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Researchers: 'Synchronized' Nightly Swim To Surface Helped The Invasive Fish Spread Swiftly Through Great Lakes
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Sep 6, 2007 14:56 EST

Ever since University of Michigan fishery biologist David Jude discovered non-native round gobies in the Great Lakes in 1990, scientists have been trying to figure out exactly how the unwanted intruders got there, and how they quickly spread to all...
 
Study: Wrong Fish Used To Restore Colorado Rivers; 'An Incredibly Sobering Story'
Boulder, Colorado - Sep 5, 2007 17:48 EST

A new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder indicates biologists trying to save Colorado's native greenback cutthroat trout from extinction over the past several decades through hatchery propagation and restocking efforts have, in most cases, inadvertently restored...
 
Tropical Crab Invades Georgia Oyster Reefs -- But The Long-term Impact Can't Be Predicted
Atlanta, Georgia - Sep 4, 2007 18:29 EST

A dime-sized tropical crab that has invaded coastal waters in the Southeast United States is having both positive and negative effects on oyster reefs, leaving researchers unable to predict what the creature’s long-term impact will be. Unlike native crabs that eat...
 
Texan Angler Reels In Massive 500-lb, 10-foot Mako Shark; 'Oh My God'
Port Aransas, Texas - Sep 3, 2007 17:12 EST

A mako shark weighing in at more than 500 pounds was caught off the coast of Port Aransas on Friday. It drew quite a crowd back at the docks. Jerry Samiferos and his buddy, Chris Cantu, chartered a boat to...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Controversial Practice Of Shark Feeding And Cage Diving Examined
San Diego, California - Sep 2, 2007 17:00 EST

The September 2007 episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. Shark Conspiracies explores shark sightings and attacks in a new way, by exposing the cover-ups and misinformation sometimes generated from tourism and conservation interests. Shark Conspiracies claims...
 
Lowest Streamflows In More Than 60 Years For Some Georgia Rivers As Drought Worsens
Atlanta, Georgia - Sep 2, 2007 16:26 EST

August was a dry month in Georgia bringing many of the State’s rivers and streams to levels below extreme low flow thresholds. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been monitoring and recording streamflow for more than 100 years at many...
 
When Bivalves Ruled The World; Paleobiologist Studies How Elevated C02 Affected Ancient Marine Life
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Sep 1, 2007 14:12 EST

Before the worst mass extinction of life in Earth’s history – 252 million years ago – ocean life was diverse and clam-like organisms called brachiopods dominated. After the calamity, when little else existed, a different kind of clam-like organism, called...
 
Scientists: Secrets Of Red Tide Unraveled; 'Terrific Bang For The Taxpayers' Buck!'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Aug 30, 2007 12:37 EST

In work that could one day help prevent millions of dollars in economic losses for seaside communities, MIT chemists have demonstrated how tiny marine organisms likely produce the red tide toxin that periodically shuts down U.S. beaches and shellfish beds. In...
 
Scientists: 'Engine' Of The Coral Reef Discovered; Farmed Algae 'Like An Alien'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 29, 2007 18:19 EST

A team of coral researchers has taken a major stride towards revealing the workings of the mysterious ‘engine’ that drives Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and corals the world over. The science has critical importance in understanding why coral reefs bleach and...
 
NOAA: 'Megapclicks' Recorded For The First Time From Feeding Humpback Whales
Washington, D.C. - Aug 29, 2007 17:40 EST

For the first time, researchers have recorded “megapclicks” — a series of clicks and buzzes from humpback whales apparently associated with nighttime feeding behaviors — in and around NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. As detailed in the most recent...
 
Scuba Mask Swivel Recalled Over Defect; 'Sudden Loss Of The Diver's Air Supply'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 29, 2007 17:27 EST

M&J Engineering is recalling about 1,500 swivels for scuba masks. The swivel, which is attached to a diving mask, could separate while diving. This will result in a sudden loss of the diver's air supply, causing the diver to engage in...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Puts Another Great White Shark On Display; 'Emissary For Ocean Conservation'
Monterey, California - Aug 28, 2007 18:38 EST

For the third time since 2004, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has placed a young white shark on public exhibit, bringing him to Monterey on Tuesday evening (August 28) – 24 days after the shark was caught accidentally in commercial fishing...
 
Great White Shark's 'Bite Force' Under The Spotlight; 'There’s A Ton Of Bad Data'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 24, 2007 14:54 EST

While sharks instill fear in beachgoers worldwide, they instill a deep sense of curiosity in UT assistant professor and shark expert Dan Huber. There are still many mysteries surrounding what makes sharks such perfect predators, so Huber’s research on sharks’...
 
Shark Attack Leaves Florida Student Scarred, Wounded; 'There Was Blood'
Sarasota, Florida - Aug 23, 2007 12:19 EST

An American student has described the moment she was bitten by a shark in an attack that almost punctured her lungs and left her needing more than 100 stitches. Andrea Lynch, 20, said she was lucky to be alive after being...
 
