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  • Beachgoer slices open a pregnant dead shark to save her pups and lead them to the ocean

    12/04/2014 11:35:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 December 2014 | Ollie Gillman
    An American family found the deceased mother shark on a beach in Cape Town, South Africa, but noticed that something inside the creature was still moving. Realising there could be baby sharks inside, the gruesome but remarkable footage shows the man using a knife to perform a makeshift C-section on the animal. As the beachgoer cuts into the shark, a witness can be heard saying: 'Err... I don't think there's a baby in there.' But moments later something begins to wriggle inside, causing the good Samaritan to jump back and shout as a baby shark squirms in his hand.
  • Say Goodbye to Your Tuna Melts Because We've Ruined the Ocean

    09/04/2014 12:52:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    The Skeptics Guide to the Universe ^ | September 2, 2014 | Kate Christian
    According to a study published in Nature, oceanic mercury levels have tripled since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Far surpassing earlier estimates, data collected during research cruises from 2006-2011 in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans has revealed a 340% increase in surface-level mercury content. During the cruises, deep seawater samples (depths up to 5km) were compared to surface water samples. The analysis implicates the burning of fossil fuels as the primary culprit of this dramatic rise, with mining activities thought to have also contributed a significant amount.
  • New deep sea mushroom-shaped organisms discovered

    09/03/2014 11:54:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies ^ | 03 SEP 2014 | Provided by Public Library of Science
    Scientists discovered two new species of sea-dwelling, mushroom-shaped organisms, according to a study published September 3, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jean Just from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues. Scientists classify organisms based on shared characteristics using a taxonomic rank, including kingdom, phylum, and species. In 1986, the authors of this study collected organisms at 400 and 1000 meters deep on the south-east Australian continental slope and only just recently isolated two types of mushroom-shaped organisms that they couldn't classify into an existing phylum. The new organisms are multicellular and mostly non-symmetrical, with a dense layer...
  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    08/29/2014 3:22:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 5:09 AM EDT | Jennifer Kay
    As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild. Florida’s manatees need even more stringent protections than their listing on the federal endangered species list, Groff said, adding that boaters should go elsewhere if they don't like speed limits in waters where manatees swim. […] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing...
  • Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians

    08/21/2014 1:43:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Michaeleen Doucleff
    When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought some nasty diseases — smallpox, cholera and typhus, to name a few.But one pathogen was already there. And it likely traveled to the shores of South America in a surprising vessel.By analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have found evidence that sea lions and seals were the first to bring tuberculosis to the New World. The sea animals likely infected people living along the coast of Peru and northern Chile, a team from the University of Tubingen in Germany reported Wednesday in the journal Nature."We weren't expecting to find a connection to...
  • Sea World's profits fall $42MILLION below Wall Street's expectations after devastating Blackfish

    08/14/2014 5:29:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS) fell Wednesday after the theme park operator reported second-quarter profit and sales that missed Wall Street expectations and cut its outlook for the year. The Orlando, Florida-based company also said it believes attendance during the period was hurt by negative publicity surrounding its treatment of killer whales, which are trained to perform tricks. A documentary last year called Blackfish suggested that the company's treatment of the killer whales provokes violent behavior from them, which in turn has led to the death of trainers.
  • African Tigerfish Jump Into The Air To Catch Birds Mid-Flight [VIDEO]

    01/10/2014 3:28:08 PM PST · by BBell · 19 replies ^ | January 10, 2014 5:21 PM EST | Josh Lieberman
    Researchers in South Africa have captured video of a tigerfish leaping out of the water and taking down a bird. Stories of the African tigerfish preying on flying birds have circulated for decades, but this marks the first documented case of any type of fish displaying this method of predation. "The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happens so incredibly quickly that after we first saw it, it took all of us a while to really fully comprehend what we had just seen," said Nico Smit, director of the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management at...
  • Oregon man behind decision to blow up whale dies

