Latest Saba Bank Atoll Stories

2006-02-15 06:00:00

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Scientists have discovered what they believe is a new fish species and at least 20 types of previously unknown seaweeds during a recent expedition to one of the Caribbean's most diverse marine areas - a coral-covered underwater mountain off the Dutch island of Saba. It could take a year before researchers confirm the findings, which local fishermen, working with the Dutch Antilles government, are hoping to use to lobby authorities to steer oil tankers away from the...

2006-02-14 00:20:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- Scientists have found new species of fish and seaweed on a Caribbean coral atoll that may be the most diverse marine habitat in the Atlantic region, they said on Tuesday. Divers in January found two new species of goby fish, each about a half-inch long, and a dozen new species of seaweed in a two-week study of the Saba Bank Atoll in the Dutch Windward Islands, 180 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. "The atoll was poorly explored with only about...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'