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...
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 ...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...