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Jellyfish, with no brains, still seem to sleep

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:12:52 EDT ~ The discovery that primitive jellyfish sleep suggests that sleep is an ancient, evolutionarily conserved behavior. Find out more...

New hermit crab uses live coral as its home

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:42:49 EDT ~ A new hermit crab species can live in a walking coral's cavity in a reciprocal relationship, replacing the usual marine worm partner, according to a new study. Find out more...

Big herbivorous dinosaurs ate crustaceans as a side dish

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:17:51 EDT ~ Some big plant-eating dinosaurs roaming present-day Utah some 75 million years ago were slurping up crustaceans on the side, a behavior that may have been tied to reproductive activities, says a new study. Find out more...

Going diving in the tropics? Don't eat the reef fish!

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:02:48 EDT ~ Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau's ocean sustainability, finds a new study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy. Find out more...

Efforts to save sea turtles are a 'global conservation success story'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:21:23 EDT ~ A new study of the world's seven sea turtle species provides evidence that their numbers are growing overall (unlike many endangered vertebrates), thanks to years of conservation efforts that have played a key role in sea turtle recovery -- even for small sea turtle populations. Find out more...

Protected waters foster resurgence of West Coast rockfish

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:49:55 EDT ~ West Coast rockfish species in deep collapse only 20 years ago have multiplied rapidly in large marine protected areas off Southern California, likely seeding surrounding waters with enough offspring to offer promise of renewed fishing, a new study has found. Find out more...

North Atlantic right whales decline confirmed: 458 remaining

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:04:19 EDT ~ Marine biologists have developed a new model to improve estimates of abundance and population trends of endangered North Atlantic right whales, which have declined in numbers and productivity in recent years. Between 1990 and 2010 abundance increased to 482 animals, but since 2010 the numbers have declined to 458 in 2015, with 14 known deaths this year. Find out more...

Declining queen conch populations are fragmented and that's changing the conservation game

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:10:02 EDT ~ To provide a vital scientific foundation for conservation efforts, an international team has conducted a genetic analysis comparing queen conch at 19 sites throughout the Caribbean. Their findings will help scientists understand how local subpopulations of conch are fragmented throughout the Caribbean, an essential first step needed to develop effective science-driven management plans and practices. Find out more...

Catching a diversity of fish species instead of specializing means more stable income for fishers

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:23:49 EDT ~ A team of scientists analyzed nearly 30 years of revenue and permitting records for individuals fishing in Alaskan waters and tracked how their fishing choices, in terms of permits purchased and species caught, influenced their year-to-year income volatility. Find out more...

When it comes to the threat of extinction, size matters

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:27:32 EDT ~ Animals in the Goldilocks zone -- neither too big, nor too small, but just the right size -- face a lower risk of extinction than do those on both ends of the scale, according to an extensive global analysis. Find out more...