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New Giant Clam Species Offers Window Into Human Past; 'earliest Example Of Marine Overexploitation'
Bremerhaven, Germany - Aug 28, 2008 18:45 EST

Researchers report the discovery of the first new living species of giant clam in two decades, according to a report to be published online on August 28th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. While fossil evidence reveals that the...
 
Satellite: Arctic Ice On The Verge Of Another All-time Low; Polar Regions 'Very Sensitive Indicators Of Climate Change'
Paris, France - Aug 28, 2008 18:38 EST

Following last summer's record minimum ice cover in the Arctic, current observations from ESA's Envisat satellite suggest that the extent of polar sea-ice may again shrink to a level very close to that of last year. Envisat observations from mid-August depict...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Puts Young White Shark On Exhibit For The 4th Time; 'I Can't Overstate The Impact'
Monterey, California - Aug 28, 2008 07:37 EST

For the fourth time in its history, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has placed a young white shark on public exhibit, bringing her from Malibu to Monterey this afternoon (August 27) – 12 days after she was caught in a seine...
 
85 Tonnes Of Imported Whale Meat May Soon Be Abandoned; 'Helping Out Our Friends In Iceland'
Tokyo, Japan - Aug 27, 2008 19:14 EST

A Greenpeace investigation has revealed that around 85 tonnes of whale meat, sent to Japan in late May 2008 from Northern Europe, and for which the Japanese government has not yet received an application for import procedures, may have to...
 
Scientists: Protection Zones In The Wrong Place To Prevent Coral Reef Collapse; 'We Need A Whole New Approach'
Newcastle, England - Aug 26, 2008 18:54 EST

Conservation zones are in the wrong place to protect vulnerable coral reefs from the effects of global warming, an international team of scientists warned today. Now the team – led jointly by Newcastle University and the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York...
 
Genome Sequence Deepens Mystery Of Inconspicuous Sea Creature; 'The Original Proto-animal'
Berkeley, California - Aug 26, 2008 17:40 EST

Resembling a smudge more than an animal, a mysterious life form known as a placozoan has now joined other obscure and primitive creatures whose genomes are providing insight into how animals first arose more than 650 million years ago. Called Trichoplax...
 
Scientist: Earthquake Zone Off Oregon Coast More Active Than The San Andreas Fault In California
Corvallis, Oregon - Aug 26, 2008 17:35 EST

Oregon State University scientists have completed a new analysis of an earthquake fault line that extends some 200 miles off the southern and central Oregon coast that they say is more active than the San Andreas Fault in California. The Blanco...
 
Study: Pets’ Gourmet Tastes Are Putting Pressure On Dwindling Fish Stocks
Melbourne, Australia - Aug 25, 2008 18:25 EST

The fine dining habits of pet cats are placing pressure on dwindling fish supplies that might be better used for human consumption, according to a Deakin University fish nutrition scientist. Dr Giovanni Turchini, with colleague Professor Sena De Silva, has found that an...
 
Ocean Conservationists Laud President Bush's Proposal To Protect Vast Pacific Coral Reef Areas
Washinton, D.C. - Aug 25, 2008 18:02 EST

Prominent ocean conservationists are encouraged by President Bush's announcement today directing his Administration to consider protecting a number of very large, ecologically important ocean areas. However, they are concerned that the proposal could allow for multiple-use practices that would harm...
 
Georgia Aquarium Welcomes Manta Ray 'Nandi', First Manta Ray Ever Displayed At U.S. Aquarium
Atlanta, Georgia - Aug 25, 2008 16:35 EST

The Georgia Aquarium announced today the addition of a manta ray to the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager gallery, built by The Home Depot. The addition of the female manta ray, Nandi, makes Georgia Aquarium the only aquarium in...
 
14-year-old Kiwi Lands 'World Record' 268kg Bluefin Tuna; 'He Played It Brilliantly'
Christchurch, New Zealand - Aug 22, 2008 18:03 EST

Fourteen-year-old angler Andrew Hargen may have netted himself a world record when he hooked this bluefin tuna off Westport. Andrew, of Christchurch, caught the 268kg (590 pound) pacific bluefin tuna off the charter boat Te Ariki Nui on Thursday. The fish took...
 
Study: Scuba Divers Are Willing To Pay More To See Healthy Corals, Sharks And Sea Turtles
Washington, D.C. - Aug 22, 2008 17:46 EST

Oceana released the results of a new study today that finds a strong economic incentive for protecting living ocean resources. Sea the Value: Quantifying the Value of Marine Life to Divers shows that scuba divers are willing to pay more...
 
Study: Oil, Gas Seismic Work Not Affecting Gulf Of Mexico Sperm Whales
Houston, Texas - Aug 21, 2008 18:14 EST

Noise can be irritating and possibly harmful for everything from mice to humans – and maybe even 60-foot whales in the Gulf of Mexico. In recent years, there has been concern that man-made noise may be a cause of stress...
 
