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Archives for: April 2008
The Smithsonian Institution Meets the Ocean

September 27, 2008 is the projected date for the Smithsonian Institution to open its new “Ocean Hall.” The hall will be an astounding 23,000 square feet of displays, facts, history, exploration, and countless other exhibits to help bring man and the oceans together. Ocean Hall will cover an immense array of oceanic topics using an auditorium, high tech video feeds, and fossils; […]

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New England Aquarium Dive Club rescued lionfish.

Connect to a piece of seaweed, were some fish eggs that are laid in Florida and the Caribbean catch a ride in the Gulf Stream to the coast line of Rhode Island. When they hatch they stand little to no chance to surviving as soon as the water cools down starting in th Fall. But a group of divers found […]

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Judge rejects request to stop Oregon, Washington from killing sea lions to protect salmon

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to stop Oregon and Washington from trapping and killing California sea lions at Bonneville Dam this spring to keep them from gobbling endangered salmon. The Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit against the plan and asked for a preliminary court injunction to stop it. Humane Society attorneys argued that culling sea […]

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Shark Attack of San Diego Coast Leaves One Dead

CBS News website has reported that a 66 year old man was attacked early this morning by a Great White Shark. The man was training with a group of triathletes in the oceans off Tide Beach in San Diego, CA. The witnesses of the attack stated they heard their friend scream “Shark” as he was drug under water. The victims […]

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The Newest of the Tetra Family Found in Venezuela

A new species of Tetra has been found in the drainage from the Portuguese River in Venezuela. The scientific name Hyphessobrycon otrynus. Ortynus is Greek for “spur,” which describes, the large bone spur-like hooks that curve from each side of the anal fin on the adult males of the species. Further information on this new species is lacking, but will be […]

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The Thames River, Making a Come Back.

Just 50 years ago, the Thames River was declared biologically dead. High amounts of pollution from industrialization and mass urbanisation, had literally killed the river. Now, after nearly 2 decades of conservation efforts, the Thames River is slowly making a come back; with over 120 species of fish now calling the Thames River their new home. One new comer stands […]

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A new vertebrate family?

According to an article in Underwatertimes.com, a strange fish found off the Indonesian coast might represent a family of vertebrate unknown to science. The fish was sighted off the Indonesian Ambon Island and is a type of anglerfish. Finding a new vertebrate family in the ocean is really special, because during the last half century no more than five new […]

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Will Aquacultures Save the Black Sea Bass?

The Black Sea Bass is a popular fish among sport fishers and sushi lovers alike, but during recent decades the landings have decrease along the United States Atlantic coast. This has caused the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a governmental agency responsible for supervising National Marine Sanctuaries, to launch two separate culture trials focused on Black Sea Bass farming […]

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Presumed extinct turtle turns out to be extant

During recent years, a lot of fascinating discoveries have occurred in Vietnam and now scientists from the Cleveland Zoo claim to have discovered a Swinhoe’s giant turtle living in a lake in the northern parts of the country. According to an article from the BBC, the team from Cleveland spent three years looking for the Swinhoe’s giant turtle. The amazing […]

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Humboldt Squid says ¡Hasta a la vista! to South America and heads for northern waters

For reasons unknown, massive groups of Humboldt Squid have left their native waters in South America and can now be found all the way up to Alaskan waters. The Humboldt Squid is most commonly found between Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost tip of the South American and the U.S. state of California. Recent findings do however suggest that the […]

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Increased salinity kills river dolphins in Bangladesh

According to the BBC, conservationists are increasingly concerned over the future for the Bangladesh river dolphins since they are now threatened not only by pollution, over-fishing, accidental deaths caused by fishing nets, and shortage of prey, and but also by declining freshwater supplies. The situation is especially serious for the Ganges River dolphin and the Irrawadday dolphin. These two freshwater […]

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Are things looking better for the Giant freshwater stingray?

According to Wildlife Extra, 12 different specimens of the endangered Giant freshwater stingray were caught in over the course of just 3-4 months last year. The findings where made in both the Ban Pakong and the Maeklong Rivers, and one of the specimens was a young stingray measuring no more than 12 cm (4.7 inches). This might be a sign […]

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Asian Carp Problem

A video about the problem Asian carp causes. part 1 part2

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Is the ribbon seal threatened by global warming or not?

In the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) have decided to investigate if the ribbon seal should be protected by law, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. NOAA will also investigate the situation for three other species of ice seal: the bearded seal, the spotted seal and the ringed seal. […]

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Happy Birthday Granddad!

Lungfish (not the fish in the story) Copyright www.jjphoto.dk Well, it is not really his birthday since no one knows exactly when he was born, but as of 2008, Granddad has lived at Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium for exactly 75 years. Granddad is an Australian lungfish and the longest-living fish in any aquarium in the world, according to the […]

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