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Officials: Health of India's Only White Crocodile, 'Gori', Said to be Failing
Orissa, India - Apr 18, 2007 18:10 EST

The health profile of a rare estuarine female croc-Gori, country's only captive white crocodile caged in a pen in Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary, has deteriorated considerably since past one week, according to official sources. While there is no palpable threat to...
 
Researchers: New Undersea Vent Discovered off Costa Rican Coast; 'We All Knew It Would Be Special'
Durham, North Carolina - Apr 17, 2007 18:35 EST

A new "black smoker" -- an undersea mineral chimney emitting hot, iron-darkened water that attracts unusual marine life -- has been discovered at about 8,500 feet underwater by an expedition currently exploring a section of volcanic ridge along the Pacific...
 
Researchers To Set Up Observatory to Examine Changes Under the Arctic Ice
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 17, 2007 18:26 EST

Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are venturing this month to the North Pole to deploy instruments that will make year-round observations of the water beneath the Arctic ice cap. Scientists will investigate how the waters in the...
 
Monterey Aquarium Great White Shark Phones Home as Satellite Tags Pops Up in Cabo San Lucas
Monterey, California - Apr 16, 2007 18:28 EST

An electronic tag carried by a young white shark released in January by the Monterey Bay Aquarium popped free off the southern tip of Baja California on Sunday (April 15), documenting a journey of more than 1,100 miles in the...
 
Researcher: Early Amphibians Were Biters Not Suckers; 'Chomping Prey' Key Development
Boston, Massachusetts - Apr 16, 2007 14:52 EST

Prehistoric aquatic amphibians developed the ability to feed on land well before they became terrestrial reports a new study in the early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The research, conducted by Harvard University biologists...
 
Report: Amorous Toads Kill Scores of Carp at Brit Lake; 'This is Unnatural'
Scarborough, U.K. - Apr 16, 2007 14:42 EST

Amorous toads have caused the deaths of scores of fish at a lake near Scarborough. In one incident around 70 carp, worth about 3,000, were lost after male toads tried to mate with them on the Wykeham Estate. Manager Mike Heelis said...
 
Research: Sex Change Makes Female Fish 'King of the Pack'
Newcastle, Australia - Apr 15, 2007 17:42 EST

Local research has revealed a remarkable tale of fish changing sex and fish harems in waters off the New South Wales Central Coast. PhD student at the University of Newcastle, Ourimbah campus, Jason Morton, has spent the past four years...
 
Scientists: After 10 Year Search, First Seafloor Vents Discovered on Ultraslow-spreading Ridge
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 14, 2007 17:48 EST

Scientists have found one of the largest fields of seafloor vents gushing super-hot, mineral-rich fluids on a mid-ocean ridge that, until now, remained elusive to the ten-year hunt to find them. "The discovery of the first active vents ever found...
 
Malaysian Prime Minister: Sipadan Cannot be Developed; Island 'Must be Kept In Its Pristine State'
Petaling Jaya, Malaysai - Apr 13, 2007 17:40 EST

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said development projects cannot be implemented in Pulau Sipadan, Sabah, as the beautiful environment surrounding the island especially the coral reefs need to be protected. "The island is a very valuable asset to the...
 
Black Abalone Nearing Endangered Species Designation; 'Global Warming, Overfishing' Cited
San Francisco, California - Apr 13, 2007 17:06 EST

The federal government today announced it is advancing the black abalone toward protection under the Endangered Species Act. The action comes in response to a formal administrative petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity in December 2006, which sought...
 
Major U.S. Sushi Supplier Linked to Japan's Whale Hunts; 'U.S. Shoppers Will Be Shocked'
Washington, D.C. - Apr 12, 2007 13:59 EST

True World Foods, one of the largest suppliers of sushi meat in the United States, has entered into a partnership with leading Japanese whale meat trader, Kyokuyo, to distribute Kyokuyo's new frozen sushi product in the United States. In its...
 
Rare Shark Ray Snagged by Bangladesh Fisherman
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Apr 11, 2007 17:18 EST

A rare species of fish, which looks like a shark, was caught from deep sea around 20-25 kilometers south of St. Martin's Island yesterday. It has been kept at the under-construction Panowa Bay Park museum of at Cox's Bazar. Marine biologist...
 
Warning Graphic: Sick Crocodile Bites Arm Off Taiwan Zoo Vet
Taiwan - Apr 11, 2007 17:00 EST

Police in Taiwan were forced to shoot a crocodile after it bit off the arm of the zoo veterinarian treating it, an official said on Wednesday. Dramatic television footage showed a police officer firing on the animal to wrest the severed...
 
Hope Turns to Hatchery as Anglers Await Return of Kashmir's Legendary 'Tiger Fish'
Kashmir, Indian - Apr 11, 2007 16:54 EST

A giant freshwater carp nicknamed the “tiger fish” for its great fighting abilities is set to return to the fast-flowing rivers of Indian Kashmir, officials say. Scientists have built a hatchery for breeding the mahseer and hope to restock the...
 
