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

Assisted evolution: is meddling with corals the key to their survival?

Written by Eleanor Gilbert In July 2018, a team of divers – biologists from the Gates Coral Lab at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology – watched as corals spawned.  Using nets, they captured tiny eggs and sperm that were released into the water and brought them back to the lab. The goal: to crossbreed … More Assisted evolution: is meddling with corals the key to their survival?

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’

‘Blue Manifesto’ paves the way for Europe to protect our oceans by 2030

A group of over 100 charities and organisations from across Europe have signed a new document laying out a clear plan of action for the EU to take in protecting our oceans by 2030. In December last year the European Union’s new ‘green deal’ was unveiled to the world to some very mixed reviews. Whilst … More ‘Blue Manifesto’ paves the way for Europe to protect our oceans by 2030

Coding in the deep: the past, present & future of deep-learning in the field of benthic ecology

Written by Rhodri Irranca-Davies Around the world there is now a growing demand for more comprehensive monitoring of Earth’s vulnerable deep-sea habitats and species. Not only will this help us to better understand the myriad of anthropogenic effects that we as humans are subjecting on the planet, but also protect the diverse spectrum of animals … More Coding in the deep: the past, present & future of deep-learning in the field of benthic ecology

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

Using LED lights to reduce bycatch in gillnet fisheries

New research has shown that simply adding LEDs to the gillnets of small scale fisheries can drastically reduce number of dolphins and turtles that get caught as unintentional bycatch. It’s that time of year again where just about everything in sight is covered with thousands and thousands of twinkling lights. But this year a new … More Using LED lights to reduce bycatch in gillnet fisheries

New submarines set to create underwater ‘street view’ of the seafloor

A new tech start-up have developed specialised submarines which they hope can create a ‘waterview’ of our oceans in a similar way to google maps street view. If successful it could change the way we explore the underwater world. The ‘street view’ feature on google maps is easily one of the most helpful features you … More New submarines set to create underwater ‘street view’ of the seafloor