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Surfer: Shark Punch Technique Learned from Discovery Channel's Shark Week; 'It’s Like Your Worst Nightmare'
Portland, Oregon - Dec 27, 2005 00:00 EST

A surfer who fended off a great white shark by punching it in the nose said he learned the tactic by watching television shows such as the Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’. Brian Anderson, 36, was in hospital on Monday but was...
 
Tsunami Uncovers Archaeological Mystery Temple off Indian Coast
Mahabalipuram, India - Dec 26, 2005 00:00 EST

The destructive capacity of last year's tsunami wiped life from Earth in numbers that defy comprehension. Each one gone dramatically altering other lives - friends and families in a chain wrapped countless times around the world. Towns and villages and...
 
Oregon Surfer Punches Great White Shark, Escapes Death; 'I Acted on Instinct'
Seaside, Oregon - Dec 26, 2005 00:00 EST

Brian Anderson, 31, was surfing off the coast of Northern Oregon Saturday when a great white shark attacked him. As he was paddling, Anderson said he felt something grab his leg. Without thinking, he punched the big shark in the nose. "That's...
 
Singapore adventurer breaks Guinness World Record for scuba dive
Singapore - Dec 25, 2005 00:00 EST

Singapore adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow broke the Guinness World Record for the longest scuba dive on Sunday by staying underwater for 220 hours, Channel NewsAsia reported Sunday night. Khoo went into a special mineral water tank on December 16 to challenge...
 
Experts: Sea cow 'sirens' fuel mermaid mythology; sailors' deprivation sparked images
Daytona Beach, Florida - Dec 25, 2005 00:00 EST

The poor, portly manatee, having to endure this gibe time and again: "The early explorers thought manatees were mermaids. Guess they'd been at sea a little too long!" Local tour guides have their own versions of the line and the Internet...
 
Shark Bump Mystery Grows at Aquarium; 'It's more of an aesthetic issue than a health issue'
Norwalk, Connecticut - Dec 23, 2005 00:00 EST

The culprit was gravel, that much is known. But the method of ridding the sharks of their once-mysterious lumps has become its own mystery. For eight years, curators at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk pondered the cause of the protuberances on...
 
UnderwaterTimes.com's Top Underwater Stories for 2005
Miami, Florida - Dec 22, 2005 00:00 EST

UnderwaterTimes.com published links to over 3,000 stories in 2005, marking another year as the world’s leading portal for underwater news. After re-reading those 3,000 stories, one quickly realizes that 2005 was an amazing year for the underwater world. We saw...
 
Japanese Whalers, Greenpeace in Square Off in Ocean Battle Over Whales
Canberra, Australia - Dec 22, 2005 00:00 EST

A Japanese whaling fleet and Greenpeace environmental activists are involved in a stand-off in the remote Southern Ocean near the coast of Antarctica with the two sides accusing each other of ramming their vessels. Greenpeace said that after a month-long search...
 
Scientists Stymied by Decline of Inch-Long Cave Fish
Las Vegas, Nevada - Dec 22, 2005 00:00 EST

Scientists say they are unable to explain the steady declined in the number of pupfish -- an endangered species that lives only in a Nevada limestone cave. For the last decade the number of pupfish in Devils Hole, a deep, water-filled...
 
Aussie Aquarium Featuring Monster Squid Frozen in 'Permachill'
Melbourne, Australia - Dec 21, 2005 00:00 EST

The crew of a New Zealand fishing trawler were lucky Archi the giant squid was dead when they hauled him up on deck. Ned Land, of Disney fame, was not so lucky when a giant squid attacked him in the 1950s...
 
Double-Mouthed Fish Pulled from Nebraska Lake
Lincoln, Nebraska - Dec 21, 2005 00:00 EST

This fish didn't have a chance. A rainbow trout pulled out of Holmes Lake last weekend had double the chance to get hooked: It had two mouths. Clarence Olberding, 57, wasn't just telling a fisherman's fib when he called over another...
 
U.S. Fisherman Could Get 20 Years for Lobster Offences
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts - Dec 21, 2005 00:00 EST

A North Dartmouth man who was the captain of two New Bedford-based fishing vessels has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act - the federal wildlife trafficking statute, making false statements to Coast Guard officials...
 
Oslo Ups Whaling Quota to Two-Decade High of 1,052
Oslo, Norway - Dec 21, 2005 00:00 EST

Norway will step up its whale hunts to the highest in more than two decades in 2006, harpooning 1,052 of the mammals despite an international moratorium, officials said on Wednesday. The WWF environmental group blasted Oslo as whalers feted the decision,...
 
