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Scientists Discover Life Lurking In The Most Remote, Uninhabitable Desert Of The Pacific

The South Pacific Gyre is one of the most isolated, lifeless parts of Earth. Due to extreme conditions in this region, it has become a desert nearly completely devoid of life — except for a couple of survivors.

Earth/Environment July 5, 2019

England Protects Marine Life With 'Blue Belt' Expansion

England is making a huge move for marine conservation by adding 41 new Marine Conservation Zones. These new areas are now a part of the 'Blue Belt' of protected areas.

Earth/Environment June 1, 2019

Deep-Sea Fish Have Developed Superpowered Vision To See Colors In The Dark

Some fish species found in the deep, dark depths of the ocean have evolved to be capable of colored night vision. In fact, they can even see more colors than humans in the dark.

Animals May 10, 2019

Baby Dolphin Found Dead On Florida Beach Has Plastic Bags, Balloon In Stomach

Biologists conducted a necropsy of the rough-toothed dolphin that washed up on Fort Myers Beach. They found two plastic bags and a piece of balloon in its stomach.

Animals April 29, 2019

Scientists Solve Mystery Of 'Halos' Around Coral Reefs

From a bird's eye view, coral reefs showcase a strange phenomenon: rings of bald sand surrounding them dubbed as "reef halos." In two new papers, scientists shed light on the mystery.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

Scientists On Sailboat Expedition Find Nearly 200,000 Ocean Viruses

Hundreds of thousands of viruses are swimming in the ocean. Scientists discover almost 200,000 types of marine virus populations in an expedition that took them across the world in a single sailboat.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

Move Over, James Bond: Experts Might Tap Nemo And Friends As Spies

The U.S. government taps marine life as agents of defense in a new project led by DARPA. By monitoring the behavior of certain marine species, scientists believe they can detect the presence of foreign vehicles around.

Animals April 1, 2019

Heat Waves Occur In Our Oceans, Too — And They’re Getting Worse

Oceans are now experiencing intense heat waves. A record-breaking temperature was recorded off the San Diego Coast and is expected to significantly impact marine life especially coral reefs and kelp forests.

Earth/Environment August 17, 2018

New Study Shows That Humans Have Ruined Ocean Wilderness: Just 13 Percent Remains Untouched

Only 13 percent of the Earth’s entire oceanic wilderness areas remain untouched by humans, a new study has found. Worse, only a small portion of them are protected.

Earth/Environment July 27, 2018

Fast-Food Giant McDonald's Rejects Proposal To Ban Plastic Straws

McDonald's shareholders decided not to ban the use of plastic straw. A consumer advocacy group claims the company distributes around 95 million single-use straws worldwide every day.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2018

Deep Ocean Mission Discovers More Than 100 New Marine Species Off Bermuda

Laboratory analysis of specimens obtained by Nekton Mission I, under the XL Caitlin Deep Ocean Survey project, revealed more than 100 new species living off Bermuda coast. The discovery was announced subsequent to the uncovering of the ocean’s Rariphotic Zone.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2018

Marine Protected Areas Face Risks Of Extinction Over Of Climate Change

Marine protected areas are under siege by no other than global warming. A startling new study predicts that most marine life won’t be able to adapt when drastic environmental changes occur over the next few decades.

Animals May 8, 2018

Corals Are Eating Plastic Because They’re Delicious, Study Says

Oceans continue to be polluted with factory-made plastic because of human neglect, causing great danger to marine life, such as corals. A new study suggests an even more problematic scenario in which corals think plastic is delicious.

Earth/Environment November 1, 2017

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

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