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High Resolution Seafloor Map Reveals Gulf of Mexico’s Unique Features

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High Resolution Seafloor Map Reveals Gulf of Mexico’s Unique Features

Source: National Geographic/Betsy Mason - May 29, 2017

The floor of the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most geologically interesting stretches of the Earth’s surface. The gulf’s peculiar history gave rise more…

Sealing the Bond: Hormonal Boost Leads Wild Seals to Spend More Time Together

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Sealing the Bond: Hormonal Boost Leads Wild Seals to Spend More Time Together

Source: Phys.org/University of St Andrews - May 26, 2017

Scientists at the University of St Andrews have discovered that grey seals are friendlier and want to spend more time with each other when their more…

How Climate May Have Driven Whales to Become the World’s Largest Animals

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How Climate May Have Driven Whales to Become the World’s Largest Animals

Source: NPR/Madeline K. Sofia - May 25, 2017

Whales are the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been giants. Fossil records show that ancient whales were much smaller than the more…

Scientists Give Snapshot of Coral Reef Value by Studying Flickr Photos

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Scientists Give Snapshot of Coral Reef Value by Studying Flickr Photos

Source: Phys.org/University of Edinburgh - May 24, 2017

Computer-led analysis of tourist snaps has estimated that coral reefs contribute $36 billion per year to the global tourist economy.

Scientists used big data computing more…

Whales, Dolphins, and Seals all Descend From Common Land-Dwelling Ancestors

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Whales, Dolphins, and Seals all Descend From Common Land-Dwelling Ancestors

Source: PLOS Blogs/Jon Tennant - May 23, 2017

From the poles to the equator, marine mammals such as seals, dolphins, and whales, play an important role in global ecosystems as apex predators, ecosystem more…

Antarctica Turning Green: Plant Life Getting a Boost From Climate Change

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Antarctica Turning Green: Plant Life Getting a Boost From Climate Change

Source: Phys.org/ University of Exeter - May 22, 2017

Plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly due to climate change, scientists have found.

Few plants live on the continent, but scientists studying moss have more…

Spillover of Coral Larvae From Healthy Reefs Could Aid Recovery of Degraded Reefs

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Spillover of Coral Larvae From Healthy Reefs Could Aid Recovery of Degraded Reefs

Source: Phys.org/University of Queensland - May 19, 2017

For reefs facing huge challenges, more coral larvae doesn't necessarily translate to increased rates of coral recovery on degraded reefs, a new Queensland study has more…

Doctors Warn That Your Sushi Could Contain Parasites

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Doctors Warn That Your Sushi Could Contain Parasites

Source: CNN/Susan Scutti - May 18, 2017

Anisakiasis, an illness caused by eating parasite-contaminated fish or seafood, is on the rise in Western countries where eating sushi and other raw or undercooked more…

Threatened Weedy Sea Dragon Tracked Using ‘Facial Recognition’ Software

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Threatened Weedy Sea Dragon Tracked Using ‘Facial Recognition’ Software

Source: ABC/Nicole Chettle - May 17, 2017

Sydney scientists are using the marine equivalent of facial recognition software to photograph and track weedy seadragons off the coast of New South Wales, Victoria more…

Unborn Ray Babies Traumatized When Mothers Caught in Fishing Gear

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Unborn Ray Babies Traumatized When Mothers Caught in Fishing Gear

Souce: Phys.org/Monash University - May 16, 2017

The stress of unintentional fishing capture has a detrimental impact not only on pregnant rays, but also their unborn offspring, research that is the first more…