Reserves'
Corvallis, Oregon - Dec 23, 2010 19:11 EST

Marine ecologists at Oregon State University have shown for the first time that tiny fish larvae can drift with ocean currents and "re-seed" fish stocks significant distances away more than 100 miles in a new study from Hawaii. The findings...
 
Research: Entire Dolphin Families Being Wiped Out By Fishing Nets
New York, New York - Dec 22, 2010 15:45 EST

Dolphins along coast of Argentina could experience a significant loss of genetic diversity because some of the animals that accidentally die when tangled in fishing nets are related. According to a new genetic analysis published this week in the journal...
 
Wikileaks Cables: U.S. State Department Sides With Spain Against U.S.-Based Exploration Company's Black Swan Claim
Tampa, Florida - Dec 22, 2010 11:53 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. a pioneer in the field of deep ocean exploration, was named in several U.S. State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks and furnished to the media worldwide. Some of the released cables suggest that the State Department...
 
Study: Rising Greenhouse Gases Profoundly Impact Microscopic Marine Life; 'We're Engaged In A Global, Unreplicated Experiment'
Merced, California - Dec 21, 2010 13:39 EST

The prolonged, extensive emission of greenhouse gases over the next several decades could have significant impacts on ocean life, according to a study by UC Merced marine biologist Michael Beman. Increases in carbon dioxide emissions exacerbated by the burning of...
 
Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Winners Announced, $67,000 Worth Of Prizes Awarded
Santa Monica, California - Dec 20, 2010 21:40 EST

The Ocean Art Underwater Photo competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced its winners for 2010. Over $67,000 worth of prizes were awarded to 77 photographers, include 12 days on the luxury liveaboard Arenui, 18 nights in Papua...
 
Cayman's Scientists Tag Sharks, Track Progress; 'they Are The Most Handsome Of All The Sharks'
George Town, Cayman Islands - Dec 20, 2010 21:29 EST

Marine biologists who are working with the Department of Environment to study the area's predator species caught and tagged two tiger sharks last week fitting each shark with two types of high-tech electronic tracking devices. One type is a satellite tag...
 
Sharm El-Sheikh Shark Attacks: Update From Shark Experts
Los Angeles, California - Dec 18, 2010 13:50 EST

The following is a preliminary report from the Global Shark Attack File, a consortium of shark experts from around the world: Between November 30 and December 5, 2010 there were 5 unprovoked shark attacks reported from Sharm El-Shiekh, Egypt. Following these...
 
Bigger, Better Pacific Oyster Coming Soon! 'Hybrid Vigor -- Superior Growth, Size And Health'
San Diego, California - Dec 14, 2010 21:16 EST

Two University of Southern California biology professors and a California Sea Grant marine advisor have been awarded $394,000 in a national aquaculture research competition sponsored by NOAA Sea Grant. The two-year award will fund genetic studies and field tests of a...
 
Seaweed: The New Trend In Water Purification; 'A High-Value, Good-Tasting, Biosecure Product'
Storrs, Connecticut - Dec 14, 2010 19:22 EST

Charles Yarish is, by his own definition, a seaweed enthusiast. Over his 35-year career, the Stamford professor of ecology and evolutionary biology has followed his marine algae instincts around the world, studying seaweeds' relationships, their physiology, and their interactions with...
 
High-Tech Software, Unmanned Planes Allow Scientists To Keep Tabs On Arctic Seals; 'Biologists Are Thrilled'
Boulder, Colorado - Dec 14, 2010 18:51 EST

A novel project using cameras mounted on unmanned aircraft flying over the Arctic is serving double duty by assessing the characteristics of declining sea ice and using the same aerial photos to pinpoint seals that have hauled up on ice...
 
Research: Jellyfish Counterattack In Winter; 'They Can Reproduce Rapidly If The Conditions Are Right'
Madrid, Spain - Dec 14, 2010 17:37 EST

A study carried out over 50 years by an international team, with the participation of the Balearic Oceanography Centre of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) has confirmed an increase in the size and intensity of proliferations of the jellyfish...
 
Study: 2002 Wild Salmon Decline Was Not Caused By Sea Lice From Farm Salmon; 'This Is Good News'
Davis, California - Dec 13, 2010 20:38 EST

A new UC Davis study contradicts earlier reports that salmon farms were responsible for the 2002 population crash of wild pink salmon in the Broughton Archipelago of western Canada. The Broughton crash has become a rallying event for people concerned...
 
Engineers Calculate Tidal Energy Turbines' Effects On Sediments And Fish
Seattle, Washington - Dec 13, 2010 16:52 EST

The emerging tidal-energy industry is spawning another in its shadow: tidal-energy monitoring. Little is known about tidal turbines' environmental effects and environmentalists, regulators and turbine manufacturers all need more data to allow the industry to grow. Engineers at the University...
 