    10/31/2013 5:41:43 PM PDT · by oxcart · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/31/13 | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon highway engineer who blew up a dead beached whale with a half-ton of dynamite in 1970 has died at the age of 84. George Thomas Thornton gained national attention over the exploding whale, and the act endured for decades thanks to a video that shows giant pieces of whale carcass splattering across the beach and spectators. Thornton got the call Nov. 12, 1970 to remove a 45-foot-long sperm whale estimated to weigh 8 tons that had washed up near Florence, and had started to stink. At the time, the state Highway Division had...
  • Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Continues Fight Against Closure

    10/22/2013 3:34:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    SF Appeal ^ | Julie Cheever
    As promised, the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. appealed to an expanded panel of a federal appeals court in San Francisco today to allow it to keep operating at Point Reyes National Seashore. The oyster farm and owner Kevin Lunny asked an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision in which a smaller panel of the court ruled against the company by a 2 to 1 vote in September. In that ruling, the smaller panel upheld a federal trial judge’s denial of a preliminary injunction that would have allowed the oyster harvesting to continue...
  • ‘Sea Serpents’ Or Harbingers? Oarfish Washed Up Year Before Japan Quake

    10/21/2013 10:43:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | October 21, 2013 6:31 PM
    CATALINA ISLAND ( — Could the appearance of rare “sea serpents” washing ashore beaches in Southern California portend disaster? The question comes following the discovery of the carcass of a rare 18-foot-long oarfish off the coast of Catalina Island on Oct. 13, followed by another snakelike 14-foot-long oarfish found on Oct. 18 in Oceanside. Fishermen in Japan reported a sharp uptick in oarfish sightings in March 2010 following the massive magnitude-8.8 earthquake in Chile that same month, which marked almost exactly one year before the country was devastated by its own magnitude-8.9 quake in northeast Japan. Oarfish, which can grow...
  • Giant oarfish found off Catalina Island

    10/16/2013 8:10:26 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 15, 2013
    (UPI) -- A snorkeling instructor discovered a dead 18-foot oarfish off the coast of Catalina Island on Sunday. "It just amazed me," said Jeff Chace, director of the Catalina Island Marine Institute, adding that it took about 15 people to carry the leviathan onto shore. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime discovery," he said. The instructor was snorkeling in 15 to 20 feet of water in Tony Bay when she stumbled upon the carcass after seeing a "half-dollar sized eye starring at her from the sandy bottom," Chace said. Chace said it is unclear how the oarfish died because there were no...
  • Man catches 2 bull sharks in Potomac

    08/26/2013 6:44:04 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/21/2013 | Julie Zauzmer
    Catching a 300-pound killer shark is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. But nearly three years after commercial fisherman John “Willy” Dean hauled in the first bull shark recorded in the Potomac in 37 years, he repeated the feat Tuesday — twice. The first of the two bull sharks Dean caught Tuesday in the waters off of Point Lookout State Park at the tip of St. Mary’s County was already dead in the water. Sharks need a constant flow of moving water to breathe, Dean’s son Greg said. Constrained in a net that the Deans use to take in fish...
  • Mysterious ‘horned’ sea monster washes ashore in Spain

    08/21/2013 5:33:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    Grind TV via Yahoo Grind ^ | 8/21/13 | David Strege
    A mysterious sea creature featuring what appear to be horns on its head was discovered in the advanced stages of decomposition along the shoreline of Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, Spain, on Thursday. A woman first discovered the head and then found the body farther down the beach, according to The entire carcass with the head stretched 13 feet.
  • A Photo of a Big Shark Eating a Little Shark Eating Bait on a Hook

    08/11/2013 12:41:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    University of Delaware's ORB LAB ^ | July 21, 2013 | University of Delaware's ORB LAB
    From ORB LAB's FB page: Shark fishing season has officially begun for the ORB LAB. Last Friday, a crew struck out to try and recapture sharks carrying tags containing valuable information about the species assemblage encountered by these coastal apex predators. We caught one large female on our first line Friday, but we were not expecting to catch her like this! This unlucky smooth dogfish couldn't resist the menhaden used as bait and unfortunately fell victim to one of the top predators in the bay. The dogfish was about 3 feet long and completely swallowed by the sand tiger shark.
  • Greenland Shark Eats A Polar Bear — Sleeper Shark Facts, Lifespan, Diet, And Video

    06/18/2013 10:22:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Greenland Sleeper Shark — Somniosus microcephalus — is a rather large, and strange, species of shark native to the icy waters of the North Atlantic, and is especially common in the region around Iceland and Greenland. The species has also been dubbed: the sleeper shark, ground shark, grey shark, gurry shark, and the Inuit name for it is Eqalussuaq. They are the most-northerly shark species currently alive, and are well adapted to life in the frigid waters. And something worth noting — they have often been found to have the remnants of polar bears, horses, and reindeer in their...
  • Brilliant blue lobster caught off Antigonish, N.S.

