Tag: Marine biology

'Super Coral' Pioneer Ruth Gates Passes Away At 56

Ruth Gates, a renowned marine biologist who pioneered 'super corals' that can withstand climate change, has passed away on Thursday, Oct. 25. She was diagnosed with brain cancer five months ago.

Earth/Environment November 1, 2018

Saving Mesoamerican Reef: Special Insurance To Protect Mexican Coasts Against Natural Disasters

It's normal for cars, homes, and people to get their own insurance but for coral reefs? In a world's first, the Mesoamerican Reef is getting its own policy protecting itself from storms, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

Earth/Environment March 9, 2018

Induced Spawning And In-Vitro Fertilization Could Save World's Dying Corals

Coral reefs have been found starving to death in various locations around the world. To save the species, an institution in the UK developed two cutting-edge methods to help corals reproduce faster.

Earth/Environment January 11, 2018

NOAA Study Reveals Why Coral Reefs Are Dying

Coral reefs are starving at a faster rate than in the 1980s, with 70 percent of the world's reefs severely bleached. What could have caused such ecologic catastrophe?

Earth/Environment January 5, 2018

Here’s What Polar Research Vessel Boaty McBoatface Is Up To

Remotely operated submarine Boaty McBoatface is off to its first scientific mission in the Antarctic. Amid naming controversies, the UK polar research ship will probe water flow and turbulence in the dark recesses of the Orkney Passage.

Earth/Environment March 14, 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

This Fish Sings Only At Night Due To Melatonin, Body Clock

Male species of the midshipman fish often 'sing' to woo females during breeding season, but scientists have long wondered why these aquatic animals only sing late at night. A new study may provide an explanation.

Animals September 22, 2016

Secret 'Doughnut' Reef Structures Behind Great Barrier Reef Are Like Tree Rings

Scientists in Australia were in for a surprise when they discovered another massive reef just behind the Great Barrier Reef. Known as the 'doughnut' reef, the reef system has structures that are just like tree rings, experts say.

Earth/Environment 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

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

Ecuador Creates New Marine Reserve In Galapagos Islands

Ecuador has declared a new marine reserve in the Galapagos Islands, surrounding Darwin and Wolf. It was created to increase surveillance in protecting the ecosystem where marine scientists have found a heavy density of shark population.

Earth/Environment March 24, 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

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

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

Giant Sea Spiders Emerge In Antarctica: What Supersizes These Arthropods?

In the polar oceans, commonly diminutive sea spiders are growing larger than usual. This phenomenon, known as polar gigantism, may or may not be attributed to the abundance of oxygen in the seawater, scientists said.

Animals December 31, 2015

Snails Will Change Their Sex If That’s What Their Partner Is Into

A new study shows that male slipper limpets change their sex if they rub up against a smaller male of the same species.

Animals December 29, 2015

More Than 17,000 Marine Species Unprotected In Natural Habitat

More than 17,000 marine species worldwide are still largely unprotected in their natural habitats, a new study revealed. Marine biologists emphasized the importance of establishing marine protected areas in order to safeguard marine biodiversity.

Earth/Environment December 6, 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

Health Of Coral Reefs Can Be Measured By How Beautiful They Look: Study

Is beauty measurable? Scientists found that the health of reef ecosystems can be measured by their aesthetic quality or how beautiful they look.

Earth/Environment November 11, 2015

Giant Squid Babies Are Discovered For The First Time

A marine biologist from the Institute of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Hyogo revealed a fisherman discovered three giant squid babies off the coasts of Japan, the first in the world.

Animals October 23, 2015

Scientists Discover First Biofluorescent Reptile: Glow-In-The-Dark Turtle Found In Solomon Islands

Marine biologist David Gruber chances upon a glowing sea turtle - the first discovery of biofluorescence in a reptile - during a night dive in the Solomon Islands. The hawksbill sea turtle, however, is critically endangered.

Animals September 30, 2015

Sperm Whales In Different Social Groups 'Talk' In Different Dialects

The discovery of click-talk 'dialects' in whale clans is evidence of animal culture, researchers suggest. Once thought a strictly human quality, a culture may exist in the animal kingdom as well, they say.

September 9, 2015

Watch Marine Biologists Remove Straw From This Poor Sea Turtle's Nostril [Video]

Researchers conducting a study on sea turtles in Costa Rica found one with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril. Since they were nowhere near a vet, much less the coast, the researchers took out the plastic straw themselves, using a Swiss Army knife. The turtle is back in the ocean, hopefully able to breathe more freely.

