Marine life

  • On electric fish and dramatic pauses

    Scientists reveal why pausing between words creates more impactful communication.

    To communicate a message powerfully, well-timed pauses can be as important as the words, if not more so. In this, hum...

    Marine life May 27, 2021
  • How the clownfish earned its stripes

    White patterns develop thanks to hormones and anemone friends.

    How quickly clownfish get their white stripes depends on which anemones they live with, according to a new study publ...

    Marine life May 25, 2021
  • How seals adapted to move through water

    Collaboration of zoologists and engineers solves seal “evolutionary riddle”.

    Have you ever wondered how seals learned to perform their skilled underwater acrobatics? Zoologist David Hocking, ...

    Marine life May 7, 2021
  • Pigeons of the sea? Sharks use magnetic compass for navigation

    Researchers nail evidence that some shark species use magnetic forces as a natural GPS

    Might be time to re-think your strategy for avoiding sharks: turns out the marine predators use the Earth’s magnetic ...

    Marine life May 7, 2021
  • Arctic sponges leave trails as they wander

    The sponges were thought to be stationary, but they leave sneaky spikes on the seafloor.

    Adult marine sponges are usually thought to be stationary, picking a spot on the seafloor while still in their larval...

    Marine life April 27, 2021
  • Humpback whale behaviours at migratory pitstops

    Observations confirm the importance of conserving the animals’ resting areas.

    What do migrating humpback whales get up to at resting points on their long journey? Australian researchers have shon...

    Marine life April 22, 2021
  • 555 myo fossils reveal early Arkarua feeding

    An international team of researchers has shed light on the feeding mode of Pentaradial Arkarua, a...

    By Annemarie Gaskin, University of Adelaide This creature inhabited tropical, shallow waters covering the Flinders...

    Marine life April 6, 2021
  • Marine species flee the equator

    Warming waters are triggering a mass exodus of marine creatures from the tropics.

    A new global study reveals that the biodiversity of marine species around the equator has dropped, as warming seas fo...

    Marine life April 6, 2021
  • Octopuses change colour based on sleep cycle

    Octopus’ technicoloured dream coat reflects sleep stages.

    When sleeping, octopuses change colour, and now a study, published in iScience, shows that the colours represent octo...

    Marine life March 26, 2021
  • Marine animals swim in circles

    Fish, penguins, turtles, and mammals do, and it doesn’t make sense.

    Japanese scientists have stumbled on a mysterious phenomenon: sharks, turtles, penguins and various marine mammals al...

    Marine life March 19, 2021
  • Headless? No hindrance…

    Japanese researchers discover a remarkable ability in an already interesting sea slug.

    Move aside salamander, this sea slug is about to blow your regeneration powers out of the water. Scientists from N...

    Biology March 9, 2021
  • Dazzle to survive

    Scientists reveal the evolutionary history of fairy wrasses.

    Diversification of the stunningly colourful fairy wrasses was propelled by sea-level changes during the last ice age,...

    Biology March 4, 2021
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