Arctic study shows key marine food web species at risk from increasing carbon dioxide
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 ...
Seahorse heads have a 'no wake zone' that's made for catching prey
Seahorses are slow, docile creatures, but their heads are perfectly shaped to sneak up and quickly snatch prey, according to marine scientists from The University of Texas at Austin.
Open wide: Zebrafish fool fast food
Research published in the Royal Society Journal, Interface, has demonstrated that predatory fish sneak up on lightning-fast prey by disguising water disturbances as they approach.
An inside look at carnivorous plants: Researchers track the importance of microscopic inhabitants
(Phys.org) —When we imagine drama playing out between predators and prey, most of us picture stealthy lions and restless gazelle, or a sharp-taloned hawk latched on to an unlucky squirrel. But Ben Baiser, ...
Switching to a power stroke enables a tiny but important marine crustacean to survive
Olympic swimmers aren't the only ones who change their strokes to escape competitors. To escape from the jaws and claws of predators in cold, viscous water, marine copepods switch from a wave-like swimming ...
Viruses that infect oceans' tiny beings are discovered
(Phys.org)—Viruses are well known for making people sick, but a new study provides evidence for the first time of viral infections in tiny marine crustaceans called copepods.
Illustrated guides provide first ever view of zooplankton crucial to Arabian Sea's food web
They may be tiny, but they are mighty. Known as the "insects of the sea," zooplankton may tell the tale about the disruptive effect of climate change on the delicate balance of life that exists in the northwestern ...
Oil spill causes massive harm to microscopic creatures
(Phys.org) -- Oiled seabirds and turtles may have been the dominant images of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but new research indicates there was also massive harm to microscopic creatures in coastal sands, lasting months ...
Climate change study warns against one-off experiments
(PhysOrg.com) -- Climate change research conducted by the University of Aberdeen and Marine Scotland Science highlights the risks of conducting an experiment only once.
New discovery -- copepods share 'diver's weight belt' technique with whales
A deep-sea mystery has been solved with the discovery that the tiny 3 mm long marine animals, eaten by herring, cod and mackerel, use the same buoyancy control as whales.
Bering Sea chill yields fatter plankton, pollock diet changes
Despite a 30-year warming trend, the last three years in the Bering Sea have been the coldest on record. A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist says that the cold temperatures have helped produce larger zooplankton in ...
Voracious comb jellyfish 'invisible' to prey
Despite its primitive structure, the North American comb jellyfish can sneak up on its prey like a high-tech stealth submarine, making it a successful predator. Researchers, including one from the University ...
The strongest animal in the world
The world's strongest animal, the copepod, is barely 1 mm long. It shows that copepods - in relation to their size - are more than 10 times as strong as has been previously documented for any other animal.
Scientists find 'Lucky Luke' of the seas
Could you filter 100,000 cubic metres of syrup every day to find food in a concentration of two grains of rice per cubic metre?