Marine life

  • Revealed: the mystery of stinging water

    It’s the mucus of upside-down jellyfish.

    People who have experienced stingy, itchy skin from warm coastal waters might be familiar with some of the theories a...

    Marine life February 13, 2020
  • Flashy above the water, but low key below it

    Beaked whales evolve a clever way to avoid predators.

    A Cuvier’s beaked whale breaching is an impressive sight, but it’s what this guy and his mates were doing below the w...

    Marine life February 6, 2020
  • Thanks, but I’ll wait for the shrimp

    Cuttlefish eat less for lunch when dinner looks better.

    When it comes to planning the day’s meals, cuttlefish appear to have remarkably sharp cognitive abilities. British r...

    Marine life February 5, 2020
  • Conversation

    Grey seals clap to communicate

    Australian-led research makes a surprising underwater discovery.

    Have you ever clapped your hands to get someone’s attention? The resulting “crack!” sound is hard to ignore, rising a...

    Marine life February 3, 2020
  • Hey, squid brain

    MRI scans provide clues to a crafty camouflage technique.

    Australian scientists are one step closer to understanding the camouflage ability of squid, thanks to MRI-based mappi...

    Marine life January 29, 2020
  • We need to look out for sharks

    Two studies look at the difficult task of sharing the oceans.

    New Australian research highlights the delicate nature of the relationship between humans and sharks. A study of the...

    Marine life January 26, 2020
  • Partner Content

    Changes to shark family tree

    Four new walking shark species have been discovered.

    Four new species of tropical walking sharks are causing a stir in waters off northern Australia and New Guinea. Ye...

    ASC Edits January 22, 2020
  • New sharks and rediscovered rays

    Australian marine researchers report a double success.

    Marine researchers from Australia’s University of Queensland have discovered four new species of walking shark and a ...

    Marine life January 21, 2020
  • Giant squid, pretty big genome

    But its genes look a lot like those of other animals.

    The giant squid – the subject of many a dramatic tale – is actually as mysterious as it is big.  In this original ...

    Marine life January 19, 2020
  • Crabs compromise to avoid competition

    Hermit crab species co-exist by living in different shaped shells.

    Rather than compete for shelter, two closely related hermit crab species appear to have adapted to differently shaped...

    Marine life January 16, 2020
  • Antarctic alert for invading mussels

    Invertebrates, plants and algae on list of top threats.

    Mussels may look rather mild-mannered, but they are prominent in a new list of non-native species most likely to inva...

    Marine life January 13, 2020
  • Bivalves explained

    The mechanical mystery of interlocking shells.

    Bivalve molluscs include marine creatures such as clams, mussels, oysters and scallops. At first glance the bivalve b...

    Marine life January 13, 2020
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