An artist’s impression of the new sea dragon, Thalassodraco etches, in the Late Jurassic seas. Credit: Megan Jacobs An amateur fossil hunter has unearthed a new type of prehistoric ‘sea dragon’ on the beach of the UK’s Dorset coast. The new 2m-long ichthyosaurus is named ‘Etches sea dragon,’ after fossil […]

Corals in the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. Credit: Maoz Fine A paper to be published in Frontiers in Marine Science on December 15 is calling for action to remove the oil from a decaying and inactive tanker in the Red Sea that holds approximately one million barrels of oil […]

Researchers at the mouth of the São Vicente Cave system. Credit: Adriano Gambarini From Brazil’s Amazon, researchers report “spooky interactions” among surface- and cave-dwelling electric fish, revealing shocking behavior of 300 blind cavefishes whose ancestors adopted life in darkness tens of thousands of years ago. A study of weakly electric […]

Magmatic gas hydrothermal venting at the Cone site in Brothers volcano. Credit: Image courtesy of Anna-Louise Reysenbach, NSF, ROV Jason and 2018©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Hydrothermally-active submarine volcanoes account for much of Earth’s volcanism and are mineral-rich biological hotspots, yet very little is known about the dynamics of microbial diversity […]

An artist’s reconstruction of ‘Anomalocaris’ briggsi swimming within the twilight zone. Credit: Katrina Kenny Ancient marine creatures called radiodonts had incredible vision that likely drove an evolutionary arms race according to new research published on December 2, 2020. The international study, led by Professor John Paterson from the University of […]

Polychaete worm, Tomopteris, with setae moving on each side of the body in metachronal waves. Credit: Sean Colin   ANIMATION When you think of swimming, you probably imagine pushing through the water—creating backwards thrust that pushes you forward. New research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) suggests instead that many marine […]

A unique stress experiment aligned deoxygenation stress to the natural night-day cycle of common reef-building corals from The Great Barrier Reef. Credit: Morgan Bennett-Smith Ocean deoxygenation is now being recognized as major threat to future global coral reef survival. Oxygen is life, in or out of the water, raising concerns […]

Two researchers from Trinity College Dublin are among a four-strong team of principal investigators spearheading a new €10.4 million project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) to assess the importance of marine life to human societies during the last two millennia, with a focus on understanding the consequences of […]

A remora attached to the skin of a blue whale. Credit: Stanford University & Cascadia Research Collective. Image collected under NMFS permit #16111. When it comes to hitching a ride, whale-surfing remoras are perfectly at home latching onto the largest creatures on the planet. “From static photos, it’s easy to […]

A new study shows that the body size of the iconic gigantic Megalodon or megatooth shark, about 50 feet (15 meters) in length, is indeed anomalously large compared to body sizes of its relatives. Formally called Otodus megalodon, the fossil shark that lived nearly worldwide roughly 15-3.6 million years ago is […]