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Scientist: Era of Deep Ocean Mining Coming Soon; 'Legitimate Concern' Understandable
Toronto, Canada - Feb 20, 2006 19:15 EST

We’re on the brink of the era of deep ocean mining, says a global pioneer in the study of sea floor mineral deposits. Dr. Steven Scott, a geologist at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada says that advances in...
 
Scientists: Marine Mammals Are on Frontline of Failing Ocean Health; Diseases May be Early Warning Sign for Humans
St. Louis, Missouri - Feb 20, 2006 18:48 EST

Leading scientists, physicians, and veterinarians are uncovering new links between land-based pollution and diseases in marine mammals, with implications for human health. "Marine mammals are providing early clues of our unseen impact on the sea," says Paul Sandifer, Chief Scientist for...
 
Researcher: Early humans traveled along 'kelp highway'
Eugene, Oregon - Feb 20, 2006 18:38 EST

If humans migrated from Asia to the Americas along Pacific Rim coastlines near the end of the Pleistocene era, kelp forests may have aided their journey, according to research presented today at the American Association for the Advancement of Science...
 
Scientists look to the Bahamas as a model for coral reef conservation
Palo Alto, California - Feb 20, 2006 18:27 EST

One of the greatest challenges facing marine ecologists today is finding innovative ways to reverse the rapid decline of coral reef ecosystems around the world. Ten percent of the planet's reefs already have been degraded beyond recovery, according to one...
 
Scientist: Oceans may soon be more corrosive than when the dinosaurs died
Palo Alto, California - Feb 20, 2006 18:20 EST

Increased carbon dioxide emissions are rapidly making the world's oceans more acidic and, if unabated, could cause a mass extinction of marine life similar to one that occurred 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs disappeared. Ken Caldeira of the...
 
Kiwi Greens: 'Whales are not dog tucker!'; Japan's scientific research program a 'fallacy'
Wellington, New Zealand - Feb 19, 2006 18:01 EST

An admission by the Japanese whaling institute that whale meat is ending up in that nation's pet food bowls is just one more reason that the barbaric slaughter must be banned, the Green Party says. "Whales are not dog tucker! New...
 
Hot Tub: Atlantic Ocean Temperatures Much Higher in the Past; 'Off the Charts'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Feb 19, 2006 17:49 EST

Scientists have found evidence that tropical Atlantic Ocean temperatures may have once reached 107F (42C)--about 25F (14C) higher than ocean temperatures today and warmer than a hot tub. The surprisingly high ocean temperatures, the warmest estimates to date for any...
 
Kiwi diver makes sightings of rare seahorse, sea hare
Poor Knights Island, New Zealand - Feb 18, 2006 18:37 EST

A diving trip off the Poor Knights Islands has turned up two rare sea creatures living in what could be a marine biology time warp. One of the tiny creatures - a miniature seahorse - has only ever been recorded once...
 
Scientist: Phytoplankton bounce back from abrupt climate change; 'pretty resilient'
State College, Pennslyvania - Feb 18, 2006 18:28 EST

The majority of tiny marine plants weathered the abrupt climate changes that occurred in Earth's past and bounced back, according to a Penn State geoscientist. "Populations of plankton are pretty resilient," says Dr. Timothy J. Bralower, head and professor of geoscience. Bralower...
 
High-tech tags on marine animals yield valuable data for biologists and oceanographers
Santa Cruz, California - Feb 18, 2006 18:19 EST

Researchers are enlisting seals, sea lions, tunas, and sharks to serve as ocean sensors, outfitting these top predators with electronic tags that gather detailed reports on oceanographic conditions and, in many cases, transmit the data via satellite. The data are...
 
Research: Too much sugar not good for coral reefs; bacteria grow 'out of control'
Panama City, Panama - Feb 18, 2006 09:25 EST

The race is on to buy up inexpensive land along coastlines for vacation homes and tourist hotels. But increased development can mean more nutrient rich runoff that threatens the very coral reefs attracting tourists in the first place. David Kline...
 
Mechanism for memory revealed in neurons of electric fish
Austin, Texas - Feb 17, 2006 22:13 EST

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin studying electric fish have gained new insight into how memory is stored at the level of neurons. Their finding, published in the Feb. 16 issue of Neuron, could help researchers better understand memory...
 
Sonar technology reveals eerie ghost of the Mikhail Lermontov wreck 20 years after sinking
Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand - Feb 17, 2006 21:56 EST

A scientist from New Zealand's National Instute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has used sophisticated sonar technology to reveal a ghost-like image of the Mikhail Lermontov lying in its watery grave in the Marlborough Sounds. Twenty years after sinking, the...
 
