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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…

How Fish in the World’s Coldest Place Are Reacting to A Warming Climate

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How Fish in the World’s Coldest Place Are Reacting to A Warming Climate

Source: Phys.org/Diane J. Nelson/UC Davis - October 20, 2017

Fish have been migrating to cooler water over the last several decades as the ocean warms. But in Antarctica, the coldest place on the planet, more…

Scientists Find Penguins Are Eating Jellyfish, But Why?

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Scientists Find Penguins Are Eating Jellyfish, But Why?

Source: The New York Times/Steph Yin - October 3, 2017

There are not many jellyvores in the world, or so scientists have long thought.
Gelatinous sea animals, like jellyfish and ctenophores, have traditionally been regarded as more…

Sharks Found to Live Longer Than We Originally Thought

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Sharks Found to Live Longer Than We Originally Thought

Source: Phys.org/James Cook University - October 2, 2017

A James Cook University researcher has found that sharks and rays live a lot longer than we thought - some twice as long as previously more…

Scientists Find ‘Settlements’ of Octopuses in Australia, Suggesting These Animals Aren’t All Solitary Loners

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Scientists Find ‘Settlements’ of Octopuses in Australia, Suggesting These Animals Aren’t All Solitary Loners

Source: Phys.org/ University of Illinois at Chicago - September 13, 2017

Octopuses are usually solitary creatures, but a new site in the waters off the east coast of Australia is the home of up to 15 more…

Scientists Track Down The Whale Shark Highway

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Scientists Track Down The Whale Shark Highway

Source: Phys.org/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute - August 31, 2017

Did you know that August 30 is International Whale Shark Day? Whale sharks are the largest fishes on Earth, growing up to 18 meters (60 more…

Are Octopuses the Brainiacs of the Sea?

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Are Octopuses the Brainiacs of the Sea?

Source: Live Science/Sarah B. Puschmann - August 22, 2017

In 2014, one of Roy Caldwell's octopuses went missing.

Caldwell, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, had kept the reef more…

Scientists Find Noise Pollution in the Ocean Really Stresses Fish Out

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Scientists Find Noise Pollution in the Ocean Really Stresses Fish Out

Source: Phys.org/Newcastle University - August 11, 2017

Researchers at Newcastle University (UK) found that European sea bass experienced higher stress levels when exposed to the types of piling and drilling sounds made more…

The Crucial Role of Viruses in a Healthy Ocean

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The Crucial Role of Viruses in a Healthy Ocean

Source: Hakai Magazine/Amorina Kingdon - July 25, 2017

The word virus conjures up hard-to-shake colds and swine flu, but these tiny microbes are far more than just the culprits behind annoying human ailments. more…