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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!.

The Marine Science Portal on EurekAlert! was created through grants from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Ambrose Monell Foundation.

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Public Release: 13-Nov-2015
Bigelow Laboratory in international effort to develop marine microbial ecology model
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Scientist José Antonio Fernández Robledo will spend the next year developing molecular tools to better understand dinoflagellates' function and how they might transform themselves under varying conditions. This work, with Dr. Claudio H. Slamovits at Dalhousie University, is part of an $8 million Marine Microbial Initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. One hundred scientists in 33 institutions will develop methods to bring experimental model systems to the ocean.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Contact: Darlene Trew Crist
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Public Release: 13-Nov-2015
Aquatic Invasions
Invasive freshwater species in Europe's lakes and rivers: How do they come in?
A JRC-led article has identified escape from aquaculture facilities, releases in the wild due to pet/aquarium trade and stocking activities as the main pathways of alien species introduction in European lakes and rivers. Germany, the UK and Italy are the main entry gateways. The authors recommend tightened controls, and improved prevention and management measures in order to halt the increasing trend of freshwater alien species introductions in Europe.

Contact: Elena Verdesoto-Gonzalez
European Commission Joint Research Centre

Public Release: 13-Nov-2015
Scientific Reports
Sea ice plays a pivotal role in the Arctic methane cycle
The ice-covered Arctic Ocean is a more important factor concerning the concentration of the greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere than previously assumed. Experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research report on the newly discovered interactions between the atmosphere, sea ice and the ocean in a recent online study in the journal Nature's Scientific Reports.

Contact: Folke Mehrtens
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Public Release: 13-Nov-2015
Science Advances
Loss of diversity near melting coastal glaciers
Melting glaciers are causing a loss of species diversity among benthos in the coastal waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, impacting an entire seafloor ecosystem. This has been verified in the course of repeated research dives, the results of which were recently published by experts from Argentina, Germany and Great Britain and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in a study in the journal Science Advances.
Instituto Antartico Argentino, Alfred Wegener Institute, CONICET, FONCyT, SECyT-UNC, German Research Foundation, European Union, IMCONet

Contact: Doris Abele
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

Public Release: 12-Nov-2015
Journal of Climate
New research shows La Niña is not helping Hawai'i's rainfall and groundwater
Historically when El Niño events occur, Hawai'i has experienced nearly six months of drought, from November to April. Conversely, during La Niña events rainfall has been greater than normal -- building up Hawai'i's groundwater supply. New research published this month in the Journal of Climate determined that the relationship between La Niña and rainfall in Hawai'i has changed and recent La Niña years have brought less-than-normal rainfall.

Contact: Marcie Grabowski
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Public Release: 12-Nov-2015
NASA spies Extra-Tropical Storm Kate racing through North Atlantic
On Nov. 12 at 4 a.m. EST the National Hurricane Center issued the last advisory on Extra-Tropical Cyclone Kate, located several hundred miles south-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured a visible light image of the storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 12-Nov-2015
NASA adds up rainfall from 2 historic Yemen tropical cyclones
One week ago to the day Cyclone Chapala, the first Category 1 cyclone to strike Yemen in recorded history made landfall in Yemen, then a second tropical cyclone named Megh made landfall. The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite provided a look at rainfall rates and totals dropped by the historic double tropical cyclones.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 12-Nov-2015
Spanish Royal Society of Natural History Journal
A 'blood rain' infiltrates villages of Spain
The rainwater that fell in some of the villages of Zamora (Spain) last autumn brought along a strange traveller: a green microalgae that turns a reddish colour when in a state of stress. Once this microalgae was deposited into fountains and tanks it wasn't long before the water turned red. Researchers from the University of Salamanca have shone light on this 'blood rain' phenomenon.

Contact: SINC
FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology

Public Release: 12-Nov-2015
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Today's disposable society: Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern
An increasing amount of drugs taken by humans and animals make it into streams and waterways, and pharmaceutical pollution has had catastrophic ecosystem consequences despite low levels of concentration in the environment. The effect of pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern on the environment will be addressed in a special issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Contact: Jen Lynch
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Public Release: 12-Nov-2015
Long-snouted Amazonian catfishes including three new species to form a new genus
Being close relatives within the same genus, eight catfishes showed enough external differences, such as characteristic elongated mouths, hinting to their separate origin. Following a thorough morphological as well as molecular analysis, a team of researchers suggested that five previously known species along with three new ones, which they have found during their survey, need a new genus to accommodate for their specificity. Their study is available in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

Contact: Fabio F. Roxo
Pensoft Publishers

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