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The global footprint of fisheries

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:21:24 EST ~ The global fishing fleet is so big it can be seen from space. Really. Find out more...

New mutant coral symbiont alga able to switch symbiosis off

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:34:16 EST ~ Researchers have identified the first spontaneous mutant coral symbiont alga to not maintain a symbiotic relationship with its host. Find out more...

Distinguishing males from females among king penguins

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:56:55 EST ~ It is difficult to distinguish males from females among King Penguins, but a new study reveals that King Penguins can be sexed with an accuracy of 100% based on the sex-specific syllable pattern of their vocalizations. Using the beak length, King Penguin individuals can be sexed with an accuracy of 79%. Find out more...

Sea urchins erode rock reefs, excavate pits for themselves

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:09:39 EST ~ Through their grazing activity, sea urchins excavate rock and form the pits they occupy. This activity may cause significant bioerosion of temperate reefs, according to a study published Feb. 21, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Russell from Villanova University, US, and colleagues. Find out more...

First evidence of surprising ocean warming around Galpagos corals

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:18:36 EST ~ A new analysis of the natural temperature archives stored in coral reefs shows the ocean around the Galpagos Islands has been warming since the 1970s. The finding surprised the research team, because the sparse instrumental records for sea surface temperature for that part of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean did not show warming. Scientists thought strong upwelling of colder deep waters spared the region from the warming seen in other parts of the Pacific. Find out more...

'Chameleon' ocean bacteria can shift their colors

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:29:47 EST ~ Cyanobacteria -- which propel the ocean engine and help sustain marine life -- can shift their color like chameleons to match different colored light across the world's seas, according to new research. Find out more...

Beluga whales dive deeper, longer to find food in Arctic

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:12:16 EST ~ Beluga whales that spend summers feeding in the Arctic are diving deeper and longer to find food than in earlier years, when sea ice covered more of the ocean for longer periods, according to a new analysis. Find out more...

New shark species confirmed

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:29:28 EST ~ Using 1,310 base pairs of two mitochondrial genes, biologists have identified a new species, the Atlantic sixgill shark. Find out more...

Oil-eating microbes are challenged in the Arctic

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:41:12 EST ~ Bacteria play a major role in cleaning up oil spills and mitigating its environmental impacts. In a new paper, researchers examine the major limiting factors for microbial degradation in Arctic environments. Find out more...

'Nobody poaches here': Study exposes misperception of poaching on the Great Barrier Reef and its remedy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:50:37 EST ~ New research has revealed the tiny minority of fishers who poach on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) think the illegal practice is justified, because they believe 'everyone else is doing it.' Find out more...