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Starfish Outbreak Threatens 'corals Triangle' Off Indonesia; 'We Witnessed A Number Of Active Outbreaks'
New York, New York - Jan 14, 2008 18:06 EST

Outbreaks of the notorious crown of thorns starfish now threaten the “coral triangle,” the richest center of coral reef biodiversity on Earth, according to recent surveys by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral...
 
Researcher: Unusual Fish-eating Dinosaur Had Crocodile-like Skull
Bristol, U. K. - Jan 13, 2008 16:53 EST

An unusual dinosaur has been shown to have a skull that functioned like a fish-eating crocodile, despite looking like a dinosaur. It also possessed two huge hand claws, perhaps used as grappling hooks to lift fish from the water. Dr Emily...
 
Greenhouse Ocean May Downsize Fish; 'The Ocean Biology Is Sort Of On Our Side'
Los Angeles, California - Jan 11, 2008 15:30 EST

By 2100, warmer oceans with more carbon dioxide may no longer sustain 1 of the world's most productive fisheries, says USC marine ecologist The last fish you ate probably came from the Bering Sea. But during this century, the sea’s rich...
 
Malaysian Angler Catches 'Lucky' Horned Snakehead Fish; 'It's Not For Sale'
Sarawak, Borneo - Jan 9, 2008 19:11 EST

A Malaysian fisherman, Saibi Ramli, is looking forward to good times this year because he has caught what he calls his lucky fish -- a snakehead fish with a 2cm horn on its head. Saibi says he has never seen...
 
Stanford, Monterey Bay Aquarium And MBARI Launch Center For Ocean Solutions
Palo Alto, California - Jan 9, 2008 18:50 EST

People have long depended on healthy oceans for food, recreation and commerce. But this irreplaceable resource is in dire trouble, say marine scientists, largely because of human impacts—from pollution to poorly managed fisheries to climate change. To address these and other...
 
Researchers Alarmed By Levels Of Mercury And Arsenic In Chinese Freshwater Ecosystem
Hanover, New Hampshire - Jan 9, 2008 18:44 EST

A team of researchers, led by biologists at Dartmouth, has found potentially dangerous levels of mercury and arsenic in Lake Baiyangdian, the largest lake in the North China Plain and a source of both food and drinking water for the...
 
NOAA: White Marlin Not Threatened Nor Endangered; Population To Remain 'Stable Or Continue To Increase'
Washington, D.C. - Jan 9, 2008 18:37 EST

NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced today that the Atlantic white marlin, a billfish highly prized by recreational anglers, does not warrant listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Based on the biological status of the species and consideration...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Interview With Griff McConal, Inventor of Sharkcamo, The 'Holy Grail' of Shark Repellants
San Diego, California - Jan 6, 2008 13:33 EST

The January, 2008 episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. This month Shark Conspiracies speaks with Griff McConal, the inventor of Sharkcamo decals. Mr. McConal gave us an exclusive, fascinating interview, and may have discovered the “holy...
 
North Atlantic Warming Tied To Natural Variability; But Global Warming May Be At Play Elsewhere
Durham, North Carolina - Jan 3, 2008 19:13 EST

A Duke University-led analysis of available records shows that while the North Atlantic Ocean’s surface waters warmed in the 50 years between 1950 and 2000, the change was not uniform. In fact, the subpolar regions cooled at the same time...
 
Boy, 12, Hooks Record 551-pound Bull Shark Off Florida Coast; 'This Thing Was Huge'
Palm Beach, Florida - Jan 2, 2008 18:00 EST

After half a day at sea, a 12-year-old boy caught a bull shark weighing more than the state record for a catch of the coastal fish. Aidan Murray Medley reeled in a 551-pound shark Tuesday just north of the Palm Beach...
 
Underwater Digital Camera Mask To Launch; Goggle-cam For Simple Swim Snaps
Sacramento, California - Jan 1, 2008 14:17 EST

A Sacramento, California-based company is releasing a new underwater mask that lets you take pictures while you explore. Costing around the $100, the mask mask lets you record both video and still images thanks to the upto 5-megapixel camera...
 
Study: Deep-sea Species' Loss Could Lead To Oceans' Collapse; 'Negative Consequences Could Be Unprecedented'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 29, 2007 15:18 EST

The loss of deep-sea species poses a severe threat to the future of the oceans, suggests a new report publishing early online on December 27th and in the January 8th issue of Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press. In...
 
Researchers: Sub-glacial System Under Antarctic Ice Teeming With Life; A Whole New World'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 28, 2007 14:25 EST

Researchers have discovered a complex sub-glacial system under the Antarctic ice, which might be teeming with life in the form of mineral-hungry microbes. According to a report in the National Geographic News, the watery environment under Lake Vostok, might be more...
 
