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Stingray Jumps From the Water, Strikes Florida Boater in the Chest; 'It's Very Odd'
Lighthouse Point, Florida - Oct 18, 2006 18:49 EST

An 81-year-old man suffered serious injuries this afternoon when a stingray leaped into his small, recreational boat and stung him in the chest, Lighthouse Point fire officials said. The man, identified as James M. Bertakis, was enjoying the sunny afternoon with...
 
Engineers Shed Light on the Shipwreck of the USS Macon, Last of the 'Flying Aircraft Carriers'
Stanford, California - Oct 18, 2006 18:28 EST

he 1935 crash of the Navy zeppelin USS Macon off the California coast marked an inglorious end to a unique experiment in aviation. Four times longer than a modern Goodyear blimp, the Macon could carry 100 crewmembers, including pilots specially...
 
Study: Fishing Puts Targeted Species In 'Double Jeopardy', Amplifying Highs and Lows of Population Variability
San Diego, California - Oct 18, 2006 18:19 EST

For the first time, a research study has shown that fishing can promote boom and bust swings in supplies of targeted fish stocks. The study, authored by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Southwest Fisheries...
 
Did Canadian Seal Hunt Protest Lead to McCartneys' Divorce? Heather 'Not So Gracious'
Ottawa, Canada - Oct 18, 2006 13:13 EST

Canada's fisheries minister and the head of an Atlantic island province are taking credit for helping to break up rocker Paul McCartney and his wife, whose vitriol over the seal hunt angered locals. Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn said tongue-in-cheek that...
 
Scientists: First Documented Spawning of White Fish in the Detroit River Since 1900s
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Oct 17, 2006 19:55 EST

Lake whitefish, currently the number one commercial fish in the Great Lakes and a key indicator of ecosystem health, are once again reproducing in the Detroit River according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Fish...
 
Report: 'Jolted' Fish Gave Early Warning Of Hawaii Quake; 'They Sensed Something Before We Did'
Big Island, Hawaii - Oct 16, 2006 09:56 EST

Fish in a lagoon in Hawaiian resort began to jump out the water like they were being jolted with electricity minutes before a 6.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the islands, causing blackouts and landslides, according to Local 6's Erik von Ancken,...
 
Tennessee Farm Field Yields Puzzling Remains of Ocean Creature; 'Don't Throw That Out; That's History'
Pikeville, Tennessee - Oct 15, 2006 20:33 EST

In her mind's eye, Beulah Songer can see a vast prehistoric lake stretching from one side of the Sequatchie Valley to the other. In her vision, a small sea animal lies in the sandy waste that eventually will preserve it in...
 
'Swish', Beloved San Francisco Fish, Passes; 'He'd Rub His Body on Your Arms, Kind of Like a Dog'
San Francisco, California - Oct 14, 2006 18:39 EST

For nearly two decades, Swish the fish patrolled his front-window aquarium at a Chinatown restaurant, munching carrot sticks, greeting regular customers, getting a friendly head rub from the guys who kept his tank clean. Until the day his tank at Kau...
 
NASA's Live Tropical Sea Surface Temperature Web Site Gives Climate, Hurricane Clues
Greenbelt, Maryland - Oct 13, 2006 18:34 EST

Sea surface temperatures give scientists information about ocean currents, climate, climate change and how a hurricane may evolve. Now, NASA has a web page that provides frequent updates on changing ocean temperatures. There are two primary types of sea surface...
 
Study: Marine Life Stirs Ocean Enough to Affect Climate; 63 Terawatts of Phytoplankton Chemical Power
Tallahassee, Florida - Oct 13, 2006 18:28 EST

Oceanographers worldwide pay close attention to phytoplankton and with good reason. The microscopic plants that form the vast foundation of the marine food chain generate a staggering amount of power, and now a groundbreaking study led by Florida State University...
 
NOAA: Record Number of Florida Angler's Hooks Killing Dolphins; 'It's a Horrible Way to Die'
Miami, Florida - Oct 13, 2006 17:00 EST

An unprecedented number of bottlenose dolphins have died this year after gobbling baited hooks or lures, or becoming entangled with fishing line. So far, encounters with recreational fishing gear killed 13 dolphins across the state this year compared with four during...
 
Canada Fights Ban on 'Bulldozers of the Sea'; Minister Calls Measure 'Not Appropriate'
Saskatchewan, Canada - Oct 13, 2006 16:48 EST

Canada's decision not to follow an international ban on bottom trawling is appropriate, says Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries minister. Tom Rideout says Canada is right not to endorse a blanket ban on draggers because it would not be practical. Federal Fisheries Minister...
 
Chilean Farmed Salmon Industry's 'Labor and Environmental Problems' Targeted by Consumer Group
Santiago, Chile - Oct 13, 2006 16:38 EST

Bartlett Naylor, director of the U.S.'s National Environmental Trust, arrived in Chile this week with a warning for the nation's salmon industry: if U.S. consumers knew about common environmental and labor practices at Chile's salmon farms, the North American market...
 
