Fossil of giant ancient sea predator discovered (w/ video)
Paleontologists have discovered that a group of remarkable ancient sea creatures existed for much longer and grew to much larger sizes than previously thought, thanks to extraordinarily well-preserved fossils ...
Eddies found to be deep, powerful modes of ocean transport
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues have discovered that massive, swirling ocean eddies -- known to be up to 500 kilometers across at the surface ...
Fossil find fills in picture of ancient marine life
Paleontologists have discovered a rich array of exceptionally preserved fossils of marine animals that lived between 480 million and 472 million years ago, during the early part of a period known as the Ordovician. ...
Secrets of the 'mermaid's purse' explored in new study
Researchers at SF State have clarified part of the family tree of sea creatures called skates, shedding light on the evolution of a novel reproductive strategy in two skate species. Their study was published ...
Mass sea star deaths off US west coast puzzle scientists
Starfish have been mysteriously dying by the millions in recent months along the US west coast, worrying biologists who say the sea creatures are key to the marine ecosystem.
Movement of marine life follows speed and direction of climate change
Scientists expect climate change and warmer oceans to push the fish that people rely on for food and income into new territory. Predictions of where and when species will relocate, however, are based on broad ...
Whales feel the (sun)burn
Whales have been shown to increase the pigment in their skin in response to sunshine, just as we get a tan.
Scientists sequence genome of human's closest invertebrate relative
(Phys.org) —Botryllus schