Sleeping with the fishes: the evolution of REM cycles

A new study has revealed that Zebrafish undergo remarkably similar sleep patterns to the REM cycles of humans and other animals. It shows us that sleep is a much bigger part of our evolutionary history than previously thought. Sleep is one of the last great mysteries in the natural world. We know what happens to us … More Sleeping with the fishes: the evolution of REM cycles

The glow-in-the-dark shark that fits in your pocket

A team of researchers have identified a new species of pocket shark in the Gulf of Mexico. The unusual elasmobranch sheds light on just how little we really know about our deep oceans. For all those people who still think sharks are bloodthirsty monsters of the deep, look away now. The newly discovered pocket shark … More The glow-in-the-dark shark that fits in your pocket

Sargassum blooms: the Atlantic’s algae nightmare

Last summer a record bloom of sargassum seaweed stretched almost 9000km across the entire Atlantic Ocean. It normally plays an important role in helping protect marine life but a drastic increase is now threatening the species it used to support. But what is it? Why is there so much of it? And what’s the big … More Sargassum blooms: the Atlantic’s algae nightmare

The first ever recording of the rarest whale song on the planet

For the first time ever scientists have recorded the song of the North Pacific right whale, believed to be the rarest species of their kind. With just a few hundred individuals left in the wild, just how did they manage to record it? And most importantly, what does it sound like? Whale songs are often … More The first ever recording of the rarest whale song on the planet

New fossil uncovers a ‘sea monster’ of epic proportions

One of the largest fossils of its kind has been uncovered in an impressive discovery in Antarctica. It has shown us that the marine world before the extinction of the dinosaurs may have been even more weird and wonderful than it is today. On a small desolate island off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula … More New fossil uncovers a ‘sea monster’ of epic proportions

New solar islands could turn oceanic CO2 back into clean fuels

A proposed new model for turning CO2 absorbed by the oceans back into clean fuels could help end our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce the effects of climate change. The ambitious new technology could be revolutionary but is still theoretical and unproven. So what are its chances of succeeding and how big an impact … More New solar islands could turn oceanic CO2 back into clean fuels

A rare glimpse at the ‘rainbow’ octopus

Rare footage of a blanket octopus in the Philippines has captivated marine enthusiasts with an incredible array of colours. But there is a lot more to these amazing animals than meets the eyes. An up-close look at one of the most beautiful and elusive cephalopods around has everyone in awe of their amazing appearance. Commonly … More A rare glimpse at the ‘rainbow’ octopus