Marine life

  • Juvenile genes reveal shark numbers

    Sampling helps reveal the size of Great White population.

    Genetic sampling of juveniles has produced the best population estimate yet for Great White Shark numbers off the coa...

    Marine life February 11, 2018
  • Drone shadows jellyfish

    Drones help researchers track jellyfish swarms.

    A quadcopter drone photographs a swarm of jellyfish and its own shadow. Keith Holmes / Hakai Institute As the world...

    Marine life February 11, 2018
  • Shark relatives deliver surprises

    A skate that walks, and another that lays eggs near vents.

    Skates - a group of fish closely related to sharks and rays - have provided scientists with not one but two surprises...

    Marine life February 8, 2018
  • Cloned crayfish conquers the world

    A bizarre aquarium escapee is spreading around the world.

    It may sound far-fetched, a but a real-life super-macromutant has been born, creating a new species with bizarre biol...

    Marine life February 5, 2018
  • Orca learns to mimic human speech

    Copying ability sheds light on killer whale “dialects”.

    Researchers have taught a captive killer whale to blow raspberries and mimic the word “hello” with its head above wat...

    Marine life January 31, 2018
  • 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

    Barnacles may 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
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