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New Sensor Monitors Ocean Acidification

Scientists and engineers have achieved the first step in developing a cost-effective micro sensor for long-term monitoring of ocean acidification. The new technology, that will...
Plumose anemones

Attack of the Clones: Plumose anemone is creature of the month

As Plumose anemones can clone themselves, forests of them appear together. They comprise a tall, smooth column topped with a crown of feathery tentacles. Individuals are usually white or orange. They like areas with currents so tend to live on prominent pieces of wrecks or on rocky pinnacles - good diving areas.

Canada Invests $32 Million in Ocean Science

Canada has the longest coastline in the world. The Government of Canada is to provide $32.8 million in support of Ocean Networks Canada (ONC),...
Mussel with Byssus threads showing

Glue that stays sticky when wet is inspired by mussels

Using a protein produced by mussels, researchers have created a reversible synthetic glue that not only can bond securely underwater - but also may be turned on and off with electricity.

Minke Whales Should Not be Culled

A new genetic analysis of Antarctic minke whales concludes that population of these smaller baleen whales have not increased as a result of the...

Wave-Powered Robot Completes 9000 Mile Journey

The first wave powered autonomous marine robot, called “Papa Mau”, has completed a 9,000 nautical mile (16,668 kilometers) scientific journey across the Pacific Ocean...
Leatherback Turtle

Changing Weather Threatens Survival of Baby Leatherback Turtles

Critically endangered leatherback turtles face serious threat from climate change in addition to existing egg poaching and fishing dangers. Scientists have discovered a clear link between climate and survival of the leatherback. Warming climate is killing eggs and hatchlings. Action is needed, both to mitigate this effect and, ultimately, to reverse it to avoid extinction. We need to change fishing practices that kill turtles at sea, intervene to cool the beach to save the developing eggs and find a way to stop global warming. Otherwise, the leatherback will be lost.
Coral reef

Coral’s Algae store Nitrogen

Scientists have learned that coral's symbiotic algae can scoop up available nitrogen, store the excess in crystal form and slowly feed it to the...
Basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus

Basking shark mystery solved

Once thought of as a strictly cool-water species, basking sharks migrate to tropical waters each winter, according to research published in the June 2009...

Healthy Coral Reefs Hit Hard by Warmer Temperatures

Coral disease outbreaks have struck the healthiest sections of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where for the first time researchers have conclusively linked disease severity...