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30 New Fish Species Discovered On Borneo; 'The More We Look the More We Find'
Gland, Switzerland - Dec 19, 2006 16:46 EST

At least 52 new species of animals and plants have been identified this past year on the island of Borneo, according to scientists. The discoveries, described in a report compiled by WWF, include 30 unique fish species, two tree frog...
 
Study: Climate Change has Surprising Effect on Endangered Naked Carp; 'Metabolic Holiday'
Chicago, Illinois - Dec 19, 2006 16:06 EST

A groundbreaking study reveals an unanticipated way freshwater fish may respond to water diversion and climate change. Endangered naked carp migrate annually between freshwater rivers, where they spawn, and a lake in Western China, where they feed and grow. However,...
 
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Alaskan Sea Otter Habitat from Oil Drilling
Washington, D.C. - Dec 19, 2006 16:00 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today in federal district court in Washington, D.C., challenging the Bush administration’s refusal to designate critical habitat for imperiled Sea Otters in Alaska. Sea Otters in the Aleutian Islands and southwest Alaska...
 
Experts: German U-864 Submarine Should Be Entombed to Contain Mercury Cargo
Oslo, Norway - Dec 19, 2006 15:48 EST

Based on field studies performed during the past three years, the Norwegian Coastal Administration recommends encasing the wreckage of U-864 and covering the sediments surrounding the wreck. Such an encasement would prevent the mercury in the wreck from leaking...
 
Researchers: Algae-eating Batfish May Come to Great Barrier Reef's Rescue
Townsville, Australia - Dec 18, 2006 15:09 EST

In a study that marks progress in understanding the basis of coral reef recovery, researchers have revealed the critical importance of a rare batfish, Platax pinnatus, in promoting the return to health of a disturbed coral reef overgrown with algae....
 
Scientists: Coral Die-Offs Occuring More Frequently Than Any Time in the Last 11,000 Years
Brisbane, Australia - Dec 14, 2006 13:02 EST

Large scale coral die-offs are now occurring more frequently than at any time in the last 11,000 years, according to a new study by Australian-based scientists. Investigations by Associate Professor John Pandolfi, of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef...
 
Climate Experts Search for Answers in the Oceans by Focusing on Color, Temperature
Paris, France - Dec 14, 2006 12:55 EST

By absorbing half of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, the oceans have a profound influence on climate. However, their ability to take up this carbon dioxide might be impaired as a result of climate change. To determine their...
 
Emperor Penguin Gives U.S. Scientist an Eyeful; 'Little Fear of Humans'
Ross Island, Antarctica - Dec 13, 2006 14:09 EST

Environmental policies prohibit scientists at McMurdo Station, the largest U.S. science base in Antarctica, from actively seeking the companionship of Emperor or Adelie penguins. The general rule is: "If the animals are reacting to you, you're too close." But if a curious...
 
Human-caused Pollution Damaging Prized Central American Reefs
Belize City, Belize - Dec 13, 2006 13:35 EST

More than 80 percent of the sediment and 50 percent of the pollutants entering the coastal waters of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef originate from human activities in nearby mountainous Honduras, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI), in an analysis...
 
When Shrimp are Involved, Gender Counts in Acquiring Food; Males Always Beat Females to Food
Waimanalo, Hawaii - Dec 13, 2006 13:17 EST

Shrimp Farming Industry Could Benefit From New Information on Feeding Patterns A new study in Journal of the World Aquaculture Society suggests that, while larger shrimp consistently win over smaller shrimp of the same gender when competing for food, male...
 
Researchers: Squid-Inspired Vortex Generators Could Mean Better Propulsion for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
Boulder, Colorado - Dec 12, 2006 13:54 EST

Inspired by the sleek and efficient propulsion of squid, jellyfish and other cephalopods, a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher has designed a new generation of compact vortex generators that could make it easier for scientists to maneuver and dock...
 
South Africa Introduces New Permit System for Scuba Divers in Marine Protected Areas
Cape Town, South Africa - Dec 11, 2006 18:11 EST

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism will in future require recreational scuba divers to obtain a permit for recreational scuba diving in four of its Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), namely Table Mountain National Park, Bird Island, Pondoland and Aliwal...
 
NOAA Awards Grants to Study Gulf of Mexico Dead Zones
Washington, D.C. - Dec 11, 2006 17:05 EST

NOAA awarded the first year of funding for multi-year grants totaling $2,259,872 that will support research into the causes and impacts of the hypoxic zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico known as the Dead Zone. These projects are funded...
 
Small, Smaller, Smallest -- The Plight of the Vaquita Highlighted in New Research
San Diego, California - Dec 10, 2006 16:14 EST

Research published in the academic journal Mammal Review has uncovered the missing link in the depleting population of the vaquita. With a body less than 1.5 m long, the vaquita is the smallest living cetacean (the order Cetacea consists of...
 
