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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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