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Plastic Shopping Bag Kills 'Temata', Beaked Whale Stranded in the Cook Islands; 'A Belly Ache'
Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Oct 27, 2006 17:36 EST

A simple plastic shopping bag caused the death of the whale Temata. In July the stranded beaked whale affectionately named Temata brought communities across Rarotonga together in a large-scale rescue operation to try and save the 20-year-old female. Local whale researcher Nan...
 
Geologists: Ancient Lake Tahoe Tsunami Discovered; 'A Great Pile of Sediment Uplifted'
Sacramento, California - Oct 26, 2006 18:27 EST

A giant underwater landslide that gouged the bottom of Lake Tahoe thousands of years ago sent a tsunami coursing across the lake and left huge ripples of rock that remain today, geologists have discovered. Three scuba divers, a robot submarine...
 
Egyptian Teen Chokes to Death After Swallowing Fish while Swimming
Cairo, Egypt - Oct 26, 2006 17:46 EST

An Egyptian teenager choked to death after a fish entered his mouth as he was swimming, Egyptian daily al-Wafd reported. Eighteen-year-old Yasser Ahmad Hussein was swimming in lake Qaroun, southwest of Cairo, when the freak accident occurred. Yasser was celebrating the three-day...
 
NASA Looks at Sea Level Rise, Hurricane Risks for New York City
Greenbelt, Maryland - Oct 26, 2006 17:17 EST

New York City has been an area of concern during hurricane season for many years because of the large population and logistics. More than 8 million people live in the city, and it has hundreds of miles of coastline that...
 
Shark Feeding for Tourists Blamed for Rise in Shark Attacks Along Cape Town Coast; 'Sharks Make the News'
Cape Town, South Africa - Oct 26, 2006 09:05 EST

A tourist trade for people to watch sharks underwater using bait to attract them is blamed for a rise in attacks along the 300km of coast around Cape Town. In the past four years, 13 have been recorded, three of...
 
Researchers: Half the World's Coral Reefs Could Die in 25 Years; 'The Global Bunsen Burner is Cranking Up'
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands - Oct 25, 2006 18:16 EST

Researchers fear more than half the world's coral reefs could die in less than 25 years and say global warming may at least partly to blame. Sea temperatures are rising, weakening the reefs' resistance to increased pollutants, such as runoff from...
 
Report: Moray Eel Attacks as Cayman Islands Watersport Operators Ignore Feeding Warning; 'A Major Panic'
George Town, Cayman Islands - Oct 25, 2006 17:44 EST

A dive guide appears to be the latest victim of a decision by watersports operators to ignore clear warnings from the Department of Environment (DoE) about feeding moray eels at Stingray City. According to an eyewitness report by Dale Sherriff, a...
 
California Angler Snags Record 13-foot, 1,175-pound Shortfin Mako Shark; 'Chewed the Motor'
Los Angeles, California - Oct 25, 2006 17:36 EST

When Chris Podesto hooked into a huge shortfin mako shark off Catalina Island he watched in awe as the powerful gamefish ran and jumped wildly like nothing he's ever seen in his life. The 13-foot mako was leaping 30 feet in...
 
Research: 'Living Fossil' Blood-Sucking Lamprey 'Parasitic for 360 Million Years'
Chicago, Illinois - Oct 25, 2006 17:18 EST

Scientists from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the University of Chicago have uncovered a remarkably well-preserved fossil lamprey from the Devonian period that reveals today's lampreys as "living fossils" since they have remained largely unaltered for...
 
Underwater Nude Model Bitten by Shark on Photo Shoot; 'We Push the Envelope'
West Palm Beach, Florida - Oct 25, 2006 09:10 EST

There were two close calls for two of West Palm Beach underwater-nude photographer Todd Essick's models. Essick was working on a new coffee-table picture book of disrobed women interacting with sea life in the Bahamas last week when his muses bumped...
 
New 'Revolutionary' Underwater Breathing Device Revealed; 'The Greatest Thing In the Industry In a Long Time'
San Diego, California - Oct 24, 2006 18:04 EST

Homeland Security Group International, Inc. announced today that its newest product, Neptune EBD1, has been re-designed to extend the breathing time to fifty-five minutes. The new breathing device measures approximately 13 inches long, 4 1/2 inches wide with a weight...
 
Icelandic Whalers Catch Second Fin Whale; Seven More To Meet Quota
Reykjavik, Iceland - Oct 24, 2006 17:57 EST

Icelandic whalers have caught a second fin whale since the North Atlantic nation resumed commercial whaling a week ago, Icelandic company Hvalur said Tuesday. The whale was harpooned Monday off Iceland's west coast, Brinna Loftsdottir of Hvalur told Deutsche Presse-Agentur...
 
Cayman Islands Vows to Make 'Safe' Stingray City Even Safer With New Laws
George Town, Cayman Islands - Oct 23, 2006 20:11 EST

With news of a second overseas stingray attack in a month, tourism officials in the Cayman Islands are saying that there is no reason to panic, as the local attractions are safe. Plans are afoot to even make the local Stingray...
 
