Tag: marine animals

Zebrafish Study Reveals Sexual Rivalry Improves Sperm Quality

A new study highlights the value of competition among males, revealing that the rivalry improves sperm quality in zebrafish. Unfortunately, it has its downsides, and the offspring may suffer.

Animals April 13, 2019

Warming Ocean Temperatures Putting Dolphins In Danger

The population of bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, is under threat, according to a new study. Their survival and reproduction rates declined since the marine heatwave in 2011.

Animals April 3, 2019

Ferry Hits Marine Animal In Sea Of Japan Injuring 80 Passengers

A ferry in Japan carrying 121 passengers and four crew members possibly collided with a whale. Many passengers were injured, 13 of which were serious.

Feature | Science March 9, 2019

CT Scan Reveals Ancient Sea Monster Skull Discovered 60 Years Ago Have Fake 'Bones'

Digital reconstruction of a 200-million-year old skull of an ichthyosaur found in 1955 revealed more fake materials than expected. One of the fake bones was so expertly modeled researchers only realized it was a fake because of the scans.

Animals January 8, 2019

World's Most Endangered Sea Turtle Washes Up On Alabama Beach Entangled In Beach Chair

A Kemp's Ridley turtle was found dead in an Alabama beach. The sea turtle appears to have been strangled in the string of a beach chair that bears the logo of the University of Alabama.

Animals July 17, 2018

27.5-Million-Year-Old Species Of Baleen Whale Found In New Zealand Is One Of Oldest

The ancient species of baleen whale named Toipahautea waitaki lived in New Zealand when the region was an island archipelago. How is this creature different from its modern-day cetacean kins?

Animals April 21, 2018

Size Does Matter: Why Aquatic Mammals Like Whales Need To Be Big, But Not Too Big

Whales and other aquatic mammals can only get big but not too big if they want to survive in the wild. Researchers from Stanford investigated why size matters for food hunting and metabolism.

Animals March 27, 2018

Photo Captures Giant Whale Shark Looming Beneath Boat Full Of Tourists

A photo taken at the Ningaloo Reef in Australia showed a giant whale shark with its mouth open swimming underneath a boat with passengers and some think the photo is a fake. Is it?

Animals March 8, 2018

Deep-Sea Marine Animals Use Heat From Hydrothermal Vents To Hatch Eggs Faster

Deep-sea skates, relatives of the sharks and rays, were laying their eggs near hydrothermal vents. The marine animals are strategically placing their eggs in warmer water likely to speed up the development of their embryos.

Animals February 9, 2018

New Giant Sunfish Species 'Hoodwinker' First To Be Discovered After More Than 100 Years

The newly named Hoodwinker Sunfish (Mola tecta) has evaded scientists for centuries. How was it discovered and what makes it different from the Mola mola and Mola ramsayi sunfish species?

Animals July 24, 2017

Gigantic Sea Creature That Washed Up On Indonesia's Shores Is Not A Giant Squid: What Is It?

The mysterious creature that washed up on the shores of an Indonesian island was initially thought to be a boat. It was later described as a giant squid but marine experts think it is something else.

Animals May 12, 2017

Endangered Right Whales Had Lowest Number Of Births In 17 Years

The number of North American right whales born last winter was only three, the fewest since 2000 and far lower than the average of 17 per year. Whale researchers, though, are optimistic the population of the endangered species can still rebound.

Animals April 13, 2017

Rescuers Refloat About 100 Stranded Whales On New Zealand Beach

About 100 of the 400 beached whales in New Zealand have been refloated by rescuers. Some of the marine animals though may still come back to the beach.

Animals February 11, 2017

Researchers Discover Six New Marine Animal Species In Indian Ocean Floor

A group of marine biologists from the UK has announced the discovery of six new species of animals near the hot springs on the seabed of Indian Ocean. The robot led survey was spearheaded by scientists from the Southampton University, Natural History Museum in London and University of Newcastle.

Animals December 18, 2016

Britain Calls For Worldwide Ban Of Microbeads Used In Exfoliating Soaps And Other Cosmetic Products

Members of Britain's Parliament call for ban of plastic microbeads used in many cosmetic products such as toothpaste and soaps. Here's why these tiny beads pose threat to the environment and the food chain.

Earth/Environment August 24, 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

'Finding Dory' Swims Into New Box Office Record: Could There Be A Part 3?

The Disney-Pixar film 'Finding Dory' made a gigantic splash at the Box Office as it set a new domestic record for an animated film. The sequel to the well-loved first film earned a massive $132.6 million during its debut.

Movies/TV Shows June 21, 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

Bloodsucking Vampire Fish On The Rise In UK Rivers

It's too early for Halloween, but swimmers in the UK are on the lookout for bloodsucking vampire fish in the rivers. The lampreys are back and they're out to suck blood.

Animals May 26, 2016

Bizarre Anatomy Holds Clue To Blind Cavefish's Waddling Walk

It’s not unusual to see a fish move on land, but to see one -- especially a rare cave angel fish -- move like a salamander is quite spectacular. How does the cave angel fish manage this amazing feat?

Animals March 27, 2016

Mysterious 'Sea Monster' Found On Mexican Beach Is Likely A Whale Head

Officials and beachgoers were shocked to see a mysterious gray piece of mass on the shore of a beach in Mexico. Some people speculated it was a sea monster, but an expert said it was the head of a dead whale.

Animals March 13, 2016

Mysterious Ocean Hum Linked To Migrating Deep Sea Creatures

Researchers said that strange humming noise typically heard from the ocean is likely made by large groups of small fish and crustaceans. These aquatic animals tend to make the noise when moving in deep waters searching for food.

