Public Release: 22-Jun-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Bass use body's swimming muscles to suck in food
Bass are strong swimmers but they can't capture prey without also exerting a powerful suction into their mouths. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the power to form that vacuum comes from the very same muscles they use to swim.
National Science Foundation
Public Release: 19-Jun-2015 Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal launches new collaboration tools, ocean stories
This week, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean and partners launched new features on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal -- an online toolkit and resource center that helps stakeholders find and visualize ocean use data through mapping.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Public Release: 19-Jun-2015
Physiology 2015 MARCO applauds fishery council move to protect deep sea corals
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) applauds the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council on their recent approval of an amendment to protect deep sea corals from the impacts of fishing gear in the Mid-Atlantic.
Public Release: 18-Jun-2015
PLOS ONE Researchers discover deep sea sharks are buoyant
In a study published recently, scientists from the University of Hawai'i -- Mānoa and University of Tokyo revealed that two species of deep-sea sharks, six-gill and prickly sharks, are positively buoyant -- they have to work harder to swim downward than up, and they can glide uphill for minutes at a time without using their tails.
Public Release: 18-Jun-2015 Proposed floodplain restoration reduces flood risk and restores salmon habitat
Salmon are severely impacted by the loss of floodplain habitats. In few places is this more pronounced than in Oregon's Tillamook Bay, where nearly 90 percent of estuaries' tidal wetlands have been lost to development -- threatening the survival of federally-protected coho salmon and the safety of the local community. Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, NOAA Fisheries, and others have come together to reduce flood risk, increase resiliency of the ecosystem, and restore salmon habitat in Tillamook Bay.
Public Release: 18-Jun-2015 Alaska researcher investigates fin whale deaths
At least nine fin whales have been discovered floating dead in waters from Kodiak to Unimak Pass since late May. 'It is an unusual and mysterious event that appears to have happened around Memorial Day weekend,' said Kate Wynne, an Alaska Sea Grant marine mammal specialist and University of Alaska Fairbanks professor. 'We rarely see more than one fin whale carcass every couple of years.'
Public Release: 18-Jun-2015
American Chemical Society 250th National Meeting & Exposition Water screening: International hunt for unknown molecules
Day in, day out harmful substances leech into the ground: we all contribute to chemicals in the water cycle. On top of this come natural substances from the environment. A single environmentally relevant water sample contains up to several thousand different organic molecules. But what are these substances? Over 8,000 molecule profiles have already been stored in a public database for future analysis. This preventative water screening system is now being expanded internationally and harmonized with further strategies in the 'FOR-IDENT' project.
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Public Release: 18-Jun-2015 Sailing through changing oceans
In the current context of global change, sustainable and responsible exploitation of the oceans can be realized only through a deep understanding of the ocean processes and of the associated ecosystems spanning every latitude of planet Earth. This is the key concept advocated by a new position paper from the European Science Foundation.
Public Release: 17-Jun-2015 International spacecraft carrying NASA's Aquarius instrument ends operations
An international Earth-observing mission launched in 2011 to study the salinity of the ocean surface ended June 8 when an essential part of the power and attitude control system for the SAC-D spacecraft, which carries NASA's Aquarius instrument, stopped operating. The Aquarius instrument successfully achieved its science objectives and completed its primary three-year mission in November 2014.
NASA, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales
Public Release: 17-Jun-2015 Satellites enable coral reef science leap from Darwin to online
With Earth-observing satellite data, scientists can now monitor the health of coral reefs, even in the most remote regions scattered around the globe where it is otherwise difficult to see changes.
NASA, NOAA, United States Geological Survey
Public Release: 17-Jun-2015
The Condor Coordinating across 8 agencies to count vulnerable shorebirds
American oystercatcher nests are sparsely distributed, time-intensive to find, and often in remote locations, all adding to the challenge of estimating the size of their breeding population. However, a new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications demonstrates that a new, simplified survey method, coordinated across eight agencies, has tremendous potential to provide accurate population estimates and aid in the species' conservation.
Public Release: 17-Jun-2015 NASA shows a weaker compact tropical storm Carlos
Hurricane Carlos weakened to a tropical storm on June 17 and remains a small storm that appears tightly wound on satellite imagery. Carlos is expected to spin down quickly.
Public Release: 17-Jun-2015 NASA sees Bill make Texas landfall, weaken to a depression
A NASA animation of imagery from NOAA's GOES-East satellite shows the progression of Tropical Storm Bill through the western Gulf of Mexico, landfall in east Texas and weakening into a depression west of Dallas.
Public Release: 17-Jun-2015 Marine monitoring to help protect lives at sea
In order to save lives at sea, the National Oceanography Centre is joining six research organizations to provide a world-class marine monitoring and forecasting service, which could be used to improve marine rescue operations.
The European Union
Public Release: 16-Jun-2015
Science Hi-tech tracking tags expand aquatic animal research opportunities, collaborations
Advances in acoustic and satellite technologies are allowing researchers to track animals large and small across great distances, even in challenging ocean environments, leading to significant new knowledge about the behavior, interactions, movements, and migrations of many species, from tiny fish to sea turtles and whales.
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Public Release: 16-Jun-2015 NASA sees Tropical Storm Bill making landfall in Texas
Tropical Storm Bill was making landfall at 11 a.m. CDT on Matagorda Island, Texas, on June 16 as NASA and NOAA satellites gathered data on the storm. At NASA a movie of Bill's landfall was created using data from NOAA's GOES-East satellite. The center of Bill is expected to move inland over south-central Texas during the afternoon and night of June 16.
Public Release: 16-Jun-2015
Harmful Algae Toxic algal blooms behind Klamath River dams create health risks far downstream
A new study has found that toxic algal blooms in reservoirs on the Klamath River can travel more than 180 miles downriver in a few days, survive passage through hydroelectric turbines and create unsafe water conditions on lower parts of the river in northern California. They can accumulate to concentrations that can pose health risks to people, pets and wildlife, and improved monitoring and public health outreach is needed to address this issue.
Public Release: 16-Jun-2015 NASA sees Hurricane Carlos causing coastal complications
Hurricane Carlos has been crawling up the coast of southwestern Mexico, weakening and re-strengthening to hurricane force. NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the hurricane as it continued to cause coastal complications for the residents of western Mexico.