The ultra-black fish that disappear in the deep

Researchers have recently discovered 16 species of ultra-black fish, who have evolved specialised pigmentation in their skin which absorbs over 99.9% of the light that hits them, making them practically invisible in the deep ocean. A new study by researchers from Duke University and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), has revealed 16 … More The ultra-black fish that disappear in the deep

The first marine fish extinction of the modern era

A new study has recently confirmed the extinction of the smooth handfish, the very first marine fish species to be declared officially extinct in the modern era. So what went wrong for these bottom-dwelling fish? And what lessons can we learn from their untimely demise? Unfortunately, extinctions of marine species are nothing new in our … More The first marine fish extinction of the modern era

Unholy matrimony: the nightmarish sex lives of anglerfish

Deep-sea anglerfish have one of the most bizarre and disturbing mating behaviours in the animal kingdom, known as sexual parasitism, where dwarf males bite into and then permanently fuse bodies with larger females. However as off-putting as this may sound, it is actually a remarkably effective strategy. Sexual reproduction is one of the most important … More Unholy matrimony: the nightmarish sex lives of anglerfish

The real life ‘sea serpents’ behind the maritime legends

Oarfish are the world’s longest bony fish, capable of reaching well over 30 feet in length, and also the inspiration for many fantastic tales of sea serpents. But these ‘monsters’ are actually one of the most misunderstood creatures in our oceans. Whether it is hiding in the corners of old nautical maps or starring in … More The real life ‘sea serpents’ behind the maritime legends

The incredible fish living in a toxic Mexican cave system

Written by Charlie Gregory Cueva del Azufre is a complex cave system in southern Mexico with incredibly harsh conditions which make it seem almost impossible for any form of life to survive there. But despite waters filled with over 50 times the lethal dose of toxic hydrogen sulphide, a near complete absence of light and … More The incredible fish living in a toxic Mexican cave system