Mexican, Japanese and U.S. Fishermen Celebrate Sea Turtle's Epic Journey
Honolulu, Hawaii - Dec 8, 2006 11:25 EST

A group of 20 fishermen, researchers and resource managers from Mexico, Japan and the United States gathered in November to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Adelita's track from Baja California Sur to Japan-the first loggerhead sea turtle to provide physical...
 
Jaws Under Ice: Mysterious Arctic Shark Found in Quebec; 'Their Eyes Swivel and Follow You'
Drummondville, Canada - Dec 7, 2006 17:44 EST

In the frigid, murky waters of the St. Lawrence River in Québec, UBC marine biologist and veterinarian Chris Harvey-Clark is painting a clearer picture of a mysterious predator that could be the longest-lived vertebrate on the planet. The Greenland shark typically...
 
NASA: Satellites Show Fish Stocks to Fall as Oceans Warms; 'Earth's Climate is Changing Dramatically'
Greenbelt, Maryland - Dec 7, 2006 16:59 EST

In a NASA study, scientists have concluded that when Earth's climate warms, there is a reduction in the ocean's primary food supply. This poses a potential threat to fisheries and ecosystems. By comparing nearly a decade of global ocean satellite data...
 
Genetic Archaeology Offers Cues to Backstory of Male Pregnancy; 'Old Genes Gaining New Tricks'
East Lansing, Michigan - Dec 5, 2006 17:08 EST

A bit of genetic archaeology is giving clues to one of the greatest gender bending mysteries in the world of fish: How did a family of fish come to embrace male pregnancy? A new gene discovered in the gulf pipefish...
 
Researchers: 'Starving' Deep-Sea Organisms Could Derive Energy from Natural Radioactivity
Bremen, Germany - Dec 5, 2006 16:56 EST

An international team of researchers from the USA and Germany has published an explanation for life in the Deep Biosphere in the magazine "Science". Using a bunch of the latest technologies from biogeochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology, the scientists collected...
 
Research: Southern Ocean Could Slow Global Warming; 'This Isn't an Unqualified Good'
Phoenix, Arizona - Dec 5, 2006 16:51 EST

The Southern Ocean may slow the rate of global warming by absorbing significantly more heat and carbon dioxide than previously thought, according to new research. The Southern Hemisphere westerly winds have moved southward in the last 30 years. A new climate...
 
Study: Fishermen Driving Great Barrier Reef Sharks Being Drive to Extinction
Townsville, Australia - Dec 4, 2006 17:44 EST

Investigators have revealed that coral reef shark populations are in the midst of rapid decline, and that “no-take zones”—reefs where fishing is prohibited—do protect sharks, but only when compliance with no-take regulations is high. The findings, reported by William Robbins...
 
Company Introduces Fish'n Flush, Part Toilet, Part Fish Tank; 'An Attention Getter'
Westminster, California - Dec 4, 2006 16:49 EST

AquaOne Technologies, Inc., based in Westminster, Calif., has unveiled a product that allows consumers to put fish in the toilet while they're still alive. The Fish-n-Flush toilet tank contains a fully functioning aquarium and is designed to replace most standard tanks,...
 
Indian Scientists Bid to Solve Seahorse Aphrodisiac Riddle; 'Extremely Complex Creatures'
Dona Paula, India - Dec 1, 2006 15:54 EST

Indian scientists are hoping to discover once and for all if seahorses are an aphrodisiac, a myth that has made the creatures a major hunting target for centuries and an endangered species. Seahorses have been eaten for more than 2,000...
 
Discovery Channel to Air 'Ocean's Deadliest' as Part of Steve Irwin Tribute
Silver Spring, Maryland - Dec 1, 2006 15:24 EST

Early this fall, the international community mourned the premature loss of animal expert and conservationist Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter." The world was stunned and the outpouring of condolences was immeasurable. Irwin touched so many lives -- adults and children...
 
Scientists: Seagrass Ecosystems at a 'Global Crisis'; Elevating Public Awareness 'Critical'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 1, 2006 14:41 EST

An international team of scientists is calling for a targeted global conservation effort to preserve seagrasses and their ecological services for the world’s coastal ecosystems, according to an article published in the December issue of Bioscience, the journal of the...
 
Scientists: Towering Tsunami Hit the Mediterrean 8,000 Years Ago
Pisa, Italy - Nov 30, 2006 16:54 EST

Italian scientists say geological evidence suggests a giant tsunami resulted from the collapse of the eastern flanks of Mount Etna nearly 8,000 years ago. The collapse of the volcano, located on Italy's island of Sicily, was studied by Maria Teresa...
 
Bad Shamu: Trainer Hospitalized After SeaWorld Killer Whale Attacks; 'Pulled Down Twice'
San Diego, California - Nov 29, 2006 19:50 EST

A killer whale attacked a trainer during a show Wednesday at SeaWorld Adventure Park, sending the man to the hospital but sparing him serious injury, authorities said. Firefighters were prepared to rescue the 33-year-old trainer from the pool after receiving a...
 
