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Haifa researchers discover documentation of dolphin attacked by shark


For the first time in Israel, a dolphin has been photographed with scars after it was attacked by a shark, spotted off the coast of Ashdod by researchers from the University of Haifa.
“For 20 years in which I have been researching the dolphin population in Israel, I have not seen any evidence of a dolphin being attacked by a shark,” said Aviad Scheinin, top predator project manager at the Morris Khan Marine Research Station at the University of Haifa. “We will continue to monitor the dolphin population in order to understand whether this is an unusual incident of assault or a new phenomenon.”

Uncovering The Commutes Of Israel’s Sharks


New research from the Charney School of Marine Sciences has revealed Israel’s sharks travel about 30 miles (50 km) between the human-altered habitats that one finds against the shores of Hadera and Ashdod from season to season, in a single-day commute.
Scientists at the- Morris Kahn Marine Research Station tagged a total of 62 sandbar (Carcharhinus plumbeus) and dusky sharks (Carcharhinus obscurus) and taken fin-clip, muscle and blood samples to understand their biology. The team has also been monitoring the shark’s movements through satellite tagging and acoustic telemetry.”

Coral reef research earns NSF-BSF grant


The NSF-BSF Joint Funding Research Program recently awarded a grant totaling $820,000 for coral reef research led by Dr. Tali Mass of the Department of Marine Biology and Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringely, Research Director of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. The study aims to better understand coral reef resilience and adaptation to extreme environments. “Using advanced molecular and imaging techniques, we will examine the mechanisms that enable corals to thrive across broad depth gradients,” explains Dr. Mass. “As a US-Israel binational project, we will promote diversity and create new international collaborations through student participation, training workshops and academic exchanges.”

More than Jelly: UofH scientists reveal beneficial uses of jellyfish


Dr. Tamar Lotan, Prof. Dror Angel and Dr. Dor Edelist of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences and the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, educate the public about the potential benefits of jellyfish: “Their mucus can trap microplastic particles to clean up the oceans, and their body contains collagen that cosmetics companies are already applying in anti-aging products.”

Old Ship from Ma'agan Michael


Dr. Deborah Cvikel from the Department of Marine Civilizations was interviewed for an article published in the Jerusalem Post about the ship from Maagan Michael and said: “We could not determine with certainty what caused the ship to sink, but we think it was probably a navigation error.” Which was carefully constructed and beautifully preserved. “

Research unveils Kinneret’s geological enigmas, may help predict quakesel


University of Haifa geologists prepared the first-ever geological map of young faults (fractures) in the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), marking the locations prone to earthquakes. “Until now researchers believed that most of the tectonic activity takes place in the eastern part of the Sea of Galilee,” explains Dr. Michael Lazar. “Now we know that the fault splits and passes in the middle of the lake.” Twelve newly installed seismic monitoring stations around the lake will register all minor earthquakes occurring during the year and analyze the geochemical composition of the springs around the lake. The study, led by Dr. Lazar of the Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences at the  School , was conducted in collaboration with researchers from Italy, Switzerland and Norway. The findings were recently published in Scientific Reports


It was known the Negev was wetter in the past, but evidence of long-gone lakes hadn’t been dated: Now it’s clear that when hominins exited Africa at least 1.8 million years ago, the conditions were gorgeous

Israeli Researchers Warn Of ‘Larger-Than-Ever’ Jellyfish Off Haifa Coast


Every year, in the scorching Israeli summer, beachgoers start counting down to jellyfish season — that time of year when the pesky, fear-inducing sea creatures suddenly swarm the waters and wash up ashore, terrorizing swimmers in their path. 
This year, in one part of the country, those jellyfish are “larger than ever,” according to researchers at the University of Haifa’s Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences.

Why are Israel’s jellyfish jumbo-sized this year?


As yearly summer swarm of the stinging creatures reaches its peak, University of Haifa scientists contemplate what makes them bigger than usual.

New hope for coral reefs


Corals are one of the most beautiful and fascinating ecosystems in the world. However, due to rising sea temperatures, pollution and ocean acidification, they are also one of the most threatened. Pioneering work of ERC grantee Tali Mass of the Marine Biology Department, shows that corals might be less vulnerable to some of these changes in their environment than previously thought, bringing new hope for their conservation.

NatGeo Explorer Classroom: exploring coastlines with Beverly Goodman


 Dr. Beverly Goodman, of the Dr. Moses Straus Department of Marine Geosciences, in an article for National Geographic: Meet Beverly Goodman, who blends archaeology, geology, and anthropology to explore the interaction between nature and humans on coastlines. Learn how she’s able to do science underwater through a combination of scuba skills and research techniques. 

Israeli team’s undersea imaging creates bold visibility


The value of coral reef ecosystems can hardly be overstated and neither can the threats they face on a warming planet. Now there’s a new undersea imaging technology to help oceanographers and researchers understand what’s happening beneath the sea, because they’re able to more clearly see object color and structure.

Israel charts the universe's last great frontier


There is tremendous untapped potential and infinite discoveries to be made in the seas, whether in the field of health and food or a greater understanding of submarine ecosystems.

The sharks have returned — to the warm waters off Hadera power station


Scientists begin tagging specimens for research, warn public to stay away, though intrepid divers are expected to frequent underwater site

How Israel Became An Unlikely Shark Research Hub, According To A Marine Ecology Expert


Over the past several years, researchers have noted that dozens of sharks have been flocking to the coast off of the northern Israeli city of Hadera during the winter months.
Scientists have spotted an increasing amount of sandbar and dusky sharks in the area, drawn by the warm waters pumped into the sea by the Hadera power plant well and rising temperatures in the Mediterranean generally.

Israeli researchers develop sonar system to identify marine threats


Researchers at the University of Haifa developed an innovative underwater sonar system, propagating omni-directional acoustic signals from a single transceiver to identify potential threats.

Marine biology experts unpack Israel's jellyfish problem


Experts from the University of Haifa’s Charney School of Marine Sciences dive into the ongoing phenomenon of Israel’s jellyfish swarms and explain how to keep the situation under control.

Researchers: Sea Urchin Could Aid in Cancer Research


Scientists believe that mimicking development processes of creature’s skeleton could be a way block tumor growth in humans. 
Researchers from the University of Haifa believe that the way the sea urchin builds it skeleton might hold the key to discovering a way to prevent tumors from growing in humans.

A Bike Built for Magnetic Mapping


Mounting a magnetic sensor on a bicycle offers an efficient, low-cost method of collecting ground magnetic field data over rough terrain where conventional vehicles dare not venture.
An article by Dr. Uri Schattner of the Dr. Moses Straus Department of Marine Geosciences, published in the American Geophysical Union Journal.

‘There will be a tsunami on Israel's shores – the question is when'


Scientists believe that mimicking development processes of creature’s skeleton could be a way block tumor growth in humans. 
Researchers from the University of Haifa believe that the way the sea urchin builds it skeleton might hold the key to discovering a way to prevent tumors from growing in humans.