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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...
 
Report: Intersex Fish Linked to Human Pollution; 'All Samples' Contained Endocrine-disrupting Compounds
Reston, Virginia - Jan 17, 2007 18:20 EST

The discovery of a high incidence of intersex (male fish exhibiting female characteristics) in smallmouth bass of the Potomac River Basin has prompted an investigation of water quality and wastewater discharge into the upper Potomac, and blood-plasma studies on this...
 
Report: One-third of Fish Species in China's Yellow River Believed Recently Extinct
Beijing, China - Jan 17, 2007 17:37 EST

One third of all fish species in China's second largest river are believed to be extinct due to human encroachment and scant rainfall, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) said Tuesday. "There used to be more than 150 species of fish...
 
Researchers: Environmental Estrogens Can Have Long-term Effects on Fish Reproduction
St. Paul, Minnesota - Jan 16, 2007 18:02 EST

Researchers have determined that sewage plant effluents can affect not only individual aquatic organisms but also can have an impact on aquatic populations, reducing their long-term viability. The study is published in the latest issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. It...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Releases Great White Shark; 'Logistical Challenges' and Snout Abrasions Cited
Monterey, California - Jan 16, 2007 14:44 EST

A young male white shark on exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium since September was tagged and returned to the wild shortly after sunrise today (Tuesday, January 16). It marks the second time in two years that the aquarium has...
 
Editorial: The Rape of Tubbataha; Chinese Poaching 'A Simple Case of Violation of Philippine Laws'
Manila, The Philippines - Jan 15, 2007 06:54 EST

There is one thing that sets us apart as a winner among our global neighbors. We may be losing out on economic gains, on political maturity and on being a choice destination for tourists and investors, but we undoubtedly have...
 
Environmentalists: Chinese Poaching in the Philippines 'Organized Crime'; Pressure from Envoy's Letter
Manila, The Philippines - Jan 14, 2007 15:11 EST

China, host of the 1998 Olympics, has launched a campaign to highlight its “Green” side but Philippine environmentalists and government officials say poaching activities of its nationals veer toward “organized crime.” “In Palawan, Tawi-Tawi, Jolo and Basilan, there are Chinese...
 
Impact of Aircraft De-icers on Marine Aquatic Life Studied; Anti-icers More Toxic Than De-icers
Reston, Virginia - Jan 11, 2007 14:58 EST

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been examining the relative toxicity to aquatic life from a variety of formulations used to remove or prevent dangerous ice buildup on aircraft. A recent study has confirmed that proprietary additives are responsible...
 
Panel: Strong, Clear Guidelines Needed to Regulate U.S. Offshore Marine Aquaculture
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jan 11, 2007 14:43 EST

Congress should enact legislation to ensure that strong environmental standards are in place to regulate the siting and conduct of offshore marine aquaculture, according to an independent panel of leaders from scientific, policymaking, business, and conservation institutions. At the same...
 
Scientists: New Life Forms Discovered in the Arctic Ocean; 'Picobiliphytes'
Quebec City, Canada - Jan 11, 2007 14:40 EST

An international team of scientists including Université Laval biologist Connie Lovejoy has discovered new life forms in the Arctic Ocean. The team's findings are reported in the January 12 edition of the journal Science. The researchers have discovered a new group...
 
Researchers: Pacific, Indian Oceans Experience Twice the Amount of Nitrogen Fixing as Atlantic
Zurich, Switzerland - Jan 11, 2007 14:37 EST

The Atlantic Ocean doesn't receive the mother lode of fixed nitrogen, the building block of life, after all. Instead, comparing fathom for fathom, the Pacific and Indian oceans experience twice the amount of nitrogen fixing as the Atlantic, say researchers...
 
Key West Escape Artist Fined $60,000 After Disappearing Into Ocean During Halloween Prank
Key West, Florida - Jan 10, 2007 15:17 EST

An escape artist whose dive into the choppy waters of Key West Harbor prompted a two-day search-and-rescue mission now has to watch his money disappear. A Key West judge today ordered Michael Patrick, who performs as “Patrick the Escape Artist,” to...
 
Study: Female Fish Mating with Showy Males May Reduce Offspring’s Ability to Fight Off Pathogens
Uppsala, Sweden - Jan 10, 2007 14:56 EST

In many animals, males advertise to potential mates with showy traits, many of which are linked to testosterone levels. However, a new study suggests that, in fish, choosing a flashier mate may cause future generations to be more susceptible to...
 
Snakes in the Drain: Python Alert After Malaysian Restaurant Dumps Protected Reptile
Ipoh, Malaysia - Jan 8, 2007 16:27 EST

Workers of a restaurant illegally offering python meat are believed to have released about 40 of the reptiles into a monsoon drain in Taman Bintang Fahlum. Firemen managed to catch six live pythons and retrieve a dead one, but the remaining...
 
