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Octlantis: Marine Biologists Discover Underwater City Of Gloomy Octopuses With Complex Social Behaviors

Up to 15 gloomy octopuses congregate in an underwater site in Jervis Bay, Australia. The cephalopods at Octlantis showed complex social behaviors and were observed communicating, mating and chasing away unwanted octopuses.

Animals September 19, 2017

Giant Fish Species Eluded Scientists For Centuries: Here's How It Was Discovered

The new species of sunfish dubbed Hoodwinker has been hiding in plain sight for centuries. Here's how researchers tapped social media and used pictures, old publications, and museum collections to describe the new species of giant fish.

Animals July 25, 2017

After Being Hunted For A Century, America's Gray Seals Are Making A Comeback

After being hunted to the brink of extinction, New England's seal population is making a comeback. Current estimates put the population in the tens of thousands.

Animals June 15, 2017

Trash Isn't Just A Problem For Henderson Island, It's Everywhere

Henderson Island isn't alone in its ocean trash problems - there are many remote locations that have been turned into dumping grounds for waste. Here are just a few.

Earth/Environment May 17, 2017

Scientists Find Giant Shipworm That's As Long As Your Arm: Here's How This Creature Grows So Big

The giant shipworm (Kuphus polythalamia), pictured here without its shell, is the world’s biggest and rarest bivalve mollusk. Dubbed the "unicorn" of marine biology, the mysterious creature owes its massive size to a symbiotic relationship with sulfur-eating bacteria.

Animals April 18, 2017

Humpback Whales Gathering In Groups: Researchers Try To Find Why

Scientists have been perplexed by the strange behavior which has been witnessed among humpback whales. Researchers are trying to determine why large groups of these whales have been gathering near the South African coast to feed.

Animals March 17, 2017

Massive Algae Bloom In Arabian Sea Linked To Climate Change, Threatens Local Ecosystems

Mexico-sized harmful algal blooms are striking the Gulf of Oman and other parts of the world at a greater rate due to climate change. How do they affect local marine ecosystems?

Earth/Environment March 16, 2017

Ingenious Solution To Coral Bleaching Crisis: 3D-Printed Reefs Could Repopulate The Ocean

As conservationists struggle to save endangered reefs worldwide, 3D-printed corals seem to offer a viable solution for the protection of marine ecosystems. This technology enables scientists to engineer perfect replicas of natural reefs, providing homes for new coral polyps.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2017

Palm Beach Kicks Off Sea Turtle Nesting Season, Urges Marine Life Protection

Loggerhead turtle nesting season is here, and conservationists are making arduous attempts to preserve marine life reproduction grounds. Palm Springs is once again the center of attention as one of the most reputed sea turtle nesting habitats in the world.

Animals March 3, 2017

Glow In The Dark: These Fish Rely On Bioluminescence As 'Flashlight' To Hunt For Plankton Prey

Researchers looked into a school of flashlight fish (Anomalops katoptron) placed in water tanks with artificial coral reefs to delve deeper about its bioluminescent behavior under different conditions.

Animals February 17, 2017

Deep Reefs Cannot Help Restore Destroyed Shallow Reefs

Scientists have long wondered whether deep coral reefs could become sources of new larvae to restore damaged shallow reefs. Now, a new study in Queensland has found that deep reefs cannot ultimately recover destroyed shallow reefs.

Earth/Environment February 16, 2017

Larger Sea Creatures Will Die First When The 'Sixth Extinction' Comes

A recent study has found that larger sea creatures will die off first in the next mass extinction, and human interference is to blame. Scientists are hopeful it's not too late to reverse its effects.

Animals September 15, 2016

Newly Discovered Fish Species In Hawaii Named After Obama

A newly discovered fish species endemic in Hawaii will be named after U.S. President Barack Obama in gratitude for his contributions in conservation. The president recently visited the region to draw attention to conservation efforts.

Animals September 4, 2016

This Cute Googly-Eyed Squid Was Found Off California's Coast

No, scientists aboard the E/V Nautilus ship did not find a Pokémon beneath California waters. However, they did find a cute, googly-eyed creature burrowed in the ocean floor.

