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Distant fish relatives share looks

by Herbert - 21st June 2017
Distant fish relatives evolve to look like one another Scientists from James Cook University (JCU) have found evidence that distantly…
Mares

Adriatic Cuttlefish

by Mares - 16th June 2017
Cuttlefish or cuttles are marine animals of the order Sepiida. They belong to the class Cephalopoda, which also includes squid,…
Herbert

Lubricated lips helps fish feed on mucus of corals

by Herbert - 12th June 2017
Scientists have discovered a species of fish that has developed a set of self-lubricating lips to consume corals. They have…
Herbert

Why do krill stocks in Antarctica fluctuate?

by Herbert - 9th June 2017
Climatic influences not as important as previously thought Although just six centimeters long, the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) plays an…
Herbert

Future opportunities for coral reefs

by Herbert - 8th June 2017
In spite of global warming, reefs could change but remain the same Although the world’s coral reefs are under threat,…
Herbert

Rabbitfish as trojan horses

by Herbert - 2nd June 2017
Researchers identify fish’s role in movement of invasive species. For some time, invasive species have been spreading from Indo-Pacific to…
Herbert

Corals create structures to promote reef recovery

by Herbert - 31st May 2017
Complex underwater structures catch coral larvae Scientists have discovered that coral larvae are dependent on their parents. By creating nooks…
Herbert

Iron deficiency inhibits marine microbes

by Herbert - 26th May 2017
Scientists discover important process in nutrient cycle in tropical North Atlantic Iron has been identified as an important nutrient for…
Fred Buyle

Freediving – a tool for marine biology

by Fred Buyle - 5th May 2017
For my first Mares blog I have decided to write about one of the most exiting projects I’m involved in:…
Mares

Kiel Fjord as training ground for mussels

by Mares - 4th May 2017
Genetic adaptation likely to have occurred over many generations Mussels from the Kiel Fjord were discovered to be able to…
Herbert

Humpback whale calves whisper to keep safe

by Herbert - 27th April 2017
Vocalisations may be used to help mother and calf stay togetherTo avoid detection by killer whales, newborn humpback whales whisper…
Herbert

Ocean acidification causes coralline algae to adjust internal chemistry

by Herbert - 25th April 2017
Some species show higher tolerance than others For the first time, a new study has revealed that coralline algae, which…
Emir

Mediterranean Great Sharks Project

by Emir - 23rd April 2017
The 'GranResearch Program', named 'GREBA', has been running since 2015 and aims to identify, label and study shark species in…
Herbert

Florida manatee population likely to withstand for 100 years

by Herbert - 20th April 2017
Manatee population to slowly grow and shift northward Florida's manatee population is likely to endure for the next century, provided…
Mares

Santorini: How explosive was the Aegean?

by Mares - 18th April 2017
German-Greek research team investigate Santorini's volcanic pastThe Santorini archipelago in the southern Aegean Sea is one of the best spots…
Herbert

First cave fish in Europe discovered

by Herbert - 5th April 2017
Fish is also world's most northerly cave fishFew species are as well hidden as those that live underground. In Europe,…
Franco and Sabrina

The massive and solitary Sphyrna Mokarran

by Franco and Sabrina - 4th April 2017
A few weeks ago I was leading a micro-group of passionate divers and UW photographers to Bimini Island, a lovely sandy…
Herbert

Haliphron atlanticus: Deep-sea octopus feeds on jellyfish

by Herbert - 30th March 2017
Octopus then uses tentacles of jellyfish to defend itself The open ocean is the largest habitat on Earth. Within this…
Herbert

Programming drones to map oil spills

by Herbert - 7th March 2017
Team drew inspiration from mathematical principlesA team from the University of Buffalo is looking into how drones can be programmed…
Herbert

Yap: Manta Mania in its third year

by Herbert - 2nd March 2017
Science and fascination within one's reachEvery year, during the mating season of the manta rays in Yap, scientists and interested…
Herbert

Why the cockeyed squid has mismatched eyes

by Herbert - 23rd February 2017
Researchers solve mystery after examining 25 years of video footageThe animals in the deep seas comprise some of the most…
Herbert

Growing problem of litter in the Arctic depths

by Herbert - 16th February 2017
Sea ice may be responsible for transporting plastic wasteThe Arctic has a garbage problem. In just a decade, the amount…
Mares

Catching fish too expensive to eat

by Mares - 9th February 2017
WWF report: Improving fishing management imperative for global food security By 2050, millions of people in the global South (in…
Mares

Elevated carbon dioxide levels impairs cone snails’ hunting skills

by Mares - 7th February 2017
Cone Snails become hyperactive and “meandered around” Cone snails are expected to find it hard to catch their prey if…
Herbert

