Latest Census of Marine Life Stories

2009-05-25 06:25:00

According to a recent study, medieval fishermen first took to the sea around AD 1,000 in search of food after a sharp decline in freshwater fish. The decline was likely caused by rising population and pollution levels. The study, which will be presented at a Census of Marine Life (CoML) conference in Canada, focuses on the human impact on life beneath the waves throughout history. "Fish bones are found in archaeological sites... all around the north-western part of Europe," said James...

2009-03-31 13:57:08

An efficient network of specialists, data and tools to explore and safeguard Antarctica formed as legacy of IPY The International Polar Year (IPY) concluded in March 2009 with a tangible legacy in the form of a network of databases on marine biodiversity that will serve as clearinghouse for all biodiversity-related data gathered since the very first Antarctic research expeditions. The network gathers data describing the species themselves as well as information about their collection history,...

2009-03-27 06:45:00

Conservationists are now able to watch the movement of large groups of fish as they gather into sandbanks. According to a report in Friday's edition of the journal Science, researchers were able to watch Atlantic herring gather off Georges Bank near Cape Cod, Mass., where they spawn during the night. At dawn, the mass of fish return to the deep and scatter. According to Nicholas C. Makris, professor of mechanical and ocean engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the team...

2009-02-16 10:15:00

At least 235 species are thriving in both the Arctic and Antarctic polar seas, according to the Census of Marine Life. Scientists found that species such as grey whales, birds, worms, crustaceans, and angelic snail-like pteropods exist at both poles. Dozens of species were separated by nearly 7,000 miles, they said. Researchers are currently conducting DNA tests to prove whether or not the species are identical, and if so, they want to determine where the species "originated and how they...

2008-11-11 10:35:00

A rapid, climate change-induced northern migration of invasive marine is one of many research results announced Tues. Nov. 11 during opening day presentations at the First World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, in Valencia. Investigators report that invasive species of marine macroalgae spread at 50 km per decade, a distance far greater than that covered by invasive terrestrial plants. The difference may be due to the rapid dispersion of macroalgae...

2008-11-10 08:30:00

Researchers found many of the world's deep-sea octopuses evolved from a common ancestor that still exists in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean. A project called the, "Census of Marine Life" is trying to map the oceans; it started in 2000 and involves more than 2,000 scientists from 82 nations. The first CoML will be completed in 2010. "We are approaching a picture of the oceans ... from microbes to whales," said Ron O'Dor, co-senior scientist of the census of the 2007-08 findings. The...

2008-10-28 12:30:00

Canadian and U.S. biologists say they have, for the first time, successfully tracked juvenile salmon in both rivers and oceans. The achievement, officials said, was made possible by newly developed miniature tagging and tracking technologies that can follow small salmon over vast distances. "It may have been one of humankind's first ponderings: the fish that got away -- where they come from, where they go and what happens to them in between," said Jim Bolger, executive director of the...

2008-10-02 03:00:25

By Rach, Nina M Exploration and development of petroleum resources in deep water requires extreme engineering. Often equated with the technical demands of working in space, the high pressures and low temperatures of the deep ocean's extreme conditions require highly engineered robotics and thermal protection systems. Images provided by remotely operated vehicles 1-2 miles below the ocean surface give us a glimpse of unusual creatures and ecosystems. ROVs run by Oceaneering International...

2008-09-19 09:00:20

By Kristen Gelineau Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia -- Marine scientists have discovered hundreds of new animal species on reefs in Australian waters, including brilliant soft corals and tiny crustaceans, according to findings released Thursday. The creatures were found during expeditions run by the Australian chapter of CReefs, a global census of coral reefs that is one of several projects of the Census of Marine Life, an international effort to catalog life in the oceans. "People...

2008-09-19 00:00:11

By Steve Connor Hundreds of new species of marine creatures, from shrimp-like crustaceans to soft-bodied corals, have been discovered by scientists exploring the rich assortment of life inhabiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Among the discoveries were dozens of small crustaceans, a rare insect-like animal with a whip-like back leg three times the length of its body and a jellyfish that floats upside down to dangle its tentacles in the sunlight. About half of the 300 soft corals...

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