    06/10/2013 6:30:47 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 57 replies
    CBC News ^ | JUNE 9, 2013
    A rare blue lobster was caught in waters near Antigonish on Friday. According to research based out of the University of Maine, the odds of catching a blue lobster in North America are about one in two million. The blue coloration is caused by a genetic defect that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein that gives the lobster the unique color. Sheldon Trenholm of South River, N.S. was the lucky lobsterman who caught the brilliant blue crustacean near Monks Head. Trenholm said at first he didn't know what it was thrashing in the trap...
  • Shark Dads Lose Babies to Unborn Cannibal Siblings

    05/01/2013 12:11:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 4/30/2013 | Ed Yong
    Inside its mother’s womb, an unborn sand tiger shark is busy devouring its brothers and sisters. It’s just 10 centimetres long but it already has well-developed eyes and a set of sharp teeth, which it turns against its smaller siblings. By the time the pregnant female gives birth, it only has two babies left—one from each of its two wombs. These survivors have already eaten all the others. They’re the bloody victors of a pre-birth battle. The arched back, upturned snout and protruding teeth of a sand tiger shark give it a particularly brutish look. Its reproductive habits don’t help....
  • ‘Carbon’ to blame for giant crabs

    04/09/2013 1:02:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 8, 2013 | by Anthony Watts
    From Jules Verne Mysterious Island, 1961, American Films Inc.CO2, is there anything it can’t do? Add it to the list.Over at WaPo, they call them “supersized”. From Counsel and Heal News (h/t to Gene Doebley):Carbon To Blame for Oversized Blue Crabs The use of genetic engineering or steroid enhancements to enlarge certain food products has been popular but highly controversial in the history of the food industry. Based on new research, it seems like certain animals, such as the blue crabs, have found another way of growing that does not require a lab setting. According to research, the side...
  • Manatee death toll rises in Florida even as toxic algae ebbs (Red Tide victims)

    TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - A deadly algae bloom that killed a record number of manatees has dissipated, though the death toll for the endangered sea mammals continues to rise, Florida wildlife officials said on Thursday. Red Tide has killed 241 manatees this year as of Wednesday, said Kevin Baxter, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. The figure already surpasses the highest number of Red Tide manatee deaths on record in Florida - 151 in 1996. This year's fatalities from Red Tide will likely continue into the spring because the algae bloom's deadly toxins...
  • Photo of creature stirs controversy online

    02/25/2013 8:44:39 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 84 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 24, 2013
    NEWARK, N.J., - A photo of a creature caught in a New Jersey river has been stirring controversy on the entertainment website Reddit over whether or not it is Photoshopped. The picture was posted on Reddit about a week ago by a user called "jlitch" with the headline "Friend also caught this fishing in NJ," The (Newark, N.J.,) Star-Ledger reported Sunday. Since it has been posted, it has been viewed more than 1.2 million times and has received more than 2,000 comments, some of which questioned the authenticity of the photo. Jlitch posted additional photos three days that shows a...
  • Sea animal has grow-again penis

    02/13/2013 10:51:57 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 02-13-13 | Staff
    Scientists reported Wednesday on the bizarre sex life of a sea slug that discards its penis after copulation. Then grows a new one. "No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such 'disposable penes'," Japanese biologists wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, describing the behaviour as "extremely peculiar". Dubbed Chromodoris reticulata in Latin, the red-and-white slug—technically a shell-less mollusc—inhabits warms waters in Southeast Asia. The critter needs 24 hours between couplings to unroll an internally coiled and compressed juvenile penis to replace the used, external bit, the scientists found. It can repeat this feat at least three...
  • Oregon State University Wins Contract to Build New Oceanographic Research Vessels

