Japan's Export Of 'The Taiji Twelve' Dolphins To The Dominican Republic Stopped
San Francisco, California - Nov 26, 2007 15:01 EST
The Save Japan Dolphins Coalition announced today that the proposed export of twelve live dolphins ("the Taiji Twelve") from Taiji, Japan to Ocean World theme park in the Dominican Republic has been cancelled.
"The Dominican Republic government should be applauded for...
Scientists Urge $2-3 Billion Study Of Ocean Health; 'Let’s Complete The Task'
San Diego, California - Nov 25, 2007 16:37 EST
Speedy diagnosis of the temper and vital signs of the oceans matters increasingly to the well being of humanity, says a distinguished partnership of international scientists urging support to complete a world marine monitoring system within 10 years.
The Partnership for...
Russian Deep-sea Divers Missing In Egypt; 'Safety Rules Were Ignored'
Cairo, Egypt - Nov 22, 2007 11:08 EST
The search for Russian divers who failed to resurface in the Red Sea has been suspended for the night. The three divers failed to return to their boat after attempting a particularly deep dive near Elphinstone reef. The rescue operation...
U.S. Leads Efforts To Strengthen Global Shark Conservation
Washington, D.C. - Nov 20, 2007 16:54 EST
At the urging of the Department of State-led U.S. delegation to the United Nations, member states last week agreed to strengthen protections for vulnerable and endangered shark populations around the world. The agreed language calls on individual nations and international...
Strange 'Prehistoric' Creature Pulled From Russian Pond Baffles Locals
Chelyabinsk, Russia - Nov 14, 2007 05:54 EST
According to a local report, A strange prehistoric creature has been found in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The creature, still unidentified, appeared in a flooded ditch at a construction site. Evidently the deep ditch was inundated by...
Study: Fossil Record Reveals Jellyfish More Than 500 Million Years Old
Lawrence, Kansas - Oct 30, 2007 17:37 EST
Scientists have described the oldest definitive jellyfish ever found, using recently discovered "fossil snapshots" found in rocks more than 500 million years old.
The jellyfish are unique because they push the known occurrence of jellyfish back from 300 million to 505...
Scientists: Fluorescence Discovered In Key Marine Creature; Sunscreen?
San Diego, California - Oct 30, 2007 16:38 EST
Fluorescent proteins found in nature have been employed in a variety of scientific research purposes, from markers for tracing molecules in biomedicine to probes for testing environmental quality. Until now, such proteins have been identified mostly in jellyfish and corals,...
'Coral Mountains' Discovered Off Thailand Eyed As New Tourist Attractions
Phetchabun, Thailand - Oct 23, 2007 16:01 EST
Chon Daen district Tuesday announced the discovery of two "coral mountains", which are being touted as new tourist attractions.
District chief Chartchai Petcharadhburanin said the survey team stumbled upon two limestone mountains in Ban Sappakai, 3-4 kilometres off Chon Daen-Nong...
Make A Better Trap... Catch A New Species? Goby 'Wasn't Quite Right'
Miami, Florida - Oct 23, 2007 15:42 EST
When David Jones, a fisheries oceanographer at the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) located at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School, set out to design a better light trap to collect young reef fishes, he never imagined...
FDA Releases Consumer Guide To Safe Sources Of Potentially Deadly Puffer Fish; 'Can Be Safely Enjoyed'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 18, 2007 14:12 EST
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released consumer and industry advisories regarding safe sources of puffer fish. Many puffer fish, also known as fugu, bok, blowfish, globefish, swellfish, balloonfish, or sea squab, contain deadly toxins that affect the central...