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Research: Tropical Cyclones Have Climate-control Role; Cold-water Wakes 'Like A Thermostat For The Tropics'
West Lafayette, Indiana - Jun 1, 2007 14:37 EST

Purdue University researchers have found evidence that tropical cyclones and hurricanes play an important role in the ocean circulation patterns that transport heat and maintain the climate of North America and Europe. These findings support a 2001 theory by Kerry Emanuel,...
 
Record Low Water Levels In May For Georgia Rivers; 'The Drought Will Continue To Intensify'
Reston, Virginia - Jun 1, 2007 09:16 EST

May was a dry month in Georgia bringing many of the state’s rivers and streams to their lowest levels ever recorded for the month. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been monitoring and recording stream flow for more...
 
Innovative Scuba Concepts Recalls Dive Regulator Swivel Due To Drowning Hazard
Washington, D.C. - May 31, 2007 18:10 EST

Innovative Scuba Concepts is recalling about 170 scuba regulator swivels. The swivel, which is attached to a diving regulator, could separate while diving. This will result in a complete and sudden loss of the diver’s air supply, causing the diver to...
 
New NOAA Seafloor Marker Commemorates 200 Years Of 'Inner Space' Exploration
Washington, D.C. - May 29, 2007 18:25 EST

Two federal science agencies team up to explore "inner space." NOAA and NASA joined forces underwater to dedicate a survey marker on the ocean's seafloor and to help train astronauts for missions in outer space. Unveiled in an underwater dedication...
 
International Dive Team Reaches The Wreck Of The Stella Polaris; Treacherous Waters Challenge Explorers
Kushimoto, Japan - May 29, 2007 14:42 EST

For the first time ever, an international team of divers from Austria, Britain, and Japan touched down on the shipwrecked Scandinavian passenger liner Stella Polaris. The world famous ship sunk last year off the coast of Kushimoto, Japan. With the help...
 
Research: Sharks Use Their Nose, Special Skin To Locate Smells; 'Lateral Line' Keyed To Odor Plumes
Boston, Massachusetts - May 29, 2007 14:06 EST

Sharks are known to have a keen sense of smell, which in many species is critical for finding food. However, according to new research from Boston University marine biologists, sharks can not use just their noses to locate prey; they...
 
Researchers: Color Patterns On Reef Fish Drive Evolution Of New Species; 'We Were At The Frontier'
Montreal, Quebec - May 28, 2007 16:13 EST

A team of researchers from McGill University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has provided the first example of how color patterns on a coral reef fish species can drive its evolution into many distinct species. “These fish were the...
 
Tingling, Then Death: FDA Warns Imported Chinese Monkfish Really Highly Poisonous Pufferfish
Washington, D.C. - May 25, 2007 14:06 EST

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to buy or eat imported fish labeled as monkfish, which actually may be puffer fish, containing a potentially deadly toxin called tetrodotoxin. Eating puffer fish that contain this potent toxin...
 
Angler Pulls In Texas State Record Bull Shark: 512 Pounds, 9 Feet Long
Port Aransas, Texas - May 25, 2007 13:24 EST

A new state record bull shark was caught in Aransas Bay last week by Randall Rickerson of Corpus Christi. The previous state record was a 508-pound shark caught in the Gulf. This one, caught on Friday, May 18, weighed in...
 
Oceana Fishery Research Vessel Attacked By Fleet Of Illegal French Driftnetters
Washington, D.C. - May 24, 2007 10:24 EST

Early Monday morning, a group of seven French driftnetters carried out a concerted attack on the Oceana Ranger fishery research vessel. The vessel was on its second week of research recording activities of about 80 French fishing boats using driftnets...
 
Research: Cannibalism Of The Young Allows Individual Fish To Specialize
Umeå, Sweden - May 23, 2007 15:08 EST

If you go fishing for Arctic char you may end up catching distinctly different-looking individuals although they were all caught in the same lake. Similarly, whitefish, threespine stickleback, and some sunfishes also display quite discrete groups living in the same...
 
Geologists: El Niņo And African Monsoon Have Strongly Influenced Intense Hurricane Frequency In The Past
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 23, 2007 14:31 EST

The frequency of intense hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean appears to be closely connected to long-term trends in the El Niņo/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the West African monsoon, according to new research from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Geologists...
 
University Team To Attempt Deepest-ever Gulf Of Mexico Shipwreck Recovery; 'We Can See A Cannon'
College Station, Texas - May 23, 2007 14:25 EST

A team of Texas A&M University researchers will soon be recovering artifacts from a 200-year-old shipwreck that lies more than 4,000 feet beneath the Gulf of Mexico, making it the deepest such recovery effort ever attempted in the gulf. The $4.8...
 
