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Washington State Angler Lands Massive 405-lb, 7 1/2-foot Halibut; 'I Just Kept Reeling, Reeling, Reeling'
Olympia, Washinton State - Aug 25, 2006 19:03 EST

Veteran anglers babble about landing halibut the size of a barn door, but that's a rare feat. Olympia angler Todd Hughes recently hooked and landed a 90-inch-long, 405-pound halibut while fishing in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. "It was the first...
 
'Bubba,' Famed Cancer-surviving Grouper, R.I.P.; 'Overcame Some Incredible Odds'
- Aug 24, 2006 17:55 EST

Bubba the Grouper, the first fish in history known to have received chemotherapy and bounce back from cancer, has died, the Shedd Aquarium said Wednesday. Shedd officials estimate Bubba, who became an instant celebrity and an inspiration to cancer patients when...
 
Study: First-ever Look at Combined Causes of North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean Freshening
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 24, 2006 17:49 EST

A new analysis of 50 years of changes in freshwater inputs to the Arctic Ocean and North Atlantic may help shed light on what's behind the recently observed freshening of the North Atlantic Ocean. In a report, published in the...
 
Study: Ancient 'Bursts' of Gas from Seafloor Deposits Not Responsible for Spike in Atmospheric Methane
Corvallis, Oregon - Aug 24, 2006 17:47 EST

A dramatic increase about 12,000 years ago in levels of atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, was most likely caused by higher emissions from tropical wetlands or from plant production, rather than a release from seafloor methane deposits, a new...
 
Mysterious 'Goo-like' Substance Burns Skin, Forces Closure of Florida Beach; 'We Had to Assume the Worst'
Manatee Beach, Florida - Aug 23, 2006 18:07 EST

Slimy heaps of petroleum jelly-like substance that prompted the brief closure of Manatee County beaches turned out to be a type of algae related to red tide, a county official said Wednesday. Before they knew for sure, Manatee officials feared it...
 
Two Million Tire Artificial Reef to be Removed Off Florida Coast; Smothering Corals
Broward County, Florida - Aug 22, 2006 23:41 EST

In the 1970s, nearly 2 million tires were tossed into the ocean in hopes of creating an artificial reef. Now, a study is under way to see if the tires can be removed since they are actually damaging the coral...
 
Flying Fish Send Two Florida Boaters to the Hospital; Sixth Sturgeon Strike this Summer
Sarasota, Florida - Aug 22, 2006 23:17 EST

A sturgeon in the Suwannee River injured two boaters Saturday when it leaped from the water, knocking one girl from the boat and breaking the arm of another passenger. Cheyenne Russ, 9, and Jennifer Sullivan, 31, both of Lake City, were...
 
Study: Over 1,200 Species of Venomous Fish; 'The Worst Pet on Earth'
New York, New York - Aug 22, 2006 10:32 EST

One moment he was reaching for the telephone, the next he was out cold. William Leo Smith, then a 20-year-old college student, woke up on the floor of the pet shop where he worked, blinking up at a ring of worried...
 
Scientists Fret over Dungeness Crab Caught in Unfamiliar Waters; 'I Thought it was a Joke'
Gloucester, Massachusetts - Aug 21, 2006 13:19 EST

When gill-netter Louis Williams returned to Gloucester late last month with a crab five times larger than anything he normally catches, wholesaler Frank Ciaramitaro thought the fisherman was pulling his leg. "I thought it was a joke," Ciaramitaro said. "I can't...
 
'Excited and Rambunctious' Dolphin Bites Boy at SeaWorld Orlando Petting Attraction
Orlando, Florida - Aug 21, 2006 09:26 EST

A 7-year-old boy who suffered a bruised thumb was the second child in as many months to be bitten by a dolphin at a SeaWorld Orlando attraction, park officials said. It took two adults to pry the dolphin's mouth open so...
 
Researchers: Ocean Noise has Increased Considerably Since 1960s; Global Shipping Likely Reason
San Diego, California - Aug 18, 2006 17:10 EST

With populations increasing around the globe in recent decades, no one would be surprised by an increase in the amount of noise produced in terrestrial environments. Now, a unique study involving researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University...
 
Bacteria Can Help Predict Ocean Change; 'We Found Predictable Kinds'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 14, 2006 22:37 EST

Every creature has its place and role in the oceans – even the smallest microbe, according to a new study that may lead to more accurate models of ocean change. Scientists have long endorsed the concept of a unique biological niche...
 
NOAA Settles Shark Case with New York Fish Dealer for $750,000; 'A Strong Message'
New York, New York - Aug 11, 2006 19:15 EST

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of General Counsel has settled a multiple-violation shark case with the owner of Brooklyn-based Agger Fish Corporation. The fish dealer admitted to purchasing shark meat and fins without a federal permit, failing...
 