    02/02/2013 10:37:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 1 February 2013 | Carolyn Gramling
    Enlarge Image Credit: UNOLS As many as three new coastal research vessels are slated to join the United States' oceanographic research fleet—and Oregon State University will take the lead in designing and building them, OSU President Edward Ray announced yesterday. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will give OSU an initial $3 million to coordinate the concept design; the total expected cost will be $290 million, assuming the U.S. Congress comes up with the money for the new ships. The vessels are part of a long-term plan to replace some of the vessels in the rapidly aging U.S. scientific fleet....
  • Wayward dolphin dies in polluted New York canal

    01/25/2013 5:04:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2013 7:46 PM EST | Colleen Long
    A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said. The deep-freeze weather hadn’t seemed to faze the dolphin as it swam in the Gowanus Canal, which runs 1.5 miles through a narrow industrial zone near some of Brooklyn’s wealthiest neighborhoods. … The filthy canal was named a Superfund site in 2010, meaning the government can force polluters to pay for its restoration. For more than a century before, coal yards, chemical factories and fuel refineries on...
  • (How's This For Strange?) Mysterious Mass Whale Graveyard Unearthed in the Chilean Desert

    12/11/2012 7:22:44 AM PST · by lbryce · 195 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | November 22, 2012 | Bryan Nelson
    While working on a highway-widening project in the middle of South America's Atacama Desert, Chilean workers unearthed an eerie scene that had no business being more than a kilometer away from the ocean: a mass fossil graveyard containing more than 75 ancient whales, reports MSNBC. Finding whale bones in the middle of the desert is strange enough, but scientists were quick to notice a deeper mystery. The fossils ended up right next to one another — some mere meters apart — as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy. What could have...
  • Dead Malibu whale decomposing near stars' homes

    12/08/2012 9:03:19 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 102 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12-8-12
    <p>Officials are still trying to sort out what to do about a dead 40-foot fin whale that washed ashore last week in Malibu, creating a big stink.</p> <p>The spit of sand is at the foot of a towering cliff, below Barbara Streisand's neighborhood that features massive estates of groomed lawns, swimming pools and tennis courts.</p>
  • SeaWorld Dolphin Caught on Camera Biting Girl in Orlando: Report

    12/02/2012 2:35:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Dec 2, 2012
    Jillian Thomas’ father, Jamie Thomas, captured the Nov. 21 attack on video with images of his daughter’s face contorting with pain as the girl suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimesAn 8-year-old Atlanta girl and her family say they got the fright of their lives at SeaWorld Orlando last month when a dolphin lunged toward the girl and bit her hand. Jillian Thomas’ father, Jamie Thomas, captured the Nov. 21 attack on video with images of his daughter’s face contorting with pain as the girl suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimes, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The cuts...
  • Weird-Looking, Meat-Eating Sponge Found In Deep Sea

    11/23/2012 4:23:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri, Nov 9, 2012 | Betty Oskin
    A new carnivore shaped like a candelabra has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California's Monterey Bay. The meat-eating species was dubbed the "harp sponge," so-called because its structure resembles a harp or lyre turned on its side. A team from the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium Institute in Moss Landing, Calif., discovered the sponge in 2000 while exploring with a remotely operated vehicle. The sponges live nearly 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) beneath the ocean's surface. "We were just amazed. No one had ever seen this animal with their own eyes before," said Lonny Lundsten, an invertebrate biologist at the...
  • Florida's giant eyeball mystery solved

    10/15/2012 11:04:05 AM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies ^ | October 15, 2012 | Pete Thomas
    The mystery surrounding an enormous eyeball that was discovered on a Florida beach last Wednesday, prompting many wild theories and educated guesses as to what kind of creature it had belonged to, has been solved. Scientists who examined the colossal blue orb say it most likely came from a swordfish.
  • Huge eyeball from unknown creature washes ashore on Florida beach

