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Public Release: 31-Mar-2016
Journal of Biogeography
Prey scarcity and competition led to extinction of ancient monster shark
It lived millions of years ago and was three times as large as the great white shark: the megalodon. So far its extinction has been explained with the onset of an ice age. However, researchers at the University of Zurich have now come to the conclusion that responsibility for the decline of the monster shark lays not with the climate, but with other species.

Contact: Catalina Pimiento Hernandez
catalina.pimientohernandez@pim.uzh.ch
41-446-342-148
University of Zurich

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Marine Biology
'Homing turtles' go back to familiar grounds
A James Cook University study has found turtles released back into the wild almost always return home -- even if they have to swim more than 100km or have spent more than a year away.

Contact: Alistair Bone
alistair.bone@jcu.edu.au
James Cook University

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Cold front: ONR researchers explore arctic land and sea at Navy ICEX
As the Navy's Ice Exercise 2016 winds to a close this week in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean, officials at the Office of Naval Research today reported new scientific research that took place during the event that will enhance our understanding of, and ability to safely operate in, Arctic maritime environments.

Contact: Bob Freeman
onrpublicaffairs@navy.mil
703-696-5031
Office of Naval Research

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Geophysical Research Letters
Tracking 'marine heatwaves' since 1950 -- and how the 'blob' stacks up
A tally of Northern Hemisphere marine heatwaves since 1950 shows that prolonged warm periods have recurred regularly in the past, but are being pushed into new territory by climate change.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Hannah Hickey
hickeyh@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Frontiers in Marine Science
The ocean below
UCSB researchers develop a scientific plan to measure the ocean's carbon cycle and predict its future conditions, which have implications for climate change.

Contact: Julie Cohen
805-893-7220
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Suomi NPP satellite spots remnants of Tropical Cyclone 17S
Former Tropical Cyclone 17S was battered by northerly vertical wind shear and reduced to a remnant low pressure area in the Southern Indian Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the system on March 30 captured a visible image of the large area of remnant clouds streaming to the southeast.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
PLOS ONE
New details emerge on deep sea, marine-submerged bodies
Findings of a new Simon Fraser University study could benefit investigators when bodies are recovered in deep water. It's the first to document carcass (pig) taphonomy (the study of what happens to organisms after death) in the open, well-oxygenated waters of the Strait of Georgia. SFU criminologist Gail Anderson says the research demonstrates 'a dramatically different scavenging progression' than that seen earlier in nearby waters.

Contact: Gail Anderson
ganderso@sfu.ca
778-782-3589
Simon Fraser University

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
PLOS ONE
Indian dancing frog's secretive tadpoles unearthed from sand beds
A new tadpole that burrows through sand has been unearthed from the streambeds in the Western Ghats of India, according to a study published March 30, 2016, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Gayani Senevirathne from the University of Peradeniya and colleagues.

Contact: Beth Jones
bjones@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
PLOS ONE
Salmon are less aggressive in tanks with darker backgrounds
Coho salmon may be four times less aggressive in tanks with darker backgrounds than in tanks with light backgrounds, according to a study published March 30, 2016, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Leigh Gaffney from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and colleagues.

Contact: Beth Jones
bjones@plos.org
PLOS

Public Release: 29-Mar-2016
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Beach replenishment may have 'far reaching' impacts on ecosystems
UC San Diego biologists who examined the biological impact of replenishing eroded beaches with offshore sand found that such beach replenishment efforts could have long-term negative impacts on coastal ecosystems.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kim McDonald
kmcdonald@ucsd.edu
858-534-7572
University of California - San Diego

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