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Around 2005, southern right whale calves off the coast of Argentina began dieing off at an unprecented rate (from 6 per year in 2005 to around 65 per year from 2005 to 2014). Scientists have never determined the cause until a recent Marine Mammal Science paper named a likely culprit: toxic algae blooms. Read about the new findings on EurekAlert!.

Video: Electric eels may be some of the most sophisticated marine predators in the animal kingdom, according to a recent Current Biology paper by Vanderbilt University researchers. Check out video of them in action here and read about their specialized hunting techniques on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 4-Nov-2015
GSA 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Nature Scientific Reports
Newly discovered fossil sea urchin is the oldest of its kind
A fossil sea urchin found in the Smithsonian's collections is the oldest of its kind, pushing back a fork in the sea urchin family tree by 10 million years.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Perkins
University of Southern California

Public Release: 4-Nov-2015
NASA measures Cyclone Chapala's heavy rains across Arabian Sea to Yemen
The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite added up the totals as Cyclone Chapala dropped a lot of rain moving across the Arabian Sea to landfall in Yemen.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 4-Nov-2015
The Auk: Ornithological Advances
Gulls follow ducks to find dinner
Gulls have learned to follow diving ducks and take the bottom-dwelling mussels that the ducks bring to the surface, a food source that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Gulls are one of the most adaptable groups of birds, able to exploit a wide variety of food resources and respond to new opportunities, and a forthcoming study documents this previously unrecognized behavior in Herring Gulls and Mew Gulls on Szczecin Lagoon.

Contact: Rebecca Heisman
Central Ornithology Publication Office

Public Release: 4-Nov-2015
Journal of Experimental Biology
Backswimmers use buoyancy aid like a gill
Few backswimmers are capable of swimming at depth and those that do use small bubbles as buoyancy aids. However, it now it turns out that they can also use these buoyancy aid bubbles as gills to supplement their oxygen supply at depth to extend their dives.
University of Adelaide

Contact: Kathryn Knight
The Company of Biologists

Public Release: 3-Nov-2015
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Researchers provide detailed genetic information on fish
The fathead minnow has long been a premier animal model for research and regulation related to environmental toxins. Unfortunately, however, genetic information about this species is incomplete. The lack of genome sequence information for the species has limited scientists' ability to dissect complex traits, evaluate genetic markers, identify gene regulatory sequences, and elucidate biological pathways.

Contact: Dawn Peters

Public Release: 3-Nov-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Births down and deaths up in Gulf dolphins
A NOAA-led team of scientists is reporting a high rate of reproductive failure in dolphins exposed to oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The team has monitored these bottlenose dolphins in heavily oiled Barataria Bay for five years following the spill. Their findings, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society today, suggest that the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be long-lasting.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Contact: Ben Sherman
NOAA Headquarters

Public Release: 3-Nov-2015
NASA sees first land-falling tropical cyclone in Yemen
Tropical Cyclone Chapala made landfall in Yemen early on Nov. 3 (Eastern Standard Time) and made history as the first land-falling tropical storm in 30 years of record-keeping. As Chapala made landfall NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead twice.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 3-Nov-2015
New method reveals female biased green sea turtle sex ratio in San Diego Bay
Scientists have for the first time determined the ratio of males to females in a wild foraging group of green turtles in the Eastern Pacific, which suggests that sea turtles may be vulnerable to feminization from the temperature rises expected with climate change.

Contact: Michael Milstein
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

Public Release: 3-Nov-2015
Nature Communications
Scientists discover secret to highly efficient swimming in some animals, such as jellyfish
Previous studies have shown that jellyfish and eels can move using very low amounts of energy. In fact, these ocean denizens can go from point A to point B using less energy than any other swimmer, runner or flier ever measured. However the secret behind such amazing energetic efficiency has remained a mystery, until now. A team of scientists has revealed that these marine animals do something completely unexpected when they swim.
National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research

Contact: Brad Gemmell
University of South Florida (USF Innovation)

Public Release: 3-Nov-2015
Restoration project recreates variation in the Vindel River
Vindel River LIFE is an EU project aimed at restoring tributaries in northern Sweden that were affected by a century-long timber-floating era. The project spanned over nearly six years and came to an end on Oct. 31, 2015.
Umeå University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Vindel River Fishery Advisory Board, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, European Union, County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, and others

Contact: Ingrid Söderbergh
Umea University

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