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Do You Know This Cephalopod? Florida Squid Find Defies Categorization, Puzzles Scientist
Sarasota, Florida - Feb 27, 2007 15:25 EST

Scientists at Florida's Mote Marine Laboratory are trying to figure out the identity of a large squid found off the Florida Keys by a charter captain last week. Capt. Clint Moore was fishing in 850 feet of water near the Gulf...
 
Studies Shed New Light on Blue Whale Calls and Associated Behavior
La Jolla, California - Feb 27, 2007 15:12 EST

Using a variety of new approaches, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego are forging a new understanding of the largest mammals on Earth. In one recently published study on blue whales, Scripps researchers used a combination...
 
Mistaken Identity? Threatened White Marlin or Enigmatic Roundscale Spearfish, Only the DNA Knows
Fort Pierce, Florida - Feb 26, 2007 12:59 EST

For years, anglers thinking they were catching the prized white marlin may have caught something quite different, raising concerns about the true remaining numbers of the threatened species, according to an article in the most recent issue of the scientific...
 
Antarctic Marine Explorers Reveal First Hints Of Biological Change After Collapse Of Polar Ice Shelves
Bremerhaven, Germany - Feb 25, 2007 15:32 EST

Once roofed by ice for millennia, a 10,000 square km portion of the Antarctic seabed represents a true frontier, one of Earth’s most pristine marine ecosystems, made suddenly accessible to exploration by the collapse of the Larsen A and B...
 
Warming Climate, Cod Collapse, Have Combined To Cause Rapid North Atlantic Ecosystem Changes
- Feb 23, 2007 17:11 EST

While some scientists have pointed to the decline of cod from overfishing as the main reason for the shifting ecosystems, the article emphasizes that climate changes are also playing a big role. "It is becoming increasingly clear that Northwest Atlantic shelf...
 
Explorer Ballard to Lead Ocean Expedition to Unlock Undersea Secrets of NOAA's Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary
Galveston, Texas - Feb 22, 2007 15:18 EST

This expedition represents a unique collaboration between the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Institute for Exploration (IFE), Immersion Presents, the University of Rhode Island and the U.S. Navy. During the week-long expedition, a team of geologists, biologists and...
 
Researchers: Biologically Inspired Sensors can Augment Sonar, Vision System in Submarines
Champaign, Illinois - Feb 21, 2007 19:06 EST

To find prey and avoid being preyed upon, fish rely on a row of specialized sensory organs along the sides of their bodies, called the lateral line. Now, a research team led by Chang Liu at the University of Illinois...
 
Naturally Deadly? Records Reveal 11 Dolphins Deaths at the Las Vegas Mirage Casino Since 1990
Las Vegas, Nevada - Feb 19, 2007 15:01 EST

Eleven of 16 dolphins housed in a dolphin exhibit at a Las Vegas Strip casino have died since the facility opened in 1990, according to federal records and interviews with resort officials. The records obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal show...
 
'Ten Commandments' Could Improve Fisheries Management; 'We Must Consider Whole Systems'
San Francisco, California - Feb 18, 2007 16:17 EST

Poorly managed marine fisheries are in trouble around the world, researchers say, while ecosystem-based management is a powerful idea that in theory could help ensure sustainable catches - but too often there's a gap in translating broad concepts into specific...
 
Experts: Long-lived Deep-sea Fishes Imperiled by Technology, Overfishing; 'We Shouldn't Eat Grandmother'
San Francisco, California - Feb 18, 2007 16:13 EST

Many commercially prized fish from the depths of the world's oceans are severely threatened by over-fishing and the species' ability to recover is constrained by the fishes' long lifespans and low reproductive success, a panel of experts said today at...
 
Miami to Host National Symposium on Scuba Science; 'The Helium Workshop Will be Particularly Interesting'
Virginia Key, Florida - Feb 16, 2007 14:03 EST

For divers exploring the ocean for science, the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) hosts an annual symposium, and this year it will be held in Miami, March 5-10, hosted by and at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of...
 
Research: Fish Show Evidence That Visual Cues Affect Timing of Sexual Maturation
Glasgow, Scotland - Feb 13, 2007 18:55 EST

Scientists from the Universities of Exeter and Glasgow today reveal how some females become sexually mature more quickly if they see attractive males. Research published today in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters shows for the first time how the...
 
Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com Announce Winners of Underwater Photo Competition
New York, New York - Feb 13, 2007 18:43 EST

Popular underwater photography websites Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com have made underwater photo history by running two major international competitions simultaneously on opposite sides of the globe. The 2nd annual Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide International Underwater Photo & Video Competition is held in...
 
