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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: 28-Oct-2015
Scientists call for unified initiative to advance microbiome research
A group of leading scientists representing a wide range of disciplines has formed a unified initiative to support basic research, technological development and commercial applications to better understand and harness the capabilities of Earth's vast systems of microorganisms.

Contact: Matt Wood
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 28-Oct-2015
Current Biology
Electric eels curl up to deliver even more powerful shocks
Electric eels temporarily paralyze their prey by shocking them with electricity using a series of brief, high-voltage pulses, much as a Taser would do. Now, a researcher has discovered that the eels can double the power of their electrical discharge by curling up their bodies. In bringing their tail up and around, the eels sandwich prey between the two poles of their electric organ, which runs most of the length of their long, flexible bodies.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Joseph Caputo
Cell Press

Public Release: 27-Oct-2015
NASA looks at winds, cloud extent of Patricia's remnant hybrid system
NASA's RapidScat analyzed the winds in the Gulf of Mexico that were associated with the hybrid storm the included the remnants of former Eastern Pacific Ocean Hurricane Patricia. NOAA's GOES-East satellite showed the extent of the hybrid system's cloud cover over the southeastern US on Oct. 27.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 27-Oct-2015
Astronomical Journal
Probing the mysteries of Europa, Jupiter's cracked and crinkled moon
New research, using spectrographic data from the W. M. Keck telescope's, shows what are likely deposits from Europa's sub-surface ocean on it's so-called 'chaos terrain.'

Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges
California Institute of Technology

Public Release: 27-Oct-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Marine reserves will need stepping stones to help fishes disperse between them
A massive field effort on the Belizean Barrier Reef has revealed for the first time that the offspring of at least one coral reef fish, a neon goby, do not disperse far from their parents. The results indicate that if marine protected areas aim to conserve such fishes, and biodiversity more broadly, then they must be spaced closely enough to allow larvae to disperse successfully between them.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter Buston
Boston University

Public Release: 27-Oct-2015
Weakening post-Tropical Storm Olaf examined by NASA's GPM satellite
After maintaining hurricane intensity for over a week former category four hurricane Olaf is now a post-tropical storm and moved into hurricane history. The GPM core observatory satellite flew above Olaf and analyzed the rainfall within the storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 27-Oct-2015
Nature Communications
100-year-old mystery solved: Adult eel observed for the first time in the Sargasso Sea
After more than a century of speculation, researchers have finally proved that American eels really do migrate to the Sargasso Sea to reproduce. A team of Canadian scientists reports having established the migratory route of this species by tracking 28 eels fitted with satellite transmitters. One of these fish reached the northern boundary of the Sargasso Sea, the presumed reproduction site for the species, after a 2,400 km journey.

Contact: Jean-François Huppé
Université Laval

Public Release: 27-Oct-2015
Journal of Applied Ecology
Seals not competing with Irish fishing stocks, according to new research
Seals are not threatening commercial fishing stocks in Irish waters, with the possible exception of wild Atlantic salmon, according to new research led by Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. The findings show that seals are having no significant impact on populations of the most popular species of fish caught for commercial purposes along the south and west coasts of Ireland, from counties Galway to Waterford.

Contact: Una Bradley
Queen's University Belfast

Public Release: 27-Oct-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Distressed damsels cry for help
In a world first study researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden and James Cook University in Australia and have found that prey fish captured by predators release chemical cues that acts as a 'distress call', dramatically boosting their chances for survival. The findings are published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Contact: Dr. Oona Lönnstedt
Uppsala University

Public Release: 27-Oct-2015
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
The great northern cod comeback
Once an icon of overfishing, mismanagement, and stock decline, the northern Atlantic cod is showing signs of recovery according to new research published today in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Contact: Rebecca Ross
Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)

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