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2012-02-22 14:59:01

NOAA and Fish and Wildlife Service now 3 years behind schedule on banning commercial fishing Today, Marine Conservation Institute filed a formal petition to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce, asking them to prohibit commercial fishing in America's sensitive and pristine Pacific Island marine national monuments, a ban that President George W. Bush declared when he established the monuments over three years ago. In January 2009, President Bush established three...

2011-06-07 15:31:00

NEW YORK, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nautica®, a leading global lifestyle brand, and Oceana, an ocean conservation organization dedicated to protecting the world's oceans, will join forces to raise awareness for "World Oceans Day" on June 8, 2011. World Oceans Day pays homage to the world's oceans and the important role the oceans play in our lives. As an official holiday, it aims to engage more people in the fight to reverse the declining health of marine ecosystems....

2011-04-14 10:58:00

Media Phone-In Briefing Today at 4 p.m. EDT WASHINGTON, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has announced the second round of grants from its Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife, created after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to protect and restore Gulf species. The grants follow successful projects carried out in 2010 and will support 22 new projects to bolster fish and wildlife populations affected by the spill, including shorebirds,...

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2011-04-10 06:49:05

Scientists are baffled by the continuing numbers of dead baby bottlenose dolphins washing up on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. 406 dolphins were found either stranded or dead between February 2010 and April 2011, prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to designate the deaths as an "unusual mortality event" (UME). The agency defines such events as a stranding incident that is unexpected or involves great losses of any marine mammal population. Blair Mase, the...

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2011-02-02 22:13:59

Year of the Turtle campaign is working to save these animalsFact: The sex of some species of turtles is determined by the temperature of the nest: warm nests produce females, cooler nests, males. And although turtles have been on the planet for about 220 million years, scientists now report that almost half of the turtle species is threatened. Turtle scientists are working to understand how global warming may affect turtle reproduction. To bring attention to this and other issues affecting...

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2010-06-24 11:25:00

A boat captain says that he has seen BP ships burning sea turtles and other wildlife alive in the Gulf of Mexico. Captain Mike Ellis, who is working to rescue sea turtles, said in an interview by Catherine Craig that BP boats are conducting controlled burns to get rid of the oil. "They drag a boom between two shrimp boats and whatever gets caught between the two boats, they circle it up and catch it on fire. Once the turtles are in there, they can't get out," Ellis todl Craig. He said he...

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2010-05-20 12:41:40

One type of turtle possesses an extraordinary organ that lets the reptile breathe underwater and stay submerged for many months. Scientists have discovered that the common musk turtle has a tiny tongue lined with specialized buds.  The turtles use their tongues to exchange oxygen, solving a mystery of how these reptiles can remain submerged for so long. The findings were reported in the journal The Anatomical Record. "I was very surprised, I really didn't expect that," zoologist Egon...

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2009-11-03 12:30:00

Officials at SeaWorld in San Diego have announced the arrival of 82 new sea turtles, which began in early October, and continued for almost two weeks. The turtles were hatched from offspring of sea turtles that have lived in the park for more than 30 years. They were able to hatch on their own, without human intervention. "These recent hatchlings are exciting for us," said Thad Dirksen, curator of fishes at SeaWorld. "It's unusual to have sea turtles hatch in a zoological environment. And...

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2009-03-11 07:15:00

A new report, released Tuesday by the Ocean Conservancy, warns that enormous amounts of man-made trash are threatening the world's oceans, damaging wildlife and harming the seafood and tourism industries. The garbage is further stressing seas already affected by global climate change, the report said. The report called the "tidal wave of ocean debris a major pollution problem of the 21st century." The Ocean Conservancy said its report, entitled "A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris and What We Can...


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2006-12-26 15:41:07

The Australasian Pig-nose Turtle, Carettochelys insculpta, is a species of soft-shelled turtle native to freshwater streams, lagoons and rivers of the Northern Territory of Australia and southern New Guinea. This species is unlike any other species of freshwater turtle in the world. The shell is typically gray in color, with a leathery texture, while the front plate is cream colored. Their feet are actually flippers, resembling those of marine turtles. Its nose looks like that of a pig....

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Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.