Report: Less Lobster Traps and Less Time Means More Money and More Right Whales
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Jan 8, 2007 16:04 EST

By comparing the productivity of lobster fishing operations in American and Canadian waters of the Gulf of Maine, researchers have identified ways in which cost-saving alterations in fishing strategies can substantially reduce fishing-gear entanglements of the critically endangered North Atlantic...
 
Research: Larval Fish Use 'Elaborate Sensory Mechanisms' to Return to Their Home Coral Reefs
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jan 8, 2007 15:50 EST

Tiny larval fish living among Australia’s Great Barrier Reef spend the early weeks of their lives swept up in ocean currents that can disperse them far from their places of birth. Given such a life history, one might assume that...
 
Three Trawlers Detained After Destroying Artificial Reefs off Malaysian Coast
Terengganu, Malaysia - Jan 7, 2007 17:23 EST

The Terengganu Fisheries Department on Friday detained three trawlers for encroaching the marine parks off Pulau Kapas, Marang and destroying about 50 artificial reefs costing more than RM250,000 as well as coral reefs in the area. The detention of the...
 
NOAA: Nutrient Pollution Increasing Along the New England, Mid-Atlantic Coasts
Washington, D.C. - Jan 5, 2007 16:24 EST

A NOAA research project shows nutrient pollution in estuaries, bays and harbors from the mid-Atlantic to New England is on the rise, showing excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus are a threat to coastal water quality nationwide. The study's findings...
 
Research: Fish Species Suffer as a Result of Warmer Waters
Potsdam, Germany - Jan 4, 2007 19:18 EST

Ongoing global climate change causes changes in the species composition of marine ecosystems, especially in shallow coastal oceans. This applies also to fish populations. Previous studies demonstrating a link between global warming and declining fish stocks were based entirely on...
 
The FV Hoi Wan Poaching Incident - Why the Rush? Questions Lingers Over Chinese Reaction
Manila, The Philippines - Jan 4, 2007 05:09 EST

Barely 48 hours after the apprehension of Hoi Wan was reported in Puerto Princesa, a representative from the Chinese Embassy was there clamoring for its immediate release. At the time, Manila media did not even know about the incident....
 
Chinese Poachers Charged, Jailed in the Philippines Over Wrasse Poaching in Marine Park
Puerto Princesa, The Philippines - Jan 2, 2007 18:39 EST

Rangers of a world-renowned marine park won a victory on Monday when 30 Chinese fishermen were apprehended for poaching protected fish species and were brought to the provincial jail in Puerto Princesa. Angelique Songco of the Tubbataha Park Management Office,...
 
Reader's Choice: Top Ten UnderwaterTimes.com Articles Read in 2006
Miami, Florida - Dec 30, 2006 13:43 EST

Ever wonder what is on the minds of UnderwaterTimes.com readers? Evidently, it's sex, sharks, and the strange... and sometimes, all three at the same time. Below are the top ten most read stories published by UnderwaterTimes.com. 1) Underwater...
 
Tubbataha Intrigue: Search on for Companion to Chinese Boat Caught with Protected Species at Philippines World Heritage Site
Manila, The Philippines - Dec 29, 2006 06:06 EST

Environmental groups and beleaguered rangers of the Tubbataha National Marine Park on Friday challenged President Arroyo to stand firm in the case of a 30-man Chinese crew caught with hundreds of the "Mameng" (Napoleon Wrasse), a protected fish species. Calls...
 
How Many Genes Does it Take to Learn? Lessons from Sea Sugs
Gainsville, Florida - Dec 28, 2006 14:40 EST

Scientists analyzing the genomics of a marine snail have gotten an unprecedented look at brain mechanisms, discovering that the neural processes in even a simple sea creature are far from sluggish. At any given time within just a single brain cell...
 
Chinese Poachers Caught at Philippines Marine Park Now Center of Scandal, International Incident
Manila, The Philippines - Dec 26, 2006 16:07 EST

They got caught red-handed with 800 live fish, including 300 of the endangered Mameng (Napoleon Wrasse), but 30 Chinese poachers apprehended on December 21 by rangers at the Tubbataha protected marine park may yet get to walk if the Chinese...
 
Zebrafish's Ability to Regrow Limbs Studied; Genes Eyed as Chance for Human Limb Regeneration
Seattle, Washington - Dec 26, 2006 14:45 EST

If a zebrafish loses a chunk of its tail fin, it'll grow back within a week. Like lizards, newts, and frogs, a zebrafish can replace surprisingly complex body parts. A tail fin, for example, has many different types of cells...
 
UnderwaterTimes.com's 2006 Top Ten Underwater Stories of the Year
Miami, Florida - Dec 23, 2006 15:14 EST

UnderwaterTimes.com published links to over 3,000 stories in 2006, marking another year as the world’s leading portal for underwater news. 2006 also saw UnderwaterTimes.com website traffic grow by over 100% for another year. Thanks for your continued support....
 
