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Suunto Dive Computers Recalled; Software Bug 'A Potential Risk to Divers'
Helsinki, Finland - Jun 19, 2006 21:38 EST

Suunto has announced an important safety notice regarding its D9 and D6 diving instruments. This global decision involves D9 and D6 instruments that have been delivered to distributors and retailers, as well as product that has been sold to consumers. Quality...
 
Shark attack kills surfer in Brazil; femoral artery ruptured
Recife, Brazil - Jun 18, 2006 19:08 EST

A surfer in Brazil has died after a shark bit him in the left thigh. Humberto Pessoa Batista, 27, was with about 30 other surfers about 50ft from a beach in the city of Olinda when he was attacked, firefighters told...
 
British Millionaire's Dolphin 'Husband' Dies; 'He Vomited and Did Not Look Good'
Jerusalem, Israel - Jun 18, 2006 19:06 EST

Cindy the dolphin, who grabbed headlines after British millionaire Sharon Tendler said 'I Do' to him last year, died on Sunday following illness and like all creatures of the deep was given a burial at sea. "Cindy swam slowly and he...
 
Greenpeace: Marine Reserves Needed for the Mediterranean; 'Home to 9% of the World's Marine Life'
Genoa, Italy - Jun 15, 2006 21:50 EST

Marine life in the Mediterranean is in danger of being wiped out unless 40% of the sea is protected by reserves, says a new Greenpeace report. The report, "Marine Reserves for the Mediterranean Sea" highlights the threats facing the Mediterranean...
 
Court: French Travel Agency Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million to Three Kidnapped Off Sipadan Island
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Jun 14, 2006 23:01 EST

A French court has ordered a total of US$1.489mil (RM5.46mil) to be paid to three of the 21 people who were kidnapped from Pulau Sipadan six years ago. The order, which was made last Wednesday, was made against Paris-based tour agent...
 
Guinness: India Park Home to World's Largest Crocodile; 23 Feet
Bhitarkanika, India - Jun 14, 2006 22:56 EST

The Bhitarkanika Park on the Orissa coast has achieved the rare distinction of housing the world's largest salt water crocodile measuring about 23 feet. What has delighted the wildlife lovers and wildlife officials in the state is that the largest crocodile...
 
Harmful Algal Blooms Monitored from Space in Chile
Santiago, Chile - Jun 14, 2006 21:56 EST

Chile is currently the world's largest producer of farmed salmon and has a burgeoning mussel culture industry that is supplying a growing world market. However, the country's marine aquaculture sector is vulnerable to Harmful Algal Blooms, which occur when some...
 
Report: Coral Gathering Unabated in the Southern Philippines Despite Ban; 'What the Sea has Belongs to Us'
Zamboanga, The Philippines - Jun 13, 2006 20:54 EST

Fishermen continue to gather and sell sea corals to local collectors and tourists in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga despite a government ban and efforts to stop the illegal activities. Corals are rocklike deposit consisting of the calcareous skeletons...
 
Scientists: Coral Death Results from Bacteria Fed by Algae; A 'Band of Sickness and Death'
Santa Barbara, California - Jun 12, 2006 21:32 EST

Bacteria and algae are combining to kill coral –– and human activities are compounding the problem. Scientists have discovered an indirect microbial mechanism whereby bacteria kill coral with the help of algae. Human activities are contributing to the growth of algae...
 
New Land-Based Shark Fishing Association Launched with Emphasis on Catch and Release
North Port, Florida - Jun 8, 2006 18:24 EST

The International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association (The ILSFA) will Pioneer new World Record Categories for Released Fish, Research Efforts and Sport Unification. Land-Based Shark Fishing is defined as, "Attempting to capture and / or the actual capture of sharks using a...
 
Scientists: The Philippines is the World's 'Center of Marine Biodiversity'; Announce Alarm over Marine Threats
Manila, The Philippines - Jun 8, 2006 18:09 EST

Some 100 scientists have declared the Philippines as the world’s "center of marine biodiversity" — not the Great Reef Barrier off east Australia — because of its vast species of marine and coastal resources, according to the World Bank. However, the...
 
Greenpeace: Every Four Seconds, Ten Football Fields of Marine Life Wiped Out by Bottom Trawlers
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Jun 8, 2006 16:47 EST

As the kick-off to the football world cup approaches, Greenpeace has revealed the shocking fact that every four seconds, marine life in an area of ocean floor the size of ten football fields is wiped out by high seas bottom...
 
Scubapro Regulators Recalled Over Drowning Risk
El Cajon, California - Jun 7, 2006 22:35 EST

California`s Scubapro said Wednesday it was recalling 670 of its X650 second-stage regulators. A manufacturing error could cause the main housing of some regulators, which divers place in their mouths to breathe, to change shape over time, which could cause the...
 