Lab Offers New Way To Look At Bleaching, Ocean Acidity, Global Warming; 'I Was Interested In Stressing Corals'
Virginia Key, Florida - Aug 22, 2007 17:09 EST

A modest new lab at the Rosenstiel School is the first of its kind to tackle the global problem of climate change impacts on corals. Fully operational this month, this new lab has begun to study how corals respond to...
 
Where Have All The Dolphins Gone This Summer? 'Climate Change And Over-fishing'
Bay of Biscay - Aug 20, 2007 17:27 EST

Researchers from the wildlife conservation charity Marinelife are extremely concerned about what it is NOT seeing this summer in the Bay of Biscay. Marinelife’s unique long-term monitoring project, the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme (BDRP) has been conducting scientific monthly whale, dolphin...
 
Scientist: 'New Continent' And Species Discovered In Atlantic Study; 'Half Way Between America And Europe'
Aberdeen, Scotland - Aug 17, 2007 17:31 EST

A scientist from the University of Aberdeen is leading a team of international researchers whose work will continue our understanding of life in the deepest oceans, and contribute to the global Census of Marine Life. Exploring life in the North Atlantic...
 
Study: Invasive Australian Jellyfish Sighted In Gulf Of Mexico In Summer 2007; 'Prolific Feeders'
Dauphin Island, Alabama - Aug 17, 2007 17:19 EST

The invasive Australian jellyfish, Phyllorhiza punctata, first reported in great quantities in the Gulf of Mexico in 2000, has made a vigorous reappearance this summer in waters from southwestern Louisiana to Morehead City, North Carolina. Beachgoers and boaters are encouraged...
 
Scientists: 92% Chance For Record Low Amount Of Arctic Sea Ice; 'Sharp Decline In Thicker, Multi-year Ice'
Boulder, Colorado - Aug 16, 2007 12:23 EST

University of Colorado at Boulder researchers are now forecasting a 92 percent chance that the 2007 September minimum extent of sea ice across the Arctic region will set an all-time record low. The researchers, who forecast in April a 33 percent...
 
Scientists Take Underwater Robot On Black Sea Expedition; 'Agent Into The Unknown'
Newark, Delaware - Aug 16, 2007 12:17 EST

Using a novel underwater robot, University of Delaware marine scientists will help reveal the mysteries of the Black Sea's geology and maritime history, including ages-old shipwrecks, during an international expedition that is now underway. The Institute for Exploration and the Institute...
 
Scientists: Conquest Of Land Began In Shark Genome; Where Are The Fingers?
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 15, 2007 13:48 EST

When the first four-legged animals sprouted fingers and toes, they took an ancient genetic recipe and simply extended the cooking time, say University of Florida scientists writing in Wednesday’s issue of the journal PLoS ONE. Even sharks — which have...
 
Study: Mid-Atlantic Ridge Causes Significant Mixing Of Warm And Cold Waters In The Atlantic Ocean
Tallahassee, Florida - Aug 14, 2007 13:54 EST

More than a mile beneath the Atlantic’s surface, roughly halfway between New York and Portugal, seawater rushing through the narrow gullies of an underwater mountain range much as winds gust between a city’s tall buildings is generating one of the...
 
No Bull: Saltwater Crocodile Eats Shark
Darwin, Australia - Aug 13, 2007 17:08 EST

An extraordinary encounter between two of nature’s most fearsome man-eaters has been photographed by an amateur fisherman. Indrek Urvet said that he watched in astonishment as a four-metre (13ft) saltwater crocodile made swift work of a much-smaller bull shark by...
 
Research: Using Geometry To Navigate Is Innate, At Least For Fish
Alberta, Canada - Aug 13, 2007 14:18 EST

Many animals, including humans, frequently face the task of getting from one place to another. Although many navigational strategies exist, all vertebrate species readily use geometric cues; things such as walls and corners to determine direction within an enclosed space....
 
Innovative Chemical Tagging Technique May Help Researchers Better Protect Fish Stocks
- Aug 12, 2007 16:31 EST

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are often hailed as a way to halt serious declines in the abundance of marine species that have been over-fished. But even as nations begin to set aside protected parcels of ocean for marine reserves, the...
 
Group Calls On U.S. Congress To Close Shark Finning Loopholes 'Before It's Too Late'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 9, 2007 13:33 EST

Oceana announced today the launch of a new North America shark campaign that calls on Congress and the U.S. Government to change finning laws and shark management polices in order to close the loopholes and address the issues that exist...
 
Research: Tilapia Found To Be Potent Malaria Control Method
Nairobi, Kenya - Aug 9, 2007 10:58 EST

The emerging threat of pesticide resistance means that biological malaria control methods are once again in vogue. New research published in the online open access journal BMC Public Health shows how Nile tilapia, a fish more commonly served up to...
 