Researchers: Damages from Indian Ocean Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina Surprisingly Similar
Princeton, New Jersey - Apr 11, 2007 16:42 EST

Two of the world's worst natural disasters in recent years stemmed from different causes on opposite sides of the globe, but actually had much in common, according to researchers who are part of a large National Science Foundation-funded research initiative...
 
Scientist: Massive Coral Death Attributed to Indonesian Earthquake; 'None Survived' Uplift
Queensland, Australia - Apr 11, 2007 16:35 EST

The recent survey by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society - Indonesia Program and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (ARCCoERS) investigated the condition of coral reefs in Pulau Simeulue and Pulau Banyak off Aceh,...
 
Research: Ancient Coral Reef Tells the History of Kenya's Soil Erosion; 'A Lot of Barium in Soils'
Stanford, California - Apr 11, 2007 16:21 EST

Coral reefs, like tree rings, are natural archives of climate change. But oceanic corals also provide a faithful account of how people make use of land through history, says Robert B. Dunbar of Stanford University. In a study published in...
 
Research: Behavior Tests Reveal Stingrays and Sharks May See in Color
Queensland, Australia - Apr 10, 2007 13:43 EST

UQ researchers have shown that stingrays, once thought to be colour-blind, may be capable of seeing in colour. They have shown that the blue-spotted maskray, a common stingray in Moreton Bay, has all the physical components necessary for colour vision....
 
Passed 'World Record' Thresher Shark, Not Quite Official; 'The World Record, I Don't Care About That Stuff'
Dave Strege - Apr 10, 2007 13:23 EST

worldrecordthreher_sharkThe bigeye thresher shark weighed 952 pounds and was 150 pounds bigger than the world record. That this massive creature was taken by an angler using stand-up gear rather than a fighting chair made the catch off Kona, Hawaii 11 days...
 
Philippines' Tuna Company Warns Against Stolen Scuba Tanks Containing Carbon Monoxide; 'Silent Killers'
Manila, The Philippines - Apr 8, 2007 15:55 EST

A tuna processing company has allegedly lost recently to thieves 25 scuba diving tanks containing carbon monoxide, a highly toxic gas, an owner of a diving equipment shop said last week. British national Christopher Dearne, proprietor of the Tuna City...
 
Florida Man in Hospital After Freak Fish Attack; King Mackerel 'Knocked Me Over and Bit My Leg'
Melbourne, Florida - Apr 8, 2007 15:42 EST

A freak fish attack sent a man to the hospital in Brevard County. Josh Landin says a 57-pound fish -- measuring nearly five feet long -- jumped into his boat and bit him. Josh and his friends say it happened...
 
Study: Dangerously High Arsenic Levels Found in 'Vital Living and Well-being' Herbal Sea Kelp Supplements
UC Davis, California - Apr 7, 2007 15:40 EST

A study of herbal kelp supplements led by UC Davis public health expert Marc Schenker concludes that its medicinal use may cause inadvertent arsenic poisoning and health dangers for consumers, especially when overused. Schenker and two researchers evaluated nine over-the-counter...
 
Protected Marine Species Seized as Philippines' Police Raid Warehouse
Zamboanga, The Philippines - Apr 7, 2007 15:21 EST

Combined government operatives have seized large quantities of banned shell products and dried sea horse that could worth millions of pesos in a raid in this city. The confiscation was made last Thursday at Lian Huat Trading Warehouse located in...
 
Coral Exposed as Solomon Island Lifted Three Meters by Earthquake; 'Water Go Back and Not Come Back Again'
Ranongga, Solomon Islands - Apr 7, 2007 15:11 EST

The force of this week's Solomons earthquake has lifted an island in the South Pacific archipelago and pushed out its shoreline by tens of metres, exposing surrounding reefs. The remote island of Ranongga in the western Solomon Islands used to...
 
Jamaican 'Ganja Diver' Found Floating in Kingston Harbor; Propeller Hits Pot Toting Diver
Kingston, Jamaica - Apr 5, 2007 15:00 EST

When 35-year-old Joseph Campbell left his home in the rural district of Alligator Pond in St. Elizabeth on Sunday, he told family and friends that he was heading to Kingston to visit his sick father. But instead, Mr. Campbell went on...
 
Researchers: Arctic Sea Ice Narrowly Missed Record Low in Winter 2007; 'Strong Downward Trend'
Boulder, Colorado - Apr 5, 2007 14:49 EST

The maximum extent of Arctic sea ice in winter 2007 was the second lowest on satellite record, narrowly missing the 2006 record, according to a team of University of Colorado at Boulder researchers. The Arctic sea-ice extent, which is the...
 
Researchers: Cable Laid for New Deep-sea Observatory off California Coast; Bringing 'Internet to the Ocean'
Monterey, California - Apr 5, 2007 14:41 EST

Researchers completed an important step in constructing the first deep-sea cabled observatory in the continental United States. In a multi-institution effort managed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and funded by the National Science Foundation, 52 kilometers (32...
 
