Researchers have recently released oil in part of the North Sea as a part of a contained experiment to better understand exactly what happens within the first few days of a spill. This, they claim, will provide them valuable insight in how to better mitigate an oil spill's adverse effects.
Some good may come from climate change after all. Dead zones, the most oxygen deprive portions of our world's oceans, may actually be due for some shrinkage due to changing atmospheric patterns and water temperatures, according to a recently study.
Mercury, a naturally occurring but poisonous element if ingested in large amounts, is polluting the world's oceans. Levels are three times higher in the upper ocean than what they were during the Industrial Revolution, according to a recent study.
Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push the Earth's climate system past a "tipping point," and a new study from Oregon State University (OSU) may have finally identified that threshold.
Marine life is defenseless against microplastics, the tiny particles polluting our seas, which are not only orally ingested by these creatures but also enter their systems via their gills, according to a new study.
For the first time in decades, the Eastern Seaboard is being offered up as a site for offshore oil exploration, as the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
Shark fossil teeth recently found in the Arctic Ocean suggest that the predators, despite the rising salinity of Arctic waters, could cope with climate change, according to a new study.
Microplastics - microscopic particles of plastic debris - are possibly threatening the world's oceans, and scientists are growing more concerned due to their potential physical and toxicological risks to marine organisms, according to a new study.
A massive school of tiny silver fish flowed around the coast of La Jolla, California Tuesday afternoon, wowing onlookers and experts alike.
Massive amounts of methane gas have been coming from the world's oceans, and researchers have finally determined why. Strains of SAR11, the oceans' most abundant organism, can release large amounts of the potent greenhouse gas when starving, according to a recent study.
Whales, though impressive mammals, until now were thought to be inconsequential in terms of their role in Earth's oceans. But new research from the University of Vermont has revealed that these massive creatures make a huge difference, and in fact are the ocean's main ecological engineers.
Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have evidence that the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as the Dead Sea here on Earth.
The simpler a marine organism is structured, the better equipped it is for survival during climate change, according to scientists behind a new meta-study.
An ancient reef once teeming with sea life has been unearthed in Namibia, Africa, and turns out to be the oldest animal-built reef ever found.
The world's oceans need saving from overfishing and pollution, a new report says, as this "failed state" is rapidly declining, and an independent panel behind the report announced Tuesday that urgent action is needed within the next five years.