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Rich cold-water coral reef in the Whittard Canyon area by the Isis ROV

Robots help map deep marine conservation zone

The UK's National Oceanography Centre has produced the first true three-dimensional picture of submarine canyon habitats, using a unique combination of marine robotics and...
Trinchesia cuanensis nudibranch

New Nudibranch species discovered in Europe

Even though European nudibranchs are some of the best studied in the world, scientists have now identified three new species. Divers searched around Europe for Trinchesia sea slugs – in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Italy, France, Croatia and Russia.
With the right mix of nutrients, phytoplankton grow quickly, creating blooms visible from space. This image, created from MODIS data, shows a phytoplankton bloom off New Zealand.

Iron fertilization won’t work in much of Pacific

Over the past half-million years, the equatorial Pacific Ocean has seen five spikes in the amount of iron-laden dust blown in from the continents....

Sea snakes drink only freshwater

Sea snakes may slither in saltwater, but they sip the sweet stuff.So concludes a University of Florida zoologist in a paper appearing this month...
Coral Crab

SCUBA Divers cause coral disease and damage – it’s official

SCUBA diving and snorkelling are amongst the fastest growing tourism sectors. The increasing numbers mean many more people are aware of the beauty and...
Divers on boat

Goodbye to sunburn

Sunburn can ruin a scuba diving holiday, but you could soon tell when to cover up thanks to an early warning sunburn indicator, developed...
Photo by Enric Sala/National Geographic A group of hammerhead sharks swims over the sandy seafloor populated with garden eels at Darwin Island. These sharks are known for their ability to make sudden and sharp turns as the unique wide-set placement of their eyes allows them a vertical 360-degree view, which is ideal for stalking their prey.

Galapagos Islands Wolf and Darwin home to largest shark biomass in the world

More sharks live around the Galapagos Darwin and Wolf Islands than anywhere else on the planet
Is it ok to eat squid?

Squid skin inspires creation of next-generation space blanket

Drawing design inspiration from the skin of stealthy sea creatures, engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a next-generation, adaptive space blanket...
Nematostella

Venomous sea creatures change their venom recipe often

Venomous sea creatures often change their venom recipe, adapting the potency and recipe of their venom to suit changing predators and aquatic environments.

Scientists Start Encyclopedia of Life

The world's scientists plan to document all 1.8 million named species on a web site for all to see.The project, called the Encyclopedia of...