Earth/Environment February 25, 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

Extremely Rare Albino Turtle Discovered On Australian Beach

Meet Alby, a very rare albino green turtle found in Australia. Volunteers from the Coolum and North Shore Coast Care discovered the hatchling as it found its way into the ocean.

Animals February 11, 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

Predatory Behavior Of Great White Sharks Captured By Underwater Robot

Underwater robots were able to capture the predatory behaviors of great white sharks deep into the waters. The animals were found to use depth and darkness as its main tool for catching preys when not on the surface.

Animals January 13, 2016

Plesiosaurs Swam Like Penguins By Using Flippers Underwater

Like penguins, prehistoric marine reptiles known as plesiosaurs used their front flippers to zoom through the water. The discovery may end the long-time debate about how this reptile swam underwater, scientists said.

Animals December 19, 2015

Your Coral’s So Fat, It Withstands Global Warming

New research shows the fatter the coral, the more it can withstand bleaching events. Scientists have determined fat deposits help coral survive better over the long term.

Earth/Environment November 19, 2015

Climate Change Could Make Sharks Smaller, Impair Their Hunting Ability

Sharks could become smaller and poorer hunters due to the adverse effects of climate change, a new study revealed. Researchers said warmer waters will have a serious implication on these marine animals.

Earth/Environment November 14, 2015

SeaWorld Continues Struggle To Overcome Negative Publicity Brought By Documentary 'Blackfish'

At the wake of the Blackfish documentary that depicted the story of one of the killer whales in the theme park, SeaWorld continues to struggle in overcoming negative publicity, as well as problems that had surfaced.

Animals November 9, 2015

Jellyfish-Like Colonial Species Uses Multiple Jets For Group Movement

The manner with which marine animals move is diverse and interesting. In a new study, a group of researchers investigated the locomotion processes of a jellyfish-like colonial species that use multiple jets for movement.

Earth/Environment September 2, 2015

Dead Minke Whale Spooks Swimmers In Long Island Beach

Beachgoers are discouraged from going near the waters of Long Island Beach following reports of marine animals washing up on the shores.

Earth/Environment July 11, 2015

First Aid Tips For Portuguese Man-Of-War Stings

The Portuguese man-of-war has made a number of appearances in New Jersey, making health care providers raise more awareness about the marine animal and DIY steps to treat its painful sting.

Life July 1, 2015

Invasive Species From Japan Reaches Washington Via Tsunami Debris

Officials from Washington's fish and wildlife department warn that debris from the tsunami disaster in Japan continue to be washed ashore in the United States. They believe some of these objects contain different invasive species that could pose a potential threat to the environment.

Earth/Environment June 2, 2015

WISSARD Scientists Discover 'Lost World' of Mysterious Fish, Crustaceans and Jellyfish Beneath Antarctic Ice Shelf

A rich marine ecosystem has been discovered deep beneath the ice of Antarctica. What do we know so far about the lifeforms found there?

January 25, 2015

Creatures Lurking in the Deep Ocean Are Big But How Big? Now We Know

By using historical data, specimens and scientific literature, a group of researchers came up with more accurate measurements of animals that live in the ocean. Here are the results.

Animals January 15, 2015

Newborn Killer Whale Source of Hope and Delight to Endangered Pod

A pod of orcas staying around Puget Sound has a baby after two and a half years. The new killer whale named J-50 is now more than one week old.

Animals January 7, 2015

269000 Tons: Amount of Plastic Waste that Pollute World's Oceans

The ocean is holding plastic waste equivalent to the weight of more than 500 fully loaded Boeing 747s. Toxins from these hazardous materials can also transfer to the marine animals that eat them.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2014

Cuddly Gray Seals Turn Ocean Killers: Porpoise Murder Mystery Solved

Gray seals primarily feed on fish but the marine animals appear to have learned eating other mammals. The bite and claw marks as well as DNA found on hundreds of beached harbor porpoises in the Netherlands indicate that seals were responsible for the attack.

Earth/Environment November 27, 2014

500 Sea Lion Corpses Wash Up in Peru Beach: Mysterious Death Being Investigated

Hundreds of sea lions were found dead on the shores of Anconcillo beach in Peru's Santa province. Authorities are investigating claims that the animals may have been poisoned by marine farmers and fishermen harvesting shellfish that the carnivorous marine creatures eat.

Animals November 25, 2014

Megalodon shark's extinction may have led whales to grow in size

The extinction of the fearsome Megalodon shark occurred when primitive baleen whales started to grow to their present size. The disappearance of the predatory shark may have allowed its prey to flourish.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2014

Rare beaked whale found beached in Australia: Why it has a great scientific value

Much is not known about beaked whales because they are rarely seen. Scientists see opportunity in learning more about it with the discovery of a washed-up beaked whale on Redhead Beach.

Earth/Environment October 16, 2014

Whale pelvis: What good is it? How about sex?

The pelvic bones of whales and dolphins were believed to be vestigial organs that would disappear in a few million years but scientists found that the structure helps cetaceans better control their penis during sex.

Earth/Environment September 10, 2014

‘Blackfish’ causes SeaWorld stocks to dive

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. fell short on their expectations for the second quarter, as attendance continues to drop after the controversial documentary ‘Blackfish’ was released. SeaWorld’s image has been tainted after animal activists lobbied against orca captivity.

Movies/TV Shows August 13, 2014

Disco clams underwater light show mystery finally solved

The underwater light show of disco clams has now been revealed in some detail by a California researcher.

Animals June 26, 2014

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