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.
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...
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...
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...
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: 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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.,...
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...