Researchers: Shipwreck Fuels Invasion Of Unwanted Species; 'Mystery'
Honolulu, Hawaii - Aug 20, 2008 19:39 EST

Shipwrecks on coral reefs may increase invasion of unwanted species, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. These unwanted species can completely overtake the reef and eliminate all the native coral, dramatically decreasing the diversity of marine organisms on...
 
NOAA: Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary In Fair Condition, Facing Emerging Threats
Washington, D.C. - Aug 20, 2008 19:01 EST

A new NOAA report on the health of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary indicates that the overall condition of the sanctuary’s marine life and habitats is fair. The report also identifies several emerging threats to sanctuary resources, including non-indigenous marine...
 
Researchers: DNA Reveals One Critically Endangered Grouper Species Is Really Two
New York, New York - Aug 20, 2008 16:11 EST

Researchers from the University of Hawaii, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, National Marine Fisheries Service and Projecto Meros do Brazil discovered a new species of fish—a grouper that reaches more than six feet in length and...
 
Scientists Receive Signals From The Atlantic Salmon Highway; 'Helps Us Fill In A Big Gap'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 19, 2008 18:05 EST

For years scientists have struggled to understand the decline and slow recovery of Atlantic salmon, a once abundant and highly prized game and food fish native to New England rivers. Biologists agree that poor marine survival is affecting salmon in...
 
Angler Lands Record 1,228-pound Blue Marlin Off Carolina Coast
Morehead City, North Carolina - Aug 18, 2008 17:34 EST

A 34-year state record fell Friday with the catch of a 1,228 pound, 8 ounce blue marlin off Oregon Inlet. Trey Irvine of Weston, Fla., landed the gigantic fish, which measured 179.5 inches total length (tip of the nose to...
 
Michael Aw And Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Awarded For Outstanding Marine Conservation
Manila, The Philippines - Aug 16, 2008 17:21 EST

The Shark Research Institute (SRI) presented two awards to outstanding marine conservationists in Manila, Philippines. Underwater photographer Michael Aw was awarded the prestigious 2008 Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award by SRI president Stan Waterman. The award, sponsored by Rolex, honors the...
 
Scientists: Worrying Invasive Snail Found In Lake Michigan; 'What We Can Do Is Limit Their Expansion'
State College, Pennsylvania - Aug 16, 2008 17:13 EST

Long a problem in the western U.S., the New Zealand mud snail currently inhabits four of the five Great Lakes and is spreading into rivers and tributaries, according to a Penn State team of researchers. These tiny creatures out-compete native...
 
Study Shows Continued Spread Of 'Dead Zones'; Now A Key Stressor On Marine Ecosystems
Gloucester Point, Virginia - Aug 14, 2008 16:35 EST

A global study led by Professor Robert Diaz of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, shows that the number of "dead zones"—areas of seafloor with too little oxygen for most marine life—has increased by a...
 
Marine Biologist: Decline Of Blue Whale Led To Fall Of Krill; 'Antarctic Paradox' Linked To Excrement
Berlin, Germany - Aug 13, 2008 18:56 EST

The near-eradication of the blue whale in the waters of the Antarctic during the early 20th century led to a paradoxical fall-off in krill, the small shrimp-like creatures on which they feed, a German report said Wednesday. Marine biologist Victor...
 
Research: Plastics Suspect In Lobster Disease; Breakdown May Be Interfering With Molt
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 13, 2008 18:29 EST

The search for what causes a debilitating shell disease affecting lobsters from Long Island Sound to Maine has led one Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) visiting scientist to suspect environmental alkyphenols, formed primarily by the breakdown of hard transparent plastics. Preliminary...
 
Research: Antarctic's Short-term Spikes, Long-term Warming Linked To Tropical Pacific
Boulder, Colorado - Aug 13, 2008 18:07 EST

Dramatic year-to-year temperature swings and a century-long warming trend across West Antarctica are linked to conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean, according to a new analysis of ice cores conducted by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)...
 
New Robot Scouts Best Locations For Components Of Undersea Lab; 'A New Era'
Seattle, Washington - Aug 13, 2008 18:05 EST

Like a deep-sea bloodhound, Sentry – the newest in an elite group of unmanned submersibles able to operate on their own in demanding and rugged environments – has helped scientists pinpoint optimal locations for two observation sites of a pioneering...
 
Oceans On The Precipice: Scientist Warns Of Mass Extinctions And 'Rise Of Slime'
San Diego, California - Aug 13, 2008 17:59 EST

Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world's oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a...
 
Scientists: 'High Definition' Hurricane Model Developed; Warming Leads To Less, But Stronger Storms
Virginia Key, Florida - Aug 12, 2008 18:12 EST

In a study published in the July 2008 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, Drs. David S. Nolan and Eric D. Rappin from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science describe a new method for evaluating the...
 