Survey: 'Dead Zone' Causing Wave of Seath off Oregon Coast; 'We Saw a Crab Graveyard'
Corvallis, Oregon - Aug 10, 2006 14:36 EST

The most severe low-oxygen ocean conditions ever observed on the West Coast of the United States have turned parts of the seafloor off Oregon into a carpet of dead Dungeness crabs and rotting sea worms, a new survey shows. Virtually...
 
Mystery as Six-Foot Octopus Pulled from the Ohio River; 'It's a Saltwater Creature'
Jeffersonville, Indiana - Aug 9, 2006 21:30 EST

A fisherman pulled a 6-foot octopus out of the Ohio River while fishing at an Indiana State Park. David Stepp was using a net when he found the creature on Monday. The octopus was dead. The fisherman was a little...
 
Research: Humble Aquarium Fish May Be Key to New Therapies for Birth Defects
Nashville, Tennessee - Aug 8, 2006 22:03 EST

A humble aquarium fish may be the key to finding therapies capable of preventing the structural birth defects that account for one out of three infant deaths in the United States today. That is one of the implications of a new...
 
Scientists: Palm Tree Deaths Accelerating on Florida Coast; Likely Cause Is Rising Seas
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 8, 2006 13:12 EST

Palm trees on Florida’s west coast appear to be dying more rapidly than in previous years because of sea level rise tied to global warming. University of Florida scientists who began monitoring a large coastal study area in North Florida in...
 
Exclusive! Necropsy Photos Released from World Record Pregnant Hammerhead Shark
Miami, Florida - Aug 8, 2006 11:24 EST

Underwatertimes.com has obtained photographs from the necropsy of the world-record great hammerhead shark caught by a recreational fishermen in May off Boca Grande, Florida. The necropsy was performed by scientists at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. The results...
 
Scientists: Deep-sea Sediments Could Safely Store Man-made Carbon Dioxide; 'An Enormous Storage Reservoir'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Aug 7, 2006 20:05 EST

An innovative solution for the man-made carbon dioxide fouling our skies could rest far beneath the surface of the ocean, say scientists at Harvard University. They've found that deep-sea sediments could provide a virtually unlimited and permanent reservoir for this...
 
Woman Punches "Aggressive" Otter as it Attacks Dog
Boca Raton, Florida - Aug 4, 2006 18:09 EST

A woman said she was walking her two dogs near the water when an aggressive otter attacked one of her dogs, yanking it into the water. Leah Vanon of west Boca Raton, said she was walking her Labrador retriever and her...
 
Study: Americans Don't Know Number of Documented Childhood Fish Mercury Poisoning Cases in the US; Zero
Washington, D.C. - Aug 3, 2006 18:10 EST

Nearly two-thirds of Americans questioned in a new national opinion poll mistakenly believe that more than 1,000 childhood cases of mercury poisoning, from eating fish, are identified by scientists every year in the United States. The actual number of scientifically...
 
NBA Star Yao Ming Swears off Shark Fin Soup 'Under All Circumstances'
Beijing, China - Aug 2, 2006 18:45 EST

NBA star Yao Ming pledged Wednesday to give up eating shark's fin soup, a Chinese delicacy, as he joined a campaign to promote wildlife protection. "I pledge to stop eating sharks fin soup and will not do so under all...
 
Safety Questions After Visitors Bitten at Kentucky Shark Petting Exhibit; 'They Don't Mind At All'
Newport, Kentucky - Aug 1, 2006 22:18 EST

Almost a dozen people have walked out of the Newport Aquarium's Shark Central exhibit wearing Band-Aids after they were bitten. The exhibit has almost 20 sharks for visitors to touch. Some are babies, some are adults -- 2 to 8 feet...
 
Scientists: Automated Underwater Robots to Make Ocean Observations Off California Coast
Monterey Bay, California - Aug 1, 2006 21:30 EST

This August in Monterey Bay, Calif., an entire fleet of undersea robots will for the first time work together without the aid of humans to make detailed and efficient observations of the ocean. The oceanographic test bed in Monterey is expected...
 
Scientists: Lead from Aussie Mine Found Spewing from Underwater Volcano in Mediterranean
Gainesville, Florida - Aug 1, 2006 21:14 EST

Scientists studying hydrothermal vents, those underwater geysers that are home to bizarre geological structures and unique marine species, have discovered something all too familiar: pollution. A University of Florida geologist is among a team of geologists that is the first to...
 
NOAA: Aquarium Trade Suspected as Middle Eastern Bannerfish Found Off Florida Coast
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 1, 2006 10:35 EST

The NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences reports that the non-native aquarium fish, Red Sea Bannerfish, has been found living on Paul's Reef off Palm Beach, Florida. The Red Sea Bannerfish (Heniochus intermedius) is native to the Red Sea in...
 
