Marine life

  • Seeing stars

    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...

    Marine life January 25, 2018
  • 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 ...

    Marine life January 23, 2018
  • 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 ...

    Marine life January 17, 2018
  • 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,...

    Marine life January 17, 2018
  • 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...

    Marine life January 16, 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
  • 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...

    Palaeontology October 27, 2014
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