Shark Poaching Preacher's Church to Pay Into Wildlife Fund Over Convictions; 'Dark World'
San Francisco, California - Feb 13, 2007 18:20 EST

United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that $1.5 million has been designated for rehabilitating and restoring marine wildlife habitat in the San Francisco Bay to further protect the California leopard shark. $910,000 of the funds have been assembled from...
 
DAN Release 2006 Report on Dive-Related Illness, Fatalities
Durham, North Carolina - Feb 13, 2007 18:01 EST

The 2006 Report on Decompression Illness, Diving Fatalities and Project Dive Exploration is ready for the scuba diving community to review. Compiled and published annually by DAN research, the report presents information on Project Dive Exploration (PDE), scuba diving injuries...
 
Report: World Shark Attacks Rise Slightly in 2006 but Continue Long-term Dip; 'We Love Dull Years'
- Feb 13, 2007 17:51 EST

Shark attacks edged up slightly in 2006 but continued an overall long-term decline as overfishing and more cautious swimmers helped take a bite out of the aggressive encounters, new University of Florida research finds. The total number of shark attacks worldwide...
 
Sea Creatures to be Tracked Electronically in Worldwide Effort; 'Salmon to Whales, Turtles to Sharks'
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Feb 12, 2007 15:45 EST

Dalhousie University has become the epicenter for international oceans’ research that will change how scientists and world leaders understand and manage pressing global concerns such as fisheries management in the face of climate change. The Ocean Tracking Network, headquartered at Dalhousie...
 
Suspect Accused of Shooting Snorkeler Says He Thought Man Was a Large Aquatic Rodent
Reedsport, Oregon - Feb 9, 2007 13:53 EST

The man accused of shooting a snorkeler in the head told investigators that he mistook the swimmer for a large, water-dwelling rodent, the authorities said. William Roderick, 60, of Reedsport was arraigned Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court on assault and...
 
Study: Risk of Extinction of Marine Life Accelerated Due to Interacting Human Threats
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Feb 7, 2007 17:14 EST

The simultaneous effect of habitat fragmentation, overexploitation, and climate warming could accelerate the decline of populations and substantially increase their risk of extinction, a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B has warned. Using experimental microcosm populations of...
 
Scientists: World First as Endangered Fish Population Recovers; Shortnose Sturgeon Numbers Up 400%
Ithaca, New York - Feb 6, 2007 18:52 EST

Scientists say for the first time in U.S. and probably global history a fish identified as endangered has been shown to have recovered. The population of shortnose sturgeon has increased by more than 400 percent in the Hudson River since the...
 
Researcher to Study Volcanism with Under-ocean Sensors, Try to 'Understand What's Happening There'
Columbia, Missouri - Feb 6, 2007 17:59 EST

Earthquakes and volcanic activity occur when the tectonic plates that make up Earth's surface move apart or converge. While this activity is relatively easy to observe on land, it's more difficult to observe under the ocean, where most of it...
 
Research: Methane Bubbling Through Seafloor Creates Undersea Hills; Puzzling Pingos
Moss Landing, California - Feb 6, 2007 17:44 EST

According to a recent paper published by MBARI geologists and their colleagues, methane gas bubbling through seafloor sediments has created hundreds of low hills on the floor of the Arctic Ocean. These enigmatic features, which can grow up to 40...
 
Researchers: For Some Species, Active Inbreeding is Advantageous
Bonn, Germany - Feb 5, 2007 17:41 EST

Although breeding between close kin is thought to be generally unfavorable from an evolutionary standpoint, in part because harmful mutations are more easily propagated through populations in this way, theory predicts that under some circumstances, the benefits of inbreeding may...
 
Study: 'Good Vibrations' from Deep-sea Smokers may Keep Fish Out of Hot Water
Seattle, Washington - Feb 5, 2007 17:19 EST

So you're a fish. Right now some tubeworm tartare and clams on the half shell would really hit the spot, so you're headed for the all-night café. "All-night" being the operative word because the volcanic ridge you're tooling along is...
 
No Bull: Shrimp Boat Sinks After Being Attacked Shark; A Bump in the Night
Fort Myers Beach, Florida - Feb 5, 2007 16:20 EST

A shrimp boat crew says they are lucky to be alive after their ship was attacked by a bull shark. Captain Roger Schmall says dealing with sharks is nothing new for shrimpers. "We get hundreds of sharks following the boats when we're...
 
Pet Stores Offer Tattooed Fish; Singapore Imports Include Hearts, Custom Designs
Williamsvillem, New York - Feb 2, 2007 16:15 EST

At Steve's Wonderful World of Pets in Williamsville, N.Y., owner Steve Lane is selling tattooed fish for the first time. Some have polka dots, some have stripes and others even have pink hearts. The fish are imported from Singapore. Lane...
 
