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Report: Leatherback Turtles Virtually Extinct in Malaysia; Numbers Down Worldwide
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Aug 8, 2006 21:13 EST

The iconic leatherback turtle is virtually extinct in Malaysia, and there are fears their numbers are on the decline worldwide as habitats vanish, according to a United Nations report. The report released through the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says the population...
 
Scientists: Palm Tree Deaths Accelerating on Florida Coast; Likely Cause Is Rising Seas
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 8, 2006 13:12 EST

Palm trees on Florida’s west coast appear to be dying more rapidly than in previous years because of sea level rise tied to global warming. University of Florida scientists who began monitoring a large coastal study area in North Florida in...
 
Exclusive! Necropsy Photos Released from World Record Pregnant Hammerhead Shark
Miami, Florida - Aug 8, 2006 11:24 EST

Underwatertimes.com has obtained photographs from the necropsy of the world-record great hammerhead shark caught by a recreational fishermen in May off Boca Grande, Florida. The necropsy was performed by scientists at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. The results...
 
Minister: Infrastructure Projects On Sipadan Island Cancelled; 'Environmentally Friendly' Projects Considered
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Aug 7, 2006 21:47 EST

In a decision that would bring cheer to divers and environmentalists, the Sabah government has decided to cancel all infrastructure projects on Sipadan island. The projects to be cancelled include the RM4.5 million clubhouse and seafood restaurant. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa...
 
Scientists: Deep-sea Sediments Could Safely Store Man-made Carbon Dioxide; 'An Enormous Storage Reservoir'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Aug 7, 2006 20:05 EST

An innovative solution for the man-made carbon dioxide fouling our skies could rest far beneath the surface of the ocean, say scientists at Harvard University. They've found that deep-sea sediments could provide a virtually unlimited and permanent reservoir for this...
 
Researcher: Rare Bottom-Breathing Turtles Can Stay Submerged Up to a Week
Queensland, Australia - Aug 4, 2006 18:16 EST

The endangered Mary River Turtle has learned the perfect way to avoid being eaten — stay underwater. University of Queensland PhD student Natalie Mathie, who has been studying Mary River hatchlings for the last two years, has shown that the turtle...
 
Woman Punches "Aggressive" Otter as it Attacks Dog
Boca Raton, Florida - Aug 4, 2006 18:09 EST

A woman said she was walking her two dogs near the water when an aggressive otter attacked one of her dogs, yanking it into the water. Leah Vanon of west Boca Raton, said she was walking her Labrador retriever and her...
 
Study: Americans Don't Know Number of Documented Childhood Fish Mercury Poisoning Cases in the US; Zero
Washington, D.C. - Aug 3, 2006 18:10 EST

Nearly two-thirds of Americans questioned in a new national opinion poll mistakenly believe that more than 1,000 childhood cases of mercury poisoning, from eating fish, are identified by scientists every year in the United States. The actual number of scientifically...
 
NBA Star Yao Ming Swears off Shark Fin Soup 'Under All Circumstances'
Beijing, China - Aug 2, 2006 18:45 EST

NBA star Yao Ming pledged Wednesday to give up eating shark's fin soup, a Chinese delicacy, as he joined a campaign to promote wildlife protection. "I pledge to stop eating sharks fin soup and will not do so under all...
 
Study: Caribbean Sea Turtle Assessments Are Too Optimistic; 99% Drop in Population
Washington, D.C. - Aug 1, 2006 22:45 EST

Current conservation assessments of endangered Caribbean sea turtles are too optimistic, according to Loren McClenachan and colleagues from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. McClenachan, Jeremy Jackson and Marah Newman agree that conservation efforts since the 1970's have dramatically helped increase...
 
Safety Questions After Visitors Bitten at Kentucky Shark Petting Exhibit; 'They Don't Mind At All'
Newport, Kentucky - Aug 1, 2006 22:18 EST

Almost a dozen people have walked out of the Newport Aquarium's Shark Central exhibit wearing Band-Aids after they were bitten. The exhibit has almost 20 sharks for visitors to touch. Some are babies, some are adults -- 2 to 8 feet...
 
Scientists: Automated Underwater Robots to Make Ocean Observations Off California Coast
Monterey Bay, California - Aug 1, 2006 21:30 EST

This August in Monterey Bay, Calif., an entire fleet of undersea robots will for the first time work together without the aid of humans to make detailed and efficient observations of the ocean. The oceanographic test bed in Monterey is expected...
 
Scientists: Lead from Aussie Mine Found Spewing from Underwater Volcano in Mediterranean
Gainesville, Florida - Aug 1, 2006 21:14 EST

Scientists studying hydrothermal vents, those underwater geysers that are home to bizarre geological structures and unique marine species, have discovered something all too familiar: pollution. A University of Florida geologist is among a team of geologists that is the first to...
 
NOAA: Aquarium Trade Suspected as Middle Eastern Bannerfish Found Off Florida Coast
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 1, 2006 10:35 EST

The NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences reports that the non-native aquarium fish, Red Sea Bannerfish, has been found living on Paul's Reef off Palm Beach, Florida. The Red Sea Bannerfish (Heniochus intermedius) is native to the Red Sea in...
 
Scientists Wage War on the Rusty Crayfish; 'The Aquatic Plants are Back'
Madison, Wisconsin - Jul 31, 2006 22:34 EST

The rusty crayfish - a voracious, bullying exotic that has visited ecological havoc on numerous Wisconsin lakes - may have finally met its match. Since its introduction to Wisconsin waters sometime in the 1950s, the crayfish has spread to thousands of...
 
Study: Oceans Teem with Bacteria, Many Unknown; Numbers 'Exceeds All Expectation'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 31, 2006 22:14 EST

New DNA sequencing tools deployed by MBL scientists yield startling insights, questions about role of vast genomic diversity and ecological change over millions of years; 20,000+ kinds of bacteria found in 1 liter of seawater A startling revelation about the number...
 
Malaysian Minister Refuses to Rule Out Construction on Sipadan Island; 'Only Light Materials will be Used'
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Jul 29, 2006 16:30 EST

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman has not made any decision yet on when to resume construction of the RM4.5mil clubhouse project on the environmentally-sensitive diving haven of Pulau Sipadan. Musa, however, brushed aside calls to scrap the Sipadan project and...
 
Cayman's Scuba Official Refutes Scuba Tank Test Safety Issue; 'Everything is Above Board'
George Town, Grand Cayman - Jul 27, 2006 21:19 EST

A top official of the Watersports Association refuted claims made by some dive sector members that scuba tank testing was an issue in the Cayman Islands. In a Cayman Net News story last week, some officials of the dive sector complained...
 
Scientists: Stretching Faults Explain New Type of Ocean Floor Formation
Leeds, United Kingdom - Jul 27, 2006 21:13 EST

For the first time, scientists have found regions of the earth's crust which are stretching apart to form new sea floor; their findings are published in Nature today (27 July). Most new ocean floor is made when undersea volcanic activity...
 
Scientists: Recurring 'Dead Zone' off Oregon is Spreading, Suggests New Trend
Corvallis, Oregon - Jul 27, 2006 16:19 EST

A hypoxic "dead zone" has formed off the Oregon Coast for the fifth time in five years, according to researchers at Oregon State University. A fundamental new trend in atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns in the Pacific Northwest appears to have...
 
Tons of Sugar Dumped on Coral as Ship Grounds on Reef off Papua New Guinea; 'It was Necessary'
Misima Islands, Papua New Guinea - Jul 27, 2006 00:15 EST

Tons of Queensland sugar had to be pumped overboard after a bulk carrier crashed into a coral reef in Papua New Guinea, but authorities are unsure what damage it might do to marine life. Marine salvagers dumped the spoiled sugar into...
 
New Study to Assess Hurricane Impact on Coral Reefs in Gulf of Mexico
Miami, Florida - Jul 26, 2006 23:39 EST

Flower Garden Banks (FGB) National Marine Sanctuary is home to one of the world's most magnificent coral reefs. Located about 100 miles off the southern coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico, the reefs were in the path of Hurricane...
 
Global Coral Reef Assessment Built on NASA Images; 'A First Step'
Greenbelt, Maryland - Jul 26, 2006 23:11 EST

A first-of-its-kind survey of how well the world's coral reefs are being protected was made possible by a unique collection of NASA views from space. A team of international researchers using NASA satellite images compiled an updated inventory of all "marine...
 
Scientists: Evolutionary Origin of Fins, Limbs Discovered; 'This Confirms a Lovely Idea'
Gainsville, Florida - Jul 26, 2006 23:04 EST

Performance on the dance floor may not always show it, but people are rarely born with two left feet. We have genes that instruct our arms and legs to grow in the right places and point in the right directions....
 
Study: Alternative Approaches to Marine Management Prove Successful in Reef Conservation
New York, New York - Jul 25, 2006 21:14 EST

By performing simultaneous studies of reef conservation and socioeconomic charateristics of a set of reef management systems, researchers have gained new insight into the factors that can contribute to effective marine conservation strategies. The researchers found evidence suggesting that when...
 
Teen Uses Discovery Channel Trick to Escape the Jaws of Alligator
Deland, Florida - Jul 24, 2006 21:50 EST

A 16-year-old being dragged into a Central Florida lake by an 11-foot alligator used a tip he watched on a Discovery Channel show to break free and save his life, according to a news report. Corey Workman was in a remote...
 
Dozen Stitches as Man Claims Shark Bite Off South Carolina Coast
Hilton Head, South Carolina - Jul 21, 2006 19:19 EST

An Ohio man says he was bitten by a shark while swimming off Hilton Head Island this week. Authorities have not confirmed Dallas Jackson was attacked by a shark. But the Sylvania, Ohio, man has no doubt he was bitten. Jackson says...
 
Man Catches Mystery Fish with Human-Like Teeth in Texas Lake
Tyler, Texas - Jul 20, 2006 09:02 EST

Late Tuesday afternoon, a fisherman hooked a fish he says he`s never seen before and lake officials are just as amazed: a 20-pound fish with what looks like human teeth. Scott Curry has caught thousands of fish at Buffalo Springs...
 
Research: Antarctic Krill Provide Potent Carbon Sink in Southern Ocean; Counteracts 35 Million Cars
British Antarctic Survey, Antartica - Jul 19, 2006 21:35 EST

Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Scarborough Centre of Coastal Studies at the University of Hull discovered that rather than doing so once per 24 hours, Antarctic krill 'parachute' from the ocean surface to deeper layers several times during...
 
Scientists: Gas Escaping from Ocean Floor May Drive Global Warming; 'Methane Blowout' Explored
Santa Barbara, California - Jul 19, 2006 21:23 EST

Gas escaping from the ocean floor may provide some answers to understanding historical global warming cycles and provide information on current climate changes, according to a team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The findings are reported...
 
Police: Drowned Scuba Instructor was Wearing Weight Belt While Trying to Retrieve Snorkel from Pool Bottom
Tyler, Texas - Jul 18, 2006 22:15 EST

The scuba diving instructor who drowned at a Tyler diving center on Sunday wore a weighted belt while trying to retrieve a snorkel from the bottom of a pool, witnesses told police. Barbara McAlpin, 47, was pronounced dead at East Texas...
 
Irish Divers Uncover Anchor off Coolock Coast; 'It was a Big Surprise'
Coolock, Ireland - Jul 18, 2006 22:01 EST

Four Coolock diving enthusiasts uncovered a rare find last week when they managed to pull what they believe to be a 120-year-old anchor from the sea off Lambay Island. In a two and half hour operation, the divers, Kevin Darling,...
 
High Price of Hydro Testing of Scuba Tanks Worrying Cayman Islands Dive Businesses
George Town, Cayman Islands - Jul 18, 2006 21:53 EST

Dive sector officials are sending mixed signals when it comes to hydro testing of tanks used by their guests at dive centres around Grand Cayman with reports of problems of over pricing and fears of a drop in safety standards. Several...
 
Study: Pollution Threatens Coral Health by Preventing Lesions from Healing
Orlando, Florida - Jul 18, 2006 21:43 EST

Coral's inability to repair tissue damage contributes to decline of reefs, can harm economy and increase hurricane risks Coral tissue damage that normally heals on its own will not mend when the colonies are near pollution sources on land that release...
 
Japanese Chemists Synthesize Ciguatoxin From Scratch, Sparing Four Tons of Moray Eels
Sendai, Japan - Jul 17, 2006 22:11 EST

The synthesis of a little understood toxin found in tropical fish marks an important step in natural product synthesis, report Japanese chemists. The work will not only help to tackle a widespread food-borne illness – it will also spare tonnes...
 
UN Report: International Moratorium On Bottom-trawling Needed to Protect Deep-sea Species
New York, New York - Jul 17, 2006 21:43 EST

A long-awaited report by the United Nations shows the need for an international moratorium on bottom-trawling and other destructive fishing practices that damage deep sea life, Conservation International (CI) said. The U.N. Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea...
 
China Launches Biggest-Ever Oceanic Environment Survey
Beijing, China - Jul 16, 2006 17:33 EST

China, hungry for oil and minerals, has launched its fourth and biggest-ever oceanic environment survey to probe the conditions of its vast maritime space. The survey will last two years and cover 1.02 million square kilometres of sea area off China's...
 
Undersea Vehicles to Study Formation of Seafloor Deposits Enriched in Gold, Copper
Sarasota, Florida - Jul 14, 2006 20:05 EST

An international team of scientists will explore the seafloor near Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean later this month with remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles, investigating active and inactive hydrothermal vents and the formation of mineral deposits...
 
Maine Fisher Catches 'Half-Baked' Lobster; 'I Thought Someone was Playing a Joke on Me'
Bar Harbor, Maine - Jul 14, 2006 19:47 EST

An eastern Maine lobsterman caught a lobster this week that looks like it's half-cooked. The lobster caught by Alan Robinson in Dyer's Bay that is a typical mottled green on one side; the other side is a shade of orange that...
 
Big Tuna: America's Health Crisis Exacerbated by Confusing Reports on Tuna; 'A Healthy Staple'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 12, 2006 22:36 EST

The following is a statement released by Anne Forristall Luke, President, U.S. Tuna Foundation Concerning Defenders of Wildlife Survey of Canned Tuna: America is in the midst of a health crisis, and an unintended and unfortunate consequence of a report released...
 



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