Colourful bleaching: solving a coral conundrum

A new study has finally solved a puzzle amongst coral scientists as to why some reefs end up glowing in multi-colour after bleaching, instead of turning the usual ghostly white. It turns out that this strange anomaly may also be a good thing for coral reefs. There are few sights as distressing for marine biologists … More Colourful bleaching: solving a coral conundrum

Cartilage regeneration in little skates could hold the key to human therapies

A recent study by a group of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, has shown that little skates have an extraordinary ability to regenerate the cartilage in their skeletons, which could lead to potential treatments in humans. Cartilage is the resilient elastic tissue that surrounds our bones and the … More Cartilage regeneration in little skates could hold the key to human therapies

The science behind bioluminescent waves

Over the last few weeks beach-goers in California have been treated to a beautiful natural phenomenon, blooms of bioluminescent phytoplankton have turned crashing waves and other aquatic activities into a dazzling neon light show, but why and how is this really happening? During the last month the coastline of Southern California has been home to … More The science behind bioluminescent waves

Newly discovered deep sea microbes can turn CO2 back into fuel

Researchers from Germany have discovered deep-sea microbes that can convert ethane and methane, the main components of natural gas, into CO2 and other by-products. In addition to this the process seems to be reversible and they can turn the greenhouse gas back into fuel. Unlike animals, that can only eat fats, carbohydrates and proteins, microbial … More Newly discovered deep sea microbes can turn CO2 back into fuel

Saving room for shrimp: intelligent meal selection in cuttlefish

A new study from Cambridge University researchers has revealed that cuttlefish will eat less crab during the daytime, if there is the promise of the superior tasting shrimp in the evening. This level of decision making and planning is a sign of their often underestimated intelligence. If you’ve ever planned to go out to your … More Saving room for shrimp: intelligent meal selection in cuttlefish

Massive stringy creature adopts UFO-like feeding shape in deep sea discovery

A new video captured during a deep sea expedition has revealed an alien looking ‘silly string’ creature hunting prey in a mesmerizing disc-like shape. It is believed to be the biggest creature of its kind ever recorded and emphasizes how little we really know about the deep oceans. By now it should come as no … More Massive stringy creature adopts UFO-like feeding shape in deep sea discovery

A beachcomber’s guide to finding and identifying mermaid’s purses

What is a mermaid’s purse? Where can you find them? How do you identify which species it belongs to? And what should you do when you find out? If you have ever been beachcombing for treasures along the shoreline then you may have been lucky enough to find a mermaid’s purse. They may not look … More A beachcomber’s guide to finding and identifying mermaid’s purses

Do seabirds have a better sense of hearing underwater than in air?

A new study into the hearing of great cormorants shows that they have a better sense of hearing in water than they do above the surface. It is another example of how underwater sound may be much more important to seabirds than previously thought. Only recently the first ever recorded vocalisations of seabirds made underwater … More Do seabirds have a better sense of hearing underwater than in air?

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