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Monterey Bay Aquarium Puts Great White Shark On Display; Another 'Powerful Emissary For Ocean Conservation'
Monterey, California - Aug 26, 2009 22:54 EST

For the fifth time, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has placed a young great white shark on exhibit, bringing her from Malibu to Monterey this afternoon (Wednesday, August 26) just 14 days after she was collected by aquarium staff off the...
 
Whale Wars Wins Rating Battle With Record Viewership For Season Finale; Green Light For 3rd Season
New York, New York - Aug 26, 2009 22:44 EST

Animal Planet’s WHALE WARS ended last Friday evening with the most-watched episode ever, a record 1.3M P2+ viewers tuning in to see the fate of the Sea Shepherd crew who, upon returning to port, were detained by Australian Federal Police. The...
 
New Species Of Crustaceans Discovered Near Canary Islands; 'Beautiful Hairy Sea Monster'
College Station, Texas - Aug 25, 2009 22:35 EST

During a cave diving expedition to explore the Tunnel de la Atlantida, the world's longest submarine lava tube on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, an international team of scientists and cave divers have discovered a previously unknown species of crustacean,...
 
Israeli-Jordanian Project Bridges The Political Divide Across The Gulf Of Aqaba; 'No Customs, No Passports, No Police'
Palo Alto, California - Aug 25, 2009 20:58 EST

Scientists from Stanford University have teamed up with Israeli and Jordanian researchers to protect the Gulf of Aqaba, a strategic waterway whose fragile marine ecosystem is vital to both Israel and Jordan. Participants in the NATO-funded project say they are...
 
Scientists Shed New Light On Behavior Of Shark 'Tweens' And Teenagers
Stony Brook, University - Aug 24, 2009 21:16 EST

A long-term field and DNA study by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, University of Miami, Field Museum of Chicago and others has shown that young lemon sharks born at the Bimini islands, Bahamas, tend to...
 
Should Females Trust Showy Males? 'Honesty In Males Mostly Depends On How Many Opportunities There Are To Breed'
Glasgow, Scotland - Aug 21, 2009 17:22 EST

How honest are males when using sexual displays to signal their eligibility to females? Research by evolutionary biologists at the universities of Glasgow and Exeter suggests females should be wary of initial flashy displays which may not have staying power....
 
Scientists Discover Bioluminescent 'green Bombers' From The Deep Sea; 'We Have Much More Exploration Ahead'
San Diego, California - Aug 20, 2009 14:58 EST

In the latest proof that the oceans continue to offer remarkable findings and much of their vastness remains to be explored, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues have discovered a unique group of...
 
'Treasure Trove' Of Tools, Animal Bones Found In Underwater Caribbean Cave 'Seems Too Good To Be True'
Bloomington, Indiana - Aug 20, 2009 11:24 EST

A prehistoric water-filled cave in the Dominican Republic has become a "treasure trove" with the announcement by Indiana University archaeologists of the discovery of stone tools, a small primate skull in remarkable condition, and the claws, jawbone and other bones...
 
Study Reveals Mercury Contamination In Fish Nationwide; 'Our Country Must Continue To Confront Pollution'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 19, 2009 21:57 EST

Scientists detected mercury contamination in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the country, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released today. About a quarter of these fish were found to contain mercury at levels exceeding the criterion for the...
 
Florida Shark Fin Dealer Pleads Guilty To Illegally Dealing Fins Of Protected Species
Atlanta, Georgia - Aug 19, 2009 21:09 EST

Mark L. Harrison, 47, of Southport, Florida, and “HARRISON INTERNATIONAL LLC,” a Florida corporation, today pleaded guilty in federal district court to violating the Lacey Act, a federal fish and wildlife trafficking law, by dealing in shark fins and not...
 
Marine Biologist Awarded $237,000 NOAA Grant To Research Contentious Issue Of Spiny Dogfish Stock
Biddeford, Maine - Aug 19, 2009 20:46 EST

University of New England marine biologist James Sulikowski, Ph.D., has placed himself in the middle of a contentious debate between conservationists and the commericial fishing industry over the health of the spiny dogfish stock. Sulikowski, assistant professor, Department of Marine...
 
Charges Pending As Florida Angler Intentionally Snares Scuba Diver
Escambia County, Florida - Aug 18, 2009 22:06 EST

Charges are pending against a fisherman who "intentionally hooked" a diver, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report. Officer Kenneth Manning received a complaint that a fisherman intentionally hooked a diver at the Russian freighter wreck site. ...
 
Whale And Dolphin Environmental Agencies Seek Volunteers To Monitor NATO Exercise Off Scot Coast
Isle of Mull, Scotland - Aug 17, 2009 22:11 EST

WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation society, together with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) are calling for volunteers to join their research team to help monitor the effects on whales and dolphins of NATOs latest Joint Warrior military...
 