Antique Whale Oil Provides Insights to Origin of Pre-Industrial Chemicals Found in Whales
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Oct 12, 2006 18:57 EST

One of the last remaining New England whaling ships has provided unexpected insights into the origin of halogenated organic compounds (HOCs) that have chemical and physical properties similar to toxic PCBs and the pesticide DDT. HOCs are found everywhere and...
 
Rapid Sea Level Rise in the Arctic Ocean May Alter Views of Human Migration
Falmouth, Massachusetts - Oct 12, 2006 18:34 EST

Scientists have found new evidence that the Bering Strait near Alaska flooded into the Arctic Ocean about 11,000 years ago, 1,000 years earlier than widely believed, closing off the land bridge thought to be the major route for human migration...
 
Wal-Mart Sued Over Boy's Dive Stick Impalement; 'He Landed On It and It Went Into His...'
Tampa, Florida - Oct 12, 2006 18:29 EST

Lawyers representing a Bay area child are in a St. Petersburg courthouse…..taking on corporate giant Wal-Mart, and a product supplier seeking millions in damages. The case centers around swimming pool toys known as dive sticks, supplied to Wal-Mart in the 1990's...
 
Florida Charter Boat Captain Fined $1,000 for Shooting at Dolphins
Washington, D.C. - Oct 12, 2006 12:53 EST

A Panama City charter boat captain was sentenced on federal charges Tuesday for shooting at dolphins in U.S. waters last October. Christopher Kevin Weaver, captain of the Leo Too, a charter boat operating out of Treasure Island Marina, was placed...
 
Wakeboarder Dallas Friday Vows to Ride Again After Death Defying 'Whirlybird' Accident; 'I Almost Died'
Singapore - Oct 12, 2006 11:21 EST

"I feel like I'm the luckiest girl right now," champion wakeboarder Dallas Friday said Wednesday from her hospital bed in Singapore. ". . . I'm just blessed to be alive and have so many people who care. I almost died." Friday,...
 
Study: Rising Ocean Temperatures, Pollution have Oysters in Hot Water; 95% Drop in Population Over 200 Years
Bethesda, Maryland - Oct 11, 2006 19:13 EST

Oysters exposed to high water temperatures and a common heavy metal are unable to obtain sufficient oxygen and convert it to cellular energy, according to a new study presented at The American Physiological Society conference, Comparative Physiology 2006. The study...
 
NOAA Report: Decreased Levels of Toxins in Mollusks; 'Good News'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 11, 2006 12:11 EST

In a new report, the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science research has found a continuing decrease in toxic organic chemicals in mollusks, specifically mussels and oysters, collected at more than 250 sites nationwide. The findings, linked to bans...
 
Blue Shark Caught off New Jersey Almost Record; Nearly 11 Foot Beast Cut Up Before Certified
Lynn, New Jersey - Oct 10, 2006 18:23 EST

Kener Batista may have hooked a record-setting blue shark this weekend 50 miles off the coast of Lynn, but the world will never know. That's because the 10 foot 11 inch shark has already been cleaned and carved into enough...
 
Study: African Dust May Hamper Hurricane Development; 'There Appears to be a Robust Link'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 10, 2006 18:08 EST

Dust storms swirling out of Africa's Sahara Desert may help reduce hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, a new study suggests. The findings aren't conclusive, but researchers led by Amato T. Evan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that years...
 
NW Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Biodiversity Census Begins; 'We Don't Know What We Have'
Honolulu, Hawaii - Oct 10, 2006 17:47 EST

As part of the international Census of Marine Life (CoML), a team of world renown scientists will embark on an expedition to explore coral reef biodiversity in the largest fully protected marine area in the world--the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine...
 
Monterey Aquarium's Great White Shark Stirs Controversy, Attracts Crowds; 'Certain Species Don't Do Well in Captivity'
Monterey, California - Oct 8, 2006 22:15 EST

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is again sparking debate over displaying captive Great White sharks. A juvenile male is the second shark in two years to be kept in captivity at the aquarium, and some are skeptical he will live. Two years...
 
Marine Biologist, Fish Collector Presumed Drowned off Florida Keys After Dive; 'No One Knows Exactly What Happened'
Miami, Florida - Oct 6, 2006 15:58 EST

A marine biologist that collected fish all over the world is presumed to have drowned during a dive. Heath Jens Laetari, 28, who lived and worked in Marathon, Fla., disappeared during a dive off the Florida Keys on Sept. 14. A...
 
Florida Man Invents Secret Formula to Kill Red Tide: Bleach; 'It Does Have Potential'
Venice, Florida - Oct 6, 2006 15:11 EST

Inventor Bob Rigby has a secret formula to kill red tide without causing what he considers significant damage to other marine creatures. But, Rigby said, he has grown frustrated, since he began research on his red tide cure seven years ago,...
 
