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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
'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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...