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Angela Messina | Apr 17, 2014 3:47 PM
A massive 16-foot great white shark was seen swimming close to the shore of a western Australian beach and was possibly attracted by the smell of a nearby dying humpback whale.
Angela Messina | Apr 16, 2014 12:07 PM
Scientists have noticed a change in lionfish behavior after the invasive animals are hunted by humans for an extended amount of time. Lionfish are native to the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, but escaped and released pets have become a problem in the Atlantic. People have begun spearfishing the animals, which has led to their increasing wariness around humans, more limited activity, and more hiding. “These behavioral differences might result in lionfish being…more difficult to capture when encountered,” the researchers write. “Our results suggest that lionfish surviving a cull could become more difficult to remove in subsequent control efforts.” Researchers are uncertain whether this change in behavior is learned or if it's because the culling weans out the more adventurous lionfish and leaves only the naturally wary ones. Read more here.
Ian Seldrup | Apr 15, 2014 12:38 AM
Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, along with three other high-profile Chinese figures, is feted in New York for helping to stop shark fin being consumed at official government banquets.
Angela Messina | Apr 14, 2014 2:09 PM
A 40-day exploration of Kermadec Trench, the world's second deepest ocean trench, began over the weekend on April 12. Researchers will use remotely operated vehicles, baited cameras and landers to explore 32,963 feet below sea level.
Angela Messina | Apr 9, 2014 7:30 PM
Female humpback whales with calves swim to shallower waters in order to avoid unwanted attention from males and to save energy for feeding their young.
Angela Messina | Apr 7, 2014 1:30 PM
Previously, scientists believed that Mexican blind cavefish navigated by sensing changes in the water pressure produced by the waves off of its body. New research, however, shows that the eye-less fish uses mouth puckers to create bursts of suction which produces a signal similar to echolocation.
Angela Messina | Apr 2, 2014 1:26 PM
“Compelling” evidence from a new study shows that rising numbers of pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean threaten populations of seabirds which depend on similar food sources.
Angela Messina | Apr 1, 2014 12:00 PM
Sea snakes require freshwater to keep themselves hydrated, but where do they find drinking water when surrounded by a sea full of saltwater? Scientists tackled this mystery by studying the yellow-bellied sea snake and found that the animals drink from pools of freshwater that gather on the surface of the ocean after heavy rain.
Joseph Tepper | Mar 31, 2014 3:33 PM
Significant step to protect minke and humpback whales
Ian Seldrup | Mar 28, 2014 3:38 AM
The megaspills that come from leaking oil tankers or stricken oil platforms get all the news coverage and attract the most vicious ire from environmental groups, but the U.S. National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the de-facto authority on such matters, maintains that these headline-grabbing disasters only account for a small proportion of oil pollution in North American oceans.

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