    10/11/2012 3:37:31 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 83 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10-11-2012 | David Fleshler
    Huge eyeball from unknown creature washes ashore on Florida beach By David Fleshler, Sun SentinelOctober 11, 2012 A giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature washed ashore Wednesday in Pompano Beach. No one knows what species the huge eyeball came from, but whatever it is, it has blue eyes and has to be big enough to have eyeballs bigger than softballs. Among the possibilities being discussed are a giant squid, some other large fish or a whale or other large marine mammal. A man spotted the eyeball Wednesday and reported it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "He...
  • Mating manatees cause disturbance

    07/21/2012 10:03:21 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/19/2012 | WFTS Staff
    CLEARWATER, Fla. - Clearwater Police Officers were dispatched to the east side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway around 6pm after receiving numerous reports of multiple beached manatees. Upon arrival, Officers contacted the Clearwater Marine Aquarium who dispatched emergency personnel to the scene. As it turned out, the 8 to 10 manatees were mating in the shallow water. Several dozen people stopped and parked along the Causeway to watch, and police had to use crime scene tape to protect the sea cows from people trying to enter the water.
  • Pics: Here's a Real Shark with a Real Laser Attached to Its Fin

    05/02/2012 7:24:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    DVICE ^ | May 2, 2012 | Raymond Wong
    Pics: Here's a real shark with a real laser attached to its fin Through the collective power of Facebook "Liking," Wicked Lasers promised a shark with a laser attached to it. Internet, here's your shark with a laser mounted on its fin. The laser isn't on the shark's head, but this will do (for now). Did you really think that Wicked Lasers would arm a shark with a powerful weapon that would give it the ability to sear other marine life? Get real. True, Wicked Lasers and marine biologist Luke Tipple did mount an S3 Krypton laser to a lemon...
  • How an 1870s Marine Expedition Changed Oceanography and Drove Eight Sailors Insane

    03/21/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    How an 1870s marine expedition changed oceanography and drove eight sailors insane When was the first voyage of the Challenger? No, not the Space Shuttle — the original Challenger, a sea ship that sailed in 1872. The HMS Challenger traversed the world's oceans for four years, drove some of its sailors completely insane, caused about a quarter of the crew to jump ship, and forever changed the face of ocean science. Is there a way to scroll past the nature channels without seeing one that describes the richness of the ocean and the life that teems in its depth? In...
  • Cold Has Hit Manatee Population Last Two Years

    01/08/2012 3:17:46 PM PST · by Iron Munro · 66 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | Jan. 8, 2012 | Keith Morelli
    Sometimes there is nothing you can do to protect one of nature's gentlest creatures from the cruelties of Mother Nature. At one time, the main danger to sea cows bobbing in Florida's waters was inattentive speed boaters who plowed through manatee-rich areas, bows crunching shoulders, propellers gouging backs. That could be dealt with, if not eliminated. Strict laws were enacted, manatee sanctuaries have been established and educational programs are available to teach boaters about when and where manatees gather along Florida's coastline. Fatal vessel encounters dipped. Over the past few years, though, boating-related deaths of Florida's officially adopted marine mammal...
  • Dolphin samples leaving Coast (71 dead dolphins in Mississippi)

    03/25/2011 4:39:24 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | March 24, 2011 | By KAREN NELSON
    GULFPORT -- Federal representatives were working Thursday to take possession of samples from the 71 dolphins dead on the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this year, 53 of them stillborn or immature babies. The hundreds of samples have been stored at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies since mid-January when the animals started dying in unusually high numbers. Most of the unusual deaths came well before the normal birthing season. NOAA Fisheries was working Thursday, with the help of IMMS staff, identifying the samples, sorting them into batches for transportation and packing them in ice chests, said IMMS Director Moby Solangi.
  • Toxin found in sardines that clogged US marina

    03/11/2011 10:42:41 PM PST · by quantim · 23 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Mar 12, 1:23 AM EST
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The millions of sardines that were found floating dead in a Southern California marina this week tested positive for a powerful neurotoxin, researchers said Friday. High levels of domoic acid were found in the sardines, which may have distressed them off the Los Angeles coastline and caused them to swim into the Redondo Beach marina, University of Southern California biologist David Caron wrote in a summary of his laboratory's findings.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Billions of dead fish invade Redondo's King Harbor...