Sounds of the ocean

by Herbert - 2nd February 2017
Findings on background sounds in Southern Ocean published For nearly three years, using underwater recording devices, scientists have been listening…
Yme

When changes regenerate you

by Yme - 17th January 2017
It’s the first day of the year and I’m sitting in front of my computer summarizing 2016. There have been some incredible experiences and I…
Herbert

Rare ghost shark filmed for the first time

by Herbert - 3rd January 2017
The ghost shark is a unique species In 2009, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) exploring the seabed at the Gulf…
Mares

Mysterious mass oyster die-off solved

by Mares - 2nd January 2017
In 2011, there was a mass die-off of wild Olympia oysters in north San Francisco Bay, the cause of which…
Mares

How baby reef fish find their way home at night

by Mares - 24th December 2016
Scientists have discovered that baby reef fish possess an internal magnetic compass that helps them find their way home at…
Herbert

Octopus Casper: Deep-sea octopuses require manganese nodules to lay their eggs

by Herbert - 22nd December 2016
Casper the octopus (and counterparts) threatened by deep-sea miningFor deep-sea octopuses, manganese nodules on the seabed are an important breeding…
Herbert

Clam shells used to compile 1,000 yr record of ocean climate

by Herbert - 19th December 2016
As a postdoctoral researcher at Bangor University in Wales from 2007 to 2009, Alan Wanamaker started the compilation of a…
Mares

Kelp along Southern California coastline resisted warmer temperatures

by Mares - 16th December 2016
In early 2014, when a large-scale heat wave in the Pacific Ocean produced temperature anomalies greater than anything seen since…
Mares

West Antarctica experiences accelerated glacier melting

by Mares - 13th December 2016
Research will lead to better predictions about rising sea levelsThe fastest ongoing rates of glacier retreat ever recorded have been…
Mares

New insights into the changes of the Nordic Seas during interglacials

by Mares - 5th December 2016
The characteristics of the water masses in the Nordic Seas are expected to change due to the Earth's higher temperatures…
Mares

Tracing how the relationship between corals and algae began

by Mares - 26th November 2016
How corals met algae: Tracing how their symbiotic relationship startedThe symbiotic relationship between algae and modern corals began more than…
Morne Hardenberg

The greatest ocean safari on the planet!

by Morne Hardenberg - 19th October 2016
Every year, over the months of June/July, we spend 40 days on South Africa's "Wild Coast" waiting for the mass…
Mares

Shark nets along South African coast threaten rare dolphins

by Mares - 7th October 2016
Negative effect on biodiversity Along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, many dolphins die in gillnets set up to…
Mares

Environmental factors, not just climate change, can also affect isotopic composition of corals

by Mares - 28th September 2016
Important details found in calcium carbonate skeletons of corals The calcium carbonate skeletons of corals retain important details about their…
Herbert

Two-thirds of zooplankton at tropical coral reefs lost to ocean acidification

by Herbert - 24th September 2016
Ocean acidification can fundamentally change the structure of the reef Tropical coral reefs can lose up to two-thirds of their…
Mares

Larger-sized animals at higher risk of extinction

by Mares - 22nd September 2016
Serious consequences for the marine ecosystems Uncontrolled fishing practices have given rise to a new trend that places larger animals…
Herbert

Seafloor of Red Sea formed at least 12 million years ago

by Herbert - 20th September 2016
Discovery overturns present understanding of region’s geological development Geoscientists find the Red Sea fascinating as it represents an ocean in…
Mares

New butterflyfish species discovered in Hawaii

by Mares - 13th September 2016
Butterflyfish found in deep coral reefs Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of butterflyfish in the deep…
Mares

NABU Cruise Rankings 2016 : Cruise ships fall short in environmental protection

by Mares - 1st September 2016
People living in the Mediterranean will suffer as a result Based on the NABU Cruise Rankings 2016, all European cruise…
Mares

Ocean acidification puts cod larvae in Atlantic under threat

by Mares - 27th August 2016
Population of cod has come into increasing pressure The increased acidification of the ocean may lead to twice as many…
Mares

High pollution potential found in sediment

by Mares - 23rd August 2016
Plastic particles act like magnets to bind pollutants and toxins A research team has revealed that microplastics have the ability…
Mares

Essential seaweed species in Baltic Sea under threat

by Mares - 11th August 2016
The Baltic Sea’s biomass of bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) may soon decline due to rising sea temperatures and the presence…
Mares

Energy exchange between ocean and atmosphere influences Gulf Stream

by Mares - 6th August 2016
New finding will lead to better climate simulations Consider the Gulf Stream as Northern Europe’s hot-water heating system. As like…
Mares

Fishes find sanctuary

by Mares - 4th August 2016
Larger MPA established based on the movement of fishermen's favoured fish species Beneath the waves of Palikir Pass (or P-Pass)…
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