Study: Bering Sea Was Ice-Free And Full Of Life During Last Warm Period; 'No Evidence Of The Pebbles'
Santa Cruz, California - Dec 13, 2010 16:45 EST

Deep sediment cores retrieved from the Bering Sea floor indicate that the region was ice-free all year and biological productivity was high during the last major warm period in Earth's climate history. Christina Ravelo, professor of ocean sciences at the...
 
Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like A Centuries Old Solid Gold Chalice Recovered From The Bottom Of The Sea
Key West, Florida - Dec 11, 2010 18:17 EST

The Robb Report, the definitive luxury lifestyle publication for those who really do have everything, has hit the holiday newsstands with its annual offering of the 21 Ultimate Gifts in the entire world. This year, featured among indulgences that include...
 
Experts: Climate Change May Be Increasing Toxins Poisoning Caribbean Fish
Gainsville, Florida - Dec 10, 2010 18:32 EST

Global climate change may contribute to an increase in toxins that poison Caribbean fish and the people who eat the seafood, according to experts meeting this week in the Virgin Islands. Preliminary findings from other parts of the world suggest that...
 
Florida: Cold Weather Brings Record 699 Manatee Deaths In 2010; Access To 'Warm-Water Sites' Needed
Tallahassee, Florida - Dec 10, 2010 17:57 EST

The cold weather earlier this year led to a record high number of manatee deaths in 2010. From the beginning of the year through Dec. 5, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research...
 
Consumer Group Congratulates 'Consumer Reports' For Ignoring Its Own Advice, Serving Tuna At Party
Washington, D.C. - Dec 9, 2010 17:11 EST

After a decade of bashing tuna as a dangerous fish to eat, Consumer Reports magazine has apparently accepted the healthfulness of America's most affordable fish. MediaPost.com reports that Consumer Reports editors served "spicy tuna tartare" at their recent office holiday...
 
Brrr: Bering Sea Chills To Coldest Temperature On Record; Fatter Plankton, Pollock Diet Changes
Fairbanks, Alaska - Dec 9, 2010 16:56 EST

Despite a 30-year warming trend, the last three years in the Bering Sea have been the coldest on record. A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist says that the cold temperatures have helped produce larger zooplankton in the Bering Sea, which...
 
Researchers: 'No Fish Left Behind' Approach Leaves Earth With Nowhere Left To Fish
Vancouver, BC - Dec 9, 2010 12:31 EST

The Earth has run out of room to expand fisheries, according to a new study led by University of British Columbia researchers that charts the systematic expansion of industrialized fisheries. In collaboration with the National Geographic Society and published today in...
 
First Underwater Robot To Cross Atlantic Highlighted At Smithsonian Ocean Hall
Silver Spring, Maryland - Dec 8, 2010 20:55 EST

The first underwater robotic vehicle or "glider" to cross an ocean will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit opening in the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on Dec. 9. The U.S....
 
Consumer Reports: New Tests Reinforce Concerns About Mercury In Tuna
Yonkers, New York - Dec 7, 2010 21:10 EST

Consumer Reports' latest tests of 42 samples from cans and pouches of tuna bought primarily in the New York metropolitan area and online confirm that white (albacore) tuna usually contains far more mercury than light tuna. Canned tuna, Americans' favorite...
 
Scientists: 'Chemoautotrophic' Life Thrives In Porous Rock Deep Beneath The Seafloor
Santa Cruz, California - Dec 7, 2010 17:54 EST

Researchers have found compelling evidence for an extensive biological community living in porous rock deep beneath the seafloor. The microbes in this hidden world appear to be an important source of dissolved organic matter in deep ocean water, a finding...
 
Aussie University Completes World's First Climate Change Reef Experiment Facility
Brisbane, Australia - Dec 7, 2010 17:16 EST

In a world first, a new 'state of the art' climate change experimental facility has been completed at the University of Queensland's Heron Island Research Station. The Climate Change Mesocosm (CCM) project led by Associate Professor Sophie Dove and Dr....
 
NOAA Proposes Listing Ringed And Bearded Seals As Threatened Under Endangered Species Act
Silver Spring, Maryland - Dec 7, 2010 17:04 EST

NOAA's Fisheries Service is proposing to list four subspecies of ringed seals, found in the Arctic Basin and the North Atlantic, and two distinct population segments of bearded seals in the Pacific Ocean, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act....
 
Scientists Flesh Out The Life Histories Of Dead Whales; Common 'Background Species' Found
Monterey, California - Dec 6, 2010 21:19 EST

Dead whales that sink down to the seafloor provide a feast for deep-sea animals that can last for years. Previous research suggested that such "whale falls" were homes for unique animals that lived nowhere else. However, after sinking five whale...
 
Scientists Measure Air-Sea Exchange Of Carbon Dioxide In The Open Ocean; 'Bubbles In Whitecaps Play A Significant Role'
Southampton, Hampshire - Dec 6, 2010 21:00 EST

A team led by scientists at the United Kingdom's National Oceanography Centre have measured the air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide in the open ocean at higher wind speed then anyone else has ever managed. Their findings are important for understanding...
 



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