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Lebanese diver saves endangered guitar shark from certain death
Beirut, Lebanon - Jan 20, 2006 00:00 EST

The Sport Diver magazine - a National Geographic affiliate - featured, in its December issue, the story of a Lebanese diver who saved an endangered shark in Mauritius. Naji Cherabieh, a scuba diver with over 12 years of experience in...
 
Diving Pair Claims World Record with 205m Plunge; 'It is a Dice with Death'
Red Sea, Egypt - Jan 19, 2006 00:00 EST

A diver from Borehamwood has plunged a death-defying 205 metres underwater to set a new world record. Leigh Cunningham, 37, now carries the record for the deepest wreck dive, after making it down to a sunken cargo ship in pitch-black waters...
 
Nicaragua bans freshwater shark fishing amid dwindling population numbers
Managua, Nicaragua - Jan 18, 2006 00:00 EST

Nicaragua banned freshwater fishing of bull sharks and sawfish on Tuesday because of alarming population declines, and said it wants neighboring Costa Rica to impose a similar prohibition. Overfishing in the San Juan River that forms much of the border with...
 
Officials: Fish Fed Feces, Dead Pigs at Malaysian Catfish Farm
Batu Gajah, Malaysia - Jan 18, 2006 00:00 EST

A raiding government team visiting a fish farm made a horrific discovery when they found that faeces and carcasses were being fed to the popular ikan patin (silver catfish). The Perak religious department made the disgusting discovery when it raided the...
 
Kiwi Angler Pulls in New Zealand's First Bull Shark; 'This is Going to be a Good Story'
D'Urville Island, New Zealand - Jan 17, 2006 00:00 EST

A Nelson woman has reeled in the catch of her life – a 2.6-metre shark – during a fishing trip off D'Urville Island. Rachael Young, 34, of Mapua, caught what is believed to be a bull shark near Port Hardy on...
 
Aussie diver 'blinded by own blood' in harrowing shark attack
Perth, Australia - Jan 16, 2006 00:00 EST

n Australian scuba diver has described how he was blinded by his own blood as he hid in a reef from a huge great white shark as it returned repeatedly after savaging his arm. "I just felt like I'd been hit...
 
Chinese Find Underwater 'Lost City' in Lake; 'An Extensive Series of Structures'
Yunnan Province, China - Jan 16, 2006 00:00 EST

China researchers are reporting the discovery of Mayan pyramid-like buildings under Fuxian Lake in China’s Yunnan province. "Gengwei, a professional diver, told reporters on December 19th, 2005, that images from sonar scans showed that a large relic covering at least 2.4...
 
Japanese whaling harpoon narrowly misses Greenpeace protestor
Southern Ocean, Antarctica - Jan 15, 2006 00:00 EST

A Japanese whaling harpoon narrowly missed an inflatable boat carrying environmental protesters, causing one to fall into the freezing sea, as both sides warn their face-off is becoming increasingly dangerous. The Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise has been shadowing the Japanese whaling...
 
Report: Fish Guts Lured Sharks in Fatal Attack on Aussie Girl; Practice 'Discouraged'
Amity Point, Australia - Jan 14, 2006 00:00 EST

Fishermen cleaning their catch at a boat ramp and throwing bloody scraps into the sea might have caused a fatal shark attack, a report says. A government report into the mauling of student Sarah Whiley, 21, identifies the anglers' behaviour as...
 
Bahamas Fisherman Shoots Monster 10-foot Tiger Shark; 'I just did what I had to do'
West End, Grand Bahama - Jan 14, 2006 00:00 EST

Grand Bahama fisherman, Shalton Barr, never thought he would star in his own Jaws movie or at least have a similar encounter. This 10-foot tiger shark weighs about 283 pounds and was caught by avid fishermen, Hayward Thomas and Shalton Barr,...
 
Australia's Lifeguards Want More Helicopters for Shark Spotting
Sydney, Australia - Jan 13, 2006 00:00 EST

Australian lifeguards who cleared swimmers from coastal waters this week say they want full-time helicopter patrols to help make the most-popular beaches safer from the threat of shark attacks. Authorities evacuated swimmers from four beaches in New South Wales state, including...
 
Florida Man Fined $10,000 for Illegal "Ghost Netting", Killing Loggerhead Turtle
Palm Beach, Florida - Jan 13, 2006 00:00 EST

James Allman was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $10,000 on Friday in federal court. Allman of Port Salerno had pleaded guilty last year to helping set a large "ghost net" adrift off the shores of Martin County in...
 
Group: Overfishing More Destructive than Tsunami, Earthquake to Indonesian Reefs
Los Angeles, California - Jan 13, 2006 00:00 EST

Overfishing and destructive methods, such as cyanide and blast fishing, continue to threaten the health of coral reefs in Aceh, the epicenter of the fourth largest earthquake in history, according to a comprehensive report released today by Reef Check, the...
 
