Marine life

  • Disappearing turtles could spell disaster

    Turtles are being driven to extinction, with consequences.

    These slow, gentle creatures have inhabited the Earth and its oceans for more than two million years. They’ve outlive...

    Marine life September 17, 2018
  • How the octopus got its smarts

    Did the octopus evolve by playing fast and free with the genetic code?

    In 2008 the staff at Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany, had a mystery on their hands. Two mornings in a row, they ...

    Nature September 16, 2018
  • Wrasse recognise themselves

    For the first time, researchers confirm self-awareness in a fish.

    For the first time, researchers have established self-awareness in a species of fish. A team led by Masanori Kohda fr...

    Marine life September 13, 2018
  • Meet the hellbender

    This giant aquatic salamander roams rivers in North America.

    The hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) is the largest aquatic salamander in North America. An adult can grow u...

    Marine life September 3, 2018
  • Marine mammals lose pesticide protection

    Marine species at risk due to separat evolutionary pressures.

    The oddities of evolution may have left many marine mammals without defences against some particularly nasty human po...

    Marine life August 14, 2018
  • New coral age estimate hints at recovery hope

    Coral and algae have been combining forces to build reefs.

    The symbiotic relationship between corals and micro-algae is much older and more robust than previously thought – a f...

    Marine life August 12, 2018
  • Baby mudsnails

    Mudsnail larvae being driven closer to shore by ocean waves.

    Threeline mudsnails (Tritia trivittata) live in the deep waters of the continental shelf off the northeast coast of t...

    Marine life August 12, 2018
  • Fish goes from egg to maturity in just 14 days

    Vertebrate body combined with invertebrate survival strategy.

    The turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri) from Africa can reach sexual maturity in just 14 days, making it the...

    Marine life August 7, 2018
  • Barnacles to save endangered turtles

    Chemical variants inside barnacles could greatly improve knowledge about their hosts.

    Charles Darwin, famously, had a scientific passion for barnacles, but there is nothing in his research to suggest he ...

    Nature November 26, 2017
  • The beauty of ecology

    Stunning images celebrating both scientific and photographic skills.

    At first glance this photograph of Heron Reef, in the southernmost section of the Great Barrier Reef, looks somewhat ...

    Biology August 18, 2017
  • Baleen whales had a deep voice first

    Ancient whale ear anatomy reveals striking resemblance.

    Baleen whales – such as blue and humpback whales – produce and hear the lowest frequency sounds of any animal. Now ne...

    Marine life February 8, 2017
  • Do goldfish really grow to the size of their tank?

    The size of their watery home is only part of the story.

    A common theory about fish is that their size is somehow based on the volume of water they inhabit, and to a new owne...

    Nature September 19, 2016
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