Japanese Reseachers Attack British Environmentalists' Claims Whale Meat is Being Fed to Dogs
London, England - Feb 17, 2006 21:44 EST

A Japanese research group has criticized British environmentalists who recently claimed whale meat was being used in Japanese pet food. Last week, Britain's Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society said the use of the meat in pet food showed that Japan...
 
Hawaii Man Recalls the Day a Great White Shark Attacked Him
Kauai, Hawaii - Feb 16, 2006 19:48 EST

Kenny Doudt talks about the longest 15 seconds of his life. It happened 25 years ago in the split second moments when he found himself in the jaws of a great white shark. The attack happened in the chilly...
 
EPA Clears the Way to Sink USS Oriskany as an Artificial Reef off the Florida Panhandle
Atlanta, Georgia - Feb 16, 2006 18:27 EST

The EPA issued to the U.S. Navy and the state of Florida an Approval to Dispose of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) contained in electrical cable and other non-liquid materials and equipment onboard the decommissioned USS Oriskany. This approval allows the Navy...
 
UN Sea Turtle Recommendations Ignored by Fisheries; Extinctions or a Longlining Moratorium
Forest Knolls, California - Feb 15, 2006 19:22 EST

This week, the United Nations General Assembly will convene a high level working group to address the biological diversity crisis on the high seas. Despite the General Assembly's November 2005 resolution that calls for conservation measures and closures of fishing...
 
Paws or claws? Giant Corpse was Floating Mystery
Miami, Florida - Feb 15, 2006 18:14 EST

Something very dead was floating in an Olympia Heights canal in western Miami-Dade: A black bear was the word from Miami-Dade police. Their corpses turn up rarely and it's almost always gruesome when they do. They turn up skinless, headless...
 
Researchers: Thin tough skin, slow-growing gills protect larval Antarctic fish
Champaign, Illinois - Feb 14, 2006 19:43 EST

Very thin but hardy, unblemished skin and slow developing gills appear to be keys to survival for newly hatched Antarctic notothenioids, a group of fish whose adults thrive in icy waters because of antifreeze proteins (AFPs) in their blood. Such adaptations...
 
Fish skin shoes set to make a splash; 'Fish skin is another piece of leather'
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Feb 14, 2006 19:04 EST

This is not another “fishy” tale. Newly-opened shoe boutique Zendalia is introducing shoes, bags, wallets and key chains, made of tilapia fish skin. With the natural scale pattern in copious colours, these products are simply irresistible. “Fish skin is another piece of...
 
Expedition discovers marine treasures; New species of fish, seaweeds found on Caribbean's Saba Bank
Saba Island, Netherlands Antilles - Feb 14, 2006 18:58 EST

An underwater mountain that forms the world's third-largest atoll has some of the richest diversity of marine life ever found in the Caribbean, according to scientists who recently explored the area. The two-week expedition in January encountered new species of fish,...
 
Escapee Farmed Salmon Infiltrate Fitter Wild Populations
Quebec, Canada - Feb 13, 2006 18:50 EST

There is growing concern about the threats that farmed Atlantic salmon escapees constitute to wild salmon populations. Consumers and environmentalists are concerned about farmed salmon yet heritable changes that have accumulated in farmed strains at the genetic level are largely unknown. In...
 
Kiwis Call for Urgent Action on Bottom Trawling; 'Banning Trawling Out-Right is Not an Option'
Wellington, New Zealand - Feb 13, 2006 18:14 EST

New Zealand will push for urgent interim measures to address the effects of bottom trawling on the high seas, Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton will tell parties to a future Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) meeting in Wellington today. "We recognise it...
 
The Man Who Scared Millions: 'Jaws' Author Peter Benchley Dead at 65
New York, NY - Feb 13, 2006 10:08 EST

Peter Benchley, whose novel Jaws terrorized millions of swimmers even as the author himself became an advocate for the conservation of sharks, has died at age 65, his widow said Sunday. Wendy Benchley, married to the author for 41 years,...
 
Aussies Search for 'Pyscho' in Brutal Killing of 'Sam,' Popular Seal; 'Where Does It Stop?'
Albany, Australia - Feb 12, 2006 19:26 EST

A cruise operator in Albany, Western Australia, says he is devastated by what appears to be the brutal killing of a New Zealand fur seal at the weekend. The seal's carcass was discovered at Oyster Harbour. Jonathan Jones has been running boat...
 
Sunken Treasure Looters Posing as Scuba Divers in Malaysia
Mersing, Malaysia - Feb 11, 2006 18:10 EST

Looters posing as scuba-divers are scouring the waters of Mersing looking for sunken treasure. They have managed to carry away artifacts from many shipwrecks in the area, University Kebangsaan Malaysia archaeologist Prof Nik Hassan Suhaimi told The New Straits Times. He said...
 
