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