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Guppy Study Shows Poor Start In Life Need Not Spell Doom In Adulthood
Riverside, California - Oct 21, 2010 16:07 EST

Does the environment encountered early in life have permanent and predictable long-term effects in adulthood? Such effects have been reported in numerous organisms, including humans. But now a biology graduate student at the University of California, Riverside reports that how...
 
Group Pushes For Protection Of Whales, Penguins, Seals And Krill; 'A New Krill Stock Assessment Is Urgently Needed'
Hobart, Tasmania - Oct 21, 2010 16:01 EST

The Pew Environment Group's Antarctic Krill Conservation Project (AKCP) urges the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to require scientific observers on board all krill fishing vessels and to intensify efforts at data collection to reduce...
 
Less Krill, More Plankton: 20 Year Study Finds Major Changes In Southern Ocean Plankton
Hobart, Tasmania - Oct 21, 2010 15:23 EST

A 20 year study of the Southern Ocean has found significant changes in the composition, distribution and diversity of plankton and krill sampled by Australian Antarctic Division scientists. The Division's Continuous Plankton Recorder project has been mapping and monitoring plankton populations...
 
Research: Microbes May Consume Far More Oil-Spill Waste Than Earlier Thought
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Oct 20, 2010 21:39 EST

Microbes living at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico may consume far more of the gaseous waste from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill than previously thought, according to research carried out within 100 miles of the spill site. A paper...
 
New Campaign Promises Death To Lionfish; 'They're Easy To Catch And Great To Eat'
Marathon, Florida - Oct 20, 2010 21:19 EST

Lionfish are invading, says a new Public Service Announcement released today by The Shifting Baselines Ocean Media Campaign – and there's something we can do about it – eat them. Though comedic in nature, the new Lionfish PSA addresses a...
 
Celebration Spotlights 50th Anniversary Of Key Largo's Pennekamp, America's First Underwater Park
Key Largo, Florida - Oct 20, 2010 20:55 EST

The 50th anniversary of the creation of America's first underwater preserve, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, is to be celebrated Dec. 1-11 in Key Largo. The island is humming with activity as it prepares for visitors marking the occasion...
 
Oceanographers: Elephant Seals Improve Maps Of Antarctic Seafloor
Santa Cruz, California - Oct 19, 2010 23:20 EST

Oceanographers are using data collected by elephant seals to improve their map of the seafloor on Antarctica's continental shelf. The new map results from a collaboration between Daniel Costa, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz,...
 
Coral Death Strikes At Se Asia; 'The Worst Coral Die-Off We Have Seen Since 1998'
Cairns, Australia - Oct 18, 2010 22:03 EST

International marine scientists say that a huge coral death which has struck Southeast Asian and Indian Ocean reefs over recent months has highlighted the urgency of controlling global carbon emissions. Many reefs are dead or dying across the Indian Ocean and...
 
Study: Satellites Show Bluefin Tuna Hit Hard By 'Deepwater Horizon' Disaster
Paris, France - Oct 18, 2010 21:54 EST

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill couldn't have occurred at a worse time for bluefin tuna: they had come to the area – a major spawning ground – to produce offspring. Satellites are helping assess the damage from the disaster...
 
Geophysicists Claim Conventional Understanding Of Earth's Deep Water Cycle Needs Revision
Riverside, California - Oct 18, 2010 21:36 EST

A popular view among geophysicists is that large amounts of water are carried from the oceans to the deep mantle in "subduction zones," which are boundaries where the Earth's crustal plates converge, with one plate riding over the other. But now...
 
Similar, But Different: Shift To El Nino Modoki May Alter Natural Climate Cycles Of Pacific
Atlanta, Georgia - Oct 17, 2010 17:47 EST

While it's still hotly debated among scientists whether climate change causes a shift from the traditional form of El Nino to one known as El Nino Modoki, online in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists now say that El Nino Modoki...
 
Florida Marine Lab 'Releases' Coral Fragments In Keys Reef Restocking
Sarasota, Florida - Oct 17, 2010 17:16 EST

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, scientists with Mote Marine Laboratory released corals of four species at two sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The release, permitted by Sanctuary officials and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is designed to...
 
Seaweeds A Passion For 'Nerdy' Juneau Biologist; 'Some People Like The Kelps, Some People Like The Red Algae'
Juneau, Alaska - Oct 17, 2010 09:33 EST

Mandy Lindeberg always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. "I knew it would have something to do with the beach. I love that zone, it's so dynamic," said Lindeberg, a marine biologist with NOAA's Auke Bay Lab...
 