Florida Keys Turtlecam Goes Live; Daytime And Infrared Views Of Loggerhead Nest
Big Pink Key, Florida - Aug 17, 2009 21:29 EST

Environmental enthusiasts should be able to observe infant loggerhead sea turtles hatching and emerging from their nest, via a live streaming “turtle webcam” installed on a private beach on Big Pine Key in the Lower Florida Keys. Viewers can access the...
 
Research First As 'Conventional' And Ultrasonic Telemetry Tags Used To Track Fish Mortality
Raleigh, North Carolina - Aug 14, 2009 18:10 EST

Recreational anglers and commercial fishermen understand you need good fishery management to make sure there will be healthy populations of fish for generations to come. And making good management decisions rests in large part on understanding the mortality of fish...
 
Research: Warming Oceans Triggering Release Of Greenhouse Gases From Seabed
Southampton, U.K.e - Aug 14, 2009 17:28 EST

The warming of an Arctic current over the last 30 years has triggered the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from methane hydrate stored in the sediment beneath the seabed. Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton working in collaboration...
 
Scientists: Earbones And Organs Of Albacore Tuna Studied To Gauge Growth, Age And Breeding Patterns
Queensland, Australia - Aug 13, 2009 14:42 EST

Albacore tuna are harvested from tropical to temperate waters, mainly for canning, but also to satisfy the growing market for fresh fish in Europe and the United States. While previously caught as by-product, albacore have become a prime target of Australia’s...
 
Researchers Install New Arctic Deep-sea Observatory To Study Mud Volcano
Bremen, Germany - Aug 13, 2009 13:42 EST

Three research institutes from the German federal state Bremen among others have set up an observation ward for the long-term observation of a mud volcano in the Norwegian deep sea. This took place during RV Polarstern's 24th Arctic expedition from...
 
NOAA Scientists Conduct Shark Survey Off US East Coast; 'We Still Have A Lot To Learn'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 13, 2009 13:29 EST

Sandbar, dusky and tiger sharks are among dozens of shark species living in the coastal waters off the U.S. East Coast. Little is known about many of the species, but a survey begun nearly 25 years ago is helping scientists...
 
NOAA: Flower Garden Banks Is Among The Healthiest Coral Reef Ecosystems In The Tropical Caribbean
Washington, D.C. - Aug 13, 2009 13:26 EST

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is among the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the tropical Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, according to a new NOAA report. The report, A Biogeographic Characterization of Fish Communities and Associated Benthic Habitats within the...
 
Study: Hurricane Seasons Are More Active; 'As High As Anything We Have Seen In The Past 1,000 Years'
University Park, Pennsylvania - Aug 12, 2009 21:50 EST

For many Americans who live on the Atlantic coast, Andrew, Ivan and Katrina are more than just names--they are reminders of the devastating impact of cyclonic activity in the region during hurricane season. If it seems like hurricane seasons have...
 
Aussie Researchers To Dissect The Dining Habits Of Prawns, Eyeing 'consumption And Growth Patterns'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 12, 2009 21:39 EST

The secret feeding habits of farmed prawns will be investigated as a part of a new CSIRO research collaboration with an Australian company to develop aquaculture technologies that could revolutionise the prawn farming industry. The goal is to increase yields, enhance...
 
Study: Humans 'Damaging The Oceans' In Profound Ways; 'New Age Of Climate Change'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 11, 2009 18:53 EST

There is mounting evidence that human activity is changing the world's oceans in profound and irreversible ways, according to a recent study. For instance, the climate is currently warming faster than the worst case known from the fossil record, about 56...
 
Aussie Scientists: Communique On The Future Of Coral Reefs And The Human Communities That Depend On Them
Brisbane, Australia - Aug 11, 2009 18:34 EST

Leading Australian scientists released on August 6 the following call for action to save the world’s coral reefs, at a scientific symposium in Brisbane: Coral reefs are irreplaceable and far too valuable for human societies to allow their continued destruction....
 
Researchers: High Levels Of Phytoestrogens In Industrial Wastewater; Linked To Fish Feminization
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Aug 10, 2009 22:58 EST

In a groundbreaking study, civil engineering researchers in the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology have discovered that certain industries may be a significant source of plant-based estrogens, called phytoestrogens, in surface water. They also revealed that some of these...
 
'Doctor Fish' Help Heal Psoriasis In Greek Hot Spa Pool
Sivas, Greece - Aug 10, 2009 22:09 EST

Garra rufa obtusas, also known as "doctor fish", swim around the face of a man as he relaxes in a hot spa pool in Kangal, 105 kilometers (65 miles) south of the central Anatolian city of Sivas August 9, 2009....
 
First As Farm-raised Coral Spawns In The Wild Off The Florida Keys; 'A Great Big Circle Of Life'
Key Largo, Florida Keys - Aug 10, 2009 21:58 EST

Students working with marine scientists in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary have documented the first known case where Atlantic-Caribbean, farm-raised coral have reproduced to serve as a foundation for future reefs. The discovery is significant because it proves that cultured...
 
