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NASA Scanning Radar Altimeter Captures Data from Massive Hurricane Waves
Greenbelt, Maryland - Sep 28, 2006 20:17 EST

A hurricane's fury can be relentless, from frightening winds, to torrential rains and flooding. These storms also create enormous ocean waves that are hazardous to ships. And through storm surges of up to 30 feet the storms can demolish shoreline...
 
Scientists: North Atlantic Warm Water Surging into Arctic Ocean; 'A Warning Signal'
Fairbanks, Alaska - Sep 28, 2006 20:07 EST

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center this fall documented that recent surges of warm water from the North Atlantic Ocean continue to pulse into the Arctic Ocean and are moving toward Alaska and the Canadian...
 
Scientist: Barnacle's Sticky Secret Decoded; Settlement Keyed to 'Chemical Signal'
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom - Sep 27, 2006 23:05 EST

The ability of barnacles to form clusters on ships' hulls and rocks has long been a puzzle to marine scientists. Barnacles need to be close to each other to mate - but how do barnacle larvae, in the form of...
 
Aussie Divers Outraged Over Recreational Dive Tax Scheme; 'The Government is Killing Tourism'
Ulladulla, Australia - Sep 27, 2006 22:44 EST

Recreational divers' peas have been ignored with the State Government set to introduce a recreational dive tax. Ulladulla Diving Adventure Centre owner and keen diver Steve Williams said he thought the idea of the tax had disappeared. "We heard nothing about it...
 
Study: Indonesia Coral Reefs Survive Tsunami But Not Cyanide Bombs
Aceh, Indonesia - Sep 27, 2006 22:33 EST

The impact of a tsunami on a coral reef is minimal in comparison to human-caused damage according to a new study published in the journal Atoll Research Bulletin. The research, conducted less than 100 days after the massive Indian Ocean tsunami...
 
Dishes of Destruction: The Hidden Cost of Europe's Favorite Seafood Revealed
Gland, Switzerland - Sep 27, 2006 13:18 EST

Some of Europe's most popular fish dishes are a recipe for disaster for our oceans and fishing communities, warns WWF in a new report, which exposes the destructive, illegal and wasteful fishing which lies behind some of our favourite seafood. The...
 
Tonga's Fishing Pigs Attracting Tourists; 'They Go Out at Low Tide Everyday'
Nuku'alofa, Tonga - Sep 25, 2006 20:41 EST

The growing tourism industry in Tonga has led to increased popularity for one of one of the island kingdom's most unique attractions -- fishing pigs. The razorbacks, descendents of animals brought to the Pacific island by European explorers, have adapted to...
 
Study: Squid are Masters of Disguise; Pigmented Skin Cells Sending 'Concealed Polarized Signals'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 25, 2006 20:15 EST

U.S. marine scientists say squid are masters of disguise, using their pigmented skin cells to camouflage themselves nearly instantaneously from predators. Researchers at the Marine Biological Laboratory say squid can also produce polarized skin patterns by regulating the iridescence of their...
 
World Fin Trade Industry Estimated to Harvest 23 to 73 Million Sharks per Year; 'Real Data'
Miami, Florida - Sep 25, 2006 20:06 EST

The first real-data study of sharks harvested for their valuable fins estimates as few as 26 million and as many as 73 million sharks are killed each year worldwide—three times higher than was reported originally by the United Nations, according...
 
Scientists: Ethane and Propane Produced by Microorganisms in Deeply Buried Ocean Sediments
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 25, 2006 19:42 EST

During an expedition off the South American coast, an international team of ocean scientists discovered that the gases ethane and propane are widespread, and are being produced by microorganisms in deeply buried sediments. Prof. Kai-Uwe Hinrichs (Research Center Ocean Margins,...
 