Canadian Seafood Boycott Ends Year With Growing Momentum
Washington, D.C. - Dec 20, 2005 00:00 EST

Since the killing of the first seal in the 2005 hunt last March, The Humane Society of the United States has advocated for a boycott of Canadian seafood to stop that country's annual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seals...
 
Chinese City to Set Up Breeding Base of Rare Dolphin; 'Pandas of the Ocean'
Xiamen, China - Dec 19, 2005 00:00 EST

Xiamen in east China's Fujian Province is planning to set up an artificial breeding base of the Chinese white dolphin to further protect the rare species. The city will set aside a sea area for Chinese white dolphins to live and...
 
Study: Overfishing May Drive Endangered Seabird to Eat Less Nutritious Food
Berkeley, California - Dec 19, 2005 00:00 EST

The effects of overfishing may have driven marbled murrelets, an endangered seabird found along the Pacific coast, to increasingly rely upon less nutritious food sources, according to a new study by biologists at the University of California, Berkeley. A juvenile marbled...
 
Koa Tao Fears Too Much Diving May Bring a Bad Thing
Kao Tao, Thailand - Dec 19, 2005 00:00 EST

While Koh Samui is well-paved and packed with five-star resorts, and Koh Phangan turns into an international frat party during its full-moon festivities, neighboring Koh Tao is still hanging on to its place slightly off the map – but barely. In...
 
Scientists say drowned polar bears ominous; population down 22% from 1987
Jim Carlton - Dec 18, 2005 00:00 EST

It may be the latest evidence of global warming: Polar bears are drowning. Scientists for the first time have documented multiple deaths of polar bears off Alaska, where they likely drowned after swimming long distances in the ocean amid the melting...
 
Dive, He Said: Local Hero Richard Jones Dives to Save His Neighborhood in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
Biloxi, Mississippi - Dec 18, 2005 00:00 EST

The ceiling of Richard Jones' house in Biloxi, Miss., had just caved in, revealing that his roof had been torn away. That was the good news. Half a mile away on that afternoon of Aug. 29, as Hurricane Katrina sent...
 
Singapore adventurer attempts world record longest scuba dive
Singapore - Dec 16, 2005 00:00 EST

Singapore adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow begins his bid for the Guinness World Record's longest scuba dive on Friday. The current record of 212 hours 30 minutes was set in 1986. Khoo literally went underwater at 3.34pm in a special mineral water tank...
 
'Shadow Divers' Team to Tackle Belize's Blue Hole; 'Because it is there'
San Pedro, Belize - Dec 16, 2005 00:00 EST

A team from the renowned television show, Deep Sea Detectives, are in San Pedro and want to be the first to document a dive to the bottom of the world famous Blue Hole off the coast of Belize. The expedition...
 
Belize's Discovery Divers Charged Over Missing U.S. Snorkeler
Belize City, Belize - Dec 16, 2005 00:00 EST

Tomorrow makes one month since 68 year old American tourist John Dresp went missing while out on a snorkeling tour near Caye Caulker island in Belize with Discovery Divers. According to Dresp's brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Winifred Dresp- - who...
 
Man Trains Goldfish to Go Through Hoops, Push Soccer Ball; 'Fish Can Quickly Learn Complex Tricks'
Pittsburgh, PA - Dec 16, 2005 00:00 EST

Even Albert Einstein would have been impressed by his counterpart in the fish world. A goldfish of the same name is learning to do tricks usually reserved for other animals. Albert Einstein - the fish - can swim through hoops...
 
Brit Divers Recover Ancient Pottery Shard with G-string-Clad Gladiator and Whip
Piercebridge, England - Dec 15, 2005 00:00 EST

Divers exploring a river near a former Roman Empire fort and settlement in Britain have found a piece of pottery that depicts the backside of a rather buff gladiator wielding a whip and wearing nothing but a G-string, according to...
 
Researcher Makes First-ever Observation Of Squid Caring For Eggs
Rhode Island - Dec 15, 2005 00:00 EST

Squid have always been considered poor parents: they lay their eggs on the seafloor and leave them to develop on their own. But a University of Rhode Island scientist has made the first observation of parental care by squid when...
 
Research Reveals Arctic Octopus; 'It Looks Like Dumbo'
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Dec 15, 2005 00:00 EST

Beneath the ice of the western Arctic Ocean live bright pink octopuses with fins that flap like Dumbo's ears as they swim through the frigid water. The Canadian Arctic octopus is the most northerly ever discovered, and it was captured last...
 
Mystery as non-diving mallard ducks start searching for food underwater
Chitose, Hokkaido - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST

A small group of mallard ducks near an aquarium here have started behaving unusually, diving underwater and looking for food, it has been learned. The behavior was observed in the ducks in the Chitose River next to the Chitose Salmon Aquarium...
 
