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

The bright-blue octopus with tiny toxic tentacles

Despite only growing to five-inches long the blue-ringed octopus is quite possibly the most deadly cephalopod in the ocean with a toxin 1000 times more potent than cyanide. Named after the psychedelic patterns that appear on their skin when threatened, Blue-ringed octopuses are one of the most colourful cephalopods you will find in the ocean. … More The bright-blue octopus with tiny toxic tentacles

Great white sharks vs killer whales: who is the ocean’s true top predator?

Great white sharks and killer whales are the two most deadly predators in our oceans. But what happens when these killers cross paths and who comes out on top? Great white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, and killer whales, Orcinus orca, are quite possibly the top two when it comes to the most dangerous animals in the … More Great white sharks vs killer whales: who is the ocean’s true top predator?

Fossilized four-legged whale discovered in Peru

A whale ancestor with four legs has been discovered from fossils in Peru. The missing link between land and sea animal has provided clues as to how whales returned to living in the oceans after millions of years above the surface. Although whales and dolphins have been swimming around our oceans for millions of years, … More Fossilized four-legged whale discovered in Peru