Animals August 16, 2016

World's Longest-Living Vertebrate: Greenland Shark Species Can Live Up To 400 Years

The slow and sluggish Greenland shark is being touted as the world's longest-living vertebrate, reaching up to at least 400 years old. Scientists detail in a new study how they determined the marine animal's age.

Animals August 11, 2016

Drone Technology Helps NOAA Scientists Study Whales Off Hawaii

Gathering data on whales and dolphins is often difficult because scientists have to be careful not to disturb the marine animals' behavior. Can the use of drone technology improve research?

Animals July 31, 2016

Glowing Purple Blob Found On Ocean Floor Puzzles Scientists [Video]

Is it a glowing disco ball? Is it a spider egg sac? Scientists have discovered a mysterious purple blob that has left them stumped. Watch the video to find out.

Animals July 29, 2016

Sea Turtle Saved By Dog Returns To Wild After Rehabilitation

Months after treatment, several green sea turtles in the United States have been released back into the wild. Read on to see the story of turtles Newfie and Cisco Kid.

Animals June 28, 2016

Ecological Warning: Sea Star Death In Howe Sound Sets Off Domino Effect

In 2013, millions of sea stars in North America's west coast contracted a deadly virus and were completely wiped out. Now, researchers say this massive die-off triggered a damaging domino effect.

Animals June 25, 2016

Aquatic Scientists Film Hordes Of Giant Spider Crabs Crawling And Stacking Up On Australian Sea Floor [Video]

Aquatic scientists filmed hordes of giant spider crabs off the shores of Melbourne in Australia. Watch the video of these massive crustaceans crawling and stacking on top of each other.

Animals June 19, 2016

Here's Why You Should Not Buy A Blue Tang Fish Like Dory

With the success of the film 'Finding Nemo' came the threat to global species of orange clownfish. Experts are concerned that the same thing could happen for blue tang fish, the star of the franchise's sequel.

Animals June 19, 2016

Morgan The Orca Beached Herself: What Really Happened?

A captive killer whale was caught on video beaching herself after a show in Tenerife, Spain. Some say she was trying to kill herself, but what really happened?

Animals June 9, 2016

Glow-in-the-dark Ocean Fish Are More Widespread Than Known

New research suggests that glow-in-the-dark marine creatures are more widespread that what was previously known. Their ability to create light may have also been key to marine biodiversity.

Animals June 9, 2016

Sponge Size Of Minivan Spotted In Deep Sea

The world's largest sponge has been spotted in the waters off Hawaii. What do we know of these strange, ancient creatures?

Animals May 27, 2016

Tiger Sharks Prefer Swimming Near Maui: How To Avoid Potentially Dangerous Shark Encounters

Researchers have found that tiger sharks often swim around territories in Hawaii where human recreational activities take place. How can we avoid potentially dangerous shark encounters in these areas?

Animals May 24, 2016

These Six-Pack Rings Are Designed To Save Marine Life: Find Out How

Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida, has teamed up with advertising agency We Believers to launch the first 'Edible Six-Pack Rings.'

Earth/Environment May 20, 2016

Oxygen In World's Oceans Starts To Run Low Due To Global Warming

The world's oceans could lose much of their oxygen concentrations by 2030 because of the impact of global warming, a new study says. This could cause a major shift in how marine organisms are able to live, especially regarding where and what they eat.

Earth/Environment May 3, 2016

Oxygen Deprivation In Oceans Could Be Noticeable By 2030s: New Study

Oxygen levels in the global ocean are dropping due to climate change, and this effect should be noticeable in about 20 years, researchers state. What will be the effect of this change in waters around the world?

Earth/Environment April 28, 2016

Corals Vital For Reef Formation At Serious Risk

Staghorn corals are essential to the formation of reefs around the globe. However, that species is now facing severe damage from human activities, a new report has determined.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2016

Goodbye, Bubble Wrap? Packages May Soon Arrive Bundled In Marine Algae

An alternative to toxic bubble wrap seems to have been innovatively created from agar, a substance which is derived from seaweeds. This award-winning innovation is making waves for its environmental-friendly quotient.

