This sea creature detects light with cells all over its body.
The brittle star Ophiocoma wendtii, shown above, is a relative of sea stars and sea urchins that lives among the brig...
Population of “world’s rarest fish” discovered
As few as 20 new specimens gives hope to marine researchers.
An undersea area just the area of two tennis courts holds a newly discovered population of what is thought to be the ...
Green turtles of the Great Barrier Reef
Gobal warming has an impact on male turtles.
A green sea turtle from the northern Great Barrier Reef. Camryn Allen/NOAA Fisheries The north of the Great Barrier ...
Females fall for robot fiddlers
Biologists use robotic crabs to test whether its real love.
Female fiddler crabs have a thing for males who fiddle fast – or possibly just fancy a fling with a crustacean robot,...
Mantis shrimp hits like a heavyweight
Research discovers why a shrimp doesn’t destroy itself.
In the world of boxing, the former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been touted as the hardest hitter; and amateur...
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...
The ancient fish that first had sex
Ancient armour-plated fish with bony sex organs are challenging what we know about reproduction.
When back-boned animals get down to business, they do it in one of two ways. Either females release eggs to be extern...