U.S. Fishery Proposes Ban on Shark Feeding for Sight-Seeing, Not Shark Fishing, in Federal Waters
Honolulu, Hawaii - Oct 23, 2006 18:13 EST

Federal fishery managers have banned shark feeding for sight-seeing operations in federal waters, which are located beyond three miles from shore. The measure, voted on last Thursday, would not apply to fishermen who harvest sharks or other marine life, according to...
 
Research: Tiny 'Housekeeper' Crab Keeps Coral Healthy; 'We Do Know That They are 'Picky''
Santa Barbara, California - Oct 23, 2006 17:52 EST

The story of the relationship between the crab and the coral is described in the November 2006 issue of the journal Coral Reefs and is now available on-line. The coral provides a home and protection for the crabs. The crabs...
 
Research: Rising Seas, Silt Making Every U.S. Gulf Coast Bay Vulnerable to Significant Flooding
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Oct 23, 2006 17:43 EST

New research finds that every U.S Gulf Coast bay in Texas and Louisiana is vulnerable to significant flooding and expansion within the coming century due to a combination of rising seas and reduced silt flowing from dammed up rivers. "Looking back...
 
Scientists Discover Bacteria That Use Radiated Water as Food; 'A Completely Different World'
Bloomington, Indiana - Oct 20, 2006 09:38 EST

Researchers from Indiana University Bloomington and eight collaborating institutions report in this week's Science a self-sustaining community of bacteria that live in rocks 2.8 kilometers below Earth's surface. Think that's weird? The bacteria rely on radioactive uranium to convert water...
 
Experts: One of Vietnam's Most Beautiful Reefs in is Danger; Explosives, Poisons, Overfishing to Blame
Ha Long, Vietnam - Oct 19, 2006 17:47 EST

One of Vietnam’s most beautiful coral reefs is in danger due to environment-unfriendly fishing practices and overexploitation, said experts after a survey of northern Quang Ninh province recently. The survey, conducted by the National Agency of Aquatic Resources Protection and...
 
Study: Beaked Whales Perform Extreme Dives to Hunt Prey; Decompression Mystery Lingers
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Oct 19, 2006 16:57 EST

A study of ten beaked whales of two poorly understood species shows their foraging dives are deeper and longer than those reported for any other air-breathing species. This extreme deep-diving behavior is of particular interest since beaked whales stranded during...
 
Big Food: Consumer Reports Should Withdraw Fish Advisory for Pregnant Women
Washington, D.C. - Oct 18, 2006 19:14 EST

In light of yesterday's thoughtful conclusions about seafood and health from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom is urging the Consumers Union of the United States (publisher of Consumer Reports magazine) to withdraw its recommendation...
 
Researcher: Great White Sharks Travel Far; California to Hawaii and Back
Monterey, California - Oct 18, 2006 19:06 EST

A great white shark is back along the Central Coast after deep ocean travels as far as Hawaii. Sean Van Sommeran, executive director of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation, said satellite tracking devices picked up the shark off Ano Nuevo Island...
 
Stingray Jumps From the Water, Strikes Florida Boater in the Chest; 'It's Very Odd'
Lighthouse Point, Florida - Oct 18, 2006 18:49 EST

An 81-year-old man suffered serious injuries this afternoon when a stingray leaped into his small, recreational boat and stung him in the chest, Lighthouse Point fire officials said. The man, identified as James M. Bertakis, was enjoying the sunny afternoon with...
 
Engineers Shed Light on the Shipwreck of the USS Macon, Last of the 'Flying Aircraft Carriers'
Stanford, California - Oct 18, 2006 18:28 EST

he 1935 crash of the Navy zeppelin USS Macon off the California coast marked an inglorious end to a unique experiment in aviation. Four times longer than a modern Goodyear blimp, the Macon could carry 100 crewmembers, including pilots specially...
 
Study: Fishing Puts Targeted Species In 'Double Jeopardy', Amplifying Highs and Lows of Population Variability
San Diego, California - Oct 18, 2006 18:19 EST

For the first time, a research study has shown that fishing can promote boom and bust swings in supplies of targeted fish stocks. The study, authored by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Southwest Fisheries...
 
Did Canadian Seal Hunt Protest Lead to McCartneys' Divorce? Heather 'Not So Gracious'
Ottawa, Canada - Oct 18, 2006 13:13 EST

Canada's fisheries minister and the head of an Atlantic island province are taking credit for helping to break up rocker Paul McCartney and his wife, whose vitriol over the seal hunt angered locals. Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn said tongue-in-cheek that...
 
Scientists: Bacteria Discovered in Undersea Mud That Eats Methane
Bremen, Germany - Oct 18, 2006 09:54 EST

Bacteria that live in volcanically heated mud deep under the sea off the coast of Norway feed on methane, a gas that is partly to blame for climate change, a Franco-German team of scientists have discovered. The newly-discovered creatures were...
 
Iceland Resumes Commercial Whale Hunt, Ignore International Moratorium; 'I am Very Pleased'
Reykjavik, Iceland - Oct 17, 2006 20:02 EST

Iceland has decided to resume commercial whale hunts for the first time in two decades, ignoring an international moratorium. "The decision to resume sustainable whaling involves takes of 30 minke whales and nine fin whales" in the year ending August 2007,...
 
