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August 10, 2020

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Long-Term Human Impacts on Reef Fish

In a new study investigating human impacts on resource fish biomass on the Island of Hawai'i, researchers observed an alarming 45% decrease in fish biomass over a decade of surveys. The scientists ...

Study Finds High Levels of Toxic Pollutants in Stranded Dolphins and Whales

Researchers examined toxins in tissue concentrations and pathology data from 83 stranded dolphins and whales from 2012 to 2018. They looked at 11 different animal species to test for 17 different ...

Fossil Mystery Solved: Super-Long-Necked Reptiles Lived in the Ocean, Not on Land

By CT scanning crushed fossilized skulls and digitally reassembling them, and by examining the fossils' growth rings, scientists were able to ...

Scientists Discover New Penguin Colonies from Space

A new study using satellite mapping technology reveals there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than was previously thought. The results provide an important benchmark for ...
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How Fish Stocks Will Change in Warming Seas

New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK ...

First Record of Invasive Shell-Boring Worm in the Wadden Sea Means Trouble for Oyster

n October 2014, the suspicion arose that the parasite worm Polydora websteri had found its way to the Wadden Sea. Researchers now confirm that they have found the shell-borer in oysters near Sylt and ...

Angels in Disguise: Angelfishes Hybridize More Than Any Other Coral Reef Species

A new study highlights the remarkably high incidence of and tendency toward hybridization in the angelfish family (even between divergent species), more so than in any other group of coral reef ...

Between Shark and Ray: The Evolutionary Advantage of the Sea Angels

Angel sharks are sharks, but with their peculiarly flat body they rather resemble rays. An international research team has now investigated the origin of this body shape. The results illustrate how ...

Strategy for Sustainable Aquaculture, the World's Fastest Growing Food Sector

As the population grows, and the global standard of living improves, humanity's appetite for seafood is increasing. In 2020 seafood consumption reached an all-time high, with an average of 20kg ...

New Studies Show How to Save Parasites and Why It's Important

An international group of scientists have laid out an ambitious global conservation plan for parasites. Another group of researchers found that the responses of parasites to environmental change are ...

Plastics, Pathogens and Baby Formula: What's in Your Shellfish?

The first landmark study using next-generation technology to comprehensively examine contaminants in oysters in Myanmar reveals alarming findings: the widespread presence of human bacterial pathogens ...

Analyzing Marine Ecosystems from 6,000 to 5,000 Years Ago to Anticipate Changes Caused by Global Warming

New research analyzes the potential implications in the distribution of the Argentinian hake caused by the warming of marine waters. The study is based on the analysis of the structure of the marine ...

Coastal Cities Leave Up to 75% of Seafloor Exposed to Harmful Light Pollution

New research is the first in the world to quantify the extent to which biologically important artificial light is prevalent on the seafloor and could, in turn, be having a detrimental effect on ...

Whale Airway Mucus Reveals Likely Poor Health During Migration

Researchers have linked the burden of humpback whales' annual migration to depleted microbial diversity in their airways - an indicator of overall ...

Underwater Robots Reveal Daily Habits of Endangered Whales

Research has revealed the daily habits of the endangered Mediterranean sperm whale. The recordings confirmed the whales' widespread presence in the north-western Mediterranean Sea and identified ...

Deep Sea Microbes Dormant for 100 Million Years Are Hungry and Ready to Multiply

Researchers reveal that given the right food in the right laboratory conditions, microbes collected from subseafloor sediment as old as 100 million years can revive and multiply, even after laying ...

Young Dolphins Pick Their Friends Wisely

Strategic networking is key to career success, and not just for humans. A study of bottlenose dolphins reveals that in early life, dolphins devote more time to building connections that could give ...

Boats and Ships Leave Baby Reef Fish Vulnerable to Predators

Scientists say the noise from boats and ships slows down the activity of baby fish on coral reefs, which leaves them more vulnerable to their ...

Battling Harmful Algae Blooms

In two recent studies, marine biologists looked at why one species of algae has some strains that can cause fish kills and others that are non-toxic, while examining an algicidal bacterium found in ...

Coral Reefs Show Resilience to Rising Temperatures

Rising ocean temperatures have devastated coral reefs all over the world, but a recent study has found that reefs in the Eastern Tropical Pacific region may prove to be an ...

Biotelemetry Provides Unique Glimpse Into Whitespotted Eagle Rays' Behavior

Researchers are the first to characterize the ecology and fine-scale habitat use of 'near threatened' whitespotted eagle rays in Florida while also identifying areas of potential ...

Climate Change Is Impacting the Spread of Invasive Animal Species

What factors influence the spread of invasive animal species in our oceans? The Asian shore crab as an example of invasive species successfully spreading to the North Sea and ...

A massive global study of the world's reefs has found sharks are 'functionally extinct' on nearly one in five of the reefs ...

Plastics Found in Sea-Bed Sharks

Microplastics have been found in the guts of sharks that live near the seabed off the UK ...

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