Fossilized barnacles uncover ancient whale migration routes

Often considered one of the most boring and unremarkable organisms in the ocean, barnacles are now being used to track whale migrations over millions of years of evolutionary time.   New research into the barnacles of whales has revealed these tiny hitchhikers can act like black boxes for whales, recording where in the world they … More Fossilized barnacles uncover ancient whale migration routes

Underwater vocalisations in penguins captured for the first time

It has long been suspected that penguins make noises underwater, but it has never actually been proved. Now an accidental discovery has shown that it does in fact happen across multiple species. Penguins are known amongst researchers as one of the noisiest seabirds on the planet. On land they are constantly calling to one another … More Underwater vocalisations in penguins captured for the first time

Secrets revealed as the giant squid gets genetically sequenced

For the first time researchers have fully sequenced the genome of the elusive giant squid. It has given us the first real chance of discovering the mysterious surrounding these deep-sea ‘monsters’. In 1857 the Danish naturalist Japetus Steenstrup was the first to link the elaborate tales of ships being dragged to the ocean floor, with … More Secrets revealed as the giant squid gets genetically sequenced

Assisted evolution: is meddling with corals the key to their survival?

Written by Eleanor Gilbert In July 2018, a team of divers – biologists from the Gates Coral Lab at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology – watched as corals spawned.  Using nets, they captured tiny eggs and sperm that were released into the water and brought them back to the lab. The goal: to crossbreed … More Assisted evolution: is meddling with corals the key to their survival?

Microbes transform shipwrecks into ‘underwater islands’

Research into microbial communities on and surrounding deep-sea shipwrecks reveals just how important these lost vessels can be for marine life. Last year the world was stunned after the first crewed dive in over 14 years revealed brand new images of the wreckage of the Titanic. The two halves of the infamous ship, resting at … More Microbes transform shipwrecks into ‘underwater islands’

The surprising similarities in shrimp & insect brains (and why it matters)

A new study from neuroscientists has discovered a structure in shrimp’s brains which was thought to be found exclusively in insects. The discovery sheds new light on their shared evolutionary past and changes what we know about crustacean intelligence. If you have ever tried pulling the head off a barbequed shrimp, then chances are you’ve … More The surprising similarities in shrimp & insect brains (and why it matters)

Friends or foes? The media’s portrayal of sharks & the influence on human perspectives

Written by Janey Sellars The media presents a huge platform of which to relay information in a way that influences the way people perceive things. Since the 21st century, technology and online databases have developed significantly and the global media is expanding as a result, reaching more people than ever before. Human perceptions, values and … More Friends or foes? The media’s portrayal of sharks & the influence on human perspectives

Pass the puffer: do teenage dolphins chew on toxic fish to get high?

Ever since video footage of ‘intoxicated’ adolescent dolphins chewing together on poisonous pufferfish was released in 2014, there has been longstanding belief that that this was evidence of recreational drug use. But were we reading too much into it?   Whilst you may think of recreational drug use as a very human concept, it turns … More Pass the puffer: do teenage dolphins chew on toxic fish to get high?

The bizarre link between sun spots & beached whales

New research has shown a surprising connection between sun spot activity and whale strandings, which suggests magnetic navigation could be far more important to whales than previously thought. It is hard to imagine that the changing surface of the sun, over 93 million miles away, could have any impact on whales swimming around in our … More The bizarre link between sun spots & beached whales