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Noise from passing motorboats increases stress levels in young coral reef fish and reduces their ability to flee from predators - causing more than twice as many to be killed.
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) by David Cook

Elephant seals improve weather forecasts by up to 6%. Real time data from tagged animals being used by UK's Met Office.
Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are renown for their tremendous camouflage capabilities - changing the colour and texture of their skin to match their surroundings. They have another weapon in their hide and seek armoury though - electric cloaking.
Orbicella faveolata coral by Verena Schoepf

Study reveals that corals which store fat are more able to survive bleaching events. When the water in which they live gets too warm, corals...

A 100 years from now, all the species in many marine communities will be lost and replaced by new species able to tolerate warmer...
Underwater glider with sensors

Nineteen thousand sensors collect data in the Gulf of Mexico every day, feeding it back to researchers around the world. The information acquired is...

A beautiful coral reef is a healthy coral reef: new system judges health and beauty of reefs just from underwater photos.
Bull Shark, Carcharhinus leucas

A single litter of bull shark pups can have two fathers, say French researchers. The scientists tested the embryos from four bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas)...
Removing top predators, like sharks and groupers, doesn’t help smaller reef fish. Photo is of Big Eye by Tim Nicholson

Removal of large predators through fishing has been suggested to help the populations of smaller fish.
Spinner Dolphin by Tim Nicholson of SCUBA Travel

Cosmetic preservatives found in dolphins, sea otters, polar bears and seven other types of marine mammal. Parabens and their byproducts can act like oestrogen in animals.