Earth/Environment August 18, 2015

Scientists Find World's First Two-Headed Sea Slug In Borneo: It's Neon And It's Toxic

Scubazoo film-makers discovered a rare species of sea slugs possessing two heads. The discovery was made by divemaster Nash Baiti while filming on location with his buddies at Scubazoo. The two-headed neon sea slug is a result of either a birth defect or pollution.

Earth/Environment August 18, 2015

The Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Has Unique Hunting And Mating Strategy: Study

A newly rediscovered species displays behaviors not seen in any other species of octopus, researchers say. The tiny animals are found in the Pacific off Central America.

August 13, 2015

'Freaky' Fish Discovered In Darkest Ocean Depths

A bizarre fish living in complete darkness carries its own 'fishing pole' on its head, researchers say. It's an evolutionary strategy meant to allow the fish to compete for scarce prey, they say.

August 7, 2015

Corals Put On A Fluorescent 'Light Show' Deep Under The Red Sea

Corals deep in the Red Sea, far down where sunlight doesn't reach, glow with a rainbow of fluorescent colors. Researchers suggest that their pigments could have applications in medical imaging.

Animals June 25, 2015

Self-Repairing System In Moon Jellyfish Helps Them Regain Symmetry

Moon Jellyfish don't bother to re-grow missing limbs; they just move ther remaining limbs around to become symmetrical again, researchers find. It's a king of survival strategy never observed before, they say.

Animals June 22, 2015

Starfish Shows Off Strange Ability To Expel Foreign Objects Through Skin

A new study conducted by biology students at the University of Southern Denmark shows how starfish are able to squeeze foreign objects out of their bodies.

June 19, 2015

Diver Didn't Really 'High Five' 22-Foot Long Great White Shark: Here's What Happened (Video)

A much-publicized encounter between a great white shark and a diver wasn't a friendly handshake - but it wasn't dangerous either, researchers say. The diver was trying to guide the shark away from the cage to keep it from being injured.

Animals June 15, 2015

Fish Proves That Wild Animals Can Have 'Virgin Births'

Smalltooth sawfish are the most endangered marine fish in the world. The discovery of sawfish with no genetic material from a father suggests that female sawfish reproduce all on their own when they can’t find a mate.

Animals June 1, 2015

Comprehensive Analysis Of World's Ocean Plankton Reveal They Are Vital For Life On Earth

A giant database of marine microorganisms reveals their importance to all life on Earth, researchers say. The database is the result of a years-long sampling expedition in all the world's oceans.

May 25, 2015

Warm-Blooded Fish? Wow! Here Are Some Of The Weirdest And Scariest Sea Creatures

The warm-blooded fish known as opah defies conventional knowledge about fishes but it isn't the only weird creature found underwater. Here are some other weird and scary creatures that can be found under the sea.

Animals May 18, 2015

Scientists Discover A Tiny 'Pocket' Shark, Only The Second Example Of The Rare Species Ever Observed

A tiny shark with kangaroo-like pouches is only the second specimen of the elusive species ever identified, researchers say. It's unclear the purpose of the pouches which give the 'pocket shark' its name, they admit.

April 23, 2015

Close Encounter With The Sperm Whale: Underwater Robot Gets Up, Close And Personal With Gentle Giant

Scientists doing research in the Gulf of Mexico have an unexpected visitor as a curious sperm whale checks them out. Video of the encounter quickly goes viral.

Geek April 19, 2015

Researchers Unveil 40 Million Year Family Tree Of Baleen Whale

Researchers from New Zealand present what is believed to be the most comprehensive report discussing the evolutionary history of the baleen whale, the largest animal to have ever lived.

Earth/Environment April 16, 2015

Scientists Trying To Solve Mystery Behind Increasing Dolphin Sightings In Scotland

The population of common dolphins found in the Hebrides has more than doubled in the past 12 years. Marine experts and volunteers are expected to go on an annual summer survey to further investigate the cause.

Earth/Environment April 15, 2015

UV Light Reveals Amazing Colors And Patterns Of Ancient Seashells

Scientists use ultraviolet light to reveal the coloration of fossil seashells. The technique has allowed the identification of at least 13 previously unknown species of marine mollusks, they report.

Animals April 3, 2015

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