- DNA Evidence Is In, Psychedelic Looking Bouncing Fish Is A New Species, Dubbed 'Psychedilica'
"Psychedelica" seems the perfect name for a fish that is a wild swirl of tan and peach zebra stripes and behaves in ways contrary to its brethren, including bouncing like a ball along the seafloor instead of swimming. The fish, which has rare forward-facing eyes like humans, also has a secretive nature. That could be the reason they weren't spotted by divers until just last year nor described in the scientific literature until now.
- Acoustic Phenomena Explain Why Boats And Animals Collide
Researchers have laid the groundwork for a sensory explanation for why manatees and other animals are hit repeatedly by boats. Last year, 73 manatees were killed by boats in Florida's bays and inland waterways. Marine authorities have responded to deaths from boat collisions by imposing low speed limits on boats.
- Astonishing Life In Ocean's Depths: Major Progress Made Towards Historic Census Of Marine Life
In a report on progress toward the first Census of Marine Life, more than 2,000 scientists from 82 nations announce astonishing examples of recent new finds from the world's ocean depths. Among revelations in fourth interim global highlights report are the Antarctic ancestry of many octopus species and the discovery of Behemoth bacteria, colossal sea stars and mammoth mollusks.
- Fertilizers: A Growing Threat To Sea Life
A rise in carbon emissions is not the only threat to the planet. Changes to the nitrogen cycle, caused in large part by the widespread use of fertilizers, are also damaging both water quality and aquatic life. These concerns are highlighted in a historical review of landscape changes around Chesapeake Bay.
- Over 50 Percent Of Oceanic Shark Species Threatened With Extinction
The first study to determine the global threat status of 21 species of wide-ranging oceanic pelagic sharks and rays reveals serious overfishing and recommends key steps that governments can take to safeguard populations. Sharks and rays are particularly vulnerable to overfishing due to their tendency to take many years to become sexually mature and have relatively few offspring. These findings are published in Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.
- Millions Of Pounds Of Trash Found On Ocean Beaches
Ocean Conservancy released its annual report on trash in the ocean with new data from the 2007 International Coastal Cleanup the most comprehensive snapshot of the harmful impacts of marine debris. The mission of Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup is to engage people to remove trash from the world's beaches and waterways, to identify the sources of debris and to change the behaviors that cause pollution.
- A land snail in the Canary Islands applies bits of lichen to its shell for camouflage
A snail from the Canary island of La Gomera produces its impressive camouflage layer by itself in the process of an unexpectedly complex behavioural pattern. The snail grazes lichen material from the substrate and applies it to the surface of its shell with its mouth. Even young snails are able to do so. As a result, a snail carries mountains of bizarre protuberances on its shell.
- Longest Living Animal? Clam -- 400 Years Old -- Found In Icelandic Waters
A clam dredged from Icelandic waters had lived for 400 years. Is this the longest-lived animal known to science? Can you imagine living for four centuries? Scientists believe they have found an animal which did just that, a quahog clam, Arctica islandica, which was living and growing on the seabed in the cold waters off the north coast of Iceland for around 400 years.
- ScienceDaily: Humboldt Squid On The Move
The Humboldt squid may be taking up residence in the Monterey Bay. These large predatory animals have been able to adapt to the colder temperatures of the bay.
- FOR THE 2ND TIME, MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUMPUTS A YOUNG WHITE SHARK IN OUTER BAY EXHIBIT
Earlier success raised public awareness of threats, generated new funds for white shark research
- It's a bad year for butterflies
Unusual weather makes life difficult