Scientists: First Documented Spawning of White Fish in the Detroit River Since 1900s
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Oct 17, 2006 19:55 EST

Lake whitefish, currently the number one commercial fish in the Great Lakes and a key indicator of ecosystem health, are once again reproducing in the Detroit River according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Fish...
 
Russian Company to Build Floating Nuclear Power Plant; 'Maybe It Will Turn Out Great'
Moscow, Russian - Oct 16, 2006 19:49 EST

A Russian energy company has plans to construct a floating nuclear-energy plant on a football-field size barge to deliver electricity to inhabitants of northern territories near the White Sea. Rosenergoatom said the 200 million U.S. dollar facility will be constructed next...
 
Three Brits Accused of Looting Shipwreck Go On Trial in Italy; 'We Did Give Everything Back
Portoferraio, Italy - Oct 16, 2006 19:35 EST

Three divers accused of modern-day piracy after a shipwreck was allegedly looted are due to go on trial in Italy today (October 16). Nicholas Pearson, a property developer from Yarmouth, David Dixon, a marine consultant from Aylsham, and Kerr Sinclair, a...
 
Group: 'Billions' Needed to Clean Russian Bay from Oil and Gas Project Pollution
Moscow, Russia - Oct 16, 2006 19:22 EST

Billions of dollars will be needed to alleviate the environmental impact in the Aniva Bay caused by the vast Sakhalin II oil and gas project in Russia's Far East, an environmental watchdog official said Monday. Mass fish and crab kills...
 
Report: 'Jolted' Fish Gave Early Warning Of Hawaii Quake; 'They Sensed Something Before We Did'
Big Island, Hawaii - Oct 16, 2006 09:56 EST

Fish in a lagoon in Hawaiian resort began to jump out the water like they were being jolted with electricity minutes before a 6.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the islands, causing blackouts and landslides, according to Local 6's Erik von Ancken,...
 
Report: China's Coastline Polluted, Improving; 24% of Offshore Seawater 'Bad'
Beijing, China - Oct 15, 2006 20:55 EST

Part of China's more than 3-million-square-kilometre marine environment is suffering from pollution due to land-based activities, an investigation report released in 2005 showed. The report said that about 24 per cent of offshore seawater quality was bad, while 67 per...
 
10-yr-old Italian Boy Becomes Youngest Ever to Swim the Messina Strait; 'He Never Got Flustered'
Rome, Italy - Oct 15, 2006 20:52 EST

A 10-year-old Italian boy became the youngest person ever to swim across the Strait of Messina when he made the crossing from Sicily to the Italian mainland on Sunday in 55 minutes and 30 seconds. Giuseppe Mangano, who can see...
 
Tennessee Farm Field Yields Puzzling Remains of Ocean Creature; 'Don't Throw That Out; That's History'
Pikeville, Tennessee - Oct 15, 2006 20:33 EST

In her mind's eye, Beulah Songer can see a vast prehistoric lake stretching from one side of the Sequatchie Valley to the other. In her vision, a small sea animal lies in the sandy waste that eventually will preserve it in...
 
'Swish', Beloved San Francisco Fish, Passes; 'He'd Rub His Body on Your Arms, Kind of Like a Dog'
San Francisco, California - Oct 14, 2006 18:39 EST

For nearly two decades, Swish the fish patrolled his front-window aquarium at a Chinatown restaurant, munching carrot sticks, greeting regular customers, getting a friendly head rub from the guys who kept his tank clean. Until the day his tank at Kau...
 
NASA's Live Tropical Sea Surface Temperature Web Site Gives Climate, Hurricane Clues
Greenbelt, Maryland - Oct 13, 2006 18:34 EST

Sea surface temperatures give scientists information about ocean currents, climate, climate change and how a hurricane may evolve. Now, NASA has a web page that provides frequent updates on changing ocean temperatures. There are two primary types of sea surface...
 
Study: Marine Life Stirs Ocean Enough to Affect Climate; 63 Terawatts of Phytoplankton Chemical Power
Tallahassee, Florida - Oct 13, 2006 18:28 EST

Oceanographers worldwide pay close attention to phytoplankton and with good reason. The microscopic plants that form the vast foundation of the marine food chain generate a staggering amount of power, and now a groundbreaking study led by Florida State University...
 
'Lost Continent' of Atlantis Stirs Debate; Scholars Gather to Debate Merits of Sardinia Theory
Rome, Italy - Oct 13, 2006 18:05 EST

Top scholars have gathered in Rome this week to discuss the exciting and controversial idea that Sardinia is the lost island of Atlantis. The theory, developed in a book by the Italian journalist Sergio Frau, has drawn international acclaim but also...
 
NOAA: Record Number of Florida Angler's Hooks Killing Dolphins; 'It's a Horrible Way to Die'
Miami, Florida - Oct 13, 2006 17:00 EST

An unprecedented number of bottlenose dolphins have died this year after gobbling baited hooks or lures, or becoming entangled with fishing line. So far, encounters with recreational fishing gear killed 13 dolphins across the state this year compared with four during...
 



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