Report: Great Lakes Near Ecological Breakdown
Chicago, Illinois - Dec 8, 2005 00:00 EST
Stresses from polluted rivers to invasive species threaten to trigger an ecological breakdown in the Great Lakes, a group of scientists hoping to sway U.S. environmental policy said Thursday.
Seventy-five scientists who study the world's largest collective body of fresh water...
Tagged Whale Shark Likely Caught, Eaten in Indonesia
Ningaloo, Western Australia - Dec 8, 2005 00:00 EST
A whale shark tagged with a tracking device off north-west Western Australia is believed to have been caught and eaten in Indonesia.
Satellite data has shown the electronic tracking device attached to the seven-and-a-half metre whale shark, off Ningaloo, has been...
Adverturer Set to Break Worlds Longest Scuba Dive
Singapore - Dec 8, 2005 00:00 EST
Just a few months after attempting to swim across the English Channel, local adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow is set to make headlines again.
This time, he wants to break the Guinness World Record for the world's longest scuba dive.
The current Guinness...
Research: Less Seafloor Disturbance than Anticipated from 2004 Earthquake/Tsunami
San Francisco, California - Dec 6, 2005 00:00 EST
The first research expedition to directly observe the seafloor near the epicenter of the earthquake that caused the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has revealed unexpected results that will dramatically improve forecasting of future tsunamis.
Scientific results of the expedition were...
Male Water Fleas Debut at University Lab; Aquatic 'Coal-Mine Canaries'
Buffalo, New York - Dec 6, 2005 00:00 EST
Male water fleas that scientists have never seen have made their debut in a University at Buffalo laboratory, providing biologists with their first glimpse of these elusive organisms.
The UB research, published last month in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological...
Great White Shark Attacks Aussie Bait Boat; 'It was Bloody Huge'
Adelaide, Australia - Dec 5, 2005 00:00 EST
ROBERT Hogg, his son James and a friend have had a terrifying brush with a 4m Great White Shark.rnThe trio were enjoying a "relaxing day in the boat" last week at Middle Beach, about 40km north of Adelaide, when a...
Struggle for life as divers run out of air
Auckland, New Zealand - Dec 4, 2005 00:00 EST
Two students are today in Auckland's Devonport Naval Hospital undergoing decompression treatment after a near-fatal diving accident off the Bay of Plenty coast.
The two marine studies students suffered the bends after both running out of air at a depth of...
Shark Fin Traders Protest at Hong Kong University
- Dec 3, 2005 00:00 EST
Dozens of merchants and businessmen marched onto the campus of Hong Kong's oldest university Friday with the aim of teaching vice chancellor Tsui Lap-chee and his students a thing or two about ecology and conservation.But instead it became a lesson...
Canadian Political Leader Calls for End of Seal Hunt
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada - Dec 1, 2005 00:00 EST
It's time to end federal support for the seal hunt and instead use federal programs to develop sustainable jobs that will bring Newfoundland and Labrador international praise, said Green Party of Canada leader Jim Harris today at a news conference...
Diver-held sonar developed to help locate objects in zero visibility
Washington State, US - Nov 30, 2005 00:00 EST
A new device has been developed to help divers conduct searches underwater. The engineers at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory have invented a diver-held sonar with better resolution than any other hand-held sonar used today by the...
Tiger shark found on Aussie beach with another shark in its mouth
Tannum Beach, Australia - Nov 30, 2005 00:00 EST
Mystery still surrounds the tiger shark. Fortunately, this one doesn't appear to have eaten anything more interesting that the smaller shark protruding from its mouth.
But tiger sharks, the garbage guts of the ocean, have been found with handbags, rolls...
The Incredible and Never-Ending Ballad of the Polluce Wreck
Genoa, Itay - Nov 28, 2005 00:00 EST
Like every grand tale of shipwreck and lost treasure, the story about the Polluce has it all. A paddlewheel steamboat shipwrecked in 1841, it is the centrepiece of a drama spanning more than one and a half centuries and...
Feeding Tigers: What Happens to a Whale Carcass at Sea
Kane'ohe Bay, Hawaii - Jun 24, 2004 16:06 EST
Stories about whales being towed out to sea aren't really front page material. In fact, when I ran across a story in mid-May about a whale being towed out to sea from Hawaii's Kane'ohe Bay, I didn't think it merited...