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Study: Antioxidant Vitamins Might Protect Scuba Divers' Vascular Function
Split, Croatia - Jan 31, 2007 18:13 EST

A new study, published in The Journal of Physiology, shows that acute oral intake of largely accepted antioxidants Vitamin C and E prior to a scuba dive can reduce alterations in cardiovascular function, particularly acute endothelial dysfunction, that are caused...
 
Study: Female Fish Whisper to Initiate Sex; 'Purring Sounds in a Vertical, Head-up Position'
Vienna, Austria - Jan 29, 2007 17:14 EST

Female Croaking gouramis whisper to initiate sex according to research published in the current edition of the journal Animal Behaviour that describes the use of sound by this freshwater aquarium fish species during aggressive displays and courtship. The Croaking gourami...
 
Study: Female Fish Mating with Showy Males May Reduce Offspring’s Ability to Fight Off Pathogens
Uppsala, Sweden - Jan 10, 2007 14:56 EST

In many animals, males advertise to potential mates with showy traits, many of which are linked to testosterone levels. However, a new study suggests that, in fish, choosing a flashier mate may cause future generations to be more susceptible to...
 
Expedition Films Rare Arnoux's Beaked Whale Pod; Scars Draw Attention of Scientists
Dresden, Germany - Dec 22, 2006 13:54 EST

On the 17th of December, Meike Scheidat & Linn Lehnert, the whale watchers on board of Polarstern, made a remarkable cetaceans sighting: Four Arnoux's Beaked Whales (Berardius arnuxii), observed from the helicopter. The Arnoux's Beaked Whales is one of the least...
 
'Celebrity' Brit Angler Fined for Smuggling Live Fish; 'Angling is Not a Game'
London, England - Dec 21, 2006 16:43 EST

A professional angler caught trying to smuggle live fish from Britain to Ireland to use as bait has been fined £800 and ordered to pay £500 costs. Nigel Williams admitted trying to smuggle more than 200 live fish including carp, roach...
 
Research: Dilution, Purification Key to Reducing Effects of Hormone-Disrupting Compounds in Fish
Stockholm, Sweden - Dec 21, 2006 16:25 EST

In a dissertation at the Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM), Stockholm University, Maria Pettersson has examined whether purified wastewater from municipal purification plants and cellulose factories in Sweden contains hormone-disrupting compounds in such amounts that they are affecting fish....
 
Research: Tidal Motion Influences Antarctic Ice Sheets; 'A Total Surprise'
London, England - Dec 20, 2006 14:18 EST

New research into the way the Antarctic ice sheet adds ice to the ocean reveals that tidal motion influences the flow of the one of the biggest ice streams draining the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. This unexpected result shows that the...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Italy's Environmental Minister Rails Against Worsening Mediterranean Pollution; 'A Lot of Talk and Little Action'
Cairo, Egypt - Nov 20, 2006 18:53 EST

Italy's environment minister, Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio on Monday said that pollution in the Mediterrean has worsened over the past 30 years and blamed the situation on inaction. "The truth is that in the Mediterranean, there is a lot of talk...
 
First as Scientists Capture Rare Lightshow In the Deep Ocean; 'We Got Unique Recordings'
Bristol, U.K. - Nov 16, 2006 20:42 EST

Rare footage of marine creatures putting on deep sea 'lightshows' on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean has been captured by scientists using the latest technology. So many animals were squirting luminescence into the water that football-sized balls of light...
 
Venice Mayor: 'Moses' Flood Barrier a Mistake; 'The Project is Wrong'
Venice, Italy - Nov 13, 2006 11:23 EST

A government plan to build moveable flood barriers to protect the famous city of canals during high tides is a mistake, the mayor of Venice said Saturday. The government has approved a $5.5 billion project to build hinged barriers in...
 
Scientists Stumped: Underwater Photographer Captures Picture of Mysterious Gelatinous Ball; 'A Bit of Science Fiction'
Hordaland, Norway - Oct 28, 2006 10:13 EST

A mysterious gelatinous ball has puzzled and fascinated researchers after undersea photographer Rudolf Svensen spotted it while diving at the mouth of the Matre fjord in Hordaland, western Norway. On Oct. 1 Rudolf and his brother Erling were diving when he...
 
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...
 
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,...
 
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...
 
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...
 
'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...
 
World Record Diver Honored with Plaque; George Wookey's 600ft Dive in 1956 Said 'Thrilling'
Portishead, UK - Oct 11, 2006 19:48 EST

A former Portishead schoolboy, who set a world record breaking dive half a century ago, is to unveil a plaque to remember his achievement. British Royal Navy diver Lt George Wookey, who now lives in Australia, is to unveil the plaque...
 
WWF: Toxic Boat Paint Harming Wildlife; 'A Scandal the World Should be Ashamed Of'
London, UK - Oct 11, 2006 19:35 EST

Member countries of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are perpetuating pollution from the Arctic to Antarctica that is contaminating wildlife and entering our food chain, says WWF. During the IMO meeting this week, the global conservation organization is calling on member...
 
Research: Archerfish Shoot Prey with Precise Water Guns; Able to Adjust Mass of Water in Shot
Erlangen, Germany - Oct 10, 2006 18:17 EST

Archerfish exhibit the remarkable ability to hunt for insects and other small terrestrial animals by firing precisely aimed streams of water that knock prey onto the water's surface. These water shots were once thought to be all-or-none in quality, but...
 
UN Warns: Sewage Threatens Seas and Oceans; Human Health and Marine Life 'at Risk'
The Hague, Netherlands - Oct 5, 2006 19:15 EST

Coastal populations and a rising tide of sewage are threatening the world’s seas and oceans. “The marine pollution is putting at risk human health and marine life,” a U.N. report issued from The Hague yesterday says. The report stated than an...
 
Scientists: Ancient Remains of Whole 'Tyrannosaurus Rex of the Oceans' Found; 'We Have the Head'
Oslo, Norway - Oct 5, 2006 14:09 EST

Researchers on Thursday announced the discovery of the remains of a short-necked plesiosaur, a prehistoric marine reptile the size of a bus, that they believe is the first complete skeleton ever found. The 150 million year old remains of the 33-foot...
 
Brit Tourists Warned After Seahorse Smuggling Arrests; 'One of the Most Serious Global Problems of Our Time'
London, England - Oct 3, 2006 21:50 EST

The government has warned tourists not to fall into the trap of unknowingly smuggling products into the UK that are made from endangered animal or plant species. Today's reminder follows the arrest of two Britons by HM Revenue and Customs for...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Group: New Concern as EU Considers Support for 'Shark Finning'; Spanish Fishing Lobby Pressures
Madrid, Spain - Aug 23, 2006 18:21 EST

An international marine conservation organisation is concerned for the welfare of sharks following the potential support of ‘shark finning’ within the European Union. The marine conservation organisation Oceana has released a damming report aimed at the European Union (EU) Members of...
 
Divers Remain Underwater for 24 Hours, Break World Record; 'We Didn’t Surface at All'
Limassol, Cyprus - Aug 22, 2006 23:37 EST

Two divers from the Aloha Dive Centre in Limassol broke a world on Saturday, raising approximately £1,000 for charity. The divers remained submerged for 24 hours, without emerging for any breaks. The divers, Mark Brimble and Jan Burt, descended at 6pm on...
 
'Red Devil' Squid, Jellyfish Point to Ocean Disruptions; 'Good for Some People and Bad for Others'
Oslo, Norway - Aug 21, 2006 18:10 EST

South American "Red Devil" squid found off Alaska and jellyfish plaguing the Mediterranean may point to vast disruptions in the seas linked to global warming, pollution or over-fishing, experts say. Fish such as salmon and mackerel have also been spotted in...
 

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