Research Team Uses Satellite for the First Time to Track Earth's 'History of Water'
Boulder, Colorado - Feb 2, 2007 15:55 EST

For the first time, scientists have used a spaceborne instrument to track the origin and movements of water vapor throughout Earth's atmosphere, providing a new perspective on the dominant role Earth's water cycle plays in weather and climate. A team...
 
Necropsy: Seal Found Dead on Massachusetts Beach Hit with Shotgun Blast
Boston, Massachusetts - Feb 1, 2007 15:45 EST

A necropsy of a yearling harp seal that had been found dead last weekend in Sandwich revealed that the animal had been shot in the head with a blast from a shotgun. The pellets did not penetrate the skull and...
 
Newport Aquarium Launches World’s First Shark Ray Breeding Program, Adds Rare Male Shark Ray
Newport, Kentucky - Feb 1, 2007 15:22 EST

Efforts to save threatened aquatic animals will be helped by the Newport Aquarium’s acquisition of a rare male Shark Ray. Starting on February 14, the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky., will be the first and only location in the Western...
 
'Electric' Fish Sheds Light on Ways the Brain Directs Movement; 'Sensing Signal' Easily Monitored
Baltimore, Maryland - Jan 31, 2007 18:28 EST

Scientists have long struggled to figure out how the brain guides the complex movement of our limbs, from the graceful leaps of ballerinas to the simple everyday act of picking up a cup of coffee. Using tools from robotics and...
 
Killer Whales Found Snacking on Another Whale off Barbados; 'Unusual'
Bridgetown, Barbados - Jan 31, 2007 17:47 EST

An unusual occurrence of a 30 foot killer was spotted some 15 miles Southeast of Barbados eating another whale last Saturday. Fisherman James Peirce, who spotted the whale eating a dwarf Sperm whale, noted it was a highly unusual sight,...
 
The Underwater Channel.tv Launches First Broadband Site Dedicated to the Underwater World
London, England - Jan 30, 2007 17:50 EST

January 29th, 2007 sees the launch of the world’s first broadband TV channel dedicated to the mysteries and marvels of the underwater world: www.theunderwaterchannel.tv. The Underwater Channel.tv is fuelled by the passion of divers, oceanographers, surfers, snorkellers, scientists, students or the...
 
New Sensor Detects Direction of Sound Under Water; Fish Hearing Modeled
Atlanta, Georgia - Jan 29, 2007 18:04 EST

A new sensor that measures the motion created by sound waves under water could allow the U.S. Navy to develop compact arrays to detect the presence of enemy submarines. These new arrays would detect quiet underwater targets, while also providing...
 
Genes Behind Oyster Growth Discovered; 'Soy Bean of the Sea'
Los Angeles, California - Jan 29, 2007 17:32 EST

How many genes influence a complex trait, like weight, height or body type? And why does the answer matter? Among other reasons, because the "Green Revolution" that multiplied crop yields has to be followed by a "Blue Revolution" in ocean farming,...
 
Tico Tarzan: Costa Rican Man Tames Crocodile; 'I've Never Seen a Show Like This'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jan 26, 2007 17:24 EST

A dog is usually described as a man's best friend, but in Costa Rica a man has become best mates with a huge 16.5 foot crocodile weighing almost 1,000lbs. Gilberto Graham has seemingly domesticated the croc, and has even started his...
 
Scientists: How Fish Conquered the Oceans; Floating Yolks
Bergen, Norway - Jan 24, 2007 17:42 EST

Sequence analyses of duplicated yolk genes of bony fishes yield new insights for their successful radiation in the oceans during the early Paleogene period Scientists at the University of Bergen, Norway have deduced how bony fishes conquered the oceans by duplicating...
 
Study: Male Fish Can Determine Their Social Rank by Observation Alone; 'Transitive Inference'
Stanford, California - Jan 24, 2007 16:43 EST

A male fish can size up potential rivals, and even rank them from strongest to weakest, simply by watching how they perform in territorial fights with other males, according to a new study by Stanford University scientists. The researchers say...
 
Study: Mercury Prevalent in Many Western U.S. Rivers; 'Mercury is Everywhere'
- Jan 23, 2007 17:21 EST

A new survey by researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of more than 600 rivers and streams in the western United States found widespread mercury concentrations in fish. Though few of the more than 2,700 fish...
 
Ship from 8th Century Found in Mediterranean
Haifa, Israel - Jan 23, 2007 17:17 EST

An 8th century shipwreck was discovered off Dor Beach and excavated by researchers from the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies of the University of Haifa. It is believed to be the only boat from this period discovered in the...
 
Fishing Regulators from Around the World to Meet to Rescue Tuna From Disaster
Washington, D.C. - Jan 21, 2007 15:08 EST

Important stocks of tuna are now at risk of commercial extinction due to weak management warns a WWF briefing paper released ahead of the first meeting of the world's five tuna management organizations that comprise the main mechanism for regulating...
 

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