Marine animals are altering their diets and natural habitat range as a result of climate change. For instance, melting sea ice is opening new waters to humpback and fin whales, which could lead to increased food competition among the areas' native species.
Californian sea lions exposed to lethal doses of an algal toxin known as domoic acid are suffering from brain damage and memory loss.
Even corals adapted to warmer waters, such as those living along reefs in Kimberly Australia, are particularly vulnerable to climate change and increased rates of bleaching.
A rare Eastern Pacific green sea turtle was recently seen swimming in Northern California's San Joaquin River far from its home near Mexico. Researcher believe the animals have been lured north by warmer El Niño waters and that this may be dangerous for the species if more follow.
Increased levels of carbon dioxide in warmer waters may impede a shark's ability to hunt successfully, resulting in diminished growth rates.
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.
It's official, our oceans are experiencing a coral bleaching event on a global scale. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), countless simultaneous reef bleaching incidents culminated in to one massive and connected event, formally declared the third global bleaching event ever recorded.
A new study suggests that a nutrient-rich, balanced diet can boost coral resilience under thermal stress, which can be caused by climate change.
An alarming number of Guadalupe fur seals have died after stranding themselves along California's coast. As a result, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared an "Unusual Mortality Event" and is investigating why the marine animals are traveling so far from their natural habitats.
Climate change could warm ocean water temperatures to the point where king crabs could migrate to shallower Antarctica waters, drastically altering marine fauna along the continental shelf and causing widespread reduction in biodiversity.
After tagging over 500 bluefin tuna, researchers have determined that the internal temperature of Bluefin Tuna can be used to indentify where the fish feed and how impact ocean temperatures impact them. This discovery will help conservationists better protect the threatened species.
Another whales has washed up on the shore of a wildlife refuge in the Bay Area. This time, the whale appears to be badly decomposed.
University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers recently developed a computer program that estimates the impact climate change could have on the Antarctic ice sheet.
Blue crabs can survive in oceans with lower oxygen concentrations. A recent study suggests that blue crabs will remain resilient even as water temperatures increase and oxygen levels decrease.
You may have heard some mixed opinions about the state of coral reefs. Some will argue that coral conditions are in a natural flux, or that reefs will have time to adapt to our changing oceans. Others have found that coral populations have sustained irreparable damage. Now several new studies help show that things are a LOT more complicated than you might imagine.