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The first humans to pluck a Caribbean fighting conch from the shallow lagoons of Panama's Bocas del Toro were in for a good meal. Smithsonian scientists found that 7,000 years ago, this common marine shellfish contained 66 percent more meat than its descendants do today.
In a counter-intuitive finding, new research from North Carolina State University shows that a species of shellfish widely consumed in the Pacific over the past 3,000 years has actually increased in size, despite â€“ and possibly because of â€“ increased human activity in the area.
Divers are combing the depths of ocean waters 60 miles south of the Mexican coast in search of the unique queen conch shell that may help scientists better understand the effects of global warming on the fragile aquatic ecosystem.
BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For more than 25 years, all attempts at culturing pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas) have been unsuccessful--until now.
For the first time, novel and proprietary seeding techniques to produce beaded (nucleated) and non-beaded cultured pearls from the queen conch have been developed by scientists from Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI).
By Joan Morris, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 21--Tough lessons At times, the Spin Cycle likes to drop its completely unhelpful tone and try to impart a measure of wisdom. And here it is.
By Laura Myers KEY WEST, Florida (Reuters) - Florida Keys residents, renowned for their nonchalance in the face of hurricanes, adopted a wait-and-see response on Wednesday as Wilma, the fiercest storm yet, seemed set to bear down on the vulnerable islands.
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