Strange Fish Washes Ashore in the Cayman Islands, Baffles Locals
Cayman Brac - Jan 13, 2006 00:00 EST

A strange looking sea creature washed up on the shores of Cayman Brac this weekend. Layman Scott found the fish while walking along the beach early Sunday morning. It is roughly thirty inches long, more than half of which is a...
 
Sophisticated media machine blows whalers out of the water
Sydney, Australia - Jan 13, 2006 00:00 EST

It is a hot battle in one of the world's coldest places, but the real heat is not in the confrontation between Japanese whalers and environmentalists or even the warm cetacean blood spilt for supposed research. The crucial heat is...
 
Japan says clashes at sea could reduce whale catch
Tokyo, Japan - Jan 12, 2006 00:00 EST

Clashes at sea with two environmental groups will not bring Japan's whaling programme to a halt but could reduce the size of the catch, a senior official at the Fisheries Ministry said on Thursday. The confrontations with Greenpeace and the more...
 
Aussie Surfers Don 'Shark Repellant' Sticker; 'The Bull Shark Looks at What it's Attacking'
Sydney, Australia - Jan 12, 2006 00:00 EST

Like the Chinese art form of Feng Shui will protect you from negative energy, the shark repellent sticker aptly named Fang Shooey is said to protect you from the jaws of any shark. The fatal shark attack of a 21-year-old woman...
 
Aussie Expert: Death by Shark, Jellyfish Avoidable; 'It's the People Surprising the Animal'
Queensland, Australia - Jan 11, 2006 00:00 EST

Two shocking deaths in as many days in waters off Queensland were tragic but avoidable, according to experts. Sarah Whiley, 21, died after being savaged by up to three bull sharks off North Stradbroke Island last Saturday. The shark fatality was the...
 
'Darwinian debt' may explain why fish stocks don't recover
Stony Brook, NY - Jan 11, 2006 00:00 EST

Why does it take so long for fish stocks to recover from over-fishing? This problem has been worrying both scientists and fishery managers who expect stocks to quickly rebound when fishing stops. Now a research team from Stony Brook University...
 
Report: Hundreds of Dead Turtles off El Salvador Coast; Mass Deaths Unexplained
Isla De Mendez, El Salvador - Jan 11, 2006 00:00 EST

More dead turtles were found yesterday in San Juan of the Joy, Jiquilisco, Usulután, a finding that was verified by technicians of the Ministry of Medioambiente and Recursos Naturales (MARN). The finding took place in a beach near Island of Méndez...
 
Research: El Nino events affect whale breeding
South Atlantic - Jan 11, 2006 00:00 EST

New research shows that global climate processes are affecting southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) in the South Atlantic. A thirty-year study by an international team of scientists found a strong relationship between breeding success of whales in the South Atlantic...
 
Files: Scot Officials Fretted Over Protecting the Loch Ness Monster from Poachers
Loch Ness, Scotland - Jan 9, 2006 00:00 EST

Senior government officials debated how best to protect the Loch Ness monster from poachers. Newly-released files show that during the 1980s the government was in turmoil about how to deal with the monster should it ever surface. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office...
 
Mom of Singer Kirsty McColl Girds for Justice Years After Dive Accident off Cozumel
London, England - Jan 9, 2006 00:00 EST

The mum of Croydon-born singer Kirsty MacColl has vowed she will "never give up" the fight for justice for her daughter. Following the fifth anniversary of Kirsty's death Jean MacColl believes the goal is in sight as she battles for the...
 
Defiant Japan: Killing Whales Is the Only Effective Way to Study Them
Southern Ocean, Antarctica - Jan 8, 2006 00:00 EST

With menacing actions and words, Japan yesterday defied the world to stop it killing whales. A Japanese harpooner allegedly rammed Greenpeace activists in the Antarctic, and the country's whaling industry lashed out at opposition to its bloody trade. In a rare public...
 
Surfer bitten by shark south off Florida coast
Indian River, Florida - Jan 6, 2006 00:00 EST

A shark bite Thursday afternoon near a South County public beach sent an out-of-town surfer to the hospital, officials said. The 21-year-old man was floating on his surfboard about 4:45 p.m. just south of Round Island Park when the shark bit...
 
Research: Tiny Marine Organisms Reflect Ocean Warming
San Diego, California - Jan 6, 2006 00:00 EST

Sediment cores collected from the seafloor off Southern California reveal that plankton populations in the Northeastern Pacific changed significantly in response to a general warming trend that started in the early 1900s. As ocean temperatures increased, subtropical and tropical species...
 
