Whale SENSE: NOAA, Partners Launch Effort For Tour Operators To Protect Whales
Silver Spring, Maryland - Sep 11, 2009 18:08 EST
NOAA has joined with private industry and conservation groups to launch Whale SENSE, a new voluntary program that encourages whale-watch tour operators from Maine to Virginia to practice responsible viewing. The program will also recognize businesses that discourage the harassment...
'Lucky Luke' Of The Seas: How Ambush-feeding Zooplankton Capture Prey
Copenhagen, Denmark - Sep 3, 2009 16:50 EST
Could you filter 100,000 cubic metres of syrup every day to find food in a concentration of two grains of rice per cubic metre?
This is what zooplankters, such as copepods, do every day, gathering microscopic food particles (algae etc.) from...
Scientists: Specialized 'Toolbox' Gene Spurs Scale Development In Fish
New York, New York - Sep 3, 2009 16:29 EST
Scientists have suspected that spare parts in the genome—extra copies of functional genes that arise when genes or whole genomes get duplicated—might sometimes provide the raw materials for the evolution of new traits. Now, researchers report in a study published...
Study: Soviet's Secret Whaling Devastated Some Humpback Whale Populations
Lismore, Australia - Sep 1, 2009 23:53 EST
Secret illegal Soviet whaling, during the years from 1947 to 1973, led to the decimation of some populations of humpback whales in the Pacific, according to a new study by collaborating marine researchers.
Wally Franklin, a PhD student with Southern Cross...