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Research: Box Jellyfish Use Contrast to Avoid Banging into Things; 'Jellyfish Are, In Fact, Colorblind'
Southampton, U.K. - Mar 30, 2007 16:42 EST

Box jellyfish are much more active swimmers than other jellyfish – they exhibit strong directional swimming, are able to perform rapid 180 degree turns, and can deftly move in between objects. So how do they manage to manoeuvre the obstacle...
 
Study: Overfishing Large Sharks Impacts Entire Marine Ecosystem, Shrinks Shellfish Population
Miami, Florida - Mar 29, 2007 13:31 EST

Fewer big sharks in the oceans mean that bay scallops and other shellfish may be harder to find at the market, according to an article in the March 30 issue of the journal Science, tying two unlikely links in the...
 
NASA: African Dust Busted 2006 Hurricane Season; Atlantic Ocean Cooled by Blocked Sunlight
Greenbelt, Maryland - Mar 29, 2007 13:19 EST

A recent NASA study suggests that tiny dust particles may have foiled forecasts that the 2006 hurricane season would be another active one. In June and July 2006, there were several significant dust storms over the Sahara Desert in Africa. As...
 
Study: Fish 'Catch Shares' Scheme Reduces By-catch, Increases Per-Boat Revenue, Boosts Safety
Washington, D.C. - Mar 28, 2007 14:18 EST

Environmental Defense today released the results of a landmark study that provides a clear roadmap for rebuilding fishing stocks and restoring fishing communities. Entitled “Sustaining America’s Fisheries and Fishing Communities,” this research details how Limited Access Privilege Programs (LAPPs), or...
 
Group Unveils Restaurants Selling Controversial Shark-Fin Soup; 'Most Americans Would be Horrified'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 28, 2007 14:09 EST

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is leading an effort with support from fellow animal protection and conservation organizations to contact restaurants in the Washington Metropolitan Area that currently serve the highly controversial shark-fin soup, asking that they consider the precarious...
 
Group: Disaster as Thousands of Harp Seals 'Assumed' Dead Over Lack of Ice Floes; '100% Pup Mortality'
Charlottetown, Canada - Mar 27, 2007 17:33 EST

Thousands of harp seal pups are assumed dead in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the lack of ice floes, which mother seals require to give birth and nurse their pups successfully. Experts with IFAW (International Fund for Animal...
 
Biologist and Physicist Team Up to Study the Alligator's 'Death Roll'; No Schooling Necessary
West Chester, Pennsylvania - Mar 27, 2007 14:51 EST

Other than on television, few of us have ever seen the spectacular spin (and ghastly consequences) of the crocodilian “death roll.” But, in a basement laboratory in the University’s Schmucker’s Science building, a biologist and physicist have been video taping...
 
Paleotempestology: Researcher Uncovers Prehistoric Hurricanes by Digging into the Past
New Orleans, Louisiana - Mar 26, 2007 14:14 EST

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita focused the international spotlight on the vulnerability of the U.S. coastline. Fears that a "super-hurricane" could make a direct hit on a major city and cause even more staggering losses of life, land and economy triggered...
 
Study: Changing Ocean Conditions Led to Decline in Alaska's Sea Lion Population
Vancouver, Canada - Mar 25, 2007 13:14 EST

A new study out of Alaska points out the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, and the need for increased research and stronger science based management to address future concerns. Studies by a team of scientists at the North...
 
Last Seen in 1859, Rare Borneo Shark Spotted Again in Malaysia; New Species of Ray, Crab ID'd
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Mar 24, 2007 17:00 EST

A rare and endangered shark, not scientifically reported for more than a century, is among marine creatures that have been discovered by University Malaysia Sabah researchers. UMS vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin said that apart from the Borneo...
 
Malaysian Minister: Fish Bombers More Troublesome Shark Finners off Sabah Coast; 'Endless Problems'
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Mar 24, 2007 16:24 EST

The Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry with the assistance of the police, navy and maritime authority will be deploying enforcement units in a concerted effort to curtail fish-bombing in Sabah waters. Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail identified "endless problems of...
 
Report: Marine and Freshwater Organisms Could be Sustaining Damage from UV Rays
London, England - Mar 23, 2007 15:26 EST

A United Nations report into ozone layer depletion and its impact on aquatic ecosystems reveals wider links between UV levels and global warming. Marine and freshwater organisms could be facing damage due to increasing UV levels, according to the UN commissioned...
 
Commission: Europe's Seas and Coasts Under Threat from Climate Change and Pollution
Brussels, Belgium - Mar 22, 2007 11:54 EST

Protecting the delicate ecosystem of Europe's seas and coastal regions was the subject of a recent hearing in Parliament. A Commission Green paper last year identified the threat to Europe's coast of rising sea levels, pollution and over fishing. This...
 
California Agency to Review Safety of Dive Program Following Deaths of Two Divers; 'Safety' Highest Priority
Sacramento, California - Mar 22, 2007 11:48 EST

Department of Water Resources (DWR) director Lester Snow today announced the formation of an independent expert task force to review the safety of its dive program. “The safety of our employees is our highest priority,” said DWR Director Snow. “This...
 
Chinese Fisherman Serve Up World's Largest Shark Steak
China - Mar 22, 2007 11:45 EST

It's no longer a secret how five loaves and two fish managed to feed the five thousand - especially if the sea-dwelling delicacies in question were as big as this mammoth fish. More likely to eat than be eaten, this giant...
 
Melbourne Aquarium Fish Soon to be Swimming in 'Re-used' Water
Melbourne, Australia - Mar 21, 2007 13:26 EST

Melbourne Aquarium fish will be swimming in treated and re-used water in a new water-saving initiative announced today by Water Minister John Thwaites. Treated water will be re-used in freshwater and salt exhibits in an innovative project that will save up...
 
Researcher: Volcanic Plumbing Dictates Development of Deep-sea Hydrothermal Vents
Eugene, Oregon - Mar 21, 2007 13:13 EST

After years of results that repeatedly dogged him, University of Oregon geologist Douglas R. Toomey decided to follow the trail of data surfacing from the Pacific Ocean. In doing so, he and his collaborators may have altered long-held assumptions involving...
 
Study: Substantial Amount of Mercury Entering the Ocean Through Groundwater; 'Long Overlooked'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Mar 21, 2007 13:06 EST

Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have found a new and substantial pathway for mercury pollution flowing into coastal waters. Marine chemists have detected much more dissolved mercury entering the ocean through groundwater than from atmospheric and river...
 
New System Developed to Trace Origins of Marine Larvae; 'Elemental Fingerprinting'
San Diego, California - Mar 21, 2007 12:59 EST

Tracing the origins of marine animals can be extremely difficult, especially in the free-flowing, soup-like conditions of the ocean, but obtaining this information is vital not only for understanding these organisms but for managing and conserving them as well. Scientists...
 
Report: Overfishing Cited as Twenty of World's 162 Grouper Species Threatened with Extinction
Arlington, Virginia - Mar 21, 2007 12:55 EST

The first comprehensive assessment of the world’s 162 species of grouper, a culinary favorite and important commercial fish, found that 20 are threatened with extinction unless proper management or conservation measures are introduced. Eight species previously were listed by the...
 
WWF Releases List of World's Top 10 Rivers at Risk; 'Freshwater Ecosystems are Under Seige'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 20, 2007 15:21 EST

The Rio Grande is among the world's top ten rivers at risk, according to a report by the same name released today by World Wildlife Fund. The WWF report, World's Top 10 Rivers at Risk, names the world's rivers that...
 
Jurassic Crocodile is Unearthed in Oregon; 'Crocodile-like Creature' with a 'Fish Tail'
Eugene, Oregon - Mar 19, 2007 15:07 EST

An ancient sea-going crocodile has surfaced from the rocks of Crook County in eastern Oregon. Really. It's discovery by the North American Research Group (NARG), whose members were digging for Jurassic-age mollusks known as ammonites, is another confirmation that the...
 
Sheriff: Spiegel Grove Divers Had No Plan, Lacked Proper Equipment, Didn't Bring Enough Air Supply
Key Largo, Florida - Mar 18, 2007 16:03 EST

Monroe County Sheriff's Detectives are continuing their investigating of the deaths of three divers who entered the wreck of the Spiegal Grove Friday and never came out. Lead Detective Mark Coleman says he has discovered some reasons why this terrible tragedy...
 
Sheriff: Divers Apparently Lost in Spiegel Grove Wreck; Sole Survivor 'Went the Right Way and Got Out'
Key Largo, Florida - Mar 18, 2007 15:57 EST

More details are emerging about the deadly dive which killed three divers offshore of Key Largo Friday. Autopsies of the three victims are scheduled today and tomorrow by the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office. The survivor of the quartet who went...
 
Indian Scientists: Fast-growing, Bacterial-resistant Fish Developed; '17% More Growth Per Generation'
Bhubaneswar, India - Mar 18, 2007 15:27 EST

Scientists in Orissa have developed a variety of fish that they claim grows faster than others and is bacteria resistant. A team of scientists from India and Norway had taken up the project three years ago to develop a variety...
 
Dive Industry Marketing Association Comments on Recent Spiegel Grove Diver Deaths; 'Unusual Occurrence'
San Diego, California - Mar 18, 2007 15:12 EST

DEMA is deeply saddened by the recent diver deaths on the former Spiegel Grove, an artificial reef sunk off the coast of Key Largo in 2002. This tragic incident is an unusual occurrence. Certified divers receive excellent training during their...
 
Report: Poachers Suspected as 1800 Olive Ridley Turtle Carcasses Found Along Indian Coast
Orissa, India - Mar 15, 2007 19:21 EST

Illegal fishing trawlers butchered around 1800 endangered Olive Ridley Turtles along the coast of Orissa during the current nesting season. Annually, thousands of these endangered species fall prey to trawlers used in illegal fishing off the state's coast. Trapped by sharp motor...
 
