Marine life

  • The Arctic’s ‘Last Ice Area’ is melting quickly

    Extreme winds and climate change created a brutal summer in a crucial Arctic wildlife haven.

    Rapid and drastic melting last summer of the area predicted to be the Arctic’s final refuge of ice has been pinned to...

    Climate July 2, 2021
  • Small, but mighty important

    Krill are crucial to the marine ecosystem, and new research being undertaken has the potential to...

    I vividly remember the moment back in Tokyo when I first borrowed an encyclopedia about zooplankton from my primary s...

    Marine life June 11, 2021
  • Giant map of giant kelp forests

    Satellite data shows where kelp is sticking around – and where it needs help.

    A paper published in Communications Earth & Environment has tracked 35 years of satellite data to create a comprehens...

    Marine life June 10, 2021
  • Sensitive sea snakes are sexier

    A touching review of how sea snakes mate.

    In honour of World Ocean Day, here’s a nice little story about…sea snakes, sex and sensitive males.Male and fema...

    Marine life June 8, 2021
  • On electric fish and dramatic pauses

    Scientists reveal why pausing between words creates more impactful communication.

    To communicate a message powerfully, well-timed pauses can be as important as the words, if not more so. In this, hum...

    Marine life May 27, 2021
  • How the clownfish earned its stripes

    White patterns develop thanks to hormones and anemone friends.

    How quickly clownfish get their white stripes depends on which anemones they live with, according to a new study publ...

    Marine life May 25, 2021
  • How seals adapted to move through water

    Collaboration of zoologists and engineers solves seal “evolutionary riddle”.

    Have you ever wondered how seals learned to perform their skilled underwater acrobatics?Zoologist David Hocking, ...

    Marine life May 7, 2021
  • Pigeons of the sea? Sharks use magnetic compass for navigation

    Researchers nail evidence that some shark species use magnetic forces as a natural GPS

    Might be time to re-think your strategy for avoiding sharks: turns out the marine predators use the Earth’s magnetic ...

    Marine life May 7, 2021
  • Arctic sponges leave trails as they wander

    The sponges were thought to be stationary, but they leave sneaky spikes on the seafloor.

    Adult marine sponges are usually thought to be stationary, picking a spot on the seafloor while still in their larval...

    Marine life April 27, 2021
  • Humpback whale behaviours at migratory pitstops

    Observations confirm the importance of conserving the animals’ resting areas.

    What do migrating humpback whales get up to at resting points on their long journey? Australian researchers have shon...

    Marine life April 22, 2021
  • 555 myo fossils reveal early Arkarua feeding

    An international team of researchers has shed light on the feeding mode of Pentaradial Arkarua, a...

    By Annemarie Gaskin, University of AdelaideThis creature inhabited tropical, shallow waters covering the Flinders...

    Marine life April 6, 2021
  • Marine species flee the equator

    Warming waters are triggering a mass exodus of marine creatures from the tropics.

    A new global study reveals that the biodiversity of marine species around the equator has dropped, as warming seas fo...

    Nature April 6, 2021
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