marine biology

  • Why don’t whales drown when they eat?

    ‘Oral plug’ prevents water getting into the animals’ lungs.

    If you’ve ever seen a lunge-feeding whale, you might have wondered why the animal didn’t drown while gulping down tho...

    Marine life January 21, 2022
  • Crafty coastal species are colonising plastics – with potentially devastating results

    Persistent human-made debris is providing pelagic habitat for some coastal species. What happens ...

    The sheer volume of plastics dumped, trickled or escaped into our oceans is seen as a major global problem, threateni...

    Marine life December 4, 2021
  • How do you get a super-group of whales to come together?

    New research reveals the microscopic reason why humpbacks sometimes converge in their hundreds.

    New research has shed light on the puzzling phenomenon of “super-groups” of humpback whales congregating off the coas...

    Animals October 26, 2021
  • How to identify a whale shark with a bottle of water

    Innovative new technique can track the genetic signatures of individual whale sharks, aiding cons...

    What’s in a bottle of seawater? A simple sample can hold information about the presence of marine creatures in the lo...

    Earth June 28, 2021
  • Arctic sponges leave trails as they wander

    The sponges were thought to be stationary, but they leave sneaky spikes on the seafloor.

    Adult marine sponges are usually thought to be stationary, picking a spot on the seafloor while still in their larval...

    Marine life April 27, 2021
  • Year of the quiet ocean

    An international team aims to monitor the impact of 2020’s ‘quiet’ oceans on marine life

    Last year, as pandemic-related lockdowns enveloped the world, our oceans – just like our cities – fell more silent th...

    Earth April 8, 2021
  • Blueprint for a sustainable ocean

    A global plan creates the perfect trifecta, serving fisheries, ecosystems and the climate.

    A team of scientists from across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia has devised a plan for a sustainable ocean, as ...

    Earth March 18, 2021
  • The brilliance of bioluminescence

    Seeing dolphins swim in a new light.

    One of the largest migrations on earth takes place in the ocean every night. Billions of tiny marine organisms kno...

    ASC Edits April 23, 2020
  • Biologists test the waters off Japan

    Study looks at impact of carbon dioxide on marine habitats.

    New international research has highlighted the risk rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and subsequent ...

    Earth April 21, 2020
  • Dolphins form “boybands”

    Coordinating vocalisations to woo fertile females.

    Boybands are synonymous with woo-ing women with love songs. From N*Sync to Backstreet Boys, even BTS, the harmonies, ...

    Animals April 3, 2020
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    Changes to shark family tree

    Four new walking shark species have been discovered.

    Four new species of tropical walking sharks are causing a stir in waters off northern Australia and New Guinea. Ye...

    ASC Edits January 22, 2020
  • Meet the gummy whale

    Smithsonian find could rewrite the history of baleen evolution.

    Filter-feeding, or baleen, whales have long been known to have evolved from earlier toothed species, but the transiti...

    Palaeontology November 29, 2018
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