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...
Group: Kiwi Sea Lion 'Kill Quota' Increase Unjustified
Wellington, New Zealand - Apr 11, 2006 18:28 EST
The 55% mid-season increase in the number of NZ sea lions that the squid fishing industry will be allowed to kill this season is unjustified, Forest & Bird said today.
"There is no new scientific evidence to justify the Minister's 55%...
Divers find gold near sunken treasure ship off Florida Keys
Key West, Florida - Apr 11, 2006 12:25 EST
Divers have found two gold bars and 15 silver coins, which had been buried beneath the ocean floor off this island city for almost 400 years.
The objects are believed to be from the shipwreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha,...
Scientists: Carp Found to Hold Its Breath for Months
Oslo, Sweden - Apr 7, 2006 17:51 EST
How long can you hold your breath? Scientists at the University of Oslo have recently discovered how the Crucian Carp, a close relative of the goldfish, is able to live for months without oxygen. The researchers hope that understanding how...
Malaysia Bans Flippers in Marine Parks
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia - Apr 5, 2006 22:34 EST
The use of flippers by snorkellers is to be banned at all marine parks in Malaysia.
Resort operators have been given one week to notify their guests of the directive.
The move follows a recommendation from the Fisheries Department that the use...
Scientists: Anti-freeze Gene in Fish Evolved from 'Junk' DNA
Springfield, Illinois - Apr 4, 2006 19:33 EST
Scientists at the University of Illinois have discovered an antifreeze-protein gene in cod that has evolved from non-coding or 'junk' DNA. Since the creation of these antifreeze proteins is directly driven by polar glaciation, by studying their evolutionary history the...
Research: Salmon OK After Going Veggie; Canola Oil Viable Alternative for Feed
Lancaster, U.K. - Apr 4, 2006 19:07 EST
Salmon, like humans, require omega-3 fatty acids in their diet to function healthily. But as the fish farming industry expands, feeding salmon and other aquatic species with pellets containing fishmeal and oil derived from processing wild-caught marine fish is unsustainable...
Study: Alaska seal pup diet may hold key to decline of population
Fairbanks, Alaska - Apr 4, 2006 17:32 EST
Female harbor seal pups whose blubber falls below average levels may be at higher risk of delayed sexual maturation or death, even if they get enough fat in their diets later on, according to a new study sponsored by The...
Scientists: Some Cod Like It Hot, Some Not
Canterbury, U.K. - Apr 3, 2006 19:36 EST
Scientists at CEFAS (UK) have found that the migration pattern of wild cod is much less restricted by environmental temperature than laboratory studies suggest. Previously, research in the lab indicated that the preferred temperature range of cod was between 11-15ºC....
Researcher: Fish larvae don't swim well because they lack control
Lancaster, U.K. - Apr 3, 2006 18:57 EST
Do you remember learning to swim? Thrashing around, floundering, until suddenly it all clicks into place and a few feeble strokes of doggy-paddle propel you away from your parent's arms. Surely, you think, fish must be born as expert swimmers....
Report: Environmentalists' 'marine reserve' proposals for North Sea misguided
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom - Mar 27, 2006 19:14 EST
Proposals by environmentalists to declare small areas of the North Sea as 'no-fishing' zones would not save our flagging fish stocks, suggests a new report by Newcastle University for the British Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA).
Satellite making first direct measurements of ocean surface velocities
Bergen, Norway - Mar 27, 2006 18:50 EST
For more than a decade space-based radar instruments have been routinely observing ocean surface phenomena including wind, waves, oil slicks, even the eyes of hurricanes. Now – employing the same principle as police speed guns – satellite radar has also...
Researcher: Seagrass in decline worldwide; human activity is to blame
Durham, North Carolina - Mar 27, 2006 18:45 EST
Around the world, seagrass beds – shallow-water ecosystems that are important habitats, food sources, and sediment stabilizers – are in decline, says Frederick Short, research professor of natural resources and marine science at the University of New Hampshire. And as...
Scientists discover interplay between genes and viruses in tiny ocean plankton
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Mar 25, 2006 11:26 EST
New evidence from open-sea experiments shows there's a constant shuffling of genetic material going on among the ocean's tiny plankton. It happens via ocean-dwelling viruses, scientists report this week in the journal Science.
Conducted by biological oceanographers Sallie Chisholm and her...
Tests: Red Tide Caused Sea Turtle Die-off in El Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador - Mar 23, 2006 18:12 EST
A “Red Tide” event that occurred off the coast of El Salvador late last year directly caused the deaths of some 200 sea turtles, according to test results released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other organizations.
Study: Deep-sea Fish Populations Boom Over the Last 15 Years
San Diego, California - Mar 23, 2006 17:42 EST
The largest habitats on Earth are located in the vast, dark plains at the bottom of the ocean. Yet because of their remoteness, many aspects of this mostly unexplored world remain mysterious.
New research led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at...
Scientists: 'Supramolecules' Could Cleanup Mercury in Latin America's Rivers
Surrey, United Kingdom - Mar 22, 2006 19:16 EST
Mercury pollution is poisoning many Latin American rivers. The Argentinean, Brazilian, Peruvian, British, Swedish and Spanish researchers working on the Mercury project are now tackling this specific problem with the aid of some remarkable supramolecules.
"Latin America could experience a disaster...
British Invester Wants to Build Giant Aquarium in Bali
Denpansar, Bali - Mar 22, 2006 19:07 EST
British investor Newman Bio Marine Pte Ltd wanted to build a giant aquarium in popular tourist resort in Sanur area on Bali Island, a British businesswoman said.
The company wished to make a large aquarium in Sanur since the area`s underwater...
13-year old Deaf and Dumb Boy Becomes India's Youngest Scuba Diver
Port Blair, India - Mar 22, 2006 18:46 EST
A 13-year old deaf and dumb boy from Andaman and Nicobar islands has become India's youngest scuba diver.
Gaurav Baidya became the youngest scuba diver when he received the Pacific Area Diving Institute (PADI) certificate, the international scuba body certificate, after...
Scientists use satellites to detect deep-ocean whirlpools
Newark, Delaware - Mar 20, 2006 17:58 EST
Move over, Superman, with your X-ray vision. Marine scientists have now figured out a way to "see through" the ocean's surface and detect what's below, with the help of satellites in space.
Using sensor data from several U.S. and European satellites,...