Team Completes World-First Ocean Observatory Off Vancouver Island; 'High-Pressure Work In Harsh Environments'
Victoria, Bbritish Columbia - Oct 15, 2010 18:03 EST

More than two kilometres down in the inky depths of the Pacific Ocean and 300 km off the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada has just made scientific and technological history. The installation of NEPTUNE Canada—the world's largest and most advanced...
 
Squid Ears? Studies Provide Valuable Insights Into Hearing Mechanisms Of The Ocean's 'Floating Buffet'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Oct 15, 2010 17:46 EST

The ordinary squid, Loligo pealii—best known until now as a kind of floating buffet for just about any fish in the sea—may be on the verge of becoming a scientific superstar, providing clues about the origin and evolution of the...
 
Grant Helps Researchers Carry On 23-Year Search For Elusive Bog Turtle
Oswego, New York - Oct 14, 2010 14:22 EST

Two SUNY Oswego biologists will use a new $138,000 federal grant to extend their 23-year research of the rare bog turtle and its habitat to Cayuga and Wayne counties. Peter A. Rosenbaum and Andrew P. Nelson recently received a U.S....
 
Scientists Eye Alternative Fish Feeds With Less Fish And Fish Oils; 'Plants, Animal Processing Products, Yeast And Bacteria'
Franklin, Maine - Oct 13, 2010 22:16 EST

Imagine you are invited to a buffet lunch and the only thing on the menu is a food you don't enjoy. How much do you think you will eat? While it may qualify as a wonderful, nutritious food, you won't...
 
Shark Smell Myth Found Fishy: No Better Than Other Fish At Sniffing Blood In The Water
Washington, D.C. - Oct 13, 2010 21:45 EST

Everyone knows that sharks have an amazing sense of smell. Toss a chunk of salmon into the shark tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, and you can see it in action. "They know right away when the scent hits...
 
Researchers: Rotten Fish Experiments Help To Create Picture Of Our Early Ancestors; 'Grisly And Smelly'
Leicester, U.K. - Oct 12, 2010 21:33 EST

An innovative experiment at the University of Leicester that involved studying rotting fish has helped to create a clearer picture of what our early ancestors would have looked like. The scientists wanted to examine the decaying process in order to understand...
 
Researchers: Regional Anomalous Sea Temperature Rise And Coral Bleaching Event In Western Caribbean
Panama City, Panama - Oct 12, 2010 21:22 EST

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Bocas del Toro Research Station and Galeta Point Marine Laboratory are reporting an anomalous sea temperature rise and a major coral bleaching event in the western Caribbean. Although the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,...
 
Record As Humpback Whale Swims A Quarter Of The World In Search For Mate
Bar Harbor, Maine - Oct 12, 2010 21:07 EST

When Norwegian tourist Freddy Johansen snapped a photograph of a diving humpback whale in Madagascar, he had no idea that his vacation excursion would lead to an important scientific discovery. Researchers from College of the Atlantic's Allied Whale saw the...
 
Researchers: Coral Records Show Ocean Thermocline Rise With Global Warming
Columbus, Ohio - Oct 12, 2010 20:44 EST

Researchers looking at corals in the western tropical Pacific Ocean have found records linking a profound shift in the depth of the division between warm surface water and colder, deeper water traceable to recent global warming. The finding is the first...
 
Genomic Comparison Of Ocean Microbes Reveals East-West Divide In Populations
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Oct 11, 2010 20:52 EST

Much as an anthropologist can study populations of people to learn about their physical attributes, their environs and social structures, some marine microbiologists read the genome of microbes to glean information about the microbes themselves, their environments and lifestyles. Using...
 
Research: First As Female Fish Shown To Flaunt Fins To Attract A Mate
Bonn, Germany - Oct 8, 2010 19:38 EST

For the first time, biologists have described the evolution of the size of a female trait which males use to choose a partner. The research, published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, shows that male cichlid fish prefer...
 
'Turtle And Dugong Capital Of The World' At Risk Under Climate Change
Cairns, Australia - Oct 7, 2010 21:48 EST

The "turtle and dugong capital of the world", the northern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Torres Strait region, faces increased pressure under climate change from human actions such as fishing, hunting, onshore development and pollution. "Depletion of turtle and dugong...
 
New Deep-Sea Hot Springs Discovered In The Atlantic
Bremen, Germany - Oct 7, 2010 21:40 EST

Scientists from the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen on board the German research vessel Meteor have discovered a new hydrothermal vent 500 kilometres south-west of the Azores. The vent...
 
Ohio Attorney General Issues Memo To Stop Asian Carp Invasion; 'We Will Continue To Fight'
Columbus, Ohio - Oct 7, 2010 21:35 EST

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and fellow Great Lakes states' attorneys general filed a memo late Friday in a case aimed at preventing the dangerous migration of Asian carp into the lakes. The memo responds to a request from Judge Robert...
 