Kiwi Greens: Sea Lion Slaughter Must Be Stopped; 'I Am Now Even More Appalled'
Wellington, New Zealand - Jun 6, 2006 23:05 EST

Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton's decision to increase the kill limit on New Zealand sealion must be reviewed after revelations today that he went against the advice of Conservation Minister Chris Carter, the Green Party says. Documents obtained by Forest and Bird...
 
Consumer Reports: Pregnant Women Should Not Eat Canned Tuna; 'It's Prudent'
Yonkers, New York - Jun 5, 2006 22:26 EST

As a prudent measure, Consumer Reports is cautioning pregnant women to avoid canned tuna. The magazine's advice is based on an analysis of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests of mercury in fish posted recently on the agency's Web site. CR's...
 
Research: Electric Fish in Africa Could be Example of Evolution in Action
Ithaca, New York - Jun 2, 2006 13:33 EST

Avoiding quicksand along the banks of the Ivindo River in Gabon, Cornell neurobiologists armed with oscilloscopes search for shapes and patterns of electricity created by fish in the water. They know from their previous research that the various groups of local...
 
Study: Protein Myglobin Key to Common Carp's Ability to Survive with Little Oxygen
Liverpool, England - Jun 1, 2006 16:03 EST

The common carp has given scientists at the University of Liverpool an unusual insight into how animals can survive in environments with little or no oxygen The research team found that the protein myglobin - thought to act as an oxygen...
 
Study: Colorful, Rare-Patterned Male Guppies Have Survival Advantage in the Wild
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - May 31, 2006 21:43 EST

Any owner of a freshwater aquarium likely has had guppies (Poecilia reticulata), those small brightly colored fish with a propensity for breeding. Now guppy populations manipulated in natural habitats in Trinidad have taught researchers an evolutionary lesson on the survival...
 
Scientists: Hidden Prehistoric Ecosystem Discovered in Israel Cave; Eight New Species Found
Jerusalem., Israel - May 31, 2006 11:12 EST

Discovery of eight previously unknown, ancient animal species within "a new and unique underground ecosystem" in Israel was revealed today by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers. In a press conference on the Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University, the researchers...
 
Local Official: People Want Answers About Sipadan Construction Plans; 'I Am Not Pointing Fingers'
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - May 31, 2006 09:49 EST

The people of Semporna, the district in which Pulau Sipadan falls, have their own questions about the rest facilities being built on the island. Semporna MP Datuk Shafie Apdal said: "The State Government asked the operators to vacate the island. Some...
 
Iraq's marshes show progress toward recovery
Durham, North Carolina - May 30, 2006 21:10 EST

Reflooding of Iraq's destroyed Mesopotamian marshes since 2003 has resulted in a "remarkable rate of reestablishment" of native invertebrates, plants, fish, and birds, according to an article in the June issue of BioScience. Curtis J. Richardson of Duke University and...
 
Tourism Official: Sipadan to Stay Open; 'I Don't Believe There is a Cover-up'
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - May 25, 2006 23:22 EST

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat said there are no immediate plans to close Sipadan pending an emergency meeting by the related committee to determine the next course of action. Sabah Parks would continue to issue permits...
 
Official: State Park 'Not Capable of Looking after Sipadan'; Coral Rehabilitation Urged
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - May 25, 2006 23:16 EST

Sabah Parks should be relieved of its duty of managing dive resort islands as it was found incapable of looking after Sipadan. Part Keadilan Rakyat Sabah deputy chairperson, Christina Liew, in a statement Wednesday, said the Chief Minister, being the...
 
Researchers to Explore Gulf of Mexico Seafloor; World's 'Most Complicated Continental Slope'
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - May 25, 2006 22:21 EST

When most people think of Louisiana as being unique, they think of Mardi Gras, crawfish and Cajun culture. Few realize that what lies beneath the Gulf of Mexico along Louisiana's coast is also unique, from the terrain and habitat to...
 
Study: Overfishing Puts Southern California Kelp Forest Ecosystems at Risk; 'So Sensitive'
Santa Barbara, California - May 25, 2006 22:19 EST

Overfishing presents a much greater risk to the kelp forest ecosystems that span the West Coast -- from Alaska to Mexico's Baja Peninsula -- than the effects of run-off from fertilizers or sewage from the shore, say scientists at the...
 
Possible World Record Great Hammerhead Shark Caught Off Florida; 14.5 feet, 1,262 lbs
Sarasota, Florida - May 25, 2006 10:01 EST

A fisherman from Port Charlotte reeled in a hammerhead shark that was so big, it could be a new world sport fishing record, Mote Marine Laboratory reported Wednesday night. It took Bucky Dennis of Port Charlotte five hours to land the...
 