Scientists Wage War on the Rusty Crayfish; 'The Aquatic Plants are Back'
Madison, Wisconsin - Jul 31, 2006 22:34 EST

The rusty crayfish - a voracious, bullying exotic that has visited ecological havoc on numerous Wisconsin lakes - may have finally met its match. Since its introduction to Wisconsin waters sometime in the 1950s, the crayfish has spread to thousands of...
 
Study: Oceans Teem with Bacteria, Many Unknown; Numbers 'Exceeds All Expectation'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 31, 2006 22:14 EST

New DNA sequencing tools deployed by MBL scientists yield startling insights, questions about role of vast genomic diversity and ecological change over millions of years; 20,000+ kinds of bacteria found in 1 liter of seawater A startling revelation about the number...
 
Scientists: Stretching Faults Explain New Type of Ocean Floor Formation
Leeds, United Kingdom - Jul 27, 2006 21:13 EST

For the first time, scientists have found regions of the earth's crust which are stretching apart to form new sea floor; their findings are published in Nature today (27 July). Most new ocean floor is made when undersea volcanic activity...
 
Scientists: Recurring 'Dead Zone' off Oregon is Spreading, Suggests New Trend
Corvallis, Oregon - Jul 27, 2006 16:19 EST

A hypoxic "dead zone" has formed off the Oregon Coast for the fifth time in five years, according to researchers at Oregon State University. A fundamental new trend in atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns in the Pacific Northwest appears to have...
 
New Study to Assess Hurricane Impact on Coral Reefs in Gulf of Mexico
Miami, Florida - Jul 26, 2006 23:39 EST

Flower Garden Banks (FGB) National Marine Sanctuary is home to one of the world's most magnificent coral reefs. Located about 100 miles off the southern coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico, the reefs were in the path of Hurricane...
 
Global Coral Reef Assessment Built on NASA Images; 'A First Step'
Greenbelt, Maryland - Jul 26, 2006 23:11 EST

A first-of-its-kind survey of how well the world's coral reefs are being protected was made possible by a unique collection of NASA views from space. A team of international researchers using NASA satellite images compiled an updated inventory of all "marine...
 
Scientists: Evolutionary Origin of Fins, Limbs Discovered; 'This Confirms a Lovely Idea'
Gainsville, Florida - Jul 26, 2006 23:04 EST

Performance on the dance floor may not always show it, but people are rarely born with two left feet. We have genes that instruct our arms and legs to grow in the right places and point in the right directions....
 
Study: Alternative Approaches to Marine Management Prove Successful in Reef Conservation
New York, New York - Jul 25, 2006 21:14 EST

By performing simultaneous studies of reef conservation and socioeconomic charateristics of a set of reef management systems, researchers have gained new insight into the factors that can contribute to effective marine conservation strategies. The researchers found evidence suggesting that when...
 
Teen Uses Discovery Channel Trick to Escape the Jaws of Alligator
Deland, Florida - Jul 24, 2006 21:50 EST

A 16-year-old being dragged into a Central Florida lake by an 11-foot alligator used a tip he watched on a Discovery Channel show to break free and save his life, according to a news report. Corey Workman was in a remote...
 
Dozen Stitches as Man Claims Shark Bite Off South Carolina Coast
Hilton Head, South Carolina - Jul 21, 2006 19:19 EST

An Ohio man says he was bitten by a shark while swimming off Hilton Head Island this week. Authorities have not confirmed Dallas Jackson was attacked by a shark. But the Sylvania, Ohio, man has no doubt he was bitten. Jackson says...
 
Man Catches Mystery Fish with Human-Like Teeth in Texas Lake
Tyler, Texas - Jul 20, 2006 09:02 EST

Late Tuesday afternoon, a fisherman hooked a fish he says he`s never seen before and lake officials are just as amazed: a 20-pound fish with what looks like human teeth. Scott Curry has caught thousands of fish at Buffalo Springs...
 
Scientists: Gas Escaping from Ocean Floor May Drive Global Warming; 'Methane Blowout' Explored
Santa Barbara, California - Jul 19, 2006 21:23 EST

Gas escaping from the ocean floor may provide some answers to understanding historical global warming cycles and provide information on current climate changes, according to a team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The findings are reported...
 
Police: Drowned Scuba Instructor was Wearing Weight Belt While Trying to Retrieve Snorkel from Pool Bottom
Tyler, Texas - Jul 18, 2006 22:15 EST

The scuba diving instructor who drowned at a Tyler diving center on Sunday wore a weighted belt while trying to retrieve a snorkel from the bottom of a pool, witnesses told police. Barbara McAlpin, 47, was pronounced dead at East Texas...
 
Study: Pollution Threatens Coral Health by Preventing Lesions from Healing
Orlando, Florida - Jul 18, 2006 21:43 EST

Coral's inability to repair tissue damage contributes to decline of reefs, can harm economy and increase hurricane risks Coral tissue damage that normally heals on its own will not mend when the colonies are near pollution sources on land that release...
 

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