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The Mysterious Life Of Narwhals

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The Mysterious Life Of Narwhals

Source: Phys.org/American Geophysical Union - February 14, 2018

Narwhals are some of the most elusive creatures in the ocean, spending most of their lives in deep water far from shore. But research being more…

Starfish Actually Have Eyes, And It Turns Out They See Very Well In The Deep Sea

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Starfish Actually Have Eyes, And It Turns Out They See Very Well In The Deep Sea

Source: The New York Times/Joanna Klein - February 12, 2018

Look at a starfish in a tidal pool and you may think: ah, there’s one of those pretty, multi-armed sea worms that crawl around and more…

New Study Finds Fish Genes That Regulate Social Behaviors

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New Study Finds Fish Genes That Regulate Social Behaviors

Source: Phys.org/Cornell University - February 9, 2018

Genes in an area of the brain that is relatively similar in fish, humans and all vertebrates appear to regulate how organisms coordinate and shift more…

Ringed Seals Can Adapt Quickly to Climate Change, But There’s One Drawback

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Ringed Seals Can Adapt Quickly to Climate Change, But There’s One Drawback

Source: Hakai Magazine/K. N. Smith - January 18, 2018

The ringed seals that live on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago are learning a new way of life as sea ice fades from their fjords. But scientists more…

Why Marine Biology Courses Are Booming: The Blue Planet Effect

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Why Marine Biology Courses Are Booming: The Blue Planet Effect

Source: The Guardian/Helena Pozniak - January 16, 2018

When she was just 12 years old, an impressionable Cathy Lucas, now associate professor in marine biology at the University of Southampton, met Sir David Attenborough. more…

Biomimicry: A Framework For The Future

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Biomimicry: A Framework For The Future

Source: World Ocean Radio/Peter Neill - January 16, 2018

What is the framework by which to outline our values, structures, and behaviors regarding the ocean, fresh water, and all the benefits of nature required more…

Bizarre Assortment of Deep Sea Creatures Wash Up on Scottish Shore

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Bizarre Assortment of Deep Sea Creatures Wash Up on Scottish Shore

Source: The Independent/Samuel Osborne - January 15, 2018

Several deep-sea fish have washed up on a beach in Scotland, sparking renewed interest in the bizarre-looking creatures.

Nearly 10 different species were found by two local conservation volunteers more…

Rare Intersex Shark Discovered in Taiwan Has Both Male and Female Sex Organs

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Rare Intersex Shark Discovered in Taiwan Has Both Male and Female Sex Organs

Source: Hakai Magazine/Ilima Loomis - December 28, 2017

Many fish are switch-hitters: they have the ability to change from male to female, or vice versa, when it’s convenient for reproduction. Not so for more…

Scientists Find Sharks Can Live Significantly Longer Than We Thought

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Scientists Find Sharks Can Live Significantly Longer Than We Thought

Source: National Geographic/Elizabeth Armstrong Moore - November 15, 2017

We humans go to great lengths to appear younger than we are. Sharks, it seems, do it naturally.

About a decade ago, studies began to more…

Ever Wonder Why Fish Don’t Swim Upside-Down?

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Ever Wonder Why Fish Don’t Swim Upside-Down?

Source: Hakai Magazine/Harrison Tasoff - November 14, 2017

There is no up or down in space, yet in shows like Star Trek, ships are always oriented the same way: right side up. It’s a more…