NASA Oceanography Satellite Ceases Operation After 13-years; 'It's Data Made a Huge Difference'
Washington, D.C. - Jan 5, 2006 00:00 EST

The joint NASA/Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales TOPEX/Poseidon oceanography satellite ceased operations after nearly 62,000 orbits of Earth. The spacecraft lost its ability to maneuver, bringing to a close a successful 13-year mission. "TOPEX/Poseidon revolutionized the study of Earth's oceans, providing the...
 
Study: Marine reserves improve health of coral reefs
Devon, UK - Jan 5, 2006 00:00 EST

It may be no surprise that marine reserves protect the fish that live in them, but now scientists from the University of Exeter have shown for the first time that they could also help improve the health of coral reefs. In...
 
Fisheries Council Discusses the Effect of Hawaiian Shark Tour Chumming
Oahu, Hawaii - Jan 5, 2006 00:00 EST

In May 2005, the Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council held a meeting to discuss the effect North Shore shark tour operators have on shark behavior. They wanted to know what people had to say about possible danger to swimmers and...
 
Chinese treasure ship to reveal its secrets after 800 years
Beijing, China - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST

Stormy waves cut short the voyage of the Chinese merchant vessel as it left a southern port laden with exquisite porcelain 800 years ago to sell its wares along the ancient trade route known as the Marine Silk Road. Now Chinese...
 
Global Warming Can Trigger Extreme Ocean, Climate Changes
San Diego, California - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST

New research produced by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, helps illustrate how global warming caused by greenhouse gases can quickly disrupt ocean processes and lead to drastic climatological, biological and other important...
 
Report: Northern Atlantic Deep Sea Fish on the Brink of Extinction
St. Johns, Newfoundland - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST

New research suggests deep sea fish species in the northern Atlantic are on the brink of extinction. Canadian scientists say some species have plummeted by as much as 98 percent in a generation, meeting the World Conservation Union's definition of "critically...
 
Anglers Land 755-pound Mako Shark off Florida Coast
Deerfield Beach, Florida - Jan 4, 2006 00:00 EST

Capt. Cory Burlew and his friends had already had a good night of swordfishing when things got a lot more exciting and exhausting. Fishing 15 miles off Pompano Beach on Reaper, Burlew and his crew hooked a 10-foot, 755-pound mako shark...
 
Tuna Industry Underscores Safety of Yellowfin Used in Canned Tuna, Challenges Media Reports
Washington, D.C. - Jan 3, 2006 00:00 EST

The U.S. Tuna Foundation today challenged news reports about the use of yellowfin in canned tuna, stating that all tuna species in canned light tuna contain mercury levels that are very low and are considerably less that what the federal...
 
Biggest Whale Hunt in 20 Years Under Way
London, England - Jan 3, 2006 00:00 EST

Despite a 20-year-old international moratorium on whale hunting, three countries have increased their quotas to more than 2,000 whales this year. Japan, Norway and Iceland have already begun harpooning minke, fin whales and humpbacks. Greenpeace has sent two of its large campaigning...
 
Blasted by Water Canons, Whale Rider Defies Japanese Butchers; 'I Could See Her Pain'
Southern Ocean, Australia - Jan 1, 2006 00:00 EST

Among the crew of the Greenpeace ships in the harsh waters of the Southern Ocean he is known as the whale rider. Australian activist Mikey Rosato's defiant action of standing on the back of a harpooned whale has inspired the protesters...
 
Obsessed tourist 'marries' Israeli dolphin; 'I'm not a pervert'
Eilat, Israel - Dec 29, 2005 00:00 EST

Till death do us part? An unusual wedding ceremony was held in the southern resort town of Eilat on Wednesday, as Sharon Tendler, a 41-years-old Jewish millionaire from London married her beloved Cindy, a 35-years-old dolphin, Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth...
 
Fate of New England Monster Shark Tournament Uncertain; 'I am ashamed of it'
Max Hart - Dec 29, 2005 00:00 EST

The simmering heat of a July weekend served as the backdrop on a cold December night this week when the Oak Bluffs selectmen debated the future of the Monster Shark tournament, one of the town's biggest events of the summer. At...
 
Malta Police File Charges Against Divers in First Ever Treasure Pilfering Case
Malta - Dec 28, 2005 00:00 EST

The police have filed charges against six expert divers accusing them of stealing and destroying priceless underwater heritage from Maltese territorial waters, in the first ever case of marine heritage pilfering to end up in a Maltese court. The accused...
 
Study: Fish Have Menopause; Longer Lifespan Enabled by Evolving Longer Reproductive Period
UC Riverside, California - Dec 28, 2005 00:00 EST

A UC Riverside-led research team has found that as some populations of an organism evolve a longer lifespan, they do so by increasing only that segment of the lifespan that contributes to "fitness" – the relative ability of an individual...
 



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