The new species of Grania discovered off the Gullmarsfjord. (Credit: Pierre De Wit) ScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2010) — Between the grains of sand on the sea floor there is an unknown and unexplored world. Pierre De Wit at Gothenburg University knows this well, and has found new animal species on the Great Barrier Reef, in … Continue reading

Sharks queue at underwater beauty salon

Photo / Richard Robinson By Kathy MarksNew Zealand HeraldMarch 10, 2010 SYDNEY – Everyone likes a bit of pampering now and again – and sharks and manta rays are no exception. The feared ocean fish congregate in reef “salons” to be groomed by smaller fish, researchers have discovered. And instead of being eaten during the … Continue reading Sharks queue at underwater beauty salon

Scientists learn red grouper operate as underwater architects

(Video still Courtesy Florida State University) By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff WriterMonday, March 8, 2010 Red grouper are known for a few key characteristics — their hue, which can range from pink to bright orange; their tastiness, whether they’re grilled or sautéed; and their predation method, in which they ambush fellow sea creatures and … Continue reading Scientists learn red grouper operate as underwater architects

Cancer Kills Many Sea Lions, and Its Cause Remains a Mystery

Dr. Frances Gulland and Dr. Bill Van Bonn performing an autopsy on a young sea lion on Feb. 23 at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif. (Photo: Heidi Schumann for The New York Times) The New York TimesBy: Ingfei ChenPublished: March 4, 2010 For 14 years, since they first reported that a disturbing proportion … Continue reading Cancer Kills Many Sea Lions, and Its Cause Remains a Mystery

Ancient Corals Hold New Hope for Reefs

Huon Peninsula raised reef terraces. (Credit: Photo by John Pandolfi) ScienceDaily (Mar. 2, 2010) Fossil corals, up to half a million years old, are providing fresh hope that coral reefs may be able to withstand the huge stresses imposed on them by today’s human activity. Reef ecosystems were able to persist through massive environmental changes … Continue reading Ancient Corals Hold New Hope for Reefs

Vast Iceberg Dislodged in Antarctic Collision

The new iceberg and the tongue of the Mertz Glacier (Photo © Australian Antarctic Division) Environment News ServiceHOBART, Tasmania, Australia, February 26, 2010 A massive iceberg has broken away from the Mertz Glacier in the Australian Antarctic Territory after another enormous iceberg, B9B, collided with the tongue of the glacier, a joint Australian- French study … Continue reading Vast Iceberg Dislodged in Antarctic Collision

Galapagos Fur Seals Gain Foothold In Warming Peru

A baby fur seal is seen among rocks at Foca island in the northern city of Piura February 16, 2010.Photo: Pilar Olivares ISLA FOCA, Peru – Taking advantage of warmer seas, fur seals from the Galapagos Islands have established a full-fledged colony on the Pacific Coast of Peru, some 900 miles from their normal habitat, … Continue reading Galapagos Fur Seals Gain Foothold In Warming Peru

Statement of Dr. Elliott A. Norse, President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute on the tragic killing of a trainer by a killer whale at SeaWorld

Our hearts go out to the trainer’s loved ones, to SeaWorld’s staff and visitors, and to all people who love these whales and life in the oceans. Orcas are also called killer whales because they are very large, very intelligent, very powerful predators. In the wild, some eat herring or salmon; others eat large mammals … Continue reading Statement of Dr. Elliott A. Norse, President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute on the tragic killing of a trainer by a killer whale at SeaWorld