Bite-Sized Popcorn Fish: Popping With Excitement; 'People Of All Ages Will Enjoy This Fun Taste'
St. Simons Island, Georgia - Oct 7, 2010 21:29 EST

Outstanding moms often have an impressive bag of tricks to help them juggle daily activities and delicious meals with ease and style. They want great taste, originality and fun in their kitchen and with SeaPak's all-new Popcorn Fish it's all...
 
Researchers: Still Time To Save The World's Ailing Coral Reefs; 'they Are In Deep Trouble'
Townsville, Queensland - Oct 7, 2010 21:21 EST

There is still time to save the world's ailing coral reefs, if prompt and decisive action can be taken to improve their overall health, leading marine researchers say. Writing in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, eminent marine scientists from...
 
Study: Fish Near Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Lower Levels Of Mercury
Raleigh, North Carolina - Oct 6, 2010 21:31 EST

A new study from North Carolina State University finds that fish located near coal-fired power plants have lower levels of mercury than fish that live much further away. The surprising finding appears to be linked to high levels of another...
 
Divers To Target Lionfish In Nov. 13 Florida Keys Derby; Tastes Like 'Hogfish'
Florida Keys, Florida - Oct 5, 2010 22:03 EST

Divers are to become undersea "anglers" during an innovative event designed to control the population of non-native lionfish in Florida Keys waters. Set for Saturday, Nov. 13, the Lower Keys Lionfish Derby is the final of three derbies organized by...
 
Magnificent Deep-Sea Corals Discovered In The Mediterranean; 'We Did Not Expect, Know, Or Even Imagine'
Haifa, Israel - Oct 4, 2010 21:55 EST

The exploration vessel Nautilus, with a team of experts of the University of Haifa's Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, headed by Prof. Zvi Ben Avraham, discovered for the first time an area of reefs with deep-sea corals in...
 
Researchers: 'Alarming' Increase In Flow Of Water Into Oceans; 'In General, More Water Is Good'
Irvine, California - Oct 4, 2010 21:45 EST

Freshwater is flowing into Earth's oceans in greater amounts every year, a team of researchers has found, thanks to more frequent and extreme storms linked to global warming. All told, 18 percent more water fed into the world's oceans from...
 
Decade-Long Census Of Marine Life Completed; 'We Prevailed Over Early Doubts'
London, England - Oct 4, 2010 21:29 EST

There are more than one million different types of creatures living in the world's oceans today, according to a newly-released, decade-long effort to record marine life species around the world. The Census of Marine Life, which was an international effort began...
 
Project Hector: Freediver To Attempt World Record 100m Plunge
Miami, Florida - Oct 4, 2010 21:15 EST

In mid-December William Trubridge will make an attempt at the freediving world record and the monumental depth of 100 meters (328 feet). Freediving is the sport of breath-hold diving, and the unassisted category is the most refined and challenging form of...
 
The Secret Life Of Ireland's Smooth-Hound Sharks; Research Reveals Opportunity To Conserve Species
Dublin, Ireland - Oct 3, 2010 19:34 EST

They grow to over a meter in length, can weigh up to twelve kilos and each summer they swarm into the shallow waters of the Irish east coast. Despite this, the starry smooth-hound has remained Ireland's least well known shark...
 
Aussie Scientists Report Continued Success In 'Artificial Uterus' Shark Breeding Program
Port Stephens, NSW - Oct 2, 2010 16:08 EST

Shark scientists from Industry & Investment NSW in Port Stephens have welcomed 14 juvenile wobbegong sharks into the world as part of a research program into the recovery of the endangered grey nurse population. Industry & Investment NSW research scientists,...
 
Surfer Reports Great White Shark Attack Off The Oregon Coast; Board Hit At 'Full Attack Speed'
Los Angeles, California - Oct 2, 2010 08:44 EST

The California-based Shark Research Committee is reporting that surfer off the Oregon coast was recently attacked by a great white shark. On September 27, David Lowden described a terrifying encounter where a shark hit his board at "full attack...
 
Student Swims With Whale Sharks, Finds Possible Career; 'So Excited I Kept Choking On Water'
Terre Haute, Indiana - Oct 1, 2010 19:32 EST

While Darin Lang is walking around the Indiana State University campus, a whale shark named Darin is swimming somewhere in the oceans of the world. Lang, a senior geology major from Terre Haute, named a whale shark after himself while...
 
Florida Researchers Find High Rates Of Gene Transfer Between Bacteria In The Marine Environment
Sarasota, Florida - Oct 1, 2010 19:26 EST

Florida researchers are shedding new light on how marine bacteria manage to adapt so rapidly in a study reported in the new edition of Science which shows widespread, horizontal gene transfers allow the organisms to be resilient in the face...
 



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