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Ugandan Conservationists Saddened As 62-year-old Crocodile Passes; 'The Man Eater' Ate Over 80 Fishermen
Mpigi, Uganda - Oct 14, 2007 16:19 EST

Wildlife conservatives were saddened when one of the oldest crocodiles in the country was found dead on Friday at Buwama Crocodile Farm on Masaka Road in Mpigi district. The 62-year-old crocodile, also called “the man eater,’’ was believed to have...
 
Florida Fisherman Lands Monster 844-pound Mako Shark; 'It Was Like Jaws'
Destin, Florida - Oct 14, 2007 15:40 EST

Six friends went to a fishing tournament looking to catch some grouper. They caught a 844-pound mako shark instead. Adlee Bruner and five others headed out into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday on a charter boat and came back with...
 
Report: Solomon Islands To Ship 30 Live Dolphins To Dubai; 'It's Big - Bigger Than Gold Or Logging'
Honoria, Solomons Islands - Oct 13, 2007 16:23 EST

It has been revealed that the Solomon Islands will once again engage in the controversial dolphin trade. Unconfirmed reports have stated that at least 30 live dolphins will be exported to the Middle East as early as next week. The...
 
Study: Genetically Engineered Corn Could Affect Aquatic Ecosystems; Risks 'Not Fully Assessed'
Bloomington, Indiana - Oct 10, 2007 13:01 EST

A study by an Indiana University environmental science professor and several colleagues suggests a widely planted variety of genetically engineered corn has the potential to harm aquatic ecosystems. The study is being published online this week by the journal Proceedings...
 
Group: News Media Fell Hook, Line And Sinker For Industry 'Study' On Mercury In Seafood
Washington, D.C. - Oct 10, 2007 12:42 EST

Last week, a front-page headline in The Washington Post declared, "Mothers Again Urged to Eat Fish." The story reported on a new study from the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition that said pregnant and breast-feeding women should eat at...
 
Team Captures Rare Footage Of Great White Shark Attack On Elephant Seal; 'Full On' Predation
San Diego, California - Oct 10, 2007 06:01 EST

Adventure seekers hoping to encounter Great White sharks on a recent vacation got more than they bargained for last week when a 15 foot white shark explosively attacked a seal right in front of astonished divers. "We were in the middle...
 
Mysteries Of The Rheic Ocean Beginning To Unravel; 'a 'first' In A Number Of Respects'
Boulder, Colorado - Oct 9, 2007 16:32 EST

A wealth of information on one of Earth's ancient oceans is now available in a single volume published by the Geological Society of America. The Evolution of Rheic Ocean: From Avalonian-Cadomian Active Margin to Alleghenian-Variscan Collision addresses long-standing controversies surrounding...
 
European Retail Chain Removes Pacific 'Stolen Fish' From Supermarkets; 'Retailers Have To Demand Full Traceability'
Salzburg, Germany - Oct 8, 2007 17:18 EST

ins of tuna sold by companies involved in pirate fishing have been withdrawn from sale by Austrian food discounter Norma, following revelations by Greenpeace of illegal fishing practices. The move came a week after Greenpeace Central & Eastern Europe discovered...
 
Research: No Faking, Crocodile Tears Are For Real; 'They Mean It'
Gainsville, Florida - Oct 3, 2007 17:46 EST

When someone feigns sadness they “cry crocodile tears,” a phrase that comes from an old myth that the animals cry while eating. Now, a University of Florida researcher has concluded that crocodiles really do bawl while banqueting – but for physiological...
 
Texans Snare 'State Record' 880-pound, 14-foot Alligator With 'Secret Recipe Of Chicken And Some Other Stuff'
Lufkin, Texas - Oct 3, 2007 08:47 EST

A Lukin man and his friends can certainly attest to the saying that everything's bigger in Texas after snagging what may be a state record alligators. Justin Wells of Lufkin, Tom Bass of Dallas, Jarrett Hanus of Spring and Ryan Haltom...
 
Report: Illegal Divers Forced To Bomb, Dive Deep Reefs As Shallows Wiped Out; 'Many Have Died'
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Oct 2, 2007 17:57 EST

The recent case of a Pulau Gaya fisherman getting the bends (bubbles in his veins) for descending to 52 metres (170ft) a fortnight ago is another sad statement on the state of Sabah's marine resources, according to Datuk Wilfred Lingham,...
 
Researchers: Running Shipwreck Simulations Backwards Helps Identify Dangerous Waves
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Oct 1, 2007 16:40 EST

Big waves in fierce storms have long been the focus of ship designers in simulations testing new vessels. But a new computer program and method of analysis by University of Michigan researchers makes it easy to see that a series...
 
Research: Recovery From Acid Rain 'Much Slower Than Expected'
Cardiff, U.K. - Sep 28, 2007 16:00 EST

Acid rain was one of the world's worst pollution problems of the 1970s and 1980s, affecting large areas of upland Britain, as well as Europe and North America. In Wales, more than 12,000 km of streams and...
 
