Mesmerizing gelatinous ‘orb’ houses thousands of baby squids

In a breath-taking new video scuba divers accidently stumble upon a massive squid egg sac. The floating gelatinous orb is a rare sight in the ocean and very little is known about them. So just how is this mesmerizing structure formed and why? Time and again wonders of the ocean are discovered and filmed that … More Mesmerizing gelatinous ‘orb’ houses thousands of baby squids

Sleeping octopus shows off spectacular colour changes, but is it dreaming?

In a beautiful new video an octopus named Heidi can be seen rapidly changing between multiple colours and patterns as she hangs suspended in a deep sleep. But does this fascinating behaviour mean she is dreaming? It is safe to say that marine biologist David Scheel has a rather unique house guest living in a … More Sleeping octopus shows off spectacular colour changes, but is it dreaming?

Walrus mother sinks Russian Navy ship to protect her calf

In one of the more bizarre stories of this week a female walrus capsized and sank a Russian Navy landing vessel to protect her calf. Whilst this is admittedly quite funny it also very symbolic of the problems facing walruses across a changing Arctic circle. Last week whilst exploring the Franz Josef Land archipelago a … More Walrus mother sinks Russian Navy ship to protect her calf

Giant pumice raft could bring new life to the Great Barrier Reef

A giant mass of pumice rocks are currently floating across the Pacific Ocean from Tonga to Australia following a deep-sea volcanic eruption. The 150km squared ‘life raft’ could bring some much needed support to the Great Barrier Reef as marine animals, including new corals, hitch a ride.   On 16th August sailing enthusiasts Michael Hoult … More Giant pumice raft could bring new life to the Great Barrier Reef

White orcas: beautiful anomalies or a worrying trend?

White ‘albino’ orcas have historically been one of the rarest sights in our oceans, but an increase in the number of sightings has worried some scientists about the whole species’ future. The bold black and white markings of killer whales are one of the most distinctive sights in the natural world. Therefore the existence of … More White orcas: beautiful anomalies or a worrying trend?

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

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

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