Greenpeace Builds Shield Against Bottom Trawling In The North Sea; Granite Boulders Dropped On Seabed
Berllin, Germany - Aug 12, 2008 17:36 EST

Greenpeace activists aboard the Beluga II sailed into the German North Sea today and began placing over 150 granite rocks, each weighing 2-3 tonnes, on the seabed. The aim is to stop fishing in an area which on paper is...
 
Chinese Fisherman Reel In 'Record' 3,300-pound 'Stingray'
Hainan Sanya, China - Aug 11, 2008 18:06 EST

Early in the morning around 2:00am a fishing boat near Hainan Sanya in China caught what is likely to be one of the largest stingrays ever caught. Casting nets, the fishermen caught a 3,300 lbs Stingray, which took about 3 hours...
 
Scientists Use Naval Exercises To Learn More About How Marine Mammals React To Sonar
Washington, D.C. - Aug 8, 2008 18:09 EST

NOAA’s Fisheries Service, in partnership with top international scientists and the U.S. Navy, has just completed a pioneering research effort in Hawaii to measure the biology and behavior of some of the most poorly understood whales on Earth. During the...
 
Sea Shepherd Issues Arrest Warrant For The Japanese Whaling Fleet; 'Continued Illegal Whaling Activities'
Friday Harbor, Washington - Aug 8, 2008 16:45 EST

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has drawn up an arrest warrant for the Japanese whaling fleet. “We intend to intervene against the continued illegal whaling activities of the Japanese fleet in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary,” said Captain Paul Watson. “We intend...
 
UCSB Oceanographer Awarded Prestigious Naval Oceanographic Sciences Chair; 'A Significant Milestone'
Santa Barbara, California - Aug 8, 2008 16:39 EST

UC Santa Barbara oceanographer Tommy Dickey is one of two leading scientists nationwide to be awarded a prestigious Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations Chair in Oceanographic Sciences. The Office of Naval Research Program recognizes pioneering academic...
 
Eating Fish May Prevent Memory Loss And Stroke In Old Age; Benefits 'Not Found' In Fried Fish
St. Paul, Minnesota - Aug 5, 2008 12:58 EST

Eating tuna and other types of fish may help lower the risk of cognitive decline and stroke in healthy older adults, according to a study published in the August 5, 2008, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American...
 
Angler Snares 'Record' Tiger Shark In Western Australian Waters; 'Lots Of Scientific Data'
Dampier, Western Australia - Aug 5, 2008 12:52 EST

An angler has caught what is believed to be the biggest Tiger Shark ever captured in Western Australian waters. The 3.6 metre shark weighed nearly 285 kilograms. It was caught on a 10 kilogram line during the Dampier Classic fishing competition at...
 
Museum Exhibit To Honor History-Making Quadriplegic Diver
Islamorada, Florida - Aug 1, 2008 18:42 EST

Showcasing the unparalleled story of Matt Johnston and his one-of-a-kind dive gear, a "Diving a Dream" exhibit is set to open Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum in Islamorada. Johnston, of Woodbury, Minn., made diving history...
 
Skull Of India's Largest Estuarine Crocodile Preserved At Museum; 'We Cannot Keep Wildlife Skulls At Home'
Kendrapara, India - Jul 31, 2008 19:15 EST

The skull of an estuarine crocodile, the country's largest, preserved at a miniature museum at Orissa's Kendrapara district continues to attract reptile researchers. Shibendu Narayan Bhanjadeo, the scion of erstwhile Kanika Zamindari that ruled the river-locked Rajkanika region for over a...
 
Study: Male Fish Deceive Rivals About Their Top Mate Choice; 'no Consciousness Or Self-awareness Needed'
Potsdam, Germany - Jul 31, 2008 18:25 EST

When competitors are around, male Atlantic mollies try to hide their top mate choice, reveals a new study published online on July 31st in Current Biology, a Cell Press journal. They feign disinterest in females after onlookers enter the scene....
 
Researchers Tag First-ever Free-swimming Leatherback Turtles In New England; 'It's Leatherback Craziness This Year'
Durham, New Hampshire - Jul 31, 2008 17:59 EST

University of New Hampshire researchers have tagged one male and two female leatherback turtles off Cape Cod. They are the first free-swimming leatherbacks ever tagged in New England. The 700 – 800-pound leatherback turtles, an endangered species, were tagged July 17,...
 
Researchers Race To Make Desalination Eco-Friendly While There's Still Time; 'Projects Could Be Stillborn'
San Diego, California - Jul 30, 2008 14:03 EST

There's one way Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers see the future of desalination in California going. Before a regulatory structure can take shape to govern how seawater is treated and transported to a thirsty public, a...
 
NASA: New Satellite Producing First Complete Maps Of Global Ocean Surface Topography
Pasadena, California - Jul 30, 2008 13:32 EST

Less than a month after launch, the NASA-French space agency Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason 2 oceanography satellite has produced its first complete maps of global ocean surface topography, surface wave height and wind speed. The new data will help...
 



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