Miniature Sensors Make The Secret Life Of Elephant Seals Not Secret Anymore
Tasmania, Australia - Aug 7, 2007 18:50 EST

Miniature oceanographic sensors attached to southern elephant seals have provided scientists with an unprecedented peek into the secret lives of seals. The results are the subject of a paper published today in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of...
 
Locked In Glaciers, Ancient Ice May Return To Life As Glaciers Melt; 'More In The Young Ice Than In The Old'
Camden, New Jersey - Aug 7, 2007 17:24 EST

The DNA of ancient microorganisms, long frozen in glaciers, may return to life as the glaciers melt, according to a paper published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by scientists at Rutgers, The State...
 
Report: Penguin Poo Adding To Pollution Problem In The Antarctic
Antwerp, Belgium - Aug 6, 2007 18:02 EST

Penguin guano in the Antarctic is adding to organic pollutant problems there, according to a report to be featured in a Royal Society of Chemistry publication. Adrian Covaci at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and colleagues found unexpectedly high levels of...
 
Satellite Tracking Will Help Answer Questions About Penguin Travels; 'We're Missing That Information'
Seattle, Washington - Aug 6, 2007 14:25 EST

You could understand if a half-dozen Magellanic penguins developed a "big bird is watching" phobia before this month is over, but the surveillance really will be for their own good. University of Washington scientists will attach satellite tracking devices to...
 
Researchers: Collapse Of Bluefin Tuna Population Off Northern Europe Described
Copenhagen, Denmark - Aug 5, 2007 16:22 EST

Ocean historians affiliated with the Census of Marine Life have painted the first detailed portrait of a burst of fishing from 1900 to 1950 that preceded the collapse of once abundant bluefin tuna populations off the coast of northern Europe. The...
 
NBA Star: 'There Are No Such Thing As Shark Attacks'
Miami, Florida - Aug 1, 2007 17:11 EST

NBA star and blogging "superstar" Gilbert Arenas has come out against shark attacks. Actually, Arenas denies there are such things as "shark attacks" in his latest blog entry. Here's Gilbert's latest missive: There are these things called shark attacks,...
 
NOAA: Stringent Limits Proposed For Sandbar Sharks; 'We Must Take Strong Measures To Stop Overfishing'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 1, 2007 15:14 EST

NOAA Fisheries Service is proposing that commercial and recreational fishing for sandbar sharks be significantly reduced and limited to only those commercial vessels that take part in a shark research program. This proposal is open to public comment. “Because sandbar sharks...
 
Scientists: Waters Off Washington State Only Second Place In World Where Glass Sponge Reefs Found
Seattle, Washington - Aug 1, 2007 14:27 EST

Thirty miles west of Grays Harbor, University of Washington scientists have discovered large colonies of glass sponges thriving on the seafloor. The species of glass sponges capable of building reefs were thought extinct for 100 million years until they were...
 
Shark Week Breaks Rating Record For Premiere Episode 'Ocean Of Fear'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 1, 2007 11:19 EST

Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" kicked off Sunday night with the highest-rated premiere episode on record for the programming event. "Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever" drew 3.9 million total viewers from 9-11 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research. That...
 
3-D Computer Imaging Helping Scientists To Test The Force Of A Shark's Bite
Cronulla, Australia - Jul 31, 2007 14:59 EST

Scientists are building a three dimensional computer model to test the ‘bite force’ of the Great White shark using data from a shark caught in beach nets off the NSW Central Coast. The 2.4 metre long Great White shark was stored...
 
Coelacanth Fossil Sheds Light On Fin-to-limb Evolution; Living Fossil Moniker 'A Common Misconception'
Chicago, Illinois - Jul 31, 2007 14:46 EST

A 400 million-year-old fossil of a coelacanth fin, the first finding of its kind, fills a shrinking evolutionary gap between fins and limbs. University of Chicago scientists describe the finding in the July/August 2007 issue of Evolution & Development. The fossil...
 
Kinder, Gentler Scallop Dredge Invented To Minimized Sea Floor Impact; 'Scallops... Start Spinning'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Jul 31, 2007 14:39 EST

Cliff Goudey's version of the better mousetrap is the better scallop dredge. The director of MIT Sea Grant's Center for Fisheries Engineering Research wants to build a better dredge-even though he's the first to admit that current dredges do a fine...
 
Shark Conspiracies Podcast Takes Aim At CNN's 'When Sharks Attack' Panel On Larry King Show
San Diego, California - Jul 31, 2007 04:59 EST

The August, 2007 episode of Shark Conspiracies sees host Kevin Harris examining controversial statements made by a panel of “shark experts” on Larry King’s program, co-titled, “When Sharks Attack.” In reality, the panel was really a poorly disguised group of...
 

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