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Argh! Passing Pod of Whales Sink Indonesian Boat; 'Those Animals Hit Our Boat'
Jakarta, Indonesia - Sep 13, 2006 19:54 EST

A wooden boat carrying a crew of six sunk in Indonesian waters after it was hit by a pod of passing whales, a report said on Wednesday. The crew were rescued early on Tuesday by passing fishing boats after spending five...
 
San Diego Angler Snags 600-pound Mako Shark on a Fly Rod; Released Beast was Possible World Record
San Diego, California - Sep 13, 2006 18:54 EST

Brendan Mason caught a 600 lb Mako Shark off the coast of San Diego using a fly rod. While it may have been the biggest fish ever caught using a fly rod, it won’t count as an official record because Mason...
 
Philippine Locals Threaten Oil Company Boycott Over Slow Spill Clean-up Efforts
Manila, The Philippines - Sep 13, 2006 18:14 EST

Local government officials and residents have called for a boycott of the products of Petron Corporation, the country's biggest oil refinery, because of its alleged inability to clear the 5,000-gallon oil spill. The spill in early August has destroyed livelihoods and...
 
Scientists Seek How Crabs Find Their Way Back Home; 'They Seem to Sense the Need to Get Back'
Lewes, Delaware - Sep 13, 2006 18:07 EST

Swallows return to Capistrano, and buzzards to Ohio. In the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, it's the tasty and feisty blue crabs, and researchers are still trying to find out how. "What we know points up everything we still don't understand about...
 
Study: Arctic Sea Ice Shrinking at Record Levels; 6% Drop Each of the Last Two Winters
Washington, DC - Sep 13, 2006 18:00 EST

As far as temperatures drop in the Arctic winter -- on average to -34°C (-29°F) -- a new study shows that in the last two years sea ice is shrinking on the surface of Arctic waters to record low levels....
 
NOAA: El Niño Returns to the Pacific; Ocean Temps Show 'Remarkable' Increase Over Last Two Weeks
Washington, D.C. - Sep 13, 2006 13:26 EST

Scientists at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center reported today that El Niño conditions have developed in the tropical Pacific and are likely to continue into early 2007. Ocean temperatures increased remarkably in the equatorial Pacific during the last two weeks....
 
Environmentalists Propose Solutions for Florida Ocean, Coastal Problems; Urgent Action Needed
Tallahassee, Florida - Sep 12, 2006 20:13 EST

Citing escalating problems with coastal pollution, red tide outbreaks, plummeting fish catches and overdeveloped beaches, 20 conservation, recreation and civic organizations today issued a blueprint for protecting and preserving Florida's coastal environment and economy. It is the first time such...
 
Study: Ingredient in Prozac Increases Risk of Extinction for Freshwater Mussels
San Francisco, California - Sep 12, 2006 19:48 EST

You'd think in a river filled with anti-depressants, freshwater mussels would be, well, happy as clams. Far from it. In fact, a new laboratory study suggests that exposure to Prozac can disrupt the reproductive cycle of these mollusks, potentially increasing...
 
Researchers: Brown Seaweed Contains Promising Fat Fighter, Weight Reducer
San Francisco, California - Sep 11, 2006 19:36 EST

Chemists in Japan have found that brown seaweed, a flavor component used in many Asian soups and salads, contains a compound that appears in animal studies to promote weight loss by reducing the accumulation of fat. Called fucoxanthin, the compound...
 
Studies: New Orleans 'Toxic Soup' Environmental Pollution Not so Toxic; 'Generally Not of Great Concern'
San Francisco, California - Sep 11, 2006 19:21 EST

Despite the tragic human and economic toll from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast in 2005, the much-discussed "toxic-soup" environmental pollution was nowhere close to being as bad as people thought. That's the bottom-line message from dozens of scientific...
 
'Dream of a Lifetime' as Kiwi Fisherman Reels in Massive 700 Pound Bluefin Tuna
Christchurch, New Zealand - Sep 11, 2006 19:16 EST

A Christchurch angler's "dream of a lifetime" came true after he landed a 317kg Northern Pacific bluefin tuna near Hokitika on Tuesday night. Kelvin White took 2½ hours, from 4.30pm, to haul in the 2.75m long tuna while fishing off the Mr...
 
Study: Human Activities Boosting Ocean Temperatures in Areas Where Hurricanes Form
Boulder, Colorado - Sep 11, 2006 19:10 EST

Rising ocean temperatures in key hurricane breeding grounds of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are due primarily to human-caused increases in greenhouse gas concentrations, according to a study published online in the September 11 issue of the Proceedings of the...
 
A Fish Too Far: Florida Spear-Fisherman Drowns After Being Entangled and Pulled to Ocean Bottom by Giant Grouper
Miami, Florida - Sep 11, 2006 18:42 EST

A Florida diver shot a large grouper with a speargun then apparently drowned when the fish sped into a hole, entangling the man in the line attached to the spear, investigators said today. The 42-year-old man, whose name was withheld, was...
 
Study: Mercury in Fish Seems Not To Harm Older Brains; 'Is It Causing A Problem?'
Baltimore, Maryland - Sep 10, 2006 16:14 EST

Eating moderate amounts of fish -- and its added ingredient, mercury -- appears to pose little danger to the brains of older adults, according to new study findings released Tuesday. Among a group of older adults between 50 and 70, those...
 
Report: Philippines Oil Slick Spares 4,700 Acres of Corals
Guimaras, Philippines - Sep 10, 2006 15:46 EST

More than 47,000 hectares of hard coral in the coastal areas of southern Guimaras were found to have been spared from destruction by the oil spill, according to a team of scientists from Silliman University. Doctor Angel Alcala, director of the...
 
Local Gov't Gets OK to Build Dive Tourism Facilities on Sipadan Island; 'Foreign Press Exaggerated' Earlier Reef Damage Claims
Semporna, Malaysia - Sep 9, 2006 17:42 EST

The RM1.5 million tourism infrastructure boost for Sipadan Island has been given the thumbs-up, with industry players describing the decision as a step in the right direction to conserve one of the world's top diving spots. Managing director of Sipadan-Mabul Resort,...
 
Indonesia to Auction 10th-Century Sunken Treasure After Embarrassing Legal Row
Jakarta, Indonesia - Sep 7, 2006 19:18 EST

Indonesia plans to soon auction thousands of ancient ceramics, gold coins and glassware from a 10th-century shipwreck after ending a dispute with police who had seized the booty and arrested foreign salvage divers, a newspaper reported Thursday. In what turned out...
 
Report: Renown Philippine's Dive Destination Apo Island Not Exempt from Terrorists; Firearms Kept Hidden
Apo Island, The Philippines - Sep 7, 2006 19:02 EST

Apo Island's dive site is not exempted from the threat of terrorism, island village chief Mario Pascobello said. Pascobello said issued firearms of police officers are kept inside bags or they cover them in order not to frighten the visitors. Aside from...
 
Scientists: Dolphin Injured off Florida May Get Artificial Tail; 'Winter' Swims 'Like a Shark'
Clearwater, Florida - Sep 7, 2006 13:48 EST

Winter, a 10-month-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, might soon have a rare operation. She may get an artificial tail. Last December, marine biologists found her tangled in a crab trap line in the Mosquito Lagoon near Cape Canaveral that resulted in the...
 
Did Dolphins Save Injured Diver? Rescued Diver Tells of Epic 56-hour Struggle to Survive
Fermain Bay, Guernsey - Sep 6, 2006 19:40 EST

A scuba diver who was hit by a boat and knocked unconscious survived 56 hours in the water, apparently being watched over by dolphins. Matthew Harvey went diving alone in the frigid waters of Fermain Bay, off the Channel Islands (between...
 
Aussie Academic: No Surprise 'Lion Tamer' Irwin 'Came to Grief'; Crocodile Hunter Phenomenon 'Embarrassing'
Sydney, Australia - Sep 6, 2006 09:48 EST

Feminist academic Germaine Greer said on Wednesday she hoped the death of Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin would mark the end of what she called exploitative nature documentaries, a discordant note amid floods of tributes. Irwin died in a freak diving...
 
Report: Divers Illegally Overcrowding Sipadan, Again; Over 200 Visiting the Environmentally Sensitive Island a Day
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Sep 5, 2006 20:04 EST

An increasing number of divers are going to the environmentally sensitive diving haven of Pulau Sipadan, off the east coast of Sabah, illegally. The permitted number of divers per day is 120, but dive operators have been taking as many 200...
 
NBA Star Tracy McGrady Criticized for Eating Shark Fin Soup While in Hong Kong
Hong Kong - Sep 5, 2006 19:57 EST

US basketball player Tracy McGrady was criticized by wildlife campaigners Tuesday for eating shark's fin soup during a visit to Hong Kong. The 26-year-old NBA star, known as T-MAC, reportedly said he had been impressed by the soup - a controversial...
 
Strange Creature Found On Russian Coastline Baffles Locals
Sakhalin, Russia - Sep 5, 2006 19:05 EST

This creature was found by Russian soldiers on Sakhalin shoreline. Sakhalin area is situated near to Japan. It’s the most eastern part of Russia, almost 5,000 miles to East from Moscow. Locals haven't been able to identify the mysterious beast....
 
The Underwater King is Dead: Steve 'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin Killed by Stingray Off Aussie Coast; Barb Pierces Heart While Filming 'Ocean's Deadliest'
Cairns, Australia - Sep 4, 2006 09:16 EST

Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44. Irwin was at Batt Reef, off the remote coast of...
 
Taiwanese Girl Critical After Eel Jumps Into Mouth
Taipei, Taiwan - Sep 3, 2006 21:57 EST

Doctors at a Taipei hospital were fighting to save a girl's life after an eel jumped into her mouth and ruptured her oesophagus, media reports said Sunday. A three-year-old girl was attacked by the eel a month ago and has been...
 
Greenpeace: Philippines' Apo Island a 'Ray of Hope' in Marine Protection and Conservation Efforts
Dauin, The Philippines - Sep 3, 2006 21:51 EST

THE international environmental group Greenpeace describes Apo island in the municipality of Dauin as a "ray of hope" in environmentalists' efforts to promote the protection and conservation of the environment worldwide. Captain Pete Boquet, chief pilot of the Greenpeace ship MY...
 
Report: Actor Michael Douglas Fears Attack by Man-Eating Shark; 'I'm Not Crazy About Sharks'
Hamilton, Bermuda - Sep 2, 2006 16:34 EST

Bermuda resident Michael Douglas is unlikely to appear in any future installments in the Jaws movie franchise. The two-time Oscar winner, currently in Europe promoting his new Secret Service thriller The Sentinel, this week told the British media while he loves...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Puts Another Great White Shark on Exhibit; Previous Shark Released After 198 Days
Monterey, California - Sep 1, 2006 12:27 EST

For the second time, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has placed a young white shark on public exhibit, bringing him to Monterey on Thursday evening (August 31), 14 days after aquarium husbandry collectors caught the shark on hook-and-line gear off Southern...
 
Tourism Minister: Cayman's Environment Won't Be Impacted by Captive Dolphin Facilities
George Town, Cayman Islands - Aug 31, 2006 19:09 EST

Minister for Tourism and the Environment Charles Clifford says he believes the environment will not be negatively impacted by proposed captive dolphin facilities. Nor does he believe the dive industry will be negatively affected by the setting up of such facilities...
 
Report: Enraged Dolphin Terrorizing French Coast; 'He's Like a Mad Dog'
Brest, France - Aug 31, 2006 18:21 EST

An enraged dolphin is terrorising the French Atlantic coast, attacking boats and knocking fishermen into the sea. "He's like a mad dog," said Hneri Le Lay, of the association of fishermen and yachtsmen of the port of Brezellec. The dolphin, named...
 
Brit Diver Breaks Extreme Ironing Underwater Record - for the Second Time
London, England - Aug 30, 2006 18:37 EST

An Islington scuba diver has broken the extreme ironing underwater world record - for the second time. Louise Trewavas, 39, who lives in Wallace Road, Canonbury, first set the record in 2003, when she ironed a T-shirt at a depth of...
 
Coast Guard Captain Relieved of Duties Following Deaths of Two Divers; 'A Loss of Confidence'
Seattle, Washington - Aug 30, 2006 18:26 EST

The captain of the Coast Guard cutter Healy has been temporarily relieved of duty following the deaths of two crew members during a dive in the Arctic Ocean this month. Capt. Douglas G. Russell will be replaced by Capt. Daniel K....
 
Researcher: Manatee Pelvic Bones Provide Key Evolution Insight; Same Gene Key to Leglessness Across Animals
Stanford, California - Aug 30, 2006 18:06 EST

Most research professors spend their days writing grants, teaching and managing graduate students, so when Stanford's David Kingsley, PhD, ventured from his office to his lab, pulled out a scale and started weighing 114 pairs of manatee pelvic bones, it...
 
Report: Chicago Sushi Suffers from Mercury Overload; 'A Toxic Threat to Food Safety'
Chicago, Illinios - Aug 30, 2006 17:26 EST

An investigation of tuna served in Chicago sushi restaurants adds to a recent stream of bad news about high levels of mercury in store bought tuna, locally-caught sport fish and other seafood available to Illinoisans. Fourteen of 20 tuna sushi...
 
Study: Iron Critical to Ocean Productivity, Carbon Uptake; Large Segments of the Pacific 'Iron Stressed'
Corvallis, Oregon - Aug 30, 2006 17:11 EST

A new study has found that large segments of the Pacific Ocean lack sufficient iron to trigger healthy phytoplankton growth and the absence of the mineral stresses these microscopic ocean plants, triggering them to produce additional pigments that make ocean...
 
Scientists: New Cyanobacteria Adapted to Coastal Choppy, Polluted Waters
Rockville, Maryland - Aug 30, 2006 17:06 EST

California beachgoers may look lazy. But just a few miles off shore, scientists have discovered that a common coastal strain of cyanobacteria works diligently to thrive in choppy, polluted waters. In a study in this week's early online edition of...
 
Philippines President: Doomed Oil Tanker Sailed Despite Bad Weather; 'Human Error'
Guimaras, The Philippines - Aug 29, 2006 13:54 EST

President Arroyo said that the sunken Solar 1 tanker in Guimaras was doomed because its crew insisted on sailing despite bad weather, ABS-CBN News reported Tuesday. "So whether or not it was double hull or single hull, double bottom or single...
 
Lifeguard: No Grudge Against Shark That Bit Off His Foot; 'He Got My Foot, I Got His Tooth'
Cape Town, South Africa - Aug 29, 2006 13:17 EST

Lifeguard Achmat Hassiem bears no grudge against the Great White shark that bit off his right foot in a deep-sea struggle off the Western Cape coast two weeks ago. “He got my foot, I got his tooth. It’s only fair –...
 
Aussie Researchers: Eating Dugongs May Harm Kidneys; Cadmium Levels 'Well Above' Normal
Queensland, Australia - Aug 28, 2006 16:45 EST

High cadmium levels in dugongs and turtles in Australia's north may be affecting the kidneys of Torres Strait Islanders who eat these animals as delicacies, preliminary research suggests. Research led by epidemiologist Dr Melissa Haswell-Elkins of the University of Queensland's North...
 



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