Study: Breath Hold Divers At Increased Risk Of Brain Damage; 'May Have Cumulative Effects'
Bethesda, Maryland - Aug 8, 2009 17:44 EST

Divers who held their breath for several minutes had elevated levels of a protein that can signal brain damage, according to a new study from the Journal of Applied Physiology. However, the appearance of the protein, S100B, was transient and...
 
Diver's Alert Network Releases Annual Report On Dive Fatalities And Accidents
Durham, North Carolina - Aug 7, 2009 18:01 EST

The latest edition of one of DAN’s most notable and widely-read publications, the Annual Dive Report, is now available. Each year, divers count on it as a resource to educate themselves; the knowledge they gain, hopefully, makes them safer divers. Once...
 
NOAA And Partners To Survey Ships Sunk Off North Carolina In World War II; 'Graveyard Of The Atlantic'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 7, 2009 17:48 EST

NOAA will lead a three-week research expedition in August to study World War II shipwrecks sunk in 1942 off the coast of North Carolina during the Battle of the Atlantic. The shipwrecks are located in an area known as the...
 
New Vessel To Help Aussies Open Up Oceans Of Research Opportunities; 'There Is Still A Lot To Discover'
Victoria, Australia - Aug 7, 2009 17:46 EST

In its May Budget, the Commonwealth Government committed AU$120 million to the purchase of a new 85-metre research vessel for the Marine National Facility, together with an additional AU$30 million for the operation and maintenance of the current Australian research...
 
NOAA And Partners To Survey Marine Life At USS Monitor Wreck Site; Collaboration 'A Great Story In Itself'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 7, 2009 17:35 EST

NOAA will participate in a private research expedition to study marine life living on and around the wreck of the USS Monitor. The August 2-8 expedition is the first in the history of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary devoted specifically to...
 
Oceanographers: Highest-ever Winter Water Temperatures Recorded Off Tassie Coast
Victoria, Australia - Aug 5, 2009 23:18 EST

Satellites have given oceanographers an insight into a remarkable phenomenon – a significant extension of the Leeuwin Current curling around the southern tip of Tasmania and reaching as far north as St Helens. Remote sensing specialists at CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans...
 
7000-year Old Corals Of Moreton Bay Tell Their Story; 'Curious Growth Episodes'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 5, 2009 22:38 EST

The 7000-year-old coral communities of Moreton Bay are telling a curious tale, expanding when sea-levels rise or water quality improves, then declining when current circulation becomes more restricted. Intriguing new insights into the behaviour of corals and fish under changing...
 
Research Reveals It's Heads Or Tails As 'Two-headed' Sea Snake Fakes Out Predators
New York, New York - Aug 5, 2009 22:20 EST

In a deadly game of heads or tails venomous sea snakes in the Pacific and Indian Oceans deceive their predators into believing they have two heads, claims research published today in Marine Ecology. The discovery, made by Dr Arne Redsted Rasmussen...
 
Florida Students Team With Federal, State Agencies To Study Coral Reefs; 'We Selected 25 Of Our Most Advanced Kids'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 5, 2009 22:01 EST

Tampa Bay area students will work hand in hand this summer with scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to attempt to document the spawning of staghorn coral in...
 
International Marine Project Helps Protect Coral Reefs Of The Galapagos Islands
Southampton, U.K. - Aug 5, 2009 21:41 EST

Some of the world’s rarest and most fragile coral reefs and the economies that depend on them will be better protected thanks to a major international marine project led by the University of Southampton. The three-year, Government-funded, Darwin Initiative project Galapagos...
 
Research Sheds Light On Freak Wave Hot Spots; 'A High Energy Area Can Potentially Be Very Energetic And Dangerous'
San Francisco, California - Aug 5, 2009 21:26 EST

Stories of ships mysteriously sent to watery graves by sudden, giant waves have long puzzled scientists and sailors. New research by San Francisco State professor Tim Janssen suggests that changes in water depth and currents, which are common in coastal...
 
Shipwrecks Wrecking Coral Reefs? A Case Study At Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Washington, D.C. - Aug 3, 2009 22:48 EST

For the first time, researchers have definitively shown that shipwrecks and other man-made structures increase the potential for large invasions of unwanted species into coral reefs, even comparatively pristine ones. These unwanted species can completely overtake a reef and eliminate...
 
Research: Bowhead Whales Sing Love Songs In Different Voices; 'Part Of The Eternal Struggle To Obtain A Mate'‎
Copenhagen, Denmark - Aug 3, 2009 22:43 EST

It is now generally accepted that the bowhead whale is the longest lived mammal on the planet, with a lifespan of over 200 years. But that it can sing with "more than one voice" and that it changes its repertoire...
 



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