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

Book club: ‘Tide’ by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

“A superb book . A delight to read. A strikingly British blend of history, science, literature, eccentric travel and wayward storytelling” – Sunday Times In his 2016 book ‘Tide: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth’ natural sciences writer Hugh Aldresey-Williams delivers a deep dive into one of the most important natural … More Book club: ‘Tide’ by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

‘Blue Manifesto’ paves the way for Europe to protect our oceans by 2030

A group of over 100 charities and organisations from across Europe have signed a new document laying out a clear plan of action for the EU to take in protecting our oceans by 2030. In December last year the European Union’s new ‘green deal’ was unveiled to the world to some very mixed reviews. Whilst … More ‘Blue Manifesto’ paves the way for Europe to protect our oceans by 2030

Coding in the deep: the past, present & future of deep-learning in the field of benthic ecology

Written by Rhodri Irranca-Davies Around the world there is now a growing demand for more comprehensive monitoring of Earth’s vulnerable deep-sea habitats and species. Not only will this help us to better understand the myriad of anthropogenic effects that we as humans are subjecting on the planet, but also protect the diverse spectrum of animals … More Coding in the deep: the past, present & future of deep-learning in the field of benthic ecology

Octopuses & MS: linking multiple arms to multiple sclerosis

Written by Zuzanna Dusza In a recent study, published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, an Iranian neurologist has suggested that octopuses may provide some insight into curing Multiple sclerosis (MS). This might sound like the plot of a rather mediocre sci-fi movie, but the new paper lays out some compelling arguments as to how octopus … More Octopuses & MS: linking multiple arms to multiple sclerosis

Review: 2019 Ocean Art Underwater Photography Competition

The Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition is an annual event hosted by Underwater Photography Guide with support from Bluewater photo & travel. Now in its 8th year it is one of the biggest marine photography competitions in the world. Photographers from 78 countries submitted entries last year in 16 different categories including two new fields, … More Review: 2019 Ocean Art Underwater Photography Competition

Bionic jellyfish ready to help monitor our oceans (soon)

Researchers from Caltech and Stanford have fitted moon jellyfish with specialised microelectronics to help them swim 3x faster than normal. It is hoped these bionic jellies could help us better monitor ocean health in the future. It might sound like something straight out of a bad science fiction movie, but bionic jellyfish are now 100% … More Bionic jellyfish ready to help monitor our oceans (soon)

If you’re happy and you know it clap your flippers

A new video from a researcher from Newcastle University has, for the first time, captured a grey seal clapping its flippers together underwater, creating a loud gunshot-like noise. Ladies and Gentlemen put your hands together for a special moment in marine mammal research. After 17 years of trying marine biologist Ben Burville, a researcher at … More If you’re happy and you know it clap your flippers

Review: ‘Seas of Green’ by Ellie Marsh

‘Seas of Green’ is a short film by Ellie Marsh, a marine conservationist, PADI Dive Master and Marine Natural History Photography graduate from Falmouth University. It was created as part of the final project in her degree and as the title suggests it focuses on seagrass meadows, and in particular the important ecological role they … More Review: ‘Seas of Green’ by Ellie Marsh