UN: Global Seafood Industry Must Adapt To 'Greener' Fish; 'The Way Of The Future'
Dublin, Ireland - Sep 28, 2007 15:10 EST

The $400-billion global seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for environmentally friendly ‘greener’ fish that are not taken from overexploited stocks, farmed in ponds where mangroves once stood or caught in...
 
Scientists To Assess Effects Of Pharmaceutical Pollutants On Bull Sharks
Gainsville, Florida - Sep 27, 2007 18:52 EST

Sending commonly prescribed medications down the drain may be taking a bite out of the environment — at least when it comes to shark habitat, University of Florida veterinary scientists say. In fact, the combination of flushing unused medications and...
 
Research: Ice Cores Prove Warming Caused C02 Spike, Not Vice Versa; 'A Lot Of Energy Went Into The Ocean'
Los Angeles, California - Sep 27, 2007 18:46 EST

Carbon dioxide did not cause the end of the last ice age, a new study in Science suggests, contrary to past inferences from ice core records. “There has been this continual reference to the correspondence between CO2 and climate change as...
 
Scientists: Study Shows How The Zebrafish Gets His Stripe; 'A Classic Problem In Developmental Biology'
Bath, England - Sep 26, 2007 15:19 EST

Scientists have discovered how the zebrafish (Danio rerio) develops one of its four stripes. Their findings add to the growing list of tasks carried out by an important molecule that is involved in the arrangement of everything from nerve cells to...
 
Oklahoma Police Seize, Euthanize Illegally Tattooed Fish; 'I Love You'
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Sep 26, 2007 15:07 EST

Oklahoma City police have seized tropical fish from a pet store because they were tattooed in violation of city law. Officers took the fish from Quality Pets and had them euthanized. Store owner Donnie Fleming says police came to his store...
 
Florida Man Rescues Entangled Shark, Sets Him Free; 'He Laid Very Still'
DeSoto, Florida - Sep 26, 2007 14:55 EST

Keiko the killer whale isn't the only sea creature that gets to live free. DeSoto resident Eugene "Snook Dawg" Hoffer, 23, recently did his good deed for the day when he rescued a shark trapped in fishing lines. "He's my...
 
Hundreds Of Fish Poisoned At Malaysia's Largest Aquarium; 'Not A Work Of Negligence'
Langkawi, Malaysia - Sep 26, 2007 14:47 EST

The main section of Malaysia's largest aquarium has been shut after about 600 fish died mysteriously, possibly because of deliberate poisoning, officials said Wednesday. The fish, including sharks, stingrays and groupers, died within hours Monday evening at the Langkawi...
 
Scientists: Deep Sea Mineral Acts As A Oxygen Reservoir, Stopping The Earth From Becoming A Barren Planet
Bonn, Germany - Sep 26, 2007 14:37 EST

If our planet did not have the ability to store oxygen in the deep reaches of its mantle there would probably be no life on its surface. This is the conclusion reached by scientists at the University of Bonn who...
 
Filipino Fishermen Alarmed As Past 2 Month's Tuna Hauls 'Worst In The Past 20 Years'
Mindanao, The Philippines - Sep 26, 2007 12:18 EST

Tuna canneries in Mindanao have cut production because of a global drop in the catch of the fish, with local fishermen saying that the yield in July and August alone was the worst in the past 20 years. "There was a...
 
Scientists and Researchers: Canadian Wild Salmon Endangered By Failure To Contain Sea Lice From Salmon Farms
Ottawa, Canada - Sep 25, 2007 15:35 EST

Scientists throughout Canada have written an open letter to the Canadian government urging a response to the issue of sea lice from salmon farms threatening wild Pacific salmon. The scientists are convinced by the published scientific evidence that the debate...
 
Canadian Aquaculture Industry Calls For Balanced Scientific Dialogue On Sea Lice Issue
Ottawa, Canada - Sep 25, 2007 15:22 EST

The group of scientists who wrote to the Prime Minister indicating that sea lice from farmed salmon endanger wild salmon stocks unfairly expressed only one side of the story, according to Ruth Salmon, Executive Director of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry...
 
Revenge: Angry Florida Angler Lands 12-foot Hammerhead Shark; 'I Dream About Them'
Daytona Beach, Florida - Sep 25, 2007 15:02 EST

For all the wrong reasons, sharks have been in the news lately in Florida. Over the past two weeks, several Florida swimmers, surfers, and a surfer's board have been bitten. "We've had quite a bit of shark activity,"...
 
Scientists, Policymakers And Industry Leaders Gather To Discuss Ocean Iron Fertilization; 'The Time Is Right'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 25, 2007 14:33 EST

On September 26-27, scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will host an international, interdisciplinary conference on the proposed “iron fertilization” of the ocean as a means to combat rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Several times...
 
