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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: 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

Public Release: 3-Nov-2015
Nature Communications
Stanford engineers help discover the surprising trick jellyfish use to swim
Through clever experiments and insightful math, an interdisciplinary research team has revealed a startling truth about how jellyfish and lampreys, another ancient species that undulate like eels, move through the water with unmatched efficiency.

Contact: Tom Abate
Stanford School of Engineering

Public Release: 2-Nov-2015
NASA sees Cyclone Chapala approaching landfall in Yemen
NASA's Aqua satellite and the GPM satellite passed over Cyclone Chapala as it was approaching landfall in central Yemen on Nov. 2. The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission or GPM core satellite analyzed the heavy rain falling in the major hurricane.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 2-Nov-2015
Nature Geoscience
Scientists research deep-sea hydrothermal vents, find carbon-removing properties
University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientist Aron Stubbins joined a team of researchers to determine how hydrothermal vents influence ocean carbon storage. The results of their study were recently published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Originally, the researchers thought the vents might be a source of the dissolved organic carbon. Their research showed just the opposite.

Contact: Mike Sullivan
University of Georgia

Public Release: 2-Nov-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Cracking the problem of river growth
A similar principle predicts the growth of fractures and rivers.
US Department of Energy

Contact: Abby Abazorius
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 2-Nov-2015
Are you moonstruck?
The first popular account of the growing scientific evidence for biological clocks in animals related to lunar cycles.

Contact: Marlena Brown
Oxford University Press USA

Public Release: 2-Nov-2015
Nature Geoscience
Scientists map source of Northwest's next big quake
The Cascadia Initiative deployed 70 seabed seismometers at 120 sites covering the entire Juan de Fuca plate to record mantle movement relative to the plate. Team members led by UC Berkeley have confirmed what geophysicists expected, but one surprise is that a small appendage called the Gorda Plate moves independently of the Juan de Fuca, apparently too light to influence the mantle flow 100 miles down. This could explain earthquake segmentation at the subduction zone.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Sanders
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 2-Nov-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Local destabilization can cause complete loss of West Antarctica's ice masses
A full discharge of ice into the ocean is calculated to yield about 3 meters of sea-level rise. Recent studies indicated that this area of the ice continent is already losing stability, making it the first element in the climate system about to tip. The new publication for the first time shows the inevitable consequence of such an event. According to the computer simulations, a few decades of ocean warming can start an ice loss that continues for centuries or even millennia.

Contact: Mareike Schodder
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Public Release: 2-Nov-2015
Nature Climate Change
Rapidly acidifying waters pose major threat for Southern Ocean ecosystem
A study published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change uses a number of Earth System Models to explore how the uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide and the resulting ocean acidification will affect the Southern Ocean over the next century. The new research finds that for some organisms the onset of such critical conditions will be so abrupt, and the duration of events so long, that adaption may become impossible.
National Science Foundation Ocean Acidification Program

Contact: Rachel Lentz
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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