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Xenid pulsating coral

Why does one Soft Coral Pulsate?

Researchers solve some of pulsating soft coral (Xenid) mysteries, but their siestas still unanswered.

Seals to keep watch on remote Antarctic glacier

Two species of seals will help keep watch on a huge glacier in West Antarctica that is at risk of collapse.

Scientists Reveal First-Ever Global Map of Total Human Effect on Oceans

More than 40 percent of the world's oceans are heavily affected by human activities, and few if any areas remain untouched, according to the...

Mercury releases contaminate ocean fish

Scientists say mercury released into the air and then deposited into the oceans contaminates seafood that is eaten by people across the world. Over...
Crustacean

Sex-change crustaceans retain some masculinity

Male crustaceans avoid being completely feminised by pollutant-contaminated seawater as they "lock down" their maleness. New research by scientists at the University of Portsmouth has...
Orbicella faveolata coral by Verena Schoepf

Fat helps corals cope with global warming

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...

Killer Whales Die without Chinook Salmon

When you mention killer whales, the image of one ambushing a terrified seal often springs to mind. But there are populations of killer...
Great white shark

Great White Sharks Live more than 70 Years

Great white sharks may be among the longest-lived fishes. New study finds the shark can live over three times longer than previously estimated, which may mean it is even more vulnerable than thought.

Lotus Leaves inspire Net that could Clean Oil Spills

Scientists develop mesh that captures oil but lets water through and could help clean oil spills. The work was partly inspired by lotus leaves, whose bumpy surfaces naturally repel water but not oil.
Dolphin by Tim Nicholson

Whales and dolphins have rich human-like cultures and societies

Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects – much like...