Expansion of Canadian Undersea Observatory Has Scientists Excited; More 'Nodes' for NEPTUNE
Victoria, Canada - Oct 6, 2006 14:43 EST

Last week's announcement that the data-gathering capacity of the NEPTUNE undersea observatory will be roughly triple what was originally planned already has scientists thinking about new avenues of research. The $20-million funding boost will let NEPTUNE engineers expand the original project...
 
NASA Data Captures 'Weak' El Nino's Return in the Pacific
Greenbelt, Maryland - Oct 5, 2006 18:54 EST

NASA satellite data indicates El Niño has returned to the tropical Pacific Ocean, although in a relatively weak condition that may not persist and is currently much less intense than the last major El Niño episode in 1997-1998. Over the past...
 
Researchers: Arctic Ice Declines in 2006; 'I'm Not Terribly Optimistic About the Future of the Ice'
Boulder, Colorado - Oct 4, 2006 21:55 EST

While cool August temperatures prevented sea ice in the Arctic from reaching its lowest summer extent on record, 2006 continued a pattern of sharp annual decreases due to rising temperatures probably caused by greenhouse warming, according to University of Colorado...
 
Researchers Link Ice Age Climate-Change Records to Ocean Salinity; 'Shifts in Rainfall Patterns'
Arlington, Virginia - Oct 4, 2006 21:45 EST

Sudden decreases in temperature over Greenland and tropical rainfall patterns during the last Ice Age have been linked for the first time to rapid changes in the salinity of the north Atlantic Ocean, according to research published Oct. 5, 2006,...
 
History of Diving Museum Opens in Florida; 'Man's Quest to Explore Under the Sea' Documented
Miami, Florida - Oct 4, 2006 18:48 EST

Next time you head down to the Florida Keys to go scuba diving, stop in at the recently opened History of Diving Museum in Islamorada. The 6,000-square-foot exhibit holds an exceptional array of diving equipment and artifacts collected by owners Joe...
 
Scientists: Tiny Fish Key to Evolution of Human Immune System; 'Missing Link' Identified
Gainsville, Florida - Oct 3, 2006 20:46 EST

Armed at first with nothing more than boots, a screen and a bucket, scientists studying a tiny primitive fish that makes up 70 percent of the biomass in Tampa Bay now say they have found the “missing link” marking the...
 
Bush Seeks Ban on Destructive Fishing; 'Bulldozers that Go in the Sea'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 3, 2006 20:08 EST

President Bush called for a halt to destructive fishing on the high seas Tuesday and said the United States will work to eliminate or better regulate practices such as bottom trawling that devastate fish populations and the ocean floor. Bush directed...
 
NASA Satellite Data Helps Assess the Health of Florida's Coral Reef
Greenbelt, Maryland - Oct 3, 2006 19:09 EST

NASA satellite data was used to help monitor the health of Florida's coral reef as part of a field research effort completed this August and September. The project was the first comprehensive assessment of the resiliency of reefs along the entire...
 
USGS: Maine Earthquake Lowers Ground Water Levels 2 1/2 Feet; 'Dramatic'
Reston, Virginia - Oct 3, 2006 16:20 EST

A minor earthquake that shook Maine Oct. 2 at 8:07 pm caused the water level in a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) monitoring well to drop more than 2 ½ feet. Nearly 17 hours later, the groundwater level was still...
 
ScubaPro recalls 48,500 MK20 regulators
El Cajon, California - Oct 2, 2006 20:02 EST

Scubapro USA, of El Cajon, Calif., said Monday it is recalling about 48,500 of its Scubapro MK 20 first-stage regulators. That is the part the breathing gear that fits immediately on top of compressed air tanks. Over-tightening of the Yoke or Din...
 
Scientists: Alaskan Storm Cracks Giant Iceberg to Pieces in Faraway Antarctica; 'Our Jaws Dropped'
Chicago, Illinois - Oct 2, 2006 18:47 EST

A severe storm that occurred in the Gulf of Alaska in October 2005 generated an ocean swell that six days later broke apart a giant iceberg floating near the coast of Antarctica, more than 8,300 miles away. A team of...
 
Argh! Whale Suspected in Sinking of Fisherman's Boat; 'Moby Dick'
Trenton, New Jersey - Sep 30, 2006 19:40 EST

Authorities suspect a 35-foot humpback whale whose carcass washed up on a southern New Jersey beach this week was the mysterious black object that a group of fishermen say hit their boat before it sank off the Delaware coast a...
 
Scientists: Manganese Can Keep Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide Zones in Check in Aquatic Systems
Newark, Delaware - Sep 30, 2006 19:37 EST

Manganese, in trace amounts, is essential to human health. Now a research team from the University of Delaware, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Hawaii and Oregon Health and Science University has discovered that a dissolved form of the...
 
Fishermen: Seal Numbers Out of Control; 'A Really Tricky Line that We Walk'
Chatham, Massachusetts - Sep 28, 2006 21:43 EST

In the waters and beaches off this Cape Cod town, the shiny scalps and whiskered snouts of the gray seal are everywhere. They bask in the sun, mug for boaters and, fisherman say, eat way too many fish. The thousands of...
 

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