    03/08/2011 10:44:37 AM PST · by TaraP · 114 replies
    Daily Breeze ^ | March 8th, 2011
    Billions of dead anchovies are blanketing the sea bottom and floating on the surface of the water this morning at King Harbor in Redondo Beach, and officials are trying to figure out what happened. Fire, police and public works officials were on the scene, at this point working to remove the fish as quickly as possible. "We need to get rid of them," said Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department. "This is going to create a terrible pollution and public health issue if we don't." The cause is so far a mystery. It appears the fish may...
  • Manatees paddle to warm water to escape Fla. chill

    12/28/2010 6:05:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 21 replies · 4+ views
    yahoo ^ | 12/28/10 | TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press
    APOLLO BEACH, Fla. – People aren't the only ones in Florida who don't like cold weather. Manatees — those giant aquatic mammals with the flat, paddle-shaped tails — are swimming out of the chilly Gulf of Mexico waters and into warmer springs and power plant discharge canals. On Tuesday, more than 300 manatees floated in the outflow of Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station.
  • Whale trainer's death jars safe world of adventure

    02/28/2010 12:28:48 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,122+ views
    hosted ^ | 2 hours ago | TAMARA LUSH
    ORLANDO, Fla. — It is billed as a leisurely boat tour. The shark surfaces, its fin slicing through the water. The boat's captain, armed with a grenade launcher, blasts away at the bloodthirsty monster. Nearby gas lines explode and a column of fire erupts into the blue sky. We feel the heat from the flames, hear the shark's body churning in the water. A child hides her face in the crook of her mother's arm and whimpers as chilly water sprays everyone on the boat. Of course, it isn't real. It's the "Jaws" ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, an...
  • Captive orca industry is an atrocity

    02/26/2010 3:58:53 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 59 replies · 1,040+ views
    timescolonist. ^ | February 26, 2010 | Diane McNally
    Tillikum was sent to Florida from Victoria, has been driven crazy and can't take it anymore. Of course there is a human tragedy in this, and I'm sorry for the family. But Tillikum was stolen from his family, the L-25s from Iceland, at a young age, has grown into a strong, angry, bored, lonely adult, has no lasting friendships, doesn't speak the same language as anybody he's been forced to live with and is confined to a kiddie-pool sized tank in comparison to the whole of the Icelandic coast that is his family's home. He is used, and I mean...
  • (FROM 2004) Sea World Attack Reaffirms Whale of a Truth: Captive Orcas Can Be Dangerous

    02/24/2010 6:28:54 PM PST · by beaversmom · 65 replies · 2,243+ views
    HSUS ^ | July 28, 2004
    Just about everyone with access to a 24-hour news channel has seen the home video of a killer whale attacking his trainer at a Sea World facility in San Antonio. The whale, named Ky, is seen repeatedly trying to submerge his trainer of 10 years—in front of a shocked audience which turned out to see a seemingly innocuous event called the Shamu Adventure. No doubt trying to dismiss the attack as a simple rush of randy hormones, the trainer has publicly labeled it the actions of a teenage whale nearing breeding age. To which we would say: That's exactly the...
  • Fox: Shamu eats trainer

    02/24/2010 12:23:49 PM PST · by pabianice · 155 replies · 14,504+ views
    Fox News Channel | 2/24/10
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  • Fear The Blobfish [It frowns. It leers. Sometimes, it even drools]

    02/18/2010 6:27:27 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 37 replies · 1,387+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 17-18, 2010 | John Kass
    <p>With its humanlike face, the blobfish is a creature of nightmares, and who knows what terrors it could bring upon us.</p> <p>Federal fish fighters this week are preparing further assaults on the feared Asian carp, with nets, electrified fences, poison — whatever they can do to stop the terrifying beast from entering the Great Lakes.</p>
  • Cold snap killing Florida's coral reefs

    02/15/2010 4:49:22 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies · 907+ views
    Cold snap killing Florida's coral reefs THE polar snap enveloping much of the United States in record cold has been killing off coral reefs and causing iguanas to drop out of trees in the normally balmy warm waters off the Florida Keys, experts said today. The unusually chilly weather so far this year has seen sea temperatures plummet in southern Florida - a fatal development for the coral, which dies when exposed for an extended time to temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius. Especially in the lower Keys, "temperatures have been lower ... there is higher mortality", Diego Lirman, a University...
  • Giant bizarre deep sea fish filmed in Gulf of Mexico (Oarfish, can reach 50 ft. (17m) in length)

