Annual Survey Shows Increase In Cook Inlet Belugas; 'We Are Encouraged'
Anchorage, Alaska - Dec 19, 2007 07:15 EST
NOAA Fisheries Service biologists estimate a beluga whale population of 375 in the Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska, according to data collected during their annual survey in June. This population estimate is the largest since 2001.
"While we are encouraged by...
UnderwaterTimes.com Editor Featured On Upcoming Travel Channel Program
Miami, Florida - Dec 17, 2007 19:35 EST
The editor of UnderwaterTimes.com, Jeff Dudas, will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Travel Channel’s “Ten Things You Don’t Know About… Florida”, which premiers December 19, 2007 at 8.00pm.
Jeff Dudas was interviewed at length about shark attacks for...
Governments Agree On New UN-backed Pact To Protect Sharks
New York, New York - Dec 13, 2007 19:53 EST
Dozens of governments agreed in principle today to a new United Nations global agreement to protect sharks, which have long been neglected by conservationists and overexploited by the modern fishing industry.
Three of the largest and most iconic shark species –...
As Waters Clear, Scientists Seek To End A Muddy Debate; 'Sedimentology Of Milk'
Bloomington, Indiana - Dec 13, 2007 19:49 EST
Geologists have long thought muds will only settle when waters are quiet, but new research by Indiana University Bloomington and Massachusetts Institute of Technology geologists shows muds will accumulate even when currents move swiftly. Their findings appear in this week's...
Fish Study: When She's Turned On, Some Of Her Genes Turn Off
Austin, Texas - Dec 11, 2007 18:43 EST
When a female is attracted to a male, entire suites of genes in her brain turn on and off, show biologists from The University of Texas at Austin studying swordtail fish.
Molly Cummings and Hans Hofmann found that some genes...
Oceanic, Aeris SCUBA Regulators Recalled Due To Drowning Hazard
Washington, D.C. - Dec 11, 2007 17:50 EST
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall Tuesday of about 6,000 Oceanic- and Aeris-brand SCUBA regulator first stages.
The CPSC said an internal component that seals air between the product's high pressure first-stage and the intermediate pressure second-stage can...
U.S. Navy Grant Awarded To Study Treatment And Prevention Of Decompression Sickness
Richmond, Virginia - Nov 29, 2007 10:31 EST
The U.S. Office of Naval Research awarded a grant to Virginia Commonwealth University's Reanimation Engineering Shock Center to study decompression sickness.
The $1.3 million grant will fund the study called "Coordinated Follow-up Studies in the Treatment and Prevention of Decompression Illness...
Japan's Export Of 'The Taiji Twelve' Dolphins To The Dominican Republic Stopped
San Francisco, California - Nov 26, 2007 15:01 EST
The Save Japan Dolphins Coalition announced today that the proposed export of twelve live dolphins ("the Taiji Twelve") from Taiji, Japan to Ocean World theme park in the Dominican Republic has been cancelled.
"The Dominican Republic government should be applauded for...
Scientists Urge $2-3 Billion Study Of Ocean Health; 'Let’s Complete The Task'
San Diego, California - Nov 25, 2007 16:37 EST
Speedy diagnosis of the temper and vital signs of the oceans matters increasingly to the well being of humanity, says a distinguished partnership of international scientists urging support to complete a world marine monitoring system within 10 years.
The Partnership for...
U.S. Leads Efforts To Strengthen Global Shark Conservation
Washington, D.C. - Nov 20, 2007 16:54 EST
At the urging of the Department of State-led U.S. delegation to the United Nations, member states last week agreed to strengthen protections for vulnerable and endangered shark populations around the world. The agreed language calls on individual nations and international...
Study: Fossil Record Reveals Jellyfish More Than 500 Million Years Old
Lawrence, Kansas - Oct 30, 2007 17:37 EST
Scientists have described the oldest definitive jellyfish ever found, using recently discovered "fossil snapshots" found in rocks more than 500 million years old.
The jellyfish are unique because they push the known occurrence of jellyfish back from 300 million to 505...
Scientists: Fluorescence Discovered In Key Marine Creature; Sunscreen?
San Diego, California - Oct 30, 2007 16:38 EST
Fluorescent proteins found in nature have been employed in a variety of scientific research purposes, from markers for tracing molecules in biomedicine to probes for testing environmental quality. Until now, such proteins have been identified mostly in jellyfish and corals,...