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Creature of the Month: Yellow Saddle Goatfish Work Together

Yellow saddle goatfish are a common site on the reefs of the Red Sea. A team of scientists from Switzerland though have discovered that...

Live fast and die young: same-sex sexual behaviour in a deep-sea squid

In a study published today in Biology Letters, male squid were found to routinely and indiscriminately mate with both males and females.

Soft Coral is Reef Building

Scientists have long believed soft corals, one of the many endangered elements of marine life, are only minor contributors to the structure of coral...

Mapping Coral Disease Clusters in the Caribbean

In the last 30 years, more than 90 percent of the reef-building coral in the Caribbean has disappeared because of a disease of unknown...

Scientists Warn of Unprecidented Marine Exctinctions

We knew it was bad, but it is even worse than we thought. World rushing heedlessly towards global marine extinctions.
Mauve Stinger Jellyfish, Pelagia noctiluca, by Andrew Reay-Robinson

Jellyfish blooms move food energy from fish to bacteria

Over the last few years reports of jellyfish blooms around the world have been increasing. This is bad news for the marine food web, as the jellyfish are voracious predators of plankton, but are not readily consumed by other predators. New study shows that jellyfish shunt food energy from fish toward bacteria.

How Life on the Surface affects Life on the Seafloor

Analysis of a comprehensive database has revealed strong links between biological productivity in the surface oceans and patterns of biomass and abundance at the...
Bullethead Parrotfish, Chlorurus sordidus

Fish mucous cocoons: the mosquito nets of the sea

Researchers have found that fish have developed their own mosquito nets in order to get a good night's sleep.

New Species of Squid Found

Scientists have discovered a new, large, species of squid in the Indian Ocean. The squid was found during a seamounts cruise in the southern Indian Ocean. Seamounts are typically deep, steep-sided, extinct volcanoes which are extremly important for life in the oceans.
Coral reef

Climate Change Remains a Threat to Corals

Hopes that coral reefs might be able to survive, and recover from, bleaching caused by climate change have grown dimmer for certain coral species. It was previously thought that corals may be able to take up stress-tolerant algae to provide critical nutrients, but they cannot do this for any length of time.