Ecologists Home in on How Sperm Whales Find Their Prey: Echolocation
Woods Hhole, Massachusetts - May 22, 2006 22:03 EST
Ecologists have at last got a view of sperm whales' behaviour during their long, deep dives, thanks to the use of recently developed electronic "dtags". According to new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, sperm...
Brazil Creates Buffer Zone Around Coral Reefs Off Atlantic Coast
Washington, D.C. - May 22, 2006 21:01 EST
The Brazilian government has created an official buffer zone around the Abrolhos National Marine Park to protect the biologically richest coral reefs in the South Atlantic.
The buffer zone, created by Brazil’s Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA), encompasses nearly...
Study: Great Lakes' Salmon Failing To Thrive Because of 'Junk Food' Diet
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - May 21, 2006 18:57 EST
A Lake Superior State University study on Atlantic salmon conducted by researchers in the LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory has shed some light on why the fish are not reproducing naturally in the Great Lakes.
The findings, conducted by Marshall Werner Ph.D.,...
How Healthy is that Marsh? Biologists Count Parasites to Find Out
San Diego, California - May 19, 2006 15:27 EST
Is that salt marsh healthy? To answer this, Sea Grant biologists are cracking open common marsh snails and counting parasitic worms. Their claim: the more parasites, the healthier the marsh.
While the parasite hypothesis may conflict with conventional ideas about infectious...
Drug Discovery Team to Explore Newly Discovered Deep-Sea Reefs
Fort Pierce, Florida - May 17, 2006 22:17 EST
Last December, University of Miami researchers using advanced sonar techniques discovered new deepwater reef sites 2,000 to 2,900 feet deep in the Straits of Florida between Miami and Bimini. From May 22-30, Harbor Branch scientists will work with Miami colleagues...
Study: Exxon Valdez oil found in tidal feeding grounds of ducks, sea otters
Prince William Sound, Alaska - May 16, 2006 22:45 EST
Seventeen years after the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, compelling new evidence suggests that remnants of the worst oil spill in U.S. history extend farther into tidal waters than previously thought, increasing the probability that the...
Report: Salton Sea May Become Environmental Hazard without Restoration
Oakland, California - May 16, 2006 21:49 EST
The Salton Sea is shrinking, and without a restoration project it will transform from California's largest lake into an economic, health, and environmental hazard. The Sea's 75-year crash-course is detailed in a report released today by the Oakland-based Pacific Institute,...
750-lb Hammerhead Shark Caught Off Florida Coast May Be World Record
Fort Myers, Florida - May 12, 2006 16:18 EST
A potential world record hammerhead shark was caught on Wednesday in Boca Grande Pass.
Capt. Andy Whitbread of Fort Myers captured a 13 foot, 4 inch, 750-pound hammerhead. Whitbread used an estimated 12- to 15-pound live crevalle jack as bait and...
Historic Schooner Shipwrecks Added to National Register of Historic Places
Scituate, Massachusetts - May 2, 2006 10:39 EST
The wrecks of the coal schooners Frank A. Palmer and Louise B. Crary, which rest on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary seafloor, have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's official list of cultural resources...
Research: Tiny Polyps Gorge Themselves to Survive Coral Bleaching
Columbus, Ohio - Apr 26, 2006 17:23 EST
Certain species of coral have surprised researchers by showing an unexpectedly successful approach towards survival when seriously bleached.
Their innovative strategy is gluttony.
The discovery, derived from experiments on coral reefs in Hawaii, provides new insights into how these tiny animals face...
Research: Cuttlefish are Masters of Disguise Despite Colorblindness
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 20, 2006 17:29 EST
Cuttlefish are wizards of camouflage. Adept at blending in with their surroundings, cuttlefish are known to have a diverse range of body patterns and can switch between them almost instantaneously. New research from MBL Marine Resources scientists, to appear in...
Colombian Biologist Claims World's Largest Shrimp: Almost 16 Inches
Cartagena, Colombia - Apr 17, 2006 19:28 EST
Colombian biologist Edilberto Flechas has bought what he claims to be
the largest shrimp ever seen. He bought the massive shrimp from a fisherman for the equivalent of $800.
"This is the biggest species ever known here or even in literature," said...
Study: Some Undersea Worms Like It Really, Really Hot
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Apr 13, 2006 18:09 EST
Scientists have found that worms dwelling at deep-sea hydrothermal vents opt for temperatures of 45-55 degrees Celsius (113-131 degrees Fahrenheit) when given a choice of conditions, giving them the highest thermal preference of any animal studied to date. This unique...
Scientists: Harmless River Bacteria Creates World's Strongest Superglue
Bloomington, Indiana - Apr 12, 2006 18:33 EST
The glue one species of water-loving bacteria uses to grip its surroundings may be the strongest natural adhesive known to science. If engineers can find a way to mass-produce the material, it could have uses in medicine, marine technology and...
Divers find gold near sunken treasure ship off Florida Keys
Key West, Florida - Apr 11, 2006 12:25 EST
Divers have found two gold bars and 15 silver coins, which had been buried beneath the ocean floor off this island city for almost 400 years.
The objects are believed to be from the shipwreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha,...
Scientists: Anti-freeze Gene in Fish Evolved from 'Junk' DNA
Springfield, Illinois - Apr 4, 2006 19:33 EST
Scientists at the University of Illinois have discovered an antifreeze-protein gene in cod that has evolved from non-coding or 'junk' DNA. Since the creation of these antifreeze proteins is directly driven by polar glaciation, by studying their evolutionary history the...
Research: Salmon OK After Going Veggie; Canola Oil Viable Alternative for Feed
Lancaster, U.K. - Apr 4, 2006 19:07 EST
Salmon, like humans, require omega-3 fatty acids in their diet to function healthily. But as the fish farming industry expands, feeding salmon and other aquatic species with pellets containing fishmeal and oil derived from processing wild-caught marine fish is unsustainable...
Study: Alaska seal pup diet may hold key to decline of population
Fairbanks, Alaska - Apr 4, 2006 17:32 EST
Female harbor seal pups whose blubber falls below average levels may be at higher risk of delayed sexual maturation or death, even if they get enough fat in their diets later on, according to a new study sponsored by The...