Video shows volcano erupting 555 metres underwater; 'It was a riveting sight'
Newport, Oregon - May 24, 2006 22:37 EST

An international team of scientists has presented its findings from the first observations of the eruption of a submarine volcano that in 2004 and 2005 spewed out plumes of sulfur-rich fluid and pulses of volcanic ash 550 meters below the...
 
Rubble: Sipadan Contractor Gets Off with Apology and Clean-up After Reef Destruction
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - May 24, 2006 22:05 EST

After all the hue and cry, the contractor who damaged the coral reef off Pulau Sipadan has been allowed to get off with an apology and the cost of cleaning up. The State Government claimed only 372.4 square metres (the size...
 
Minister: Damage To Corals Near Sipadan Island Minimal; Foreign Media Told To 'Stop the Exaggeration'
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - May 24, 2006 20:39 EST

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat said Wednesday the damage to corals at Sipadan Island caused by a barge on May 14 was "very minimum" but was blown out of proportion by the foreign media. Speaking to reporters after...
 
Malaysian Dive Operators Issue Statement On Sipadan Reef Disaster; Praise for 'Infrastructure' Effort
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - May 23, 2006 22:10 EST

In the wake of a construction accident that destroyed part of a reef on Sipadan Island, Malaysian dive operators have issued a statement in support of the Malaysian state’s effort to improve the island’s infrastructure. This statement follows an immense...
 
Vet Dispels Goldfish Three-Second Memory Myth; It's Three Months
Hobart, Australia - May 23, 2006 20:46 EST

A conference of vets in Hobart has heard that fish are much smarter than is commonly thought. Studies have found the concept of fish having three second memories is a myth and goldfish memories can last as long as three months. Veterinarian...
 
Researchers: Understanding Undersea Channels Could Aid Oil Recovery; Results 'Counterintuitive'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - May 23, 2006 20:35 EST

Work in an MIT lab may help energy companies withdraw millions of additional barrels of oil from beneath the sea floor. Typically, companies recover only 30 percent to 40 percent of the oil in a given reservoir. Since a single reservoir...
 
Researcher: How ancient whales lost their legs, got sleek and conquered the oceans
Gainesville, Florida - May 22, 2006 22:08 EST

When ancient whales finally parted company with the last remnants of their legs about 35 million years ago, a relatively sudden genetic event may have crowned an eons-long shrinking process. An international group of scientists led by Hans Thewissen, Ph.D., a...
 
Ecologists Home in on How Sperm Whales Find Their Prey: Echolocation
Woods Hhole, Massachusetts - May 22, 2006 22:03 EST

Ecologists have at last got a view of sperm whales' behaviour during their long, deep dives, thanks to the use of recently developed electronic "dtags". According to new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, sperm...
 
Report: Sipadan Reef 'Probably Lost Forever' After Construction Barge Grounding; All Construction Halted
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysai - May 22, 2006 21:38 EST

Andrea Ferrari, who alerted the diving world to the damage to Sipadan’s corals, said he was taken aback but pleased by the effect his blog has had. But he is saddened that the reef may never recover. Italians Andrea and Anthonella...
 
Brazil Creates Buffer Zone Around Coral Reefs Off Atlantic Coast
Washington, D.C. - May 22, 2006 21:01 EST

The Brazilian government has created an official buffer zone around the Abrolhos National Marine Park to protect the biologically richest coral reefs in the South Atlantic. The buffer zone, created by Brazil’s Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA), encompasses nearly...
 
Conservation Challenge as Dichotomy in Migration Patterns Found for East Atlantic Sea Turtles
Cornwall, UK - May 22, 2006 20:55 EST

Studying members of a large population of loggerhead sea turtles that nest on the Cape Verde islands off of West Africa, researchers have found an unexpected dichotomy in turtle behavior: While some turtles leave the nesting grounds to feed on...
 
Study: Great Lakes' Salmon Failing To Thrive Because of 'Junk Food' Diet
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - May 21, 2006 18:57 EST

A Lake Superior State University study on Atlantic salmon conducted by researchers in the LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory has shed some light on why the fish are not reproducing naturally in the Great Lakes. The findings, conducted by Marshall Werner Ph.D.,...
 
Researchers: Giant deep-sea tubeworm's meal ticket comes in as a skin infection
University Park, Pennsylvania - May 19, 2006 15:33 EST

Giant tubeworms found near hydrothermal vents more than a mile below the ocean surface do not bother to eat: lacking mouth and stomach, they stand rooted to one spot. For nourishment, they rely completely on symbiotic bacteria that live within...
 
How Healthy is that Marsh? Biologists Count Parasites to Find Out
San Diego, California - May 19, 2006 15:27 EST

Is that salt marsh healthy? To answer this, Sea Grant biologists are cracking open common marsh snails and counting parasitic worms. Their claim: the more parasites, the healthier the marsh. While the parasite hypothesis may conflict with conventional ideas about infectious...
 



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