Critics assail South Africa shark cage diving industry; chumming triggering 'Pavlovian' response
Gansbaai, South Africa - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST

The cage is lowered half into the blue-green swell of the southern Atlantic. At the skipper's command we don wet suits and masks and clamber in, four of us. A crew member throws a foul-smelling mix of shark liver and...
 
Rare Albino Catfish Making Stir at Hotel
Salem, Oregon - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST

A rare fish is making some big waves at a hotel in Salem, Oregon. The one-in-a-million albino channel catfish is now housed in a 300-gallon aquarium at the Salem Inn. The owner, Bill Hammond, bought the fish for nine dollars...
 
Group: Crocodile Most Dangerous Animals in Zimbabwe; 13 People Eaten in so far 2005
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST

Crocodiles took a narrow lead over elephants as the most dangerous animal to humans in Zimbabwe this year, a conservation group reported Wednesday. Crocodiles dragged away and ate 13 people -- including children -- in the first 10 months of 2005,...
 
San Francisco Bay-Area Man Ready to Fish in His 'Boatercycle'
Hayward, California - Dec 14, 2005 00:00 EST

In about two weeks, Don Johnson will literally drive his homemade "boatercycle" into Lake Del Valle in Livermore, drop his fishing line into the water and wait for the trout to bite. Johnson, a 72-year-old retired millwright and machinist, has for...
 
Study: Narwhal's Mysterious Tusk a Giant Sensor; 'Such a Finding is Startling'
Washington, D.C. - Dec 13, 2005 00:00 EST

The narwhal‘s mysterious spiral tusk works as a giant sensor to help it test water qualities and to smooch other narwhals, a U.S. researcher said on Tuesday. The whale‘s eight-foot (2.4-meter) long tusk has long mystified naturalists and hunters, and the...
 
Scientists Shocked to Find 'Dead Zone' at Epicenter of Tsunami's Earthquake
London, England - Dec 13, 2005 00:00 EST

A "DEAD zone" devoid of life has been discovered at the epicentre of last year's tsunami four kilometres beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean. Scientists taking part in a worldwide marine survey made an 11-hour dive at the site five...
 
WWF: Russian Oil Platform Construction Disrupted Feeding by Rare Western Pacific Grey Whales
Oslo, Norway - Dec 13, 2005 00:00 EST

Construction of an oil platform in a Shell-led project off Eastern Russia disrupted feeding by rare Western Pacific grey whales in recent months, two environmental lobby groups said on Wednesday. The WWF conservation organisation and the International Fund for Animal Welfare...
 
'Nelson,' Fearsome Crocodile, R.I.P; 80-yr-old Grew to Over 18 Feet
Kazungula, Botswana - Dec 12, 2005 00:00 EST

With his massive jaws and jagged teeth, Nelson was the most fearsome predator that ever lived in the ponds of the Chobe Crocodile Farm. Even his lifeless and already decomposing body underscores that he was once a huge reptile that fathered...
 
Crocodile 'Jaws III' Too Big to Mate; Search On For Large Female
Channai, India - Dec 12, 2005 00:00 EST

At 35, he is not too old for a mate. But he seems to be too big. Believed to be the largest crocodile in captivity in India, it has killed two female crocodiles—that were too small compared to this 16-foot...
 
Researchers: Whale Shark Food Foraging Secrets Revealed
Belize - Dec 12, 2005 00:00 EST

Researchers in Belize using electronic tagging on whale sharks have finally solved a marine mystery and discovered where the sharks find food. Scientists say the 65-foot-long whale sharks -- the world's largest fish -- dive nearly a mile in search of...
 
Study: Norwegian Whales Sharks Most Toxic Animal in the Arctic
Norwegian Arctic - Dec 12, 2005 00:00 EST

Norwegian killer whales are the most toxic mammals in the Arctic, according to a new study. The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) has found that killer whales have higher levels of chemicals known as PCBs, pesticides and flame retardants in their blubber. Previously...
 
Dubai to Build Massive Artificial Reef; 'A Surfers' Paradise'
Dubai - Dec 12, 2005 00:00 EST

Dubai is building a massive artificial offshore reef in the Arabian Gulf. The reef, in addition to promoting surfing will also protect the coastline and improve its marine life, a report said. The reef, called Narrow-Neck, will span 73,000 sq m...
 
'Air Jaws' Photographers Make Desperate Plea for South Africa's Dwindling Shark Population
Cape Town, South Africa - Dec 11, 2005 00:00 EST

To all involved in the battle against shark finning. Mozambiquean colleagues of ours sent us yet again more disturbing images of finning taking place on an ongoing basis. We are getting similar images almost on a weekly basis from all over...
 



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