Fish in the open ocean have certain tricks up their non-sleeves. That is, special skin factors allow them to be more reflective than a mirror. Researchers think the key to this fish camouflage might be useful for materials scientists and the military.
Chitons, a type of marine mollusk, have a multitude of eyes in their hard, horned shells. Basically, they're seeing as well as protecting themselves with a tough exterior. If they see predators, they can latch tight to the surface below them. Researchers think this could help in certain materials designs.
A recent study found that there's a "magic number" of krill for blue whales to find in order to gather enough energy for their massive bodies. If they don't find the tiny food sources in concentrated supply, the whales have to hold their breaths more and do more gathering.
Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is responding to two years of mass coral bleaching with a management program. They will gather scientific opinion and build next steps for making reefs more resilient. Some groups feel that the aquarium trade should stop gathering fish; others disagree with this.
Materials researchers recently found new learnings in the ultra-fine details of calcium carbonate shells on a sea-urchin cousin, the heart urchin. They're survivors of the tough conditions of marine life, and we could learn from that.
Jellyfish and lamprey (an eel-like creature) are sort of the expert, efficient swimmers of the seas. And hey, they have some competition. So it's meaningful that a recent study has findings on their wriggly secrets.
A recent study looked at electric eels' secret power over struggling or hard-to-grip prey.
While we know a decent amount about the migration routes of some shorebirds and other animals, American eels have remained a weird mystery since their spawning ground was identified in 1904 by larva present in the North Atlantic. A recent study provides eye-opening information on what the eel is doing out there in the ocean.
A recent analysis of the fecal matter of three different species of baleen whales, by Harvard and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, found intriguing similarities between the ocean giants and hippos and large, toothy predators.
Researchers with NOAA and University of California Santa Cruz studied dolphins recently, measuring the amount of energy they expended in making louder noises to be heard over ship noise. It was a good bit.
Mexico has begun a survey of the world's most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise of Mexico's Gulf of California. The scientific team will include Mexico, the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom.
A study from the University of Guelph looked at the rivulus fish, which lives among mangroves from Florida to Brazil. It controls its own body temperature in warming water by taking great leaps.
Along with micro-beads, we've talked about commercial sunscreens and their effect on marine life. A recent study found that a chemical ingredient found in most sunscreens and roughly 3,500 products is killing young coral.
While parcels of ocean have recently been preserved, researchers from Oregon State University say that the proportion of marine preservation is still far behind that for land. They've laid out reasons why it's much cheaper to act now.
Marine food chains may crumble in the wake of warming oceans and acidification, according to a global marine analysis. Even the slightest environmental change could have a much broader impact on a wider range of species than we realize.