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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.

Record number of whales in Antarctic Bay

Scientists have observed a “super-aggregation” of more than 300 humpback whales gorging on the largest swarm of Antarctic krill seen in more than 20...

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...
Frog Fish, Australia

70% of Great Barrier Reef tourists are rushing to visit before it goes

Tourists are hurrying to experience Australia's Great Barrier Reef before it's gone, says new report.
Diving in the Red Sea

IUCN Issue Marine Reserve Guidelines: When is a Marine Reserve not a Marine Reserve?

Our sea creatures are in trouble. What with warming temperatures, pollution, plastic debris and over-fishing, the oceans need protecting more than ever before. And governments are becoming more committed to creating marine reserves. But are they just paying lip service to the problem or really addressing it?
starfish, Pisaster ochraceus

Mysterious disease creates Zombie Starfish

Sick and dying starfish (sea stars) have appeared in a multitude of locations between Alaska and southern California. "It's like a zombie wasteland," says...
blue whale

Migrating blue whales rely on memory to find prey

Meaning it could be difficult for whales to adapt if climate change causes food availability to deviate strongly from the whales' expectations.

Creature of the Month: Dragonet, Callionymus lyra

One hundred and eighty-six species of the "Little Dragon" fish live from Iceland in the North to the Indo-Pacific oceans in the South. ...
shark

Scientists track sharks by sampling seawater

A simple bottle of seawater shows the identifiable tracks of numerous species of shark - no need for baiting, hooking, filming or tagging.
Sustainable fishing stamps

Stamping out over-fishing

For the first time, Britain's Royal Mail has issued stamps championing an environmental issue - and that issue is over-fishing.