Kiwi Crayfish Diver Survives Stingray Attack; 'Dead Leg with a Bee Sting on Top of It'
Marlborough, New Zealand - Sep 25, 2006 19:36 EST

Joe McKnight has survived a stingray attack with just three stitches and a hole in his wetsuit. He says he will no longer laugh at any jokes about the death of Australian television star Steve Irwin following his own close encounter...
 
Researcher: Arabian Gulf, Coasts Facing Serious Environmental Pressures as Construction, Dredging, Reclamation Take Toll
Doha, Qatar - Sep 24, 2006 17:48 EST

The Arabian Gulf and the coasts surrounding various Gulf countries are undergoing tremendous pressure due to massive construction activities, says a researcher. With massive dredging and reclamation activities becoming common, the sea and its shores are facing serious environmental challenges, researcher...
 
Mystery Surrounds Deaths of Coast Guard Divers in the Arctic; Two Investigations, 'No Word Whatsoever'
Seattle, Washington - Sep 23, 2006 19:29 EST

Five hundred miles north of Alaska, a group of shipmates from the Coast Guard cutter Healy tossed a football on the blue-and-white, diamond-hard Arctic ice. Others milled about in the pleasantly cold, brilliant summer day, stretching their legs after a month...
 
Florida Shark Tournament Draws Criticism After Hammerhead Mutilated, Pregnant Tiger Caught; 'Gruesome'
Destin, Florida - Sep 21, 2006 19:18 EST

The Destin Florida Shark Tournament has drawn the ire of animal rights groups after a hammerhead shark was mutilated and a pregnant tiger shark was caught during the tournament. The Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal protection society...
 
No Mako: Mistaken Identity Leads to Record Blue Shark for California Angler; 'I was Thrown Off'
Balboa, California - Sep 21, 2006 19:13 EST

Shane Smith of Irvine was fishing for mako sharks Sunday when he hooked up six miles off Catalina Island. He thought he had a mako, thought he landed a mako, thought he was going to weigh a mako. As it turned out,...
 
Female Florida Angler Passes Polygraph After Tiger Shark Catch Challenged; 'She Worked So Hard for This Fish'
Destin, Florida - Sep 21, 2006 18:27 EST

Cherie Mills grinned widely as she walked out of the board room at the Destin Community Center. For the previous 15 minutes, Mills had been in the board room taking a lie detector test administered by a polygrapher from Daphne, Ala....
 
Big Rush for 'Viagra' Fish in India; 'Spurt in Fishing Activity' for Once Little Known Fish
Mettur, India - Sep 20, 2006 20:35 EST

Business is booming for local fishermen here as demand has sharply risen for a fish variety, locally called Ayrai Kunchu, found abundantly in the Mettur reservoir, which people here believe is a sure cure for male impotency and a cheap...
 
Inside the Failure of the $8 Billion Effort to Save Prized Salmon; 'A Kind of Unlimited Fund'
John J. Fialka - Sep 20, 2006 20:23 EST

For more than a quarter of a century, a federal agency in the Pacific Northwest has been running the world's most expensive wildlife restoration program, designed to save 13 species of endangered salmon and steelhead. The Bonneville Power Administration, responding to...
 
California Divers Thrilled by Large Schools of Giant Sea Bass; '15, 20 Fish is Unheard of Together'
La Jolla, California - Sep 20, 2006 20:12 EST

For the first time in years, large schools of giant sea bass are swimming right alongside divers at La Jolla Cove. Divers are always looking for that special moment underwater, the one they can savor. In the waters off La Jolla...
 
Official: Over 80% of Coral Reefs in Philippine's Davao Gulf Degraded; Pollution, Cyanide Fishing Blamed
Davao City, The Philippines - Sep 20, 2006 19:47 EST

Less than 20 percent of coral reefs in the Davao Gulf are in good condition, an environment official in Southern Mindanao said in Wednesday's Ugnayan sa Royal Mandaya. “The coral reefs in almost all areas of Davao Gulf are in bad...
 
Researchers: Invasive Sea Squirts Persist on Georges Bank; 'This Occurrence is Not Ephemeral'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 20, 2006 19:38 EST

For the fourth consecutive year, federal and university researchers have surveyed two areas on Georges Bank where an invasive colonial sea squirt continues to thrive on the gravel bottom. The colonies are denser than in 2005 over the 88 square-mile...
 
Renewed Dolphin Slaughter Prompts New Campaign; 'An Assault on Intelligent, Sentient, and Emotional Beings'
Providence, Rhode Island - Sep 20, 2006 19:26 EST

s the annual dolphin drive hunts begin in the Japanese villages of Taiji and Futo, a consortium of scientists and zoo and aquarium professionals has launched a campaign to end the practices through public awareness and by appealing to the...
 
Satellite Images of Arctic Summer Ice Anomaly Shocks Scientists; 'Unlike Anything Observed'
Paris, France - Sep 20, 2006 19:12 EST

Satellite images acquired from 23 to 25 August 2006 have shown for the first time dramatic openings – over a geographic extent larger than the size of the British Isles – in the Arctic's perennial sea ice pack north of...
 
Scientists: Date With Canaries 'Killer La Palma Tsunami' Way Off In the Future; 'Simply a Very Stable Island'
Delft, The Netherlands - Sep 20, 2006 19:01 EST

The volcanic island of La Palma in the Canaries is much more stable than is generally assumed, Dutch scientists working at the TU Delft have found. The southwestern flank of the island isn't likely to fall into the sea (potentially...
 
Report: Land-Crawling Eels Likely Eating Fowl, Ducks, Birds Around Aussie Pond
Macarthur, Australia - Sep 19, 2006 17:58 EST

A slippery water predator known to travel hundreds of metres over land to find water has been blamed for the disappearing wildlife at the Eagle Vale pond. A freshwater eel is believed responsible for the disappearance of water fowl, small ducks...
 
Study: Sewage Sludge Given Away as Fertilizer Laced with Drugs, Chemicals; 'We're Not Super-Concerned'
Tacoma, Washington - Sep 19, 2006 17:46 EST

Promoted as a great way to dispose of treated waste, the sewage sludge sold to homeowners to spray on their lawns and gardens may also be adding drugs, flame retardants and other chemicals to the landscape, according to a study. Chad...
 
Report: 'Health Time Bomb' as Hong Kong Fish Vendors Accused of Using Toilet Water in Fish Tanks
Hong Kong, China - Sep 19, 2006 17:21 EST

A microbiologist has warned of a potential health time bomb after it was disclosed that two government departments were sitting on their hands nearly two months after police had accused three Mong Kong fish vendors of filling their tanks with...
 
Florida Shark Tournament Ends as 11 Killed, Over 300 Released; 765-pound Tiger Shark Biggest Catch
Destin, Florida - Sep 19, 2006 17:16 EST

After four days of fishing, the Destin Deep Water Shark Tournament came to a low-key close Sunday. A small crowd gathered behind Fisherman's Wharf restaurant to watch the last day of weigh-ins, but the biggest catch turned out to be Jonathan...
 
Inspectors Warn that 1870's-era Brit Aquarium Risks 'Catastrophic Failure'; Equipment 'Old, Salt-caked and Rusty'
Lancashire, U.K. - Sep 19, 2006 17:03 EST

Zoo Licensing Inspectors said the tank and others at the Victorian attraction must be "regarded as suspect in terms of structural integrity." And in a chilling warning to Aquarium owners Leisure Parcs, the inspectors warned: "The Local Authority and management should...
 
Report: Cayman Islands Dive Industry Facing Staffing Crisis; Safety Concern as Wages, Training Slip
George Town, Cayman Islands - Sep 18, 2006 19:39 EST

Responding to revelations in the new bill proposing amendments to the Immigration Law about the rules relating to temporary work permits, Stephen Broadbelt, Chairman of the Cayman Islands Watersports Association, said it could raise difficulties for his industry. Since Hurricane Ivan,...
 
Florida Diver Recovers from Shark Bite After Kiss Goes Wrong; Lip 'Put Through a Meat Grinder'
Miami, Florida - Sep 18, 2006 19:21 EST

A South Florida diver, who enjoys swimming with sharks, ends up hospitalized after he decided to kiss one and the shark kissed back. It was a decision that left the amorous diver with a severely damaged lip that required extensive reconstruction...
 
Scientist: Broken Jaw Likely Cause of Death for 'Splash', Texas Record Blue Catfish
Athens, Texas - Sep 18, 2006 19:06 EST

Like thousands of other people, Dr. Andy Gluesenkamp, Ph.D., saw news photos of a world record blue catfish in the arms of the man who caught her in January 2004. "I was blown away by such a huge fish," Dr. Gluesenkamp...
 
Death on a Plate: The Deadly Blowfish Could Be Your Last Meal in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan - Sep 18, 2006 18:54 EST

ACT: Eat the wrong part of a blowfish and you can die within hours. Death on a plate arrives in so many shapes and textures and pretty arrangements that for a moment I forget this meal can kill me. But soon my...
 
Surfers Ride Watery Giants, Chasing 100ft Waves; 'Like Thunder for 10 Seconds'
Margaret River, Australia - Sep 18, 2006 18:42 EST

The waves have been nicknamed Cyclops, Jaws and Dungeons and are the new life-and-death playground for a unique breed of surfers who ride gargantuan ocean waves as big as a seven storey building. Australian surfer Alex Cater, 25, has been chasing...
 
Scientists: Two Sharks Among 52 New Species Found in Indonesian Waters; 'This is the Epicenter of Marine Biodiversity'
Oslo, Norway - Sep 17, 2006 19:23 EST

Scientists said on Sunday they found two types of shark, exotic "flasher" fish and corals among 52 new species in seas off Indonesia, confirming the western Pacific as the richest marine habitat on earth. They urged more protection for seas around...
 
Revenge of the Grouper: Florida's Freediver's Last Quarry was Illegal, Fatal Mistake; 'It is Bizarre'
Key West, Florida - Sep 16, 2006 17:28 EST

Gary Cagle, an avid free diver, made two mistakes on a Key West fishing trip last Saturday: He speared a goliath grouper, a fish that is illegal to kill in the Florida Keys. He also forgot to bring along his knife. That...
 
After Ten Year Hiatus, Controversial Shark Tournament Returns to Florida Town; 'This is Slaughter'
Destin, Florida - Sep 16, 2006 17:16 EST

Fishermen know how to lure a crowd to the docks in this Floria Gulf Coast city during a lull in tourism: bring in big sharks and hang them up. Locals revived the once-popular Destin Deep Water Shark Tournament this week, and...
 
South Pacific States to Sign Whale, Dolphin Conservation Agreement; 'There is High-level Support'
Wellington, New Zealand - Sep 14, 2006 19:48 EST

A Memorandum of Understanding on the protection of whales and dolphins in the South Pacific is expected to be signed tomorrow by up to 11 Pacific Island nations, New Zealand Conservation Minister Chris Carter said today. The memorandum has been developed...
 
Study: Freshwater Copepod May Be Several Species, Not One; Speciation Seen at Unusually High Rate
Harrisonburg, Virginia - Sep 14, 2006 18:55 EST

A new study has revealed that what was once believed to be a single copepod species is really a collection of many species. A common and widespread species of freshwater plankton, called a copepod, forms new species at an uncommonly high...
 
Outrage as Beloved Bull Shark 'Quasimodo' Found Dead by South African Divers; 'Why Kill Such a Beautiful Animal?'
Shelly Beach, South Africa - Sep 14, 2006 10:18 EST

For those of you who don’t know Quasimodo, Quasimodo was a very popular Zambezi shark (also known as Bull Shark) estimated to be about 70 years old and described as a “friendly” shark and regular diving companion of divers from...
 



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