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Vaquita porpoise rescued as part of VaquitaCPR conservation project, then released

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:44:50 EDT ~ Scientists with the VaquitaCPR conservation project announced they succeeded in locating and rescuing a highly endangered vaquita porpoise yesterday, but in an abundance of caution the vaquita, which was a calf, was released. VaquitaCPR is trying to save the world's most endangered marine mammal. Less than 30 are left in the world. Find out more...

Prozac in ocean water a possible threat to sea life

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:58:09 EDT ~ Oregon shore crabs exhibit risky behavior when they're exposed to the antidepressant Prozac, making it easier for predators to catch them, according to a new study. Find out more...

Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:22:26 EDT ~ One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found. Find out more...

Climate shifts shorten marine food chain off California

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:16:37 EDT ~ Environmental disturbances such as El Nio shake up the marine food web off Southern California, new research shows, countering conventional thinking that the hierarchy of who-eats-who in the ocean remains largely constant over time. Find out more...

Maintaining fish biomass the key to conserving reef fish biodiversity

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:10:29 EDT ~ A new study has found that conserving fish diversity in Madagascar's coral reef systems may depend on maintaining fish biomass above critical levels. Find out more...

Surprise new butterflyfish from the Philippine 'twilight zone'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:08:21 EDT ~ A new species of striped Philippine butterflyfish -- the charismatic Roa rumsfeldi -- made a fantastic, 7,000-mile journey before surprising scientists with its unknown status. Live specimens collected from a depth of 360 feet escaped special notice until a single black fin spine tipped off aquarium biologists back in San Francisco. Find out more...

Worldwide change in shallow reef ecosystems predicted as waters warm

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:18:45 EDT ~ A new study based on the first global survey of marine life by scuba divers has provided fresh insights into how climate change is affecting the distribution of marine life. The research predicts that as the oceans warm fish -- which appear to be superior predators in warm water -- will extend their ranges away from the equator and cause a decline in the diversity of invertebrates such as crabs, lobsters, sea urchins and whelks. Find out more...

Illinois sportfish recovery a result of 1972 Clean Water Act, scientists report

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:17:06 EDT ~ Populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and other sportfish are at the highest levels recorded in more than a century in the Illinois River, according to a new report. Their dramatic recovery, from populations close to zero near Chicago throughout much of the 20th century, began just after implementation of the Clean Water Act, the researchers say. Find out more...

DNA tests on albatross excrement reveal secret diet of top predator

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:35:48 EDT ~ A study that used DNA tests to analyse the scats of one of the world's most numerous albatrosses has revealed surprising results about the top predator's diet. DNA analysis of 1460 scats from breeding sites around the Southern Ocean has shown that the diet of black-browed albatrosses contains a much higher proportion of jellyfish than previously thought. Find out more...

Hardy corals make their moves to build new reefs from scratch

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:35:40 EDT ~ Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows. Find out more...