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Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Haliba affecting La Reunion and Mauritius islands
Tropical Cyclone Haliba formed east of the island nation of Madagascar in the Southern Indian Ocean and is now affecting the La Reunion and Mauritius islands. NASA's Terra satellite passed over Haliba on March 9 and captured an image of the storm that showed the eastern quadrant was affecting the two smaller islands.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
NASA eyes rainfall in newly formed Tropical Cyclone Pam
Tropical Cyclone Pam formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9. The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite flew overhead and found some heavy rain occurring when it measured rainfall rates within the intensifying storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 9-Mar-2015
Scientists urge Brazilian government to stand strong on aquatic animal protections
A team of Brazilian scientists -- including Luiz Rocha, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences -- is raising awareness about impending conservation setbacks for Brazil's aquatic animals, calling for immediate fisheries management collaboration between the nation's public and private sectors. The scientists say Brazil can transform this moment of political turmoil into positive action -- and become a leader among developing countries facing widespread extinction of aquatic fauna.

Contact: Haley Bowling
California Academy of Sciences

Public Release: 6-Mar-2015
Journal of Crustacean Biology
Is the tasty blue crab's natural range creeping north?
Scientists have observed the Atlantic (or Chesapeake) blue crab, a commercially important species, moving north of its native range into the Gulf of Maine.

Contact: Diana Kenney
Marine Biological Laboratory

Public Release: 6-Mar-2015
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone 15S meandering in Mozambique Channel
Tropical Cyclone 15S continued to meander in the Mozambique Channel of the Indian Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured a picture of it.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 6-Mar-2015
EARTH Magazine: El Niño disaster stunted children's growth
Children born during, and up to three years after, the devastating 1997-1998 El Niño event in northern Peru were found to be shorter than their peers in a new study covered in EARTH Magazine.

Contact: Maureen Moses
American Geosciences Institute

Public Release: 6-Mar-2015
Aquatic Mammals
New tool aids US conservation and management of whales, dolphins and porpoises
Researchers have identified more than 100 areas within US waters that should be considered biologically important when making management and regulatory decisions about human activities that could affect whales, dolphins and porpoises. The creation of Biologically Important Areas (BIAs) are described in a special issue of the journal Aquatic Mammals. Expert judgment was combined with published and unpublished data to identify 131 BIAs covering 24 species, stocks or populations in seven regions of the US.
NOAA, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, US Navy

Contact: Shelley Dawicki
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Public Release: 5-Mar-2015
Nature Communications
Stuck-in-the-mud plankton reveal ancient temperatures
New research in Nature Communications showing how tiny creatures drifted across the ocean before falling to the seafloor and being fossilized has the potential to improve our understanding of past climates.

Contact: Alvin Stone
University of New South Wales

Public Release: 5-Mar-2015
American Naturalist
Female fish that avoid mating with related species also shun some of their own
A new study offers insight into a process that could lead one species to diverge into two, researchers report in The American Naturalist. The study found that female killifish that avoid mating with males of a closely related species also are less likely to mate with males of their own species -- if those males come from an unfamiliar population.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Yates
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 5-Mar-2015
Geophysical Research Letters
Melting glaciers create noisiest places in ocean, study says
Researchers measure underwater noise in Alaskan and Antarctic fjords and find them to be the noisiest places in the ocean. This leads researchers to ask how animals such as whales and seals use the noise and what will happen to fjord ecosystems once the glaciers recede and the noise disappears.

Contact: Meghan Murphy
University of Alaska Fairbanks

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