Data: Monterey Aquarium Great White Shark Showed Taste For Warm Water In 2,200 Mile Journey
Monterey, California - May 22, 2007 18:10 EST

The electronic tag recovered from a young white shark released in January by the Monterey Bay Aquarium recorded his travels on a 90-day trip to the southern tip of Baja California – a journey covering more than 2,200 miles (3,500...
 
Report: Changes In Sea Temperature, Declining Salinity 'Final Nail In The Coffin' For Whales
Washington, D.C. - May 21, 2007 17:23 EST

Whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) are facing increasing threats from climate change, according to a new report published by WWF and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) released in advance of the 59th meeting of the International Whaling Commission...
 
Biting Discovery: New Ferocious 'Water Strider' Bugs Found To Devour Fish, Sting Humans
Columbia, Missouri - May 21, 2007 14:59 EST

While in Thailand, a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher found a treasure-trove of previously unknown information about aquatic insects in the country. In the process, he learned firsthand that a few of these little critters pack quite a punch when they...
 
'Record' As Man Swallows Sword Underwater, In A Tank Of Sharks and Stingrays, 'Within 29 Minutes Of Eating A Full Meal'
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - May 20, 2007 16:37 EST

On Friday, May 18, 2007, sword swallower Dan Meyer made history by being the first person in America to swallow a solid steel sword while submerged underwater in a tank of live sharks and stingrays at Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle...
 
Study: Long Lobster Treks Surprising, Up To 1 Km A Night; 'A Lot More At Night Than I Thought'
San Diego, California - May 20, 2007 15:56 EST

California spiny lobsters in the Point Loma kelp bed in San Diego move anywhere from 50 meters to 1 kilometer every night scavenging for food. By morning, many return to a home area, which on average is about 100 square...
 
Researchers Find New Species Of Sea Anemone In 'Whale Fall'
Columbus, Ohio - May 18, 2007 16:06 EST

Researchers cruising for creatures that live in the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean found a new species of sea anemone living in the unlikeliest of habitats -- the carcass of a dead whale. A marine biologist would say that...
 
Mexico, U.S. In 'Tug Of Love' Over Newborn Killer Whale Found On Beach
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico - May 18, 2007 15:29 EST

A newborn killer whale found bleeding on a Mexican beach has become the center of an international controversy over whether she should stay in Mexico or be sent to a US marine theme park. Mexican aquarium workers have been feeding...
 
Lab: Deadly Great Lakes Hemorrhagic Fish Virus Spreading To New Species; 'This Is An Epidemic'
Ithica, New York - May 18, 2007 15:16 EST

A lethal fish virus in the Great Lakes and neighboring waterways is approaching epidemic proportions, according to Paul Bowser, Cornell professor of aquatic animal medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV), which causes anemia...
 
Scientists: Mid-ocean Eddies Pump Up Nutrients To Fuel Plankton Blooms; 'Oases In The Oceanic Desert'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 18, 2007 14:59 EST

For two decades, scientists have puzzled over why vast blooms of microscopic plant life grow in the middle of otherwise barren mid-ocean regions. Now a research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has shown that episodic, swirling...
 
Study: Southern Ocean Carbon 'Sink' Exhausted, No Longer Absorbing C02; 'This Is Serious'
East Anglia, UK - May 18, 2007 14:53 EST

The first evidence that recent climate change has weakened one the Earth's natural carbon 'sinks' is published this week in the journal Science. A four-year study by scientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA), British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the...
 
Scientists: B12 Is Also An Essential Vitamin For Marine Life; 'A Novel And Exciting Finding'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 18, 2007 14:50 EST

B12—an essential vitamin for land-dwelling animals, including humans—also turns out to be an essential ingredient for growing marine plants that are critical to the ocean food web and Earth's climate, scientists have found. The presence or absence of B12 in the...
 
The Bounty: $500 Million In Coins Recovered From 'Colonial-era' Shipwreck; 17 Tons, 'Largest Ever' Excavation
Tampa, Florida - May 18, 2007 06:47 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration (AMEX:OMR), the world’s leader in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration announced today that it has completed the pre-disturbance archaeological survey and preliminary excavation of a Colonial period shipwreck site code-named “Black Swan” in an undisclosed location...
 
FDA: Shark Cartilage Capsules Recalled Over Salmonella Fears
New York, New York - May 17, 2007 12:17 EST

NBTY, Inc. of Bohemia, NY, is recalling 3 lots of Shark Cartilage Capsules manufactured in 2004 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail...
 
Report: DDT-laced Seafood From China May Pose A Threat To Human Health
Brussels, Belgium - May 17, 2007 09:34 EST

Adding to China's recent problems of food safety is now seafood contamination. As the world's largest producer and exporter of fish and fish products, China may need to more closely monitor shellfish contaminant levels, because contaminants are finding their way...
 