Researchers: Seas Could Rise Dramatically in Rapid Ice Melt; 'What We are Doing is Irreversible'
Princeton, New Jersey - Apr 5, 2007 14:35 EST

Something is missing from the estimates of future sea level rise in the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: the potentially catastrophic impact of a rapid melt of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. The IPCC asserts that...
 
Groundbreaking New Proposal Closes 32% of New Zealand's Seafloor to Bottom Trawling
Wellington, New Zealand - Apr 5, 2007 05:12 EST

A groundbreaking fishing industry initiative will see some of New Zealand’s most significant and exciting underwater habitats protected from bottom-trawling and dredging, Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton announced today. “Many of our most striking and fascinating underwater features will be protected, including...
 
Scientist: Penguin's Behavior can be Used as Monitor for Climate Change
Glasgow, Scotland - Apr 4, 2007 14:40 EST

We are used to hearing about the effects of climate change in terms of unusual animal behaviour, such as altering patterns of fish and bird migration. However, scientists at the University of Birmingham are trying out an alternative bio-indicator ...
 
Conservation Group: Starfish Invasion Threatening Philippines' Coral Reefs; 'Far From Normal'
Manila, The Philippines - Apr 4, 2007 14:17 EST

Coral-eating starfish have infested several coastal areas in the Philippines, threatening to devastate entire sections of reefs in weeks, a conservation group warned yesterday. The World Wide Fund for Nature reported outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish in at least seven coastal...
 
After Ten Years, Project to Sink the Vandenberg off Florida Keys Begins; 'We are Just Thrilled'
Norfolk, Virginia - Apr 4, 2007 05:15 EST

The ex-USAFS Vandenberg was moved from a collection of retired government ships anchored in the James River near Newport News, Virginia Friday. The Vandenberg was decommissioned in 1986 and has rested at anchor with over 25 retired ships of the...
 
Researcher: New Biodegradable Plastic that Dissolves in Seawater Seen as Boon for Open Seas Trash Disposal
Washington, D.C. - Apr 3, 2007 13:54 EST

Large volumes of plastic waste generated aboard military, merchant and cruise ships must be stored onboard, often for prolonged periods, until they make port. In the future, a new type of environmentally friendly plastic that degrades in seawater may make...
 
Scot Fishers Snare 'Ghost' Fish, Rare Albino Monkfish
Shetland, Scotland - Apr 3, 2007 13:42 EST

The crew of a Shetland fishing boat may have thought they had seen a ghost when they hauled up their nets last week. Amongst the seething mass of white fish squirming on the deck of the newly built Copious LK985 was...
 
Research: Baby Sharks Grow Slowly, Open Eyes and Change Fins Early
Queensland, Australia - Apr 3, 2007 13:34 EST

Baby sharks grow slowly, changing their fins as they grow and can see a month before they leave their eggs, according UQ research. UQ Marine Science PhD student Blake Harahush, of the School of Biomedical Sciences, has been studying the...
 
Chinese Restaurant Shells Out $75,000 for Lucky 'Golden Cash Tiger Fish'
Guangdog, China - Apr 3, 2007 12:31 EST

A Chinese restaurant has paid $75,000 for a giant golden-coloured tiger fish, a symbol of wealth and good fortune, state media said on Tuesday. China News Service said this tiger fish was caught on Sunday off the coast of Zhanjiang,...
 
Despite Ban, Norway Set to Begin Minke Whale Hunt; Quota Increased to 1000
Washington, D.C. - Apr 2, 2007 14:32 EST

Around 30 boats are licensed to take part in the hunt which can kill more than a thousand minke whales during a five month season starting on 1st April. Despite an international ban on commercial whaling, Norway has continued to...
 
Full Protection for Great White Sharks Starts Today off Kiwi Coast; 'No Fisher Will Profit'
Wellington, New Zealand - Apr 2, 2007 13:58 EST

White pointer sharks will now be fully protected within the 200 nautical miles of water around New Zealand, and from fishing by New Zealand-flagged boats further afield, the Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries announced today. Conservation Minister Chris Carter said despite...
 
Pollution, Global Warming Leading to More Seafood Poisonings; 'I Really Thought I was Going to Die'
Ilolilo, The Philippines - Apr 1, 2007 12:50 EST

Bowls of piping hot barracuda soup were the much-anticipated treat when the Roa family gathered for a casual and relaxing Sunday meal. Within hours, all six fell deathly ill. So did two dozen others from the same neighborhood. Some complained of...
 
Philippines Authorities: Ten Vietnamese Fishermen 'Caught in the Act' of Shark Finning off Palawan
Calamba City, The Philippines - Apr 1, 2007 12:42 EST

Personnel of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) arrested 10 Vietnamese fishermen who were caught poaching within the Philippine waters off an island in Balabac, Palawan, aboard a large fishing vessel over the weekend. Malcolm Sarmiento, BFAR director, said...
 



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