Expedition Films Rare Arnoux's Beaked Whale Pod; Scars Draw Attention of Scientists
Dresden, Germany - Dec 22, 2006 13:54 EST

On the 17th of December, Meike Scheidat & Linn Lehnert, the whale watchers on board of Polarstern, made a remarkable cetaceans sighting: Four Arnoux's Beaked Whales (Berardius arnuxii), observed from the helicopter. The Arnoux's Beaked Whales is one of the least...
 
Japanese Scientists Capture First-Ever Video of a Live Giant Squid
Tokyo, Japan - Dec 22, 2006 07:19 EST

A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live — possibly for the first time — and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday. The research team, led by Tsunemi...
 
'Celebrity' Brit Angler Fined for Smuggling Live Fish; 'Angling is Not a Game'
London, England - Dec 21, 2006 16:43 EST

A professional angler caught trying to smuggle live fish from Britain to Ireland to use as bait has been fined £800 and ordered to pay £500 costs. Nigel Williams admitted trying to smuggle more than 200 live fish including carp, roach...
 
Inquest: Drowned Kiwi Rebreather Diver Forgot to Turn Equipment On
Marlborough, New Zealand - Dec 21, 2006 16:31 EST

A diver who drowned at Ship Cove last year had failed to turn on his oxygen providing rebreather equipment properly. At an inquest this week Blenheim coroner Peter Radich found Nigel Peter Lees, 48 of Stratford, died of hypoxia with...
 
Research: Dilution, Purification Key to Reducing Effects of Hormone-Disrupting Compounds in Fish
Stockholm, Sweden - Dec 21, 2006 16:25 EST

In a dissertation at the Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM), Stockholm University, Maria Pettersson has examined whether purified wastewater from municipal purification plants and cellulose factories in Sweden contains hormone-disrupting compounds in such amounts that they are affecting fish....
 
Atlantic Marlin Considered for Endangered Species Review; Longling Fishing Implicated
Washington, D.C. - Dec 21, 2006 14:12 EST

The White Marlin, an imperiled billfish in the Atlantic Ocean, today took a significant step towards protection under the federal Endangered Species Act with the announcement of the launching of a formal status review of the species. Today’s announcement,...
 
Challenge to Puget Sound Orca Protection Denied; 'The Orcas Have Hope'
Seattle, Washington - Dec 21, 2006 13:27 EST

A federal court threw out a challenge to federal Endangered Species Act protections given to Puget Sound Southern Resident Orcas. The case was brought by the Building Industry Association of Washington and the Washington Farm Bureau. The court...
 
Group: Endangered Species Protection Sought for Black Abalone; Threatened by Overharvest, Disease and Global Warming
San Francisco, California - Dec 21, 2006 13:24 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal administrative petition today seeking to have the Black Abalone protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Black Abalone, an intertidal invertebrate ranging from Coos Bay , Oregon to Cape San...
 
New Project Sees Divers Clean Up 10 Tons of Fishing Gear Lost Off California's Channel Islands
Davis, California - Dec 20, 2006 14:49 EST

Scuba divers helped recover nearly 10 tons of lost and abandoned fishing gear from the waters around the California Channel Islands, in the first year of a unique project based at UC Davis. The clean-up included nearly 250 commercial lobster...
 
Study: Moles and Shrews Can Smell Underwater; 'Odorant Molecules are all Water Soluble'
Nashville, Tennessee - Dec 20, 2006 14:29 EST

A Vanderbilt researcher has discovered that some stealthy mammals have been doing something heretofore thought impossible -- using the sense of smell under water. The results of the research by Vanderbilt’s Kenneth Catania, assistant professor of biology, were reported Dec. 21...
 
Research: Tidal Motion Influences Antarctic Ice Sheets; 'A Total Surprise'
London, England - Dec 20, 2006 14:18 EST

New research into the way the Antarctic ice sheet adds ice to the ocean reveals that tidal motion influences the flow of the one of the biggest ice streams draining the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. This unexpected result shows that the...
 
Study: Living Coral Reefs Provide Better Protection from Tsunami Waves than Dead Reefs
Princeton, New Jersey - Dec 20, 2006 14:15 EST

Healthy coral reefs provide their adjacent coasts with substantially more protection from destructive tsunami waves than do unhealthy or dead reefs, a Princeton University study suggests. Initially spurred by the tsunami that devastated the coastlines of the Indian Ocean two...
 
Research: Heat-Loving Microbe Able to Fix Nitrogen at 198 Fahrenheit; 'The First Life on Earth'
Seattle, Washington - Dec 20, 2006 14:11 EST

A heat-loving archaeon capable of fixing nitrogen at a surprisingly hot 92 degrees Celsius, or 198 Fahrenheit, may represent Earth’s earliest lineages of organisms capable of nitrogen fixation, perhaps even preceding the kinds of bacteria today's plants and animals rely...
 



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