Book club: ‘The Deep’ by Alex Rogers

‘This book takes an unflinching look at the issues affecting our oceans’ – National Geographic Dr Alex Rogers is a world-renowned marine biologist with over 30 years’ experience in deep-sea exploration. He is the director of science at REV Ocean, a professor in conservation biology at Oxford University and was also a scientific advisor for … More Book club: ‘The Deep’ by Alex Rogers

Newly discovered deep sea microbes can turn CO2 back into fuel

Researchers from Germany have discovered deep-sea microbes that can convert ethane and methane, the main components of natural gas, into CO2 and other by-products. In addition to this the process seems to be reversible and they can turn the greenhouse gas back into fuel. Unlike animals, that can only eat fats, carbohydrates and proteins, microbial … More Newly discovered deep sea microbes can turn CO2 back into fuel

Saving room for shrimp: intelligent meal selection in cuttlefish

A new study from Cambridge University researchers has revealed that cuttlefish will eat less crab during the daytime, if there is the promise of the superior tasting shrimp in the evening. This level of decision making and planning is a sign of their often underestimated intelligence. If you’ve ever planned to go out to your … More Saving room for shrimp: intelligent meal selection in cuttlefish

Friends or foes? The media’s portrayal of sharks & the influence on human perspectives

Written by Janey Sellars The media presents a huge platform of which to relay information in a way that influences the way people perceive things. Since the 21st century, technology and online databases have developed significantly and the global media is expanding as a result, reaching more people than ever before. Human perceptions, values and … More Friends or foes? The media’s portrayal of sharks & the influence on human perspectives

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

Review: ‘Seas of Green’ by Ellie Marsh

‘Seas of Green’ is a short film by Ellie Marsh, a marine conservationist, PADI Dive Master and Marine Natural History Photography graduate from Falmouth University. It was created as part of the final project in her degree and as the title suggests it focuses on seagrass meadows, and in particular the important ecological role they … More Review: ‘Seas of Green’ by Ellie Marsh

Albatrosses armed with radar tags can help identify illegal fishing vessels

Wandering albatross are one of the most majestic seabirds in the world, but new research shows these ocean sentinels can also be used to help locate the illegal fishing vessels causing them harm. With the wingspan of a small car and a life spent almost entirely at sea wandering albatross are perhaps the most qualified … More Albatrosses armed with radar tags can help identify illegal fishing vessels

Book Club: ‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Peter Godfrey-Smith’s ‘Other Minds: the octopus and the evolution of intelligent life’ is a fantastic insight into cephalopod intelligence and evolution from a mix of philosophical and scientific perspectives that will make you question what it means to be intelligent. Other Minds is a fantastic book that takes the reader through a journey both into … More Book Club: ‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith