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Aussies to Sponsor Bull Shark Fishing Contest to Cull Beasts from Local Canals
Queensland, Australia - Feb 13, 2007 19:17 EST

[Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that Gold Coast mayor Ron Clarke and the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries were strong supporters of the bull shark fishing contest. Both the mayor and the Department of...
 
Research: Fish Show Evidence That Visual Cues Affect Timing of Sexual Maturation
Glasgow, Scotland - Feb 13, 2007 18:55 EST

Scientists from the Universities of Exeter and Glasgow today reveal how some females become sexually mature more quickly if they see attractive males. Research published today in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters shows for the first time how the...
 
Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com Announce Winners of Underwater Photo Competition
New York, New York - Feb 13, 2007 18:43 EST

Popular underwater photography websites Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com have made underwater photo history by running two major international competitions simultaneously on opposite sides of the globe. The 2nd annual Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide International Underwater Photo & Video Competition is held in...
 
Shark Poaching Preacher's Church to Pay Into Wildlife Fund Over Convictions; 'Dark World'
San Francisco, California - Feb 13, 2007 18:20 EST

United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that $1.5 million has been designated for rehabilitating and restoring marine wildlife habitat in the San Francisco Bay to further protect the California leopard shark. $910,000 of the funds have been assembled from...
 
DAN Release 2006 Report on Dive-Related Illness, Fatalities
Durham, North Carolina - Feb 13, 2007 18:01 EST

The 2006 Report on Decompression Illness, Diving Fatalities and Project Dive Exploration is ready for the scuba diving community to review. Compiled and published annually by DAN research, the report presents information on Project Dive Exploration (PDE), scuba diving injuries...
 
Report: World Shark Attacks Rise Slightly in 2006 but Continue Long-term Dip; 'We Love Dull Years'
- Feb 13, 2007 17:51 EST

Shark attacks edged up slightly in 2006 but continued an overall long-term decline as overfishing and more cautious swimmers helped take a bite out of the aggressive encounters, new University of Florida research finds. The total number of shark attacks worldwide...
 
Sea Creatures to be Tracked Electronically in Worldwide Effort; 'Salmon to Whales, Turtles to Sharks'
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Feb 12, 2007 15:45 EST

Dalhousie University has become the epicenter for international oceans’ research that will change how scientists and world leaders understand and manage pressing global concerns such as fisheries management in the face of climate change. The Ocean Tracking Network, headquartered at Dalhousie...
 
Aussie Vows to Rid Coast of Bull Sharks; 'They're Bastards. I'm Going to Eradicate Them'
Queensland, Australia - Feb 12, 2007 15:09 EST

Armed only with his trusty fishing rod, Ian Robinson plans to take on Australia's Gold Coast bull sharks. The 28-year-old Mermaid Waters man is on a mission to rid our waterways of the deadly predators -- by catching them all. "They're bastards....
 
Suspect Accused of Shooting Snorkeler Says He Thought Man Was a Large Aquatic Rodent
Reedsport, Oregon - Feb 9, 2007 13:53 EST

The man accused of shooting a snorkeler in the head told investigators that he mistook the swimmer for a large, water-dwelling rodent, the authorities said. William Roderick, 60, of Reedsport was arraigned Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court on assault and...
 
Theft of 'More than a Hectare of Coral Reefs' Uncovered in the Philippines
Cebu City, The Philippines - Feb 8, 2007 20:38 EST

The Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Tuesday discovered a 20-foot container van containing rare semi-precious corals at a domestic shipping yard, reports said yesterday. "It is very difficult to set a dollar value on the shipment because it is not...
 
Researchers: Plant-grazing Fish Boost the Resilience of Coral Reefs Facing Stress
Townsville, Australia - Feb 8, 2007 20:34 EST

By using cages to experimentally control the access of fish to coral reefs, researchers have assessed the role of fish "grazing" in the ability of reefs to successfully recover from potentially devastating coral-bleaching events related to rises in ocean temperatures....
 
Study: Risk of Extinction of Marine Life Accelerated Due to Interacting Human Threats
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Feb 7, 2007 17:14 EST

The simultaneous effect of habitat fragmentation, overexploitation, and climate warming could accelerate the decline of populations and substantially increase their risk of extinction, a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B has warned. Using experimental microcosm populations of...
 
Japanese Aquarium Snags Rare 'Living Fossil' Goblin Shark; Creature Dies After Being Put on Display
Tokyo, Japan - Feb 7, 2007 15:21 EST

A goblin shark -- a rarely seen species often called a "living fossil" -- was caught alive in Tokyo Bay but died after being put on display, an aquarium said. The grey, long-nosed shark was caught in fishermen's nets around 150...
 
Scientists: World First as Endangered Fish Population Recovers; Shortnose Sturgeon Numbers Up 400%
Ithaca, New York - Feb 6, 2007 18:52 EST

Scientists say for the first time in U.S. and probably global history a fish identified as endangered has been shown to have recovered. The population of shortnose sturgeon has increased by more than 400 percent in the Hudson River since the...
 
Researcher to Study Volcanism with Under-ocean Sensors, Try to 'Understand What's Happening There'
Columbia, Missouri - Feb 6, 2007 17:59 EST

Earthquakes and volcanic activity occur when the tectonic plates that make up Earth's surface move apart or converge. While this activity is relatively easy to observe on land, it's more difficult to observe under the ocean, where most of it...
 
Research: Methane Bubbling Through Seafloor Creates Undersea Hills; Puzzling Pingos
Moss Landing, California - Feb 6, 2007 17:44 EST

According to a recent paper published by MBARI geologists and their colleagues, methane gas bubbling through seafloor sediments has created hundreds of low hills on the floor of the Arctic Ocean. These enigmatic features, which can grow up to 40...
 
Researchers: For Some Species, Active Inbreeding is Advantageous
Bonn, Germany - Feb 5, 2007 17:41 EST

Although breeding between close kin is thought to be generally unfavorable from an evolutionary standpoint, in part because harmful mutations are more easily propagated through populations in this way, theory predicts that under some circumstances, the benefits of inbreeding may...
 
Study: 'Good Vibrations' from Deep-sea Smokers may Keep Fish Out of Hot Water
Seattle, Washington - Feb 5, 2007 17:19 EST

So you're a fish. Right now some tubeworm tartare and clams on the half shell would really hit the spot, so you're headed for the all-night café. "All-night" being the operative word because the volcanic ridge you're tooling along is...
 
No Bull: Shrimp Boat Sinks After Being Attacked Shark; A Bump in the Night
Fort Myers Beach, Florida - Feb 5, 2007 16:20 EST

A shrimp boat crew says they are lucky to be alive after their ship was attacked by a bull shark. Captain Roger Schmall says dealing with sharks is nothing new for shrimpers. "We get hundreds of sharks following the boats when we're...
 
Pet Stores Offer Tattooed Fish; Singapore Imports Include Hearts, Custom Designs
Williamsvillem, New York - Feb 2, 2007 16:15 EST

At Steve's Wonderful World of Pets in Williamsville, N.Y., owner Steve Lane is selling tattooed fish for the first time. Some have polka dots, some have stripes and others even have pink hearts. The fish are imported from Singapore. Lane...
 
Scientists Clone the Smell of the Sea -- and Bottle It; Inhaling 'Not Necessarily Good for You'
East Anglia, England - Feb 2, 2007 16:01 EST

Scientists from the University of East Anglia have discovered exactly what makes the seaside smell like the seaside – and bottled it! The age-old mystery was unlocked thanks to some novel bacteria plucked from the North Norfolk coast. Prof Andrew Johnston and...
 
Research Team Uses Satellite for the First Time to Track Earth's 'History of Water'
Boulder, Colorado - Feb 2, 2007 15:55 EST

For the first time, scientists have used a spaceborne instrument to track the origin and movements of water vapor throughout Earth's atmosphere, providing a new perspective on the dominant role Earth's water cycle plays in weather and climate. A team...
 
Necropsy: Seal Found Dead on Massachusetts Beach Hit with Shotgun Blast
Boston, Massachusetts - Feb 1, 2007 15:45 EST

A necropsy of a yearling harp seal that had been found dead last weekend in Sandwich revealed that the animal had been shot in the head with a blast from a shotgun. The pellets did not penetrate the skull and...
 
Newport Aquarium Launches World’s First Shark Ray Breeding Program, Adds Rare Male Shark Ray
Newport, Kentucky - Feb 1, 2007 15:22 EST

Efforts to save threatened aquatic animals will be helped by the Newport Aquarium’s acquisition of a rare male Shark Ray. Starting on February 14, the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky., will be the first and only location in the Western...
 
'Electric' Fish Sheds Light on Ways the Brain Directs Movement; 'Sensing Signal' Easily Monitored
Baltimore, Maryland - Jan 31, 2007 18:28 EST

Scientists have long struggled to figure out how the brain guides the complex movement of our limbs, from the graceful leaps of ballerinas to the simple everyday act of picking up a cup of coffee. Using tools from robotics and...
 
Study: Antioxidant Vitamins Might Protect Scuba Divers' Vascular Function
Split, Croatia - Jan 31, 2007 18:13 EST

A new study, published in The Journal of Physiology, shows that acute oral intake of largely accepted antioxidants Vitamin C and E prior to a scuba dive can reduce alterations in cardiovascular function, particularly acute endothelial dysfunction, that are caused...
 
Killer Whales Found Snacking on Another Whale off Barbados; 'Unusual'
Bridgetown, Barbados - Jan 31, 2007 17:47 EST

An unusual occurrence of a 30 foot killer was spotted some 15 miles Southeast of Barbados eating another whale last Saturday. Fisherman James Peirce, who spotted the whale eating a dwarf Sperm whale, noted it was a highly unusual sight,...
 
The Underwater Channel.tv Launches First Broadband Site Dedicated to the Underwater World
London, England - Jan 30, 2007 17:50 EST

January 29th, 2007 sees the launch of the world’s first broadband TV channel dedicated to the mysteries and marvels of the underwater world: www.theunderwaterchannel.tv. The Underwater Channel.tv is fuelled by the passion of divers, oceanographers, surfers, snorkellers, scientists, students or the...
 
New Sensor Detects Direction of Sound Under Water; Fish Hearing Modeled
Atlanta, Georgia - Jan 29, 2007 18:04 EST

A new sensor that measures the motion created by sound waves under water could allow the U.S. Navy to develop compact arrays to detect the presence of enemy submarines. These new arrays would detect quiet underwater targets, while also providing...
 
Genes Behind Oyster Growth Discovered; 'Soy Bean of the Sea'
Los Angeles, California - Jan 29, 2007 17:32 EST

How many genes influence a complex trait, like weight, height or body type? And why does the answer matter? Among other reasons, because the "Green Revolution" that multiplied crop yields has to be followed by a "Blue Revolution" in ocean farming,...
 
Study: Female Fish Whisper to Initiate Sex; 'Purring Sounds in a Vertical, Head-up Position'
Vienna, Austria - Jan 29, 2007 17:14 EST

Female Croaking gouramis whisper to initiate sex according to research published in the current edition of the journal Animal Behaviour that describes the use of sound by this freshwater aquarium fish species during aggressive displays and courtship. The Croaking gourami...
 
Tico Tarzan: Costa Rican Man Tames Crocodile; 'I've Never Seen a Show Like This'
San Jose, Costa Rica - Jan 26, 2007 17:24 EST

A dog is usually described as a man's best friend, but in Costa Rica a man has become best mates with a huge 16.5 foot crocodile weighing almost 1,000lbs. Gilberto Graham has seemingly domesticated the croc, and has even started his...
 
Scientists: How Fish Conquered the Oceans; Floating Yolks
Bergen, Norway - Jan 24, 2007 17:42 EST

Sequence analyses of duplicated yolk genes of bony fishes yield new insights for their successful radiation in the oceans during the early Paleogene period Scientists at the University of Bergen, Norway have deduced how bony fishes conquered the oceans by duplicating...
 
Study: Male Fish Can Determine Their Social Rank by Observation Alone; 'Transitive Inference'
Stanford, California - Jan 24, 2007 16:43 EST

A male fish can size up potential rivals, and even rank them from strongest to weakest, simply by watching how they perform in territorial fights with other males, according to a new study by Stanford University scientists. The researchers say...
 
Japanese Marine Park Captures Rare 'Living Fossil' Frilled Shark; Pictures of a Live Specimen 'Extremely Rare'
Shizuoka, Japan - Jan 24, 2007 16:27 EST

A species of shark rarely seen alive because its natural habitat is 600 metres or more under the sea was captured on film by staff at a Japanese marine park this week. The Awashima Marine Park in Shizuoka, south of...
 
Study: Mercury Prevalent in Many Western U.S. Rivers; 'Mercury is Everywhere'
- Jan 23, 2007 17:21 EST

A new survey by researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of more than 600 rivers and streams in the western United States found widespread mercury concentrations in fish. Though few of the more than 2,700 fish...
 
Ship from 8th Century Found in Mediterranean
Haifa, Israel - Jan 23, 2007 17:17 EST

An 8th century shipwreck was discovered off Dor Beach and excavated by researchers from the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies of the University of Haifa. It is believed to be the only boat from this period discovered in the...
 
Fishing Regulators from Around the World to Meet to Rescue Tuna From Disaster
Washington, D.C. - Jan 21, 2007 15:08 EST

Important stocks of tuna are now at risk of commercial extinction due to weak management warns a WWF briefing paper released ahead of the first meeting of the world's five tuna management organizations that comprise the main mechanism for regulating...
 
Study: Male Fish Turn to Cannibalism When Paternity Uncertain; 'The Most Drastic Decision a Father Can Make'
Burnaby, Canada - Jan 19, 2007 16:26 EST

A study from the February issue of the American Naturalist is the first to demonstrate that male fish are more likely to eat their offspring when they have been cuckolded during the act of spawning. Moreover, the more males that...
 
Chinese Vets Stumped, Ask for Help as Captive Beluga Whale 'Tina' Suffers from Pus-filled Lumps, Lacerated Tail
Qingdao, China - Jan 17, 2007 18:47 EST

Veterinarians who sometimes have trouble diagnosing diseases because their patients can't talk have never had a problem this big. Doctors are racking their brains to treat Tina a 5-year-old, 500-kilogram female white whale at Qingdao Polar Ocean World in this...
 



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