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NASA Scanning Radar Altimeter Captures Data from Massive Hurricane Waves
Greenbelt, Maryland - Sep 28, 2006 20:17 EST

A hurricane's fury can be relentless, from frightening winds, to torrential rains and flooding. These storms also create enormous ocean waves that are hazardous to ships. And through storm surges of up to 30 feet the storms can demolish shoreline...
 
Scientists: North Atlantic Warm Water Surging into Arctic Ocean; 'A Warning Signal'
Fairbanks, Alaska - Sep 28, 2006 20:07 EST

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center this fall documented that recent surges of warm water from the North Atlantic Ocean continue to pulse into the Arctic Ocean and are moving toward Alaska and the Canadian...
 
Study: Squid are Masters of Disguise; Pigmented Skin Cells Sending 'Concealed Polarized Signals'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 25, 2006 20:15 EST

U.S. marine scientists say squid are masters of disguise, using their pigmented skin cells to camouflage themselves nearly instantaneously from predators. Researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory say squid can also produce polarized skin patterns by regulating the iridescence of their...
 
Scientists: Ethane and Propane Produced by Microorganisms in Deeply Buried Ocean Sediments
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 25, 2006 19:42 EST

During an expedition off the South American coast, an international team of ocean scientists discovered that the gases ethane and propane are widespread, and are being produced by microorganisms in deeply buried sediments. Prof. Kai-Uwe Hinrichs (Research Center Ocean Margins,...
 
Mystery Surrounds Deaths of Coast Guard Divers in the Arctic; Two Investigations, 'No Word Whatsoever'
Seattle, Washington - Sep 23, 2006 19:29 EST

Five hundred miles north of Alaska, a group of shipmates from the Coast Guard cutter Healy tossed a football on the blue-and-white, diamond-hard Arctic ice. Others milled about in the pleasantly cold, brilliant summer day, stretching their legs after a month...
 
Florida Shark Tournament Draws Criticism After Hammerhead Mutilated, Pregnant Tiger Caught; 'Gruesome'
Destin, Florida - Sep 21, 2006 19:18 EST

The Destin Florida Shark Tournament has drawn the ire of animal rights groups after a hammerhead shark was mutilated and a pregnant tiger shark was caught during the tournament. The Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal protection society...
 
No Mako: Mistaken Identity Leads to Record Blue Shark for California Angler; 'I was Thrown Off'
Balboa, California - Sep 21, 2006 19:13 EST

Shane Smith of Irvine was fishing for mako sharks Sunday when he hooked up six miles off Catalina Island. He thought he had a mako, thought he landed a mako, thought he was going to weigh a mako. As it turned out,...
 
Female Florida Angler Passes Polygraph After Tiger Shark Catch Challenged; 'She Worked So Hard for This Fish'
Destin, Florida - Sep 21, 2006 18:27 EST

Cherie Mills grinned widely as she walked out of the board room at the Destin Community Center. For the previous 15 minutes, Mills had been in the board room taking a lie detector test administered by a polygrapher from Daphne, Ala....
 
Inside the Failure of the $8 Billion Effort to Save Prized Salmon; 'A Kind of Unlimited Fund'
John J. Fialka - Sep 20, 2006 20:23 EST

For more than a quarter of a century, a federal agency in the Pacific Northwest has been running the world's most expensive wildlife restoration program, designed to save 13 species of endangered salmon and steelhead. The Bonneville Power Administration, responding to...
 
California Divers Thrilled by Large Schools of Giant Sea Bass; '15, 20 Fish is Unheard of Together'
La Jolla, California - Sep 20, 2006 20:12 EST

For the first time in years, large schools of giant sea bass are swimming right alongside divers at La Jolla Cove. Divers are always looking for that special moment underwater, the one they can savor. In the waters off La Jolla...
 
Researchers: Invasive Sea Squirts Persist on Georges Bank; 'This Occurrence is Not Ephemeral'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 20, 2006 19:38 EST

For the fourth consecutive year, federal and university researchers have surveyed two areas on Georges Bank where an invasive colonial sea squirt continues to thrive on the gravel bottom. The colonies are denser than in 2005 over the 88 square-mile...
 
Scientists: Date With Canaries 'Killer La Palma Tsunami' Way Off In the Future; 'Simply a Very Stable Island'
Delft, The Netherlands - Sep 20, 2006 19:01 EST

The volcanic island of La Palma in the Canaries is much more stable than is generally assumed, Dutch scientists working at the TU Delft have found. The southwestern flank of the island isn't likely to fall into the sea (potentially...
 
Study: Sewage Sludge Given Away as Fertilizer Laced with Drugs, Chemicals; 'We're Not Super-Concerned'
Tacoma, Washington - Sep 19, 2006 17:46 EST

Promoted as a great way to dispose of treated waste, the sewage sludge sold to homeowners to spray on their lawns and gardens may also be adding drugs, flame retardants and other chemicals to the landscape, according to a study. Chad...
 
