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Antarctic fjords are climate-sensitive hotspots of diversity in a rapidly warming regionEurekAlert | 03 Dec 2013
(University of Hawaii at Manoa) In the first significant study of seafloor communities in the glacier-dominated fjords along the west Antarctic Peninsula, scientists expected to find an impoverished seafloor highly disturbed by glacial sedimentation, similar to what has been documented in well-studied Arctic regions. Instead, they found high levels of diversity and abundance in megafauna.
Arctic study shows key marine food web species at risk from increasing CO2EurekAlert | 02 Dec 2013
(University of Exeter) A research expedition to the Arctic, as part of the Catlin Arctic Survey, has revealed that tiny crustaceans, known as copepods, that live just beneath the ocean surface are likely to battle for survival if ocean acidity continues to rise. The study found that copepods that move large distances, migrating vertically across a wide range of pH conditions, have a better chance of surviving.
Plastic 'a threat' to biodiversityBBC | 02 Dec 2013
Tiny particles of waste plastic that are ingested by shoreline "eco-engineer" worms could have an adverse impact on biodiversity, a study shows.
Seahorses stalk prey by stealthBBC | 26 Nov 2013
Seahorses' peculiar snouts and strange swimming style allow them to sneak up on prey undetected, a new video shows.
Amateur divers share species data through GBIFgbif.org | 19 Nov 2013
Species observations from thousands of scuba divers all over the world are now freely accessible via the GBIF portal. The citizen science platform Diveboard has published over 15,000 records from the electronic log books submitted by its community of nearly 100,000 registered divers.
Ocean of Life: How our Seas are Changing, by Callum Roberts - book reviewGuardian Unlimited | 18 Nov 2013
The best science writers can command words, imagery and cadence to match any award-winning novelist. That is not, however, why we read science books. We read them for what they have to tell us: the best science books are triumphs of substance over style, and Ocean of Life is one of them.
Will Jellyfish Rule the Ocean?news.discovery.com | 08 Nov 2013
There have been many reports about jellyfish numbers increasing in the past few years; some researchers think it is part of a larger trend, while others say it may be just a numerical fluke. Most agree, however, that more data is needed before coming to a definitive conclusion.
Tiny. Ubiquitous. Vulnerable.Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 06 Nov 2013
A look at the delicate world of marine creatures known as "sea butterflies".
Starfish wasting disease baffles US scientistsGuardian Unlimited | 05 Nov 2013
Scientists are struggling to find the trigger for a disease that appears to be ravaging starfish in record numbers along the US west coast, causing the sea creatures to lose their limbs and turn to slime in a matter of days.
What do the Grand Canyon and New York City have in common? (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 05 Nov 2013
A recent exhibit by Gus Petro imagines the city nestled amongst the valleys and peaks of the Grand Canyon – but what if I told you there was a canyon twice its size already in New York? No need for photoshop here, the Hudson Canyon is 740 km long and 3200 m deep and mere miles down the Hudson River and beneath the deep blue sea...
Listen up: Oysters may use sound to select a homeEurekAlert | 31 Oct 2013
Oysters begin their lives as tiny drifters, but when they mature they settle on reefs. New research from North Carolina State University shows that the sounds of the reef may attract the young oysters, helping them locate their permanent home.
First venomous crustacean foundBBC | 22 Oct 2013
Experts have found the first venomous crustacean - a centipede-like creature that lives in underwater caves.
A Drowned World: Incredible Underwater Images Of Miniature Men And Marine Lifeblogs.discovermagazine.com | 16 Oct 2013
Jason Isley, cofounder and managing director of ScubaZoo, has taken a lot of pictures of marine life. Hes a brilliant photographer, and his incredible images reveal the breathtaking beauty of the underwater world. But after taking thousands of pictures of everything from inverts to fish, Jason wanted a change of perspective.
Getting to yes? Discussions towards an Implementing Agreement to UNCLOS on biodiversity in ABNJiddri.org | 14 Oct 2013
This article is a policy brief on the history and challenges of the current discussions taking place at the United Nations General Assembly, "A long and winding road. International discussions on the governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction". Un article sur les discussions internationales en cours sur la gouvernance de la biodiversité marine dans les zones situées au-delà des juridictions nationales.
Hidden beauty of the portuguese man o' warGuardian Unlimited | 12 Oct 2013
Most people steer clear if they see a portuguese man o'war. Not Aaron Ansarov. Swinging a coolbox that most beachgoers would have packed with drinks, Ansarov's wife and fellow photographer Anna sets forth with thick protective gloves to pick up live specimens from the sand before Ansarov plops them onto a homemade light table and gets to work, teasing apart the tentacles and capturing the intricate forms with his lens.
How red crabs on Christmas Island speak for the tropicsEurekAlert | 11 Oct 2013
Research conducted through Princeton University found that erratic rainfall -- which could become more irregular as a result of climate change -- could be detrimental to animals that migrate with the dry-wet seasonal cycle. The researchers studied the annual mating migration of the land-dwelling Christmas Island red crab in order to help scientists understand the consequences of climate change for the millions of migratory animals in Earth's tropical zones.
Methane seeps of the deep sea: A bacteria feast for lithodid crabsEurekAlert | 08 Oct 2013
(Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)) Cold seeps are the basis for a surprising diversity in the desert-like deep sea. Off the coast of Costa Rica, an international team of scientists documented lithodid crabs of the genus Paralomis sp. grazing bacterial mats at a methane seep.
Energy-Saving Secret of JellyfishNew York Times | 08 Oct 2013
A jellyfish contracts its open bell and pushes water behind it, propelling itself forward. When the bell fills again, it gets a secondary, no-effort, thrust.