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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...