Diver Lost Off Puerto Rico Swims 10 Miles to Safety; 'Thank You God'
Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico - Feb 10, 2006 18:03 EST

A lost diver who was the subject of a U.S. Coast Guard search managed to swim 10 miles through heavy seas to safety, authorities said Thursday. Marcos Calzada Colon said that at one point he followed a pod of whales because...
 
Excess whale meat being fed to school children in Japan; 'whale meat tastes horrible'
Tokyo, Japan - Feb 9, 2006 18:58 EST

Japan has enticed children with whale burger school lunches, sung the praises of the red meat in colorful pamphlets, and declared whale hunting "a national heritage." The result is an unprecedented glut of whale meat. Prices — once about $15 a...
 
World First? Diving Instructor Captures Images of Divers Interacting with Killer Whales
Argentina - Feb 9, 2006 18:44 EST

A diving instructor has recorded what may be the first ever images of killer whales interacting with humans in Argentina. Gabriel Hermida was on a boat taking new divers out for their first ever dive off the Argentinean coast when a...
 
Survivor: Canadian shipwreck deserves respect; 'It's deep water and it's dangerous'
Brockville, Ontario - Feb 9, 2006 18:18 EST

The sole living survivor of the J.B. King explosion believes that while divers should still be llowed access to the wreck, the site should be protected and recognized as a gravesite. Now 94, Captain Ev Snider was one of 11 people...
 
Vet Attacked by Lionfish While Cleaning Aquarium; 'I was Having Seizures and Convulsions'
Getzville, New York - Feb 9, 2006 10:19 EST

Kevin Freels has been a vet for three years. He has seen his share of injuries, but he never thought he'd be on the receiving end of a potentially deadly attack from his own pet. “I was just doing the routine...
 
Six Indicted in Scheme to Poach and Smuggle Protected California Leopard Sharks
Oakland, California - Feb 9, 2006 09:47 EST

United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announced that a federal grand jury indicted six individuals on charges of criminally catching and selling thousands of undersized juvenile leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata). The indictment, which was returned on January 24, 2006, and...
 
Brit Scientists Warn: Chinese Crab Menace Must Be Controlled
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK - Feb 8, 2006 17:15 EST

An exotic type of crab is spreading at an alarming rate throughout Britain's coast and rivers, a study by the University's School of Marine Science and Technology has found. The Chinese mitten crab, brought to Britain during the last century in...
 
New Sonar Method Offers Way to Assess Health of Squid Fisheries
Monterey, California - Feb 8, 2006 16:44 EST

California’s $30-million-a-year squid fishery has quadrupled in the past decade, but until now there has been no way to assess the continuing viability of squid stocks. A multi-institutional team of scientists this month reported a new sonar technique to locate...
 
Researcher: 'Two-Mouthed' Trout Caused by Injury, Not Genetics
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Feb 8, 2006 16:24 EST

Clarence Olberding of Lincoln thought he had the catch of the day when he hooked a trout with two mouths. But a Harvard University researcher who examined the severed fish head said the unusual deformity was caused by an...
 
Study: Fish the Primary Source of Mercury Contamination in Women
Ashville, North Carolina - Feb 8, 2006 16:11 EST

Interim results of the nation’s largest mercury hair sampling project were released today by the Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. The report found mercury levels exceeding the EPA’s recommended limit of one microgram of mercury...
 
Scientists: 'Inadvertant' Cannibalism Part of the Giant Squid's Bizarre Sex Life
Hobart, Tasmania - Feb 7, 2006 19:57 EST

The bizarre sex life of the giant squid is one of the topics at an international cephalopod conference in Hobart this week. Marine biologists are continuing to unlock the secrets of the giant squid, saying the deep-sea monster may not be...
 
Galapagos Tour Operator Banned for Two Months Following Illegal Shark Fishing
Galapagos, Ecuador - Feb 7, 2006 19:20 EST

The regulatory authority of the Galapagos National Park suspended Celebrity Xpeditions from operating tours in the Galapagos Islands for two months as a consequence of an illegal shark-fishing incident. The authority also ordered Celebrity to pay a fine equivalent to the...
 
Research: Up to 10 Years for Seafloor to Recover from Bottom Trawling; 'No good habitat, hardly any fish'
Gulf of Maine - Feb 7, 2006 19:05 EST

Based on the gradual increases in complexity and diversity of seafloor communities that have been protected from bottom trawling for two, four, and six years, Watling estimates that it will take roughly a decade for the surface-dwelling organisms to reestablish...
 
Researcher: Barge Scheme Could Help Down-Welling Currents, Save Europe from Deep Freeze
Edmonton, Canada - Feb 7, 2006 18:51 EST

Dr. Peter Flynn, the Poole Chair in Management for Engineers in the U of A Department of Mechanical Engineering, has studied whether down-welling ocean currents can carry more dissolved carbon into the deep ocean. He learned they can't, but in...
 



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