Florida Shark Tournament Ends as 11 Killed, Over 300 Released; 765-pound Tiger Shark Biggest Catch
Destin, Florida - Sep 19, 2006 17:16 EST

After four days of fishing, the Destin Deep Water Shark Tournament came to a low-key close Sunday. A small crowd gathered behind Fisherman's Wharf restaurant to watch the last day of weigh-ins, but the biggest catch turned out to be Jonathan...
 
Florida Diver Recovers from Shark Bite After Kiss Goes Wrong; Lip 'Put Through a Meat Grinder'
Miami, Florida - Sep 18, 2006 19:21 EST

A South Florida diver, who enjoys swimming with sharks, ends up hospitalized after he decided to kiss one and the shark kissed back. It was a decision that left the amorous diver with a severely damaged lip that required extensive reconstruction...
 
Scientist: Broken Jaw Likely Cause of Death for 'Splash', Texas Record Blue Catfish
Athens, Texas - Sep 18, 2006 19:06 EST

Like thousands of other people, Dr. Andy Gluesenkamp, Ph.D., saw news photos of a world record blue catfish in the arms of the man who caught her in January 2004. "I was blown away by such a huge fish," Dr. Gluesenkamp...
 
Revenge of the Grouper: Florida's Freediver's Last Quarry was Illegal, Fatal Mistake; 'It is Bizarre'
Key West, Florida - Sep 16, 2006 17:28 EST

Gary Cagle, an avid free diver, made two mistakes on a Key West fishing trip last Saturday: He speared a goliath grouper, a fish that is illegal to kill in the Florida Keys. He also forgot to bring along his knife. That...
 
After Ten Year Hiatus, Controversial Shark Tournament Returns to Florida Town; 'This is Slaughter'
Destin, Florida - Sep 16, 2006 17:16 EST

Fishermen know how to lure a crowd to the docks in this Floria Gulf Coast city during a lull in tourism: bring in big sharks and hang them up. Locals revived the once-popular Destin Deep Water Shark Tournament this week, and...
 
Study: Freshwater Copepod May Be Several Species, Not One; Speciation Seen at Unusually High Rate
Harrisonburg, Virginia - Sep 14, 2006 18:55 EST

A new study has revealed that what was once believed to be a single copepod species is really a collection of many species. A common and widespread species of freshwater plankton, called a copepod, forms new species at an uncommonly high...
 
San Diego Angler Snags 600-pound Mako Shark on a Fly Rod; Released Beast was Possible World Record
San Diego, California - Sep 13, 2006 18:54 EST

Brendan Mason caught a 600 lb Mako Shark off the coast of San Diego using a fly rod. While it may have been the biggest fish ever caught using a fly rod, it won’t count as an official record because Mason...
 
Scientists Seek How Crabs Find Their Way Back Home; 'They Seem to Sense the Need to Get Back'
Lewes, Delaware - Sep 13, 2006 18:07 EST

Swallows return to Capistrano, and buzzards to Ohio. In the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, it's the tasty and feisty blue crabs, and researchers are still trying to find out how. "What we know points up everything we still don't understand about...
 
Study: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinking at Record Levels; 6% Drop Each of the Last Two Winters
Washington, DC - Sep 13, 2006 18:00 EST

As far as temperatures drop in the Arctic winter -- on average to -34°C (-29°F) -- a new study shows that in the last two years sea ice is shrinking on the surface of Arctic waters to record low levels....
 
NOAA: El Niño Returns to the Pacific; Ocean Temps Show 'Remarkable' Increase Over Last Two Weeks
Washington, D.C. - Sep 13, 2006 13:26 EST

Scientists at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center reported today that El Niño conditions have developed in the tropical Pacific and are likely to continue into early 2007. Ocean temperatures increased remarkably in the equatorial Pacific during the last two weeks....
 
Environmentalists Propose Solutions for Florida Ocean, Coastal Problems; Urgent Action Needed
Tallahassee, Florida - Sep 12, 2006 20:13 EST

Citing escalating problems with coastal pollution, red tide outbreaks, plummeting fish catches and overdeveloped beaches, 20 conservation, recreation and civic organizations today issued a blueprint for protecting and preserving Florida's coastal environment and economy. It is the first time such...
 
Study: Ingredient in Prozac Increases Risk of Extinction for Freshwater Mussels
San Francisco, California - Sep 12, 2006 19:48 EST

You'd think in a river filled with anti-depressants, freshwater mussels would be, well, happy as clams. Far from it. In fact, a new laboratory study suggests that exposure to Prozac can disrupt the reproductive cycle of these mollusks, potentially increasing...
 
Researchers: Brown Seaweed Contains Promising Fat Fighter, Weight Reducer
San Francisco, California - Sep 11, 2006 19:36 EST

Chemists in Japan have found that brown seaweed, a flavor component used in many Asian soups and salads, contains a compound that appears in animal studies to promote weight loss by reducing the accumulation of fat. Called fucoxanthin, the compound...
 
Studies: New Orleans 'Toxic Soup' Environmental Pollution Not so Toxic; 'Generally Not of Great Concern'
San Francisco, California - Sep 11, 2006 19:21 EST

Despite the tragic human and economic toll from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast in 2005, the much-discussed "toxic-soup" environmental pollution was nowhere close to being as bad as people thought. That's the bottom-line message from dozens of scientific...
 