Florida Kite-Boarder Blown 300 Yards Ashore by Wind Gust, Hits Parked Car, Fence, Tree; 'Lucky to be Alive'
West Palm Beach, Florida - Nov 29, 2006 06:59 EST

Doctors said a Jupiter teenager involved in a near-fatal kite-boarding accident off Jupiter Beach should have a full recovery. Medical officials said 17-year-old Conner Kempe, a star quarterback at The Benjamin School, is lucky to be alive after a strong...
 
Group: Half the World's Penguin Species Marching Towards Extinction; 'The Planet is in Denial'
Washington, D.C. - Nov 28, 2006 18:01 EST

The Center for Biological Diversity, (Center), a non-profit conservation organization, filed a formal petition today requesting that 12 species of penguins worldwide be added to the list of threatened and endangered species under the United States Endangered Species Act. Abnormally...
 
Scientists: Prehistoric Fish had Bite Stronger than a T-rex; 'Able to Devour Anything'
Chicago, Illinois - Nov 28, 2006 17:00 EST

It could bite a shark in two. It might have been the first “king of the beasts.” And it could teach scientists a lot about humans, because it is in the sister group of all jawed vertebrates. Dunkleosteus terrelli lived...
 
Europe's First Captive-born Beluga Dead at 25 Days; Rejected Whale 'Never Adapted to Artificial Milk'
Valencia, Spain - Nov 28, 2006 09:45 EST

A baby beluga whale born in a Spanish marine park--the first beluga whale born in captivity in Europe--has died at the age of 25 days. Officials at the Oceanographic park in Valencia said Tuesday that the whale had died the previous...
 
North Sea Divers Sue Norway, Claim Oil Industry Covered-up Dangers of Deep Diving
Oslo, Norway - Nov 27, 2006 18:00 EST

Several of the divers who played a key role in building up Norway's offshore oil industry are suing the state, charging that they weren't informed about the risks of diving as deeply as they did at the time in the...
 
Aussie Teen Hooks Record Black Marlin, Feeds it to Sharks; 'It was Pretty Cool'
Cairns, Australia - Nov 27, 2006 17:40 EST

CAIRNS teenager Alex Johnston could barely walk after spending more than an hour battling to land this record 496kg black marlin. Yesterday, he and his proud dad Graham, skipper of the game boat Shikari, towed the majestic game fish back out...
 
A Giant Among Minnows: Zebrafish Versus Giant Danio DNA Could Yield Abilities to Grow Muscle
Bethesda, Maryland - Nov 27, 2006 17:22 EST

Two fish that share much in common genetically appear to have markedly different abilities to grow, a finding that could provide a new way to research such disparate areas as muscle wasting disease and fish farming, a new study shows....
 
Scientists Lose Deep Sea Instruments, Gain First Look at Seafloor Formation
New York, New York - Nov 23, 2006 20:12 EST

Ordinarily, losing almost all of one's instruments would be considered a severe setback to any scientist. But when Maya Tolstoy, a marine geophysicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a member of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, recently learned that...
 
Research: Dramatic Shift from Simple to Complex Marine Ecosystems Occurred 250M Years Ago at Mass Extinction
Chicago, Illinois - Nov 23, 2006 20:06 EST

The earth experienced its biggest mass extinction about 250 million years ago, an event that wiped out an estimated 95% of marine species and 70% of land species. New research shows that this mass extinction did more than eliminate species:...
 
Autopsy: Coast Guard Divers Suffered 'Uncontrolled Descent' to 189 Feet and Suffocated
Seattle, Washington - Nov 22, 2006 20:21 EST

One of two Coast Guard divers who mysteriously perished during a training dive in the Arctic last summer plunged toward the ocean floor in an uncontrolled descent, suffocated and developed lung trauma during a rapid rise to the surface, according...
 
Expert: Social Relationships Influence Personality of Fish; 'Desperado Effect'
London, U.K. - Nov 22, 2006 19:57 EST

Fish certainly have more personality than what meets the human eye, as according to biologists in Britain, not only do different trout have different characters, but these change as the fish experience life's highs and lows. Winning or losing a...
 
Portuguese Fishing Boat Nets 23-foot Basking Shark
Sesimbra, Portugal - Nov 22, 2006 19:42 EST

The crew of a Portuguese fishing boat had their hands full Tuesday when they netted a 23-foot shark weighing 2.5 tons. The four men were fishing at night in deep water about 20 miles off the Portuguese coast when their nets...
 
Scientists: Size and Shape of Corals Key Factor for Survival in Increasingly Angry Oceans; 'Colony Shape Factor'
Santa Barbara, California - Nov 22, 2006 19:19 EST

Size and shape may predict the survival of corals around the world when the weather churns the oceans in the years to come, according to a new model that relies on engineering principles. The increasing violence of storms associated with global...
 



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