UN Report: Prospect For Rehabilitation 'Good' After Korean Oil Spill
New York, New York - Dec 27, 2007 14:44 EST

The prospects for rehabilitation after the worst oil spill in the history of the Republic of Korea (ROK) are good, thanks to quick and effective action by the Korean authorities, according to a joint United Nations-European Commission Assessment Team. Although emergency...
 
Scientists: Climate Change Affects Top Predators In Ocean Ecosystems
Honolulu, Hawaii - Dec 21, 2007 15:06 EST

Scientists from the University of Hawaii joined more than 150 colleagues at the First Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) Symposium, hosted by the Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas and the Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas del Noroeste, December 3-7,...
 
Researchers: Good News About Methane Bubbling Up From The Ocean Floor; 'Currents Control The Fate Of The Gas'
Santa Barbara, California - Dec 21, 2007 14:38 EST

Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted in great quantities as bubbles from seeps on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara. About half of these bubbles dissolve into the ocean, but the fate of this dissolved methane remains uncertain. Researchers...
 
New Apparatus Developed To Measure The Density Of Ultra-pure Water
Braunschweig, Germany - Dec 19, 2007 13:53 EST

For oceanography – and there in particular for the description of ocean currents – accurate measurements of the density of sea water are of great importance. For this purpose, measuring instruments are needed which reach an uncertainty of approx. 0.001...
 
Annual Survey Shows Increase In Cook Inlet Belugas; 'We Are Encouraged'
Anchorage, Alaska - Dec 19, 2007 07:15 EST

NOAA Fisheries Service biologists estimate a beluga whale population of 375 in the Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska, according to data collected during their annual survey in June. This population estimate is the largest since 2001. "While we are encouraged by...
 
Study: Why Diving Marine Mammals Resist Brain Damage While Holding Their Breath Underwater; 'Globins'
Santa Cruz, California - Dec 19, 2007 04:24 EST

No human can survive longer than a few minutes underwater, and even a well-trained Olympic swimmer needs frequent gulps of air. Our brains need a constant supply of oxygen, particularly during exercise. Contrast that with Weddell seals, animals that dive and...
 
UnderwaterTimes.com Editor Featured On Upcoming Travel Channel Program
Miami, Florida - Dec 17, 2007 19:35 EST

The editor of UnderwaterTimes.com, Jeff Dudas, will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Travel Channel’s “Ten Things You Don’t Know About… Florida”, which premiers December 19, 2007 at 8.00pm. Jeff Dudas was interviewed at length about shark attacks for...
 
Global Warming Blamed For Drop In Philippines Tuna Catch; Sea Temps 'A Notch Higher'
General Santos City, The Philipines - Dec 14, 2007 15:51 EST

Admitting that there has been a steep decline of tuna catch over the last few years, one of the city's biggest tuna producers on Wednesday blamed global warming as among the reasons for the drop in tuna production. Marfenio Tan,...
 
Governments Agree On New UN-backed Pact To Protect Sharks
New York, New York - Dec 13, 2007 19:53 EST

Dozens of governments agreed in principle today to a new United Nations global agreement to protect sharks, which have long been neglected by conservationists and overexploited by the modern fishing industry. Three of the largest and most iconic shark species –...
 
As Waters Clear, Scientists Seek To End A Muddy Debate; 'Sedimentology Of Milk'
Bloomington, Indiana - Dec 13, 2007 19:49 EST

Geologists have long thought muds will only settle when waters are quiet, but new research by Indiana University Bloomington and Massachusetts Institute of Technology geologists shows muds will accumulate even when currents move swiftly. Their findings appear in this week's...
 
University Team Discovers Captain Kidd's 17th Century Shipwreck; 'Amazingly Untouched'
Bloomington, Indiana - Dec 13, 2007 19:44 EST

Resting in less than 10 feet of Caribbean seawater, the wreckage of Quedagh Merchant, the ship abandoned by the scandalous 17th century pirate Captain William Kidd as he raced to New York in an ill-fated attempt to clear his name,...
 
Research: Piddling Fish Face Off Threat Of Competition; 'touching The Tip Of The Urinary Pheromone Iceberg!'
Miami, Florida - Dec 12, 2007 19:47 EST

Aggressive territorial male Mozambique tilapia fish (Oreochromis mossambicus) send chemical messages to rival males via their urine. They increase urination, have smellier urine and store more in their bladders than less aggressive males, according to research published in the open...
 
Oceanographer: Without Its Insulating Ice Cap, Arctic Surface Waters Warm To As Much As 5 C Above Average
Seattle, Washington - Dec 12, 2007 19:20 EST

Record-breaking amounts of ice-free water have deprived the Arctic of more of its natural "sunscreen" than ever in recent summers. The effect is so pronounced that sea surface temperatures rose to 5 C above average in one place this year,...
 
Arctic Expeditions Find Giant Mud Waves, Glacier Tracks On Ocean Floor; 'could Be Caused By Tidal Fluctuations'
Columbus, Ohio - Dec 12, 2007 19:14 EST

Scientists gathering evidence of ancient ice sheets uncovered a new mystery about what's happening on the Arctic sea floor today. Sonar images revealed that, in some places, ocean currents have driven the mud along the Arctic Ocean bottom into piles,...
 