Study: Human Activities Boosting Ocean Temperatures in Areas Where Hurricanes Form
Boulder, Colorado - Sep 11, 2006 19:10 EST

Rising ocean temperatures in key hurricane breeding grounds of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are due primarily to human-caused increases in greenhouse gas concentrations, according to a study published online in the September 11 issue of the Proceedings of the...
 
A Fish Too Far: Florida Spear-Fisherman Drowns After Being Entangled and Pulled to Ocean Bottom by Giant Grouper
Miami, Florida - Sep 11, 2006 18:42 EST

A Florida diver shot a large grouper with a speargun then apparently drowned when the fish sped into a hole, entangling the man in the line attached to the spear, investigators said today. The 42-year-old man, whose name was withheld, was...
 
Study: Mercury in Fish Seems Not To Harm Older Brains; 'Is It Causing A Problem?'
Baltimore, Maryland - Sep 10, 2006 16:14 EST

Eating moderate amounts of fish -- and its added ingredient, mercury -- appears to pose little danger to the brains of older adults, according to new study findings released Tuesday. Among a group of older adults between 50 and 70, those...
 
Scientists: Dolphin Injured off Florida May Get Artificial Tail; 'Winter' Swims 'Like a Shark'
Clearwater, Florida - Sep 7, 2006 13:48 EST

Winter, a 10-month-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, might soon have a rare operation. She may get an artificial tail. Last December, marine biologists found her tangled in a crab trap line in the Mosquito Lagoon near Cape Canaveral that resulted in the...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Puts Another Great White Shark on Exhibit; Previous Shark Released After 198 Days
Monterey, California - Sep 1, 2006 12:27 EST

For the second time, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has placed a young white shark on public exhibit, bringing him to Monterey on Thursday evening (August 31), 14 days after aquarium husbandry collectors caught the shark on hook-and-line gear off Southern...
 
Coast Guard Captain Relieved of Duties Following Deaths of Two Divers; 'A Loss of Confidence'
Seattle, Washington - Aug 30, 2006 18:26 EST

The captain of the Coast Guard cutter Healy has been temporarily relieved of duty following the deaths of two crew members during a dive in the Arctic Ocean this month. Capt. Douglas G. Russell will be replaced by Capt. Daniel K....
 
Researcher: Manatee Pelvic Bones Provide Key Evolution Insight; Same Gene Key to Leglessness Across Animals
Stanford, California - Aug 30, 2006 18:06 EST

Most research professors spend their days writing grants, teaching and managing graduate students, so when Stanford's David Kingsley, PhD, ventured from his office to his lab, pulled out a scale and started weighing 114 pairs of manatee pelvic bones, it...
 
Report: Chicago Sushi Suffers from Mercury Overload; 'A Toxic Threat to Food Safety'
Chicago, Illinios - Aug 30, 2006 17:26 EST

An investigation of tuna served in Chicago sushi restaurants adds to a recent stream of bad news about high levels of mercury in store bought tuna, locally-caught sport fish and other seafood available to Illinoisans. Fourteen of 20 tuna sushi...
 
Study: Iron Critical to Ocean Productivity, Carbon Uptake; Large Segments of the Pacific 'Iron Stressed'
Corvallis, Oregon - Aug 30, 2006 17:11 EST

A new study has found that large segments of the Pacific Ocean lack sufficient iron to trigger healthy phytoplankton growth and the absence of the mineral stresses these microscopic ocean plants, triggering them to produce additional pigments that make ocean...
 
Scientists: New Cyanobacteria Adapted to Coastal Choppy, Polluted Waters
Rockville, Maryland - Aug 30, 2006 17:06 EST

California beachgoers may look lazy. But just a few miles off shore, scientists have discovered that a common coastal strain of cyanobacteria works diligently to thrive in choppy, polluted waters. In a study in this week's early online edition of...
 
Lifeguard: No Grudge Against Shark That Bit Off His Foot; 'He Got My Foot, I Got His Tooth'
Cape Town, South Africa - Aug 29, 2006 13:17 EST

Lifeguard Achmat Hassiem bears no grudge against the Great White shark that bit off his right foot in a deep-sea struggle off the Western Cape coast two weeks ago. “He got my foot, I got his tooth. It’s only fair –...
 
Holy Shell: Woman Finds Virgin Mary Likeness on Turtle; 'You Can't Deny It'
Chicago, Illinois - Aug 28, 2006 16:35 EST

She has appeared on a grilled cheese. Then, a highway underpass. Now, behold, the Virgin Mary has descended upon the belly of a Burbank pet turtle. In a shallow plastic tank on Lotus Drive, the chocolate brown vision beams from the pink...
 
Diver Finds Class Ring Lost 18 Years Ago on Hawaiian Dive; 'It has to Mean Something'
Gillette, Wyoming - Aug 27, 2006 20:51 EST

R.C. Bundy lost the ring on a scuba trip 18 years ago “Hi R.C., this is Rob Holt and I've got a minor surprise for you ...” Rob Holt left the message on R.C. Bundy's answering machine at work. Less than a...
 

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