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Giant Amazon Fish Becoming Extinct in Many Fishing Communities, Saved in Others

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An international team of scientists compared mainstream bioeconomic theory with the lesser-known “fishing-down” theory, to discover that a large, commercially important fish from the Amazon Basin has become extinct in some local fishing communities.

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Scientists Name New Species of Cetacean: The Australian Humpback Dolphin

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Scientists examining a taxonomically confused group of marine mammals have officially named a species new to science: the Australian humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and Clymene Enterprises.

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URI Researcher: Deep-Sea Octopus Broods Eggs for Over Four Years—Longer Than Any Known Animal

Researchers at URI and MBARI have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four-and-a-half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators.

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Huge Waves Measured for First Time in Arctic Ocean

The first measurements of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean recorded house-sized waves during a September 2012 storm. More sensors are going out this summer to study waves in newly ice-free Arctic waters.

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Spectacular Marine and Terrestrial Wildlife Haven Becomes Four Million-Acre Biosphere Reserve

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A rugged peninsula in Argentina’s Patagonia region teeming with wildlife has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Environmental, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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Shark Teeth Analysis Provides Detailed New Look at Arctic Climate Change

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A new study shows that some shark species may be able to cope with the rising salinity of Arctic waters that may come with rising temperatures.

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Nova Southeastern University Researchers Giving S. Florida Visitors The Opportunity of a Lifetime

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NSU is partnering with the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale on a new package that provides guests the chance to visit NSU's Oceanographic Center and go with researchers on a shark tagging trip.

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Marine Bacteria Are Natural Source of Chemical Fire Retardants

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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a widely distributed group of marine bacteria that produce compounds nearly identical to toxic man-made fire retardants.

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Scientists Find the Shocking Truth About Electric Fish

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Scientists have found how the electric fish evolved its jolt. Writing June 27, 2014 in the journal Science, a team of researchers led by Michael Sussman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harold Zakon of the University of Texas at Austin and Manoj Samanta of the Systemix Institute in Redmond, Washington identifies the regulatory molecules involved in the genetic and developmental pathways that electric fish have used to convert a simple muscle into an organ capable of generating a potent electrical field.

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U.Va. Tip Sheet: G. Carleton Ray, Stephen Macko Available to Comment on Obama’s Expansion of Pacific Sanctuary; “Our Ocean” Meeting

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