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NASA Oceanography Satellite Ceases Operation After 13-years; 'It's Data Made a Huge Difference'
Washington, D.C. - Jan 5, 2006 00:00 EST

The joint NASA/Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales TOPEX/Poseidon oceanography satellite ceased operations after nearly 62,000 orbits of Earth. The spacecraft lost its ability to maneuver, bringing to a close a successful 13-year mission. "TOPEX/Poseidon revolutionized the study of Earth's oceans, providing the...
 
Fisheries Council Discusses the Effect of Hawaiian Shark Tour Chumming
Oahu, Hawaii - Jan 5, 2006 00:00 EST

In May 2005, the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council held a meeting to discuss the effect North Shore shark tour operators have on shark behavior. They wanted to know what people had to say about possible danger to swimmers and...
 
Report: Northern Atlantic Deep Sea Fish on the Brink of Extinction
St. Johns, Newfoundland - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST

New research suggests deep sea fish species in the northern Atlantic are on the brink of extinction. Canadian scientists say some species have plummeted by as much as 98 percent in a generation, meeting the World Conservation Union's definition of "critically...
 
Anglers Land 755-pound Mako Shark off Florida Coast
Deerfield Beach, Florida - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST

Capt. Cory Burlew and his friends had already had a good night of swordfishing when things got a lot more exciting and exhausting. Fishing 15 miles off Pompano Beach on Reaper, Burlew and his crew hooked a 10-foot, 755-pound mako shark...
 
Tuna Industry Underscores Safety of Yellowfin Used in Canned Tuna, Challenges Media Reports
Washington, D.C. - Jan 3, 2006 00:00 EST

The U.S. Tuna Foundation today challenged news reports about the use of yellowfin in canned tuna, stating that all tuna species in canned light tuna contain mercury levels that are very low and are considerably less that what the federal...
 
Biggest Whale Hunt in 20 Years Under Way
London, England - Jan 3, 2006 00:00 EST

Despite a 20-year-old international moratorium on whale hunting, three countries have increased their quotas to more than 2,000 whales this year. Japan, Norway and Iceland have already begun harpooning minke, fin whales and humpbacks. Greenpeace has sent two of its large campaigning...
 
Fate of New England Monster Shark Tournament Uncertain; 'I am ashamed of it'
Max Hart - Dec 29, 2005 00:00 EST

The simmering heat of a July weekend served as the backdrop on a cold December night this week when the Oak Bluffs selectmen debated the future of the Monster Shark tournament, one of the town's biggest events of the summer. At...
 
Study: Fish Have Menopause; Longer Lifespan Enabled by Evolving Longer Reproductive Period
UC Riverside, California - Dec 28, 2005 00:00 EST

A UC Riverside-led research team has found that as some populations of an organism evolve a longer lifespan, they do so by increasing only that segment of the lifespan that contributes to "fitness" – the relative ability of an individual...
 
Surfer: Shark Punch Technique Learned from Discovery Channel's Shark Week; 'It’s Like Your Worst Nightmare'
Portland, Oregon - Dec 27, 2005 00:00 EST

A surfer who fended off a great white shark by punching it in the nose said he learned the tactic by watching television shows such as the Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’. Brian Anderson, 36, was in hospital on Monday but was...
 
Tsunami Uncovers Archaeological Mystery Temple off Indian Coast
Mahabalipuram, India - Dec 26, 2005 00:00 EST

The destructive capacity of last year's tsunami wiped life from Earth in numbers that defy comprehension. Each one gone dramatically altering other lives - friends and families in a chain wrapped countless times around the world. Towns and villages and...
 
Oregon Surfer Punches Great White Shark, Escapes Death; 'I Acted on Instinct'
Seaside, Oregon - Dec 26, 2005 00:00 EST

Brian Anderson, 31, was surfing off the coast of Northern Oregon Saturday when a great white shark attacked him. As he was paddling, Anderson said he felt something grab his leg. Without thinking, he punched the big shark in the nose. "That's...
 
Experts: Sea cow 'sirens' fuel mermaid mythology; sailors' deprivation sparked images
Daytona Beach, Florida - Dec 25, 2005 00:00 EST

The poor, portly manatee, having to endure this gibe time and again: "The early explorers thought manatees were mermaids. Guess they'd been at sea a little too long!" Local tour guides have their own versions of the line and the Internet...
 
Shark Bump Mystery Grows at Aquarium; 'It's more of an aesthetic issue than a health issue'
Norwalk, Connecticut - Dec 23, 2005 00:00 EST

The culprit was gravel, that much is known. But the method of ridding the sharks of their once-mysterious lumps has become its own mystery. For eight years, curators at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk pondered the cause of the protuberances on...
 