April 15, 2016

Researchers Discover Plastic, Man-Made Items Inside Stomach Of Dead Sperm Whales

Thirteen dead sperm whales were found in a coast of Germany earlier this year. A necropsy found a plastic bucket, parts of a car engine cover and fishing net inside the marine animals' stomach.

Animals March 30, 2016

Are Adult Whale Sharks Disappearing Or Just Hiding In The Ocean?

Where could the adult whale sharks be, have they disappeared forever or have gone in the deep blue sea? A group of researchers tried to find out the answer, and the results are troubling.

Animals March 29, 2016

28-Foot Dead Gray Whale Washes Ashore In Torrey Pines State Beach

Residents of Torrey Pines State Beach were startled by an amazing discovery. Near the parking lot was a young dead gray whale believed to have been hit by a ship.

Animals March 26, 2016

Orcas Win! SeaWorld Decides To Stop Breeding Captive Killer Whales

SeaWorld on Thursday announced that it will stop breeding captive orcas or killer whales. The theme park will be re-focusing efforts to rescue stranded marine mammals and help them find a home.

Society March 18, 2016

Ocean Acidification May Cause Snapping Shrimps To Fall Silent

Snapping shrimps produce the loudest crunching sounds among all invertebrates living in the ocean. A new study revealed that these marine creatures are in danger of falling silent because of ocean acidification.

Earth/Environment March 18, 2016

Watch A Hydra Tear Apart Its Own Body To Eat A Meal

Hydras tear apart their bodies in order to eat, a new research reveals. How can this tiny marine organism make this bizarre process work?

Animals March 9, 2016

Moon Jellyfish Age Backwards Just Like Benjamin Button

Just like Fitzgerald’s famous character Benjamin Button, the squishy moon jellyfish has remarkable powers of transformation and regeneration, a new study revealed. The jellyfish can also form multitudes of clones.

Animals March 6, 2016

The Deepest Part Of The Ocean Is Still A Noisy Place

Scientists once believed that the deepest part of the ocean is peaceful. However, a hydrophone recorded vast sounds coming both from natural sources and man-made noises.

Earth/Environment March 3, 2016

Species Groups React To Climate Change In Patterns: NOAA

Researchers have found that marine fishery species react similarly to changes in their environment. Their findings show yet again that climate change affects distribution in the ocean, which can have an economic impact.

Earth/Environment February 23, 2016

Seven Sea Turtles Rescued From Cold Waters Off Florida Coast

Seven young sea turtles were rescued in the Gulf of Mexico after an aquarium staff noticed the cold-stunned animals. They are now under the care of a special hospital in Florida.

February 16, 2016

Noise Pollution From Motorboats Gives Predators Deadly Advantage Over Small Fish

Marine noise pollution are killing small fishes. Adequate measures should be undertaken to manage local environmental stressors like noise to avert negative effects on marine life.

Animals February 9, 2016

Deep-Sea Creature 'Purple Socks' May Hold Clue To Evolution Of Animal Life

Researchers from Australia and the United States have discovered four new species of purple sock-like creatures that belong to the genus Xenoturbella. This allowed them to identify the placement of the creatures in animal tree of life.

Earth/Environment February 5, 2016

Want To Be In An Octopus Garden? Researchers Observe The Creatures' Social Lives Off Australia

A 52-hour footage of Octopuses in Jervis Bay in Australia showed there's a social side to what was believed to be a solitary creature. Researchers observed 50 Octopuses engaging in fights, mating and using color signals to show their mood.

Earth/Environment January 29, 2016

Biological Phenomenon: Natural Oil Seeps Cause Microbial Life To Thrive In Gulf Of Mexico

Researchers have discovered that bubbles formed by naturally-occurring oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico attract large volumes of microorganisms. They believe this has to do with the bubbles bringing nutrients from the ocean floor up to the surface.

Earth/Environment January 26, 2016

NOAA Facial Recognition Software May Help Save Right Whales

North Atlantic right whales are currently classified as endangered species. To help save these marine animals, scientists have developed a facial recognition software that can identify right whales in photos.

Animals January 24, 2016

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