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

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

Microbes transform shipwrecks into ‘underwater islands’

Research into microbial communities on and surrounding deep-sea shipwrecks reveals just how important these lost vessels can be for marine life. Last year the world was stunned after the first crewed dive in over 14 years revealed brand new images of the wreckage of the Titanic. The two halves of the infamous ship, resting at … More Microbes transform shipwrecks into ‘underwater islands’

The surprising similarities in shrimp & insect brains (and why it matters)

A new study from neuroscientists has discovered a structure in shrimp’s brains which was thought to be found exclusively in insects. The discovery sheds new light on their shared evolutionary past and changes what we know about crustacean intelligence. If you have ever tried pulling the head off a barbequed shrimp, then chances are you’ve … More The surprising similarities in shrimp & insect brains (and why it matters)

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

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

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