Scientists: Cultured Coral Could Help Repair Damaged Reefs; 'Will it Survive?'
Gainsville, Florida - Mar 15, 2007 19:11 EST

Coral might be the slowest-growing crop ever farmed by the University of Florida, but researchers say damaged reefs could be repaired faster if they perfect methods to cultivate the marine organisms. UF experts are raising seven species of coral at the...
 
Scientists: Four Antarctic Glaciers Key to Future Sea Levels, 'Vunerable to Small Changes in Ocean Temps'
Edinburgh, Scotland - Mar 15, 2007 19:00 EST

Scientists have identified four Antarctic glaciers that pose a threat to future sea levels using satellite observations, according to a study published in the journal Science. Experts from the University of Edinburgh and University College London determined the effect that Antarctica...
 
Researchers: Dwarf Aquatic Plants' Hidden Ancestry Revealed; 'One of the Biggest Misunderstandings in Botanical History'
Vancouver, Canada - Mar 14, 2007 15:41 EST

A team of UBC researchers has re-classified an ancient line of aquatic plants previously thought to be related to grasses and rushes. The discovery clarifies what may be one of the biggest misunderstandings in botanical history. "It’s a classic case...
 
Freak! Malaysian Fisherman Reels in Shark with 'Webbed Feet'
Penang, Malaysia - Mar 14, 2007 14:28 EST

Has anyone ever seen a baby shark with webbed feet? A worker of the Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) in Batu Maung, Penang, made this unusual find when she was given the 1.7kg fish by a fisherman at the jetty...
 
Aussie Researchers: 'Fat' Corals More Likely to Survive Stress of Global Warming
Queensland, Australia - Mar 14, 2007 09:38 EST

Australian scientists are throwing new light on the killers responsible for the mass death of corals under global warming. And one of their interesting findings is that ‘fat' corals cope with stress and survive the onslaught a lot better than...
 
Mysterious Cold-water Eddy 'Monsters' Lower Sea Level off Aussie Coast; 'A Very Powerful Natural Feature'
Sydney, Australia - Mar 14, 2007 07:26 EST

Oceanographers have identified a huge, dense mass of cold water off Sydney but know very little about what causes it or the influence it has in the Tasman Sea ecosystem. “What we do know is that this is a very powerful...
 
Submariners Take Interest as Patent Filed for Simple Underwater GPS System
Washington, D.C. - Mar 13, 2007 18:26 EST

As any submariner can tell you, it’s not possible to use a satellite-based global positioning system (GPS) underwater. The dynamics of underwater acoustics simply do not allow for the constant communication from satellites that GPS requires to perform its...
 
Researchers: Ocean Survey Reveals Millions of New Genes, Thousands of New Protein Families
Rockville, Maryland - Mar 13, 2007 18:03 EST

Researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) today announced the publication of several studies from the Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling Expedition (GOS) in PLoS Biology (www.plosbiology.org) detailing the discovery of millions of new genes, thousands of new protein...
 
Raw Video: Argh! Fisherman Killed as Angry Sperm Whale Attacks Boat
Uwajima Bay, Japan - Mar 13, 2007 17:25 EST

An angry whale knocked a Japanese fisherman out of his small boat on Tuesday, and the whole thing was caught on tape. The man had been trying to rescue the whale, which had strayed out of open waters. The body of the...
 
NASA: Huge Seas of Liquid Methane or Ethane Spotted on Saturn's Moon Titan; 'We've Long Hypothesized'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 13, 2007 16:47 EST

Instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found evidence for seas, likely filled with liquid methane or ethane, in the high northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan. One such feature is larger than any of the Great Lakes of North America...
 
Study: Caribbean Coral Extinctions Occurred 2 Million Years After Apparent Cause; 'Way Off Track'
Washington, D.C. - Mar 12, 2007 15:07 EST

Smithsonian scientists and colleagues report a new study that may shake up the way paleontologists think about how environmental change shapes life on Earth. The researchers summarized the environmental, ecological and evolutionary consequences for Caribbean shallow-water marine communities when the...
 
Group: Labeling Farm-raised Fish 'Organic' Misleading; 'No Meaning' When Applied to Fish
Boston, Massachusetts - Mar 12, 2007 14:50 EST

In conjunction with the annual Boston Seafood Show, the Pure Salmon Campaign today issued a warning that American consumers are being misled by farm-raised fish currently being sold with an "organic" label. At issue are imported Norwegian, Irish and Scottish farmed...
 
Scientists: Crawling Robot Reveals How Fish Evolved
Washington, D.C. - Mar 9, 2007 16:36 EST

The first animal to crawl onto land from the ocean probably looked a bit like today's salamander, and researchers have wondered how it was able to switch from swimming to walking. Now, European scientists have built a robot with a...
 



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