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Pairing zebrafish by personality improves fitness of the species

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:21:15 EDT ~ Scientists have challenged the theory of 'love at first sight' after discovering that they can boost the reproductive success of zebrafish by pairing them by personality, rather than appearance. Find out more...

Basking sharks can jump as high and as fast as great whites

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:21:05 EDT ~ These gentle giants, which can grow up to 10 m in length, have been recorded jumping out of the water as high and as fast as great white sharks. Marine biologists are unsure why they do this, but have pointed to this phenomenon as evidence of how much we still have to learn about marine life. Find out more...

Climate change modifies the composition of reefs

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:11:10 EDT ~ Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink. A study has analyzes for the first time why gorgonians are more resistant than corals to human impacts and global climate change. Find out more...

New research identifies abundant endangered fish below waterfall in San Juan River

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:30:00 EDT ~ A new study provides insight into the magnitude of the effect this waterfall has on endangered fishes in the San Juan River. From 2015-2017 more than 1,000 razorback sucker and dozens of Colorado pikeminnow were detected downstream of the waterfall. Some fish moved to this location from up to 600 miles away in the Colorado River. Find out more...

Eelgrass wasting disease has new enemies: Drones and artificial intelligence

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:09:56 EDT ~ Every year, the world loses an estimated 7 percent of its seagrasses. While the reasons are manifold, one culprit has long confounded scientists: eelgrass wasting disease. This September a team of biologists is zeroing in on the problem, in the first study of the disease to stretch along the Pacific Coast from southern California to Alaska. Find out more...

Florida Keys' corals are growing but have become more porous

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:08:47 EDT ~ Researchers have long questioned what impact climate change has on the rate at which corals are growing and building reef habitats in the Florida Keys. A new study explored this topic, finding both good and bad news. The rate of coral skeletal growth in the Florida Keys has remained relatively stable over time, but the skeletal density of the region's corals is declining, possibly due to ocean acidification. Find out more...

Micronizing ocean plastics threaten sea turtle populations, ocean life cycle

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:59:30 EDT ~ Ingestion of degrading ocean plastics likely poses a substantial risk to the survival of post-hatchling sea turtles because the particles can lead to blockages and nutritional deficiencies, according to new research. Find out more...

New soft coral species discovered in Panama

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:43:42 EDT ~ Another new coral found in Panama's Coiba National Park, a UNESCO National Heritage Site, the location of the Smithsonian's newest research site. Find out more...

Sniffing out sharks

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:14:14 EDT ~ Researchers use environmental DNA to detect the presence of white sharks in local waters. Find out more...

Aerial survey reveals great diversity and abundance in NE Canyons Marine National Monument

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:03:45 EDT ~ Airborne marine biologists were amazed by the sheer abundance and diversity of large marine wildlife in their recent aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the only marine national monument on the East Coast, about 150 southeast of Cape Cod. Find out more...