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Virus-infected bacteria could provide help in the fight against climate change

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:58:30 EST ~ Understanding the relationship between microbes and viruses is beneficial not only for medical research and practical applications but also in marine biology, say researchers. Find out more...

'Seeing' tails help sea snakes avoid predators

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:23:48 EST ~ New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators. Find out more...

Parents don't pick favorites, at least if you're a Magellanic penguin

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:56:19 EST ~ Researchers wanted to know how Magellanic penguin parents in South America balance the dietary demands of multiple chicks. They found that when a Magellanic penguin parent returns to its nest with fish, the parent tries to feed each of its two chicks equal portions of food, regardless of the youngsters' differences in age or size. Find out more...

Scientists look to past to help identify fish threatened with local extinction

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:27:18 EST ~ Marine scientists have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines new data with archeological and historical records - some dating back to the 8th Century AD. Find out more...

Bioluminescent deep-sea creatures illuminate the effectiveness of new cancer therapies

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:04:39 EST ~ A new tool can improve development and effectiveness of leading-edge cancer therapies derived from patients' immune systems. Find out more...

Undersea gases could superheat the planet

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:08:12 EST ~ Geologic carbon and hydrate reservoirs in the ocean pose a climate threat beyond humanmade greenhouse gases. Find out more...

Ecosystem changes following loss of great white sharks

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:16:48 EST ~ A new study has documented unexpected consequences following the decline of great white sharks from an area off South Africa. The study found that the disappearance of great whites has led to the emergence of sevengill sharks, a top predator from a different habitat. A living fossil, sevengill sharks closely resemble relatives from the Jurassic period, unique for having seven gills instead of the typical five in most other sharks. Find out more...

Giant 'megalodon' shark extinct earlier than previously thought

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:16:37 EST ~ 'Megalodon' -- a giant predatory shark that has inspired numerous documentaries, books and blockbuster movies -- likely went extinct at least one million years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. This is a substantial adjustment as it means that O. megalodon likely went extinct long before a suite of strange seals, walruses, sea cows, porpoises, dolphins and whales all disappeared sometime about 1-2.5 million years ago. Find out more...

New deep sea animal discoveries warrant expanded protections in Costa Rican waters

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:29:01 EST ~ Scientists surveyed deep-sea seamounts outside Isla del Coco UNESCO World Heritage site revealing coral communities with surprising diversity. Find out more...

Re-establishing oyster beds to maximize their ecological benefits

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:15:30 EST ~ Researchers have developed a mapping tool that identifies sites for re-establishing oyster reefs that maximize their ecological benefits -- such as water filtration. This Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based tool could inform restoration of other vital, sensitive coastal habitats. Find out more...