    02/08/2010 9:49:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 4,327+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2/8/10 | Jody Bourton
    Extraordinary footage of a rarely seen giant deep sea fish has been captured by scientists. Using a remotely operated vehicle, they caught a rare glimpse of the huge oarfish, perhaps the first sighting of the fish in its natural setting. The oarfish, which can reach 17m long, has previously only been seen on a few occasions dying at the sea surface, or dead washed ashore. The scientists also filmed for the first time the behaviour of a manefish. Mark Benfield from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, US was undertaking a survey as part of the Serpent project, a collaboration between...
  • Navy sued to halt training near endangered whales

    01/28/2010 1:16:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 407+ views
    AP via Crestview News Bulletin ^ | 1/28/10 | RUSS BYNUM | Associated Press Writer
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the Navy to halt plans for an offshore training range off the Georgia and Florida coasts, saying the military failed to properly assess the threat to endangered right whales. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Savannah.
  • ...Amazing underwater photos show beluga whales meeting divers at Arctic rehabilitation farm

    01/18/2010 2:41:04 PM PST · by Daffynition · 22 replies · 1,480+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 18th January 2010 | Lizzie Smith
    It's like no fish this beluga whale has ever seen before. Deep in the Arctic ocean, daylight obscured by layers of ice and snow, the majestic animal has just come face to face with a scuba diver. In the midst of the freezing waters of northern Russia's White Sea, the belugas seem fascinated by the humans - and vice-versa. The encounter is taking place at a special whale sanctuary designed and built by marine biologists from St Petersburg University. The 'natural farm' acts as a nursery for breeding whales, as well as acting as a rehabilitation centre for former performing...
  • Where did SF Bay’s sea lions go? Try Oregon Coast

    01/09/2010 6:47:31 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 13 replies · 738+ views
    Boston Herald via AP ^ | January 9, 2010 | AP
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Hundreds of sea lions that abruptly blew out of San Francisco Bay’s Pier 39 last Thanksgiving have apparently found a new home at another tourist attraction — 500 miles north on the Oregon coast.
  • Echinoderms contribute to global carbon sink

    01/08/2010 8:06:37 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 293+ views
    Echinoderms and carbonThe impact on levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere by the decaying remains of a group of marine creatures that includes starfish and sea urchin has been significantly underestimated. "Climate models must take this carbon sink into account," says Mario Lebrato, lead author of the study. The work was done when he was at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) and affiliated with the University of Southampton's School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES); he is now at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Science in Germany. Globally, the seabed habitats occupy more than 300 million million...
  • PHOTOS: "Alien" Jellyfish Found in Arctic Deep

    12/15/2009 10:25:34 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 44 replies · 2,656+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | December 11, 2009-
    In the black depths of the frigid Arctic Ocean, scientists on a 2005 expedition found a splash of color: The brilliant, blood-red Crossota norvegica jellyfish (pictured). The creature was spotted by a remotely operated vehicle 8,530 feet (2,600 meters) underwater during a two-month National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expedition to the Canada Basin, the deepest and least explored part of the Arctic waters. Though C. norvegica is not a new species, several new deep-sea animals were discovered during the expedition--some of which were announced in recent research papers in 2009.
  • Navy expresses concern about proposed manatee protections

    12/13/2009 3:44:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies · 838+ views
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | December 13, 2009 | David Fleshler
    Having defeated the Japanese fleet and faced down the Soviets, the U.S. Navy faces a new obstacle, one that hides behind a deceptively gentle, seagrass-munching façade. Manatees may rank lower than such traditional menaces as torpedoes and air-to-sea missiles. But a proposal to protect additional habitat for them, the Navy says, could end up reducing habitat for destroyers, aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service soon will make a decision on whether to expand what's called critical habitat for the manatee in Florida and southern Georgia, in response to a petition from several environmental groups.