Study: Nitrogen And Phosphorus From Farm Runoff Leading To Parasite Growth, Causing Frog Deformities
Boulder, Colorado - Sep 25, 2007 04:25 EST

High levels of nutrients used in farming and ranching activities fuel parasite infections that have caused highly publicized frog deformities in ponds and lakes across North America, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder. The...
 
Rare Albino Ratfish With Eerie, Silvery Sheen Caught Off Washington Coast; 'It Must Have Been Like A Beacon'
Seattle, Washington - Sep 24, 2007 16:23 EST

A ghostly, mutant ratfish caught off Whidbey Island in Washington state is the only completely albino fish ever seen by both the curator of the University of Washington's 7.2 million-specimen fish collection and a fish and wildlife biologist with more...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Great White Shark Expert Ralph Collier Featured
San Diego, California - Sep 22, 2007 14:44 EST

The October 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...
 
Giant Whale Shark Caught, Slaughtered In China; 'Money Shark'
Lianjiang, China - Sep 21, 2007 06:36 EST

On September 13, 2007, early morning, fishermen from Lianjiang, Fujian Province caught a giant whale shark. It weighed 8.5 tons and was 8.5 meters long. After the whale shark was slaughtered, it was delivered to Zhejiang Province. There, it was...
 
Smithsonian Identifies Invasive Crab Species In Panama Canal Expansion Area
- Sep 20, 2007 12:19 EST

A Smithsonian scientist and colleague report that a potentially harmful, invasive crab species that has spread to several countries is now established and reproducing in Panama. The researchers report that Harris mud crabs are reproducing in the small, man-made lake...
 
Surfboard Bitten As Florida Teen Survives Close Encounter With Massive Bull Shark
Flagler Beach, Florida - Sep 19, 2007 15:29 EST

The Florida teenager is now telling her incredible story of the close encounter with the big shark. The huge fish took a giant bite out of her surfboard, but didn't get her. The near-miss happened just outside the breaking waves on...
 
NASA Celebrates A Decade Observing Climate Impacts On Health Of World's Oceans
Greenbelt, Maryland - Sep 19, 2007 14:57 EST

The NASA-managed Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) instrument settled into orbit around Earth in 1997 and took its first measurements of ocean color. A decade later, the satellite's data has proved instrumental in countless applications and helped researchers paint a...
 
Metagenomics Of The Deep Mediterranean Studied; Ocean's 'Invisible Soil' Sampled
Elche, Spain - Sep 19, 2007 14:46 EST

Metagenomics is a revolutionary approach to study microbes. Rather than isolating pure cultures, the power of high-throughput sequencing is applied directly to environmental samples to obtain information about the genomes of the prokaryotic cells present in a specific habitat studied....
 
Biologists Close In On Mystery Of Sea Turtles’ ‘Lost Years’; Open Ocean Finding Solves 'Embarrassing Problem'
Gainesville, Florida - Sep 19, 2007 04:32 EST

Biologists have found a major clue in a 50-year-old mystery about what happens to green sea turtles after they crawl out of their sandy nests and vanish into the surf, only to reappear several years later relatively close to shore. In...
 
Scientists: Hope As Mercury Found To Get In, Out Of Fish Quickly; 'This Is Good News'
College Park, Maryland - Sep 18, 2007 15:06 EST

A joint Canadian-American research team have, for the first time, demonstrated that mercury concentrations in fish respond directly to changes in atmospheric deposition of the chemical. A "Up to now a direct link has been difficult to establish because of all...
 
Scientist: Salmon Sperm Eyed As Source For Eco-friendly BioLEDs; 'It's Thrown Away By The Ton'
Cincinnati, Ohio - Sep 18, 2007 14:43 EST

Professor Andrew Steckl, a leading expert in light-emitting diodes, is intensifying the properties of LEDs by introducing biological materials, specifically salmon DNA. Electrons move constantly — think of tiny particles with a negative charge and attention deficit disorder. It is through...
 
South Carolina Snorkeler's Arm Re-attached After It Was Ripped Off By Monster Alligator (Caution Graphic Photos)
Charleston, South Carolina - Sep 17, 2007 14:10 EST

A man is hospitalized in Charleston after an alligator bit off one of his arms at a Lake Moultrie recreation area. Bill Hedden, 59, is being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital. Hedden's family has told the hospital...
 
Researchers: Rising Surface Temperatures Drive Back Winter Ice In Barents Sea
New Brunswick, New Jersey - Sep 17, 2007 13:56 EST

Rising sea-surface temperatures in the Barents Sea, northeast of Scandinavia, are the prime cause of the retreating winter ice edge over the past 26 years, according to research by Jennifer Francis, associate research professor at Rutgers’ Institute of Marine and...
 
Citing Conservation, Malaysian Environment Ministry To No Longer Serve Shark Fin Soup
Putrajaya, Malaysia - Sep 14, 2007 15:52 EST

Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and its agencies will no longer serve shark fin's soup at their functions. Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid said this was the ministry's commitment to the Malaysian Nature Society's Selangor branch marine group's effort to encourage...
 



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