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...
Kenyan Officials Recover Stolen 'Koranic' Tuna from Unscrupulous Traders
Mombasa, Kenya - May 18, 2006 20:31 EST
National Museums of Kenya (NMK) officials have recovered the rare fish with Arabic inscriptions after it was stolen by people posing as officials from the department.
The fish, caught off the Vanga coast in Kwale District last week, was recovered from...
Drug Discovery Team to Explore Newly Discovered Deep-Sea Reefs
Fort Pierce, Florida - May 17, 2006 22:17 EST
Last December, University of Miami researchers using advanced sonar techniques discovered new deepwater reef sites 2,000 to 2,900 feet deep in the Straits of Florida between Miami and Bimini. From May 22-30, Harbor Branch scientists will work with Miami colleagues...
Report: Sipadan Marine Paradise Destroyed by Grounded Construction Barge
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - May 17, 2006 21:58 EST
A giant barge has apparently flattened corals at Sipadan's legendary Dropoff Point inflicting "incalculable" damage, according to a report containing pictures of what are believed to be the damaged section posted on the Internet by Fins Magazine Associate editors Andrea...
Study: Exxon Valdez oil found in tidal feeding grounds of ducks, sea otters
Prince William Sound, Alaska - May 16, 2006 22:45 EST
Seventeen years after the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, compelling new evidence suggests that remnants of the worst oil spill in U.S. history extend farther into tidal waters than previously thought, increasing the probability that the...
Report: Salton Sea May Become Environmental Hazard without Restoration
Oakland, California - May 16, 2006 21:49 EST
The Salton Sea is shrinking, and without a restoration project it will transform from California's largest lake into an economic, health, and environmental hazard. The Sea's 75-year crash-course is detailed in a report released today by the Oakland-based Pacific Institute,...
Study: Global Warming May Have Damaged Coral Reefs Forever
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - May 15, 2006 21:53 EST
Global warming has had a more devastating effect on some of the world's finest coral reefs than previously assumed, suggests the first report to show the long-term impact of sea temperature rise on reef coral and fish communities.
Large sections of...
750-lb Hammerhead Shark Caught Off Florida Coast May Be World Record
Fort Myers, Florida - May 12, 2006 16:18 EST
A potential world record hammerhead shark was caught on Wednesday in Boca Grande Pass.
Capt. Andy Whitbread of Fort Myers captured a 13 foot, 4 inch, 750-pound hammerhead. Whitbread used an estimated 12- to 15-pound live crevalle jack as bait and...
Study: Caribbean Leatherback Sea Turtles Stage Comeback
St. Croix, Virgin Islands - May 8, 2006 21:39 EST
The first week in May marked the emergence of the first hatchlings from leatherback turtles nesting on Sandy Point, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. If this year follows recent trends, it will continue one of the most positive turns for...
Historic Schooner Shipwrecks Added to National Register of Historic Places
Scituate, Massachusetts - May 2, 2006 10:39 EST
The wrecks of the coal schooners Frank A. Palmer and Louise B. Crary, which rest on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary seafloor, have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's official list of cultural resources...
Research: Tiny Polyps Gorge Themselves to Survive Coral Bleaching
Columbus, Ohio - Apr 26, 2006 17:23 EST
Certain species of coral have surprised researchers by showing an unexpectedly successful approach towards survival when seriously bleached.
Their innovative strategy is gluttony.
The discovery, derived from experiments on coral reefs in Hawaii, provides new insights into how these tiny animals face...
Research: Cuttlefish are Masters of Disguise Despite Colorblindness
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 20, 2006 17:29 EST
Cuttlefish are wizards of camouflage. Adept at blending in with their surroundings, cuttlefish are known to have a diverse range of body patterns and can switch between them almost instantaneously. New research from MBL Marine Resources scientists, to appear in...
Colombian Biologist Claims World's Largest Shrimp: Almost 16 Inches
Cartagena, Colombia - Apr 17, 2006 19:28 EST
Colombian biologist Edilberto Flechas has bought what he claims to be
the largest shrimp ever seen. He bought the massive shrimp from a fisherman for the equivalent of $800.
"This is the biggest species ever known here or even in literature," said...
Scientists: Unprecedented Number of Walrus Calves Stranded by Melting Sea Ice
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 13, 2006 18:19 EST
Scientists have reported an unprecedented number of unaccompanied and possibly abandoned walrus calves in the Arctic Ocean, where melting sea ice may be forcing mothers to abandon their pups as the mothers follow the rapidly retreating ice edge north.
Study: Some Undersea Worms Like It Really, Really Hot
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Apr 13, 2006 18:09 EST
Scientists have found that worms dwelling at deep-sea hydrothermal vents opt for temperatures of 45-55 degrees Celsius (113-131 degrees Fahrenheit) when given a choice of conditions, giving them the highest thermal preference of any animal studied to date. This unique...
Scientists: Harmless River Bacteria Creates World's Strongest Superglue
Bloomington, Indiana - Apr 12, 2006 18:33 EST
The glue one species of water-loving bacteria uses to grip its surroundings may be the strongest natural adhesive known to science. If engineers can find a way to mass-produce the material, it could have uses in medicine, marine technology and...
Researchers trawl the origins of sea fishing in Northern Europe
York, United Kingdom - Apr 12, 2006 18:09 EST
For decades the study of fish bones was considered one of the most esoteric branches of archaeology, but now it is helping to reveal the massive significance of the fishing trade in the Middle Ages.
New research co-ordinated by archaeologists at...