Scientists Shed Light On Monster Sea Waves; 'Very Difficult To Study Directly'
Los Angeles, California - Dec 12, 2007 13:05 EST

Maritime folklore tells tales of giant "rogue waves" that can appear and disappear without warning in the open ocean. Also known as "freak waves," these ominous monsters have been described by mariners for ages and have even appeared prominently in...
 
Fish Study: When She's Turned On, Some Of Her Genes Turn Off
Austin, Texas - Dec 11, 2007 18:43 EST

When a female is attracted to a male, entire suites of genes in her brain turn on and off, show biologists from The University of Texas at Austin studying swordtail fish. Molly Cummings and Hans Hofmann found that some genes...
 
Oceanic, Aeris SCUBA Regulators Recalled Due To Drowning Hazard
Washington, D.C. - Dec 11, 2007 17:50 EST

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall Tuesday of about 6,000 Oceanic- and Aeris-brand SCUBA regulator first stages. The CPSC said an internal component that seals air between the product's high pressure first-stage and the intermediate pressure second-stage can...
 
NOAA Releases Report On The State Of Deep Coral Ecosystems In The U.S.; 'A World Leader In Conservation'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 10, 2007 17:15 EST

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today released a new report, The State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States, called for in the President’s Ocean Action Plan. The peer-reviewed report, prepared by NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, provides...
 
Research: Sea Lice Widely Distributed Among Wild Fish Along The Norwegian Coast
Olso, Norway - Dec 6, 2007 18:44 EST

Øivind Øines has shown in his Ph. D. thesis that the sea louse, a parasitic copepod, is widely distributed among wild fish species along the Norwegian coast. The parasite is found in large numbers in the lumpfish, which is now...
 
Economists: Reduce Fish Catch Now For Bigger Net Profits Later; 'bigger Stocks Mean Bigger Bucks'
Sydney, Australia - Dec 6, 2007 18:12 EST

A new and compelling argument for reducing fish harvests – the profit motive – could persuade world fishers to endure the short-term pain of lower catches for the long-term gain of higher returns for their labor, according to authors of...
 
Sea Shepherd Renames Ship 'Steve Irwin', Launches 'Operation Migaloo' To Defend Whales
Melbourne, Australia - Dec 5, 2007 18:48 EST

Terri Irwin has granted the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society permission to rename its ship currently known as Robert Hunter in honor of her late husband, Steve Irwin. Captain Paul Watson, founder and president of Sea Shepherd and Terri Irwin officially...
 
Study: 'Tough Love' From Seasonal Seas Save Corals; 'some Corals And Reefs Will Survive'
New York, New York - Dec 1, 2007 13:24 EST

Finally, some good news about the prospects of coral reefs in the age of climate change. According to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, corals may actually survive rising ocean temperatures in ‘tough love’ seas with wide-ranging temperatures. Researchers...
 
Recipe For A Storm: The Ingredients For More Powerful Atlantic Hurricanes; 'Sea Surface Temperature' Overrated
Madison, Wisconsin - Nov 30, 2007 14:12 EST

As the world warms, the interaction between the Atlantic Ocean and atmosphere may be the recipe for stronger, more frequent hurricanes. University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have found that the Atlantic organizes the ingredients for a powerful hurricane season to create a...
 
Ukraine Godzilla Croc Dies After 6 Months On The Run; 'He Simply Cannot Be Buried'
Donetsk, Ukraine - Nov 30, 2007 14:10 EST

A crocodile that escaped from a travelling circus in Ukraine and evaded capture for six months died on Friday after two days back in captivity, officials said. "The crocodile was lying in the water and suddenly he just floated to the...
 
U.S. Navy Grant Awarded To Study Treatment And Prevention Of Decompression Sickness
Richmond, Virginia - Nov 29, 2007 10:31 EST

The U.S. Office of Naval Research awarded a grant to Virginia Commonwealth University's Reanimation Engineering Shock Center to study decompression sickness. The $1.3 million grant will fund the study called "Coordinated Follow-up Studies in the Treatment and Prevention of Decompression Illness...
 
Scientist: New Research Discredits 'Ocean Fertilizing' Scheme; 'The Biological Pump Leaks'
Miami, Florida - Nov 29, 2007 09:23 EST

Scientists have revealed an important discovery that raises doubts concerning the viability of plans to fertilize the ocean to solve global warming, a projected $100 billion venture. Research performed at Stanford and Oregon State Universities, published in the Journal of Geophysical...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Interview With World Famous Shark Fisherman Frank 'Quint' Mundus
San Diego, California - Nov 28, 2007 11:40 EST

The December 2007 episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. Shark Conspiracies explores shark sightings and attacks in a new way, by exposing the cover-ups and misinformation sometimes generated from tourism and conservation interests. Shark Conspiracies claims...
 



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