Spiny Dogfish, Porbeagle Shark, Sawfish, European Eel, Red And Pink Coral Make List Of Species Threatened By Trade
Gland, Switzerland - May 16, 2007 15:01 EST

Ahead of the world’s major meeting on wildlife trade, WWF releases its top ten list of species needing urgent global action to reduce threats from trade. Delegates from 171 countries are expected to attend the Conference of the Convention on...
 
Huge Waves That Hit Reunion Island Tracked From Space; 11 Meter Swells Originated 4000km Away
Paris, France - May 16, 2007 14:36 EST

The origin and movement of waves reaching up to 11 metres that devastated France's Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Saturday evening have been detected with ESA's Envisat satellite. The waves that thrashed the southern port of Saint Pierre, leaving...
 
Scientists: New Life In The Antarctic Deep Sea Discovered; 'A Dynamic, Variable And Biologically Rich Environment'
British Antarctic Survey, Antartica - May 16, 2007 14:17 EST

Scientists have found hundreds of new marine creatures in the vast, dark deep-sea surrounding Antarctica. Carnivorous sponges, free-swimming worms, crustaceans, and molluscs living in the Weddell Sea provide new insights into the evolution of ocean life. Reporting this week in the...
 
NASA: Satellites Detect Vast Area Of Recently Melted Antarctic Ice; Meltwater Didn't Flow Into Sea
Washington, D.C. - May 16, 2007 04:48 EST

A team of NASA and university scientists has found clear evidence that extensive areas of snow melted in west Antarctica in January 2005 in response to warm temperatures. This was the first widespread Antarctic melting ever detected with NASA's QuikScat...
 
Study: Ancient Climate Change Caused Carbon Dioxide 'Belch' From The Deep Sea
New York, New York - May 15, 2007 17:00 EST

A study released today provides some of the first solid evidence that warming-induced changes in ocean circulation at the end of the last Ice Age caused vast quantities of ancient carbon dioxide to belch from the deep sea into the...
 
Study: Coral Reefs Able To Bounce Back 'Magnificently' From Bleaching Events; 'We Can Accelerate The Recovery'
Melbourne, Florida - May 15, 2007 16:56 EST

Coral reef bleaching, believed to be one of the detrimental effects of climate change, may receive a welcomed "buffer" through effective local management, according to new research by a team of scientists recording the long-term recovery of coral reefs in...
 
Group To Sue U.S. Government For Delaying Protection Of Florida Corals Threatened By Global Warming
San Francisco, California - May 15, 2007 07:38 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity today gave formal notice to the federal government that it will sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to designate critical habitat for two imperiled coral species. In May 2006, the Fisheries Service listed...
 
Autonomous Robot 'Clementine' To Explore Mexican Sinkhole, May Lead NASA To Jupiter
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - May 14, 2007 13:42 EST

NASA-funded expedition, including researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, will begin searching for the submerged bottom of Mexico's El Zacaton sinkhole with a robotic submarine the week of May 14. Zacaton, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, is a...
 
Researchers: Real-time Seismic Monitoring Station Installed Atop Active Underwater Volcano
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 11, 2007 14:23 EST

his week, researchers will begin direct monitoring of the rumblings of a submarine volcano in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. On May 6, a team of scientists led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) installed a new underwater earthquake monitoring...
 
Researchers: DNA Reveals Hooded Seals Have Wanderlust; 'They Interbreed Worldwide'
Alberta, Canada - May 9, 2007 15:07 EST

Researchers have discovered a new fact about hooded seals, a mysterious 200 to 400 kilogram mammal that spends all but a few days each year in the ocean. An international team of researchers led by Dr. David Coltman, an evolutionary...
 
Researchers: Rising Sea Temps, Overcrowding Helping To Spread Coral Disease; 'Highly Significant Relationship'
Chapel Hill, North Carolina - May 8, 2007 15:49 EST

An international team of scientists working on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has found a clear link between coral disease and warmer ocean temperatures. Worldfirst research at 48 reefs spread along 1500 kilometres of the GBR combined with 6 years of...
 
'Peter Benchley Shark Conservation' Awards Given Out To Spotlight Efforts To Protect Sharks
New York, New York - May 5, 2007 14:48 EST

The Shark Research Institute created the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Awards to ensure continuation of his conservation efforts on behalf of sharks. On May 8, 2007, the Awards will be presented in three categories: media, scientific research and advocacy. The...
 
Why Do Oysters Choose To Live Where They Could Be Eaten?
- May 3, 2007 18:19 EST

There are many reasons why living in dense groups with others of your own kind is a good idea. Oftentimes, aggregations of a species serve as protection from predators and harsh environments or may be beneficial to future reproductive success....
 



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