Scientists Stymied by Decline of Inch-Long Cave Fish
Las Vegas, Nevada - Dec 22, 2005 00:00 EST

Scientists say they are unable to explain the steady declined in the number of pupfish -- an endangered species that lives only in a Nevada limestone cave. For the last decade the number of pupfish in Devils Hole, a deep, water-filled...
 
Double-Mouthed Fish Pulled from Nebraska Lake
Lincoln, Nebraska - Dec 21, 2005 00:00 EST

This fish didn't have a chance. A rainbow trout pulled out of Holmes Lake last weekend had double the chance to get hooked: It had two mouths. Clarence Olberding, 57, wasn't just telling a fisherman's fib when he called over another...
 
U.S. Fisherman Could Get 20 Years for Lobster Offences
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts - Dec 21, 2005 00:00 EST

A North Dartmouth man who was the captain of two New Bedford-based fishing vessels has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act - the federal wildlife trafficking statute, making false statements to Coast Guard officials...
 
Canadian Seafood Boycott Ends Year With Growing Momentum
Washington, D.C. - Dec 20, 2005 00:00 EST

Since the killing of the first seal in the 2005 hunt last March, The Humane Society of the United States has advocated for a boycott of Canadian seafood to stop that country's annual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seals...
 
Study: Overfishing May Drive Endangered Seabird to Eat Less Nutritious Food
Berkeley, California - Dec 19, 2005 00:00 EST

The effects of overfishing may have driven marbled murrelets, an endangered seabird found along the Pacific coast, to increasingly rely upon less nutritious food sources, according to a new study by biologists at the University of California, Berkeley. A juvenile marbled...
 
Scientists say drowned polar bears ominous; population down 22% from 1987
Jim Carlton - Dec 18, 2005 00:00 EST

It may be the latest evidence of global warming: Polar bears are drowning. Scientists for the first time have documented multiple deaths of polar bears off Alaska, where they likely drowned after swimming long distances in the ocean amid the melting...
 
Dive, He Said: Local Hero Richard Jones Dives to Save His Neighborhood in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
Biloxi, Mississippi - Dec 18, 2005 00:00 EST

The ceiling of Richard Jones' house in Biloxi, Miss., had just caved in, revealing that his roof had been torn away. That was the good news. Half a mile away on that afternoon of Aug. 29, as Hurricane Katrina sent...
 
Man Trains Goldfish to Go Through Hoops, Push Soccer Ball; 'Fish Can Quickly Learn Complex Tricks'
Pittsburgh, PA - Dec 16, 2005 00:00 EST

Even Albert Einstein would have been impressed by his counterpart in the fish world. A goldfish of the same name is learning to do tricks usually reserved for other animals. Albert Einstein - the fish - can swim through hoops...
 
Researcher Makes First-ever Observation Of Squid Caring For Eggs
Rhode Island - Dec 15, 2005 00:00 EST

Squid have always been considered poor parents: they lay their eggs on the seafloor and leave them to develop on their own. But a University of Rhode Island scientist has made the first observation of parental care by squid when...
 
Mystery as non-diving mallard ducks start searching for food underwater
Chitose, Hokkaido - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST

A small group of mallard ducks near an aquarium here have started behaving unusually, diving underwater and looking for food, it has been learned. The behavior was observed in the ducks in the Chitose River next to the Chitose Salmon Aquarium...
 
Rare Albino Catfish Making Stir at Hotel
Salem, Oregon - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST

A rare fish is making some big waves at a hotel in Salem, Oregon. The one-in-a-million albino channel catfish is now housed in a 300-gallon aquarium at the Salem Inn. The owner, Bill Hammond, bought the fish for nine dollars...
 
San Francisco Bay-Area Man Ready to Fish in His 'Boatercycle'
Hayward, California - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST

In about two weeks, Don Johnson will literally drive his homemade "boatercycle" into Lake Del Valle in Livermore, drop his fishing line into the water and wait for the trout to bite. Johnson, a 72-year-old retired millwright and machinist, has for...
 
Study: Narwhal's Mysterious Tusk a Giant Sensor; 'Such a Finding is Startling'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 13, 2005 00:00 EST

The narwhal‘s mysterious spiral tusk works as a giant sensor to help it test water qualities and to smooch other narwhals, a U.S. researcher said on Tuesday. The whale‘s eight-foot (2.4-meter) long tusk has long mystified naturalists and hunters, and the...
 
'Air Jaws' Photographers Make Desperate Plea for South Africa's Dwindling Shark Population
Cape Town, South Africa - Dec 11, 2005 00:00 EST

To all involved in the battle against shark finning. Mozambiquean colleagues of ours sent us yet again more disturbing images of finning taking place on an ongoing basis. We are getting similar images almost on a weekly basis from all over...
 
Seaworld Orlando Enters Into 'Financial Arrangement' with Canary Island Zoo to Ship Four Excess Orcas
Orlando, Florida - Dec 9, 2005 00:00 EST

SeaWorld Orlando and its sister park in San Antonio are making final preparations to transport four young killer whales to a zoological park in the Canary Islands. SeaWorld Orlando recently welcomed the birth of a killer whale, bringing the total there...
 
'Splash' R.I.P.; Former World Record Blue Catfish Turns Fins Up
Athens, Texas - Dec 9, 2005 00:00 EST

Splash, former world record blue catfish, died Tuesday at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens at an unknown age. Splash came to live at TFFC on Jan. 14, 2004, after being caught from Lake Texoma by Cody Mullennix of Howe,...
 
Fighting off a shark--and winning; teen loses leg in attack but is training for triathlon
Panama City, Florida - Dec 9, 2005 00:00 EST

Last summer 16-year-old Craig Hutto was walking in the warm waters off Panama City, Fla. The budding basketball star at his small-town Tennessee high school was happily fishing off a sandbar with his older brother — unaware of the danger...
 
Report: Great Lakes Near Ecological Breakdown
Chicago, Illinois - Dec 8, 2005 00:00 EST

Stresses from polluted rivers to invasive species threaten to trigger an ecological breakdown in the Great Lakes, a group of scientists hoping to sway U.S. environmental policy said Thursday. Seventy-five scientists who study the world's largest collective body of fresh water...
 
Research: 'Buckyballs" Harzardous When Dissolved in Water; 'Safe is a Difficult Word to Define'
Nashville, Tennessee - Dec 6, 2005 00:00 EST

Soccer-ball-shaped "buckyballs" are the most famous players on the nanoscale field, presenting tantalizing prospects of revolutionizing medicine and the computer industry. Since their discovery in 1985, engineers and scientists have been exploring the properties of these molecules for a wide...
 
Experts: Mercury in Fish Harmful, Harvard Study Shown to Have Major Weaknesses
Washington, D.C. - Dec 6, 2005 00:00 EST

Mercury levels in fish are high enough to pose health risks to moderate and heavy fish eaters, mercury experts said in a report released today. Commissioned by Oceana and the Mercury Policy Project and written by mercury and environmental health...
 
Male Water Fleas Debut at University Lab; Aquatic 'Coal-Mine Canaries'
Buffalo, New York - Dec 6, 2005 00:00 EST

Male water fleas that scientists have never seen have made their debut in a University at Buffalo laboratory, providing biologists with their first glimpse of these elusive organisms. The UB research, published last month in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological...
 
Sea urchins' unexpectedly diverse 'innate' immune capability points to new research avenue
Washington, D.C. - Dec 6, 2005 00:00 EST

’We are beginning to understand how an animal without an adaptive immune system can still protect itself,’ Smith said, adding: ’The sea urchin may use genes that are different from antibodies and possibly even different mechanisms from humans.’ Inside that seemingly...
 
Struggle for life as divers run out of air
Auckland, New Zealand - Dec 4, 2005 00:00 EST

Two students are today in Auckland's Devonport Naval Hospital undergoing decompression treatment after a near-fatal diving accident off the Bay of Plenty coast. The two marine studies students suffered the bends after both running out of air at a depth of...
 
Canadian Political Leader Calls for End of Seal Hunt
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada - Dec 1, 2005 00:00 EST

It's time to end federal support for the seal hunt and instead use federal programs to develop sustainable jobs that will bring Newfoundland and Labrador international praise, said Green Party of Canada leader Jim Harris today at a news conference...
 
Diver-held sonar developed to help locate objects in zero visibility
Washington State, US - Nov 30, 2005 00:00 EST

A new device has been developed to help divers conduct searches underwater. The engineers at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory have invented a diver-held sonar with better resolution than any other hand-held sonar used today by the...
 
World Exclusive! Monterey Bay Aquarium Great White Shark's Snout Ground to a Pulp
Monterey, California - Feb 17, 2005 12:42 EST

UnderwaterTimes.com has obtained disturbing photos of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's great white shark that detail shocking damage to the shark’s nose. It is clear from the pictures that the shark's nose has been ground down into a blunt end, with...
 
Feeding Tigers: What Happens to a Whale Carcass at Sea
Kane'ohe Bay, Hawaii - Jun 24, 2004 16:06 EST

Stories about whales being towed out to sea aren't really front page material. In fact, when I ran across a story in mid-May about a whale being towed out to sea from Hawaii's Kane'ohe Bay, I didn't think it merited...
 

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