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

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

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)

Albatrosses armed with radar tags can help identify illegal fishing vessels

Wandering albatross are one of the most majestic seabirds in the world, but new research shows these ocean sentinels can also be used to help locate the illegal fishing vessels causing them harm. With the wingspan of a small car and a life spent almost entirely at sea wandering albatross are perhaps the most qualified … More Albatrosses armed with radar tags can help identify illegal fishing vessels

Using LED lights to reduce bycatch in gillnet fisheries

New research has shown that simply adding LEDs to the gillnets of small scale fisheries can drastically reduce number of dolphins and turtles that get caught as unintentional bycatch. It’s that time of year again where just about everything in sight is covered with thousands and thousands of twinkling lights. But this year a new … More Using LED lights to reduce bycatch in gillnet fisheries

The ‘Roomba of the sea’ hoovering up invasive lionfish

A new autonomous submersible device from the mind behind the Roomba could do to invasive lionfish what its predecessor does to dirty floors – get rid of them. If successful it could be a major environmental boost to Caribbean coral reefs. In the last couple of decades an invasion of non-native lionfish in the Caribbean … More The ‘Roomba of the sea’ hoovering up invasive lionfish

New submarines set to create underwater ‘street view’ of the seafloor

A new tech start-up have developed specialised submarines which they hope can create a ‘waterview’ of our oceans in a similar way to google maps street view. If successful it could change the way we explore the underwater world. The ‘street view’ feature on google maps is easily one of the most helpful features you … More New submarines set to create underwater ‘street view’ of the seafloor

Could 3D printing help rebuild damaged coral reefs?

A new study has demonstrated that 3D printing may be a viable solution for helping to rebuild damaged coral reefs. It shows that reef fish and settling coral polyps can’t really tell the difference. But just how do you print a coral reef and how successful can it really be? The invention of 3D printing … More Could 3D printing help rebuild damaged coral reefs?

Using infrared cameras to avoid whale collisions

New thermal imaging cameras are being trialled on boats and harbours in an attempt to prevent collisions between whales and boats. But just how successful can they be at detecting whales and how far can they go in protecting them? Collisions between whales and boats have unfortunately become a very common occurrence in today’s oceans. … More Using infrared cameras to avoid whale collisions