Global survey reveals sharks are functionally extinct on many of the world’s reefs, but hope lies in key conservation measures. Though many people find them intimidating, menacing or just plain scary, sharks are vital to the health of the world’s oceans. These often misunderstood creatures are found in just about […]

This illustration shows a life restoration of a pod of Ankylorhiza tiedemani hunting. Credit: Robert W Boessenecker A report in the journal Current Biology on July 9 offers a detailed description of the first nearly complete skeleton of an extinct large dolphin, discovered in what is now South Carolina. The 15-foot-long dolphin […]

A deep-sea soft coral garden habitat has been discovered in Greenlandic waters by scientists. Credit: UCL A deep-sea soft coral garden habitat has been discovered in Greenlandic waters by scientists from UCL, ZSL and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, using an innovative and low-cost deep-sea video camera built and deployed […]

In 2011, Chilean scientists discovered a mysterious fossil in Antarctica that looked like a deflated football. For nearly a decade, the specimen sat unlabeled and unstudied in the collections of Chile’s National Museum of Natural History, with scientists identifying it only by its sci-fi movie-inspired nickname — “The Thing.” An […]

A colony of Leptoseris hawaiiensis at 315 feet in the Au’au Channel Hawaii. Credit: Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, University of Hawaii New research published in the journal Coral Reefs revealed unexpectedly high growth rates for deep water photosynthetic corals. The study, led by Samuel Kahng, affiliate graduate faculty in the University of Hawai’i at […]

Sea star wasting disease, pictured here, is likely caused by the sea star associated densovirus. Credit: Oregon State Parks Warming events are increasing in magnitude and severity, threatening many ecosystems worldwide. As the global temperatures continue to climb, it also raises uncertainties as to the relationship, prevalence, and spread of […]

The 75-station pattern is typical for summer and fall cruises by CalCOFI, which has collected data on marine life and ocean conditions off the California coast. The original 1950s sampling plan was similar but covered a larger area, from the northern tip of California to the southern tip of the […]

The research team analysed rock juggling in Asian small-clawed (Aonyx cinereus) and smooth-coated (Lutrogale perspicillata) otters found in zoo environments. Hunger is likely to be the main driver of stone juggling in otters, new research has shown. Researchers from the University of Exeter have carried out an extensive study into […]

A new way of looking at marine evolution over the past 540 million years has shown that levels of biodiversity in our oceans have remained fairly constant, rather than increasing continuously over the last 200 million years, as scientists previously thought. A team led by researchers from the School of […]

A parrotfish feeding on degraded coral. Credit: Shaun Wilson, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in Australia, and the University of Western Australia Climate change and warming seas are transforming tropical coral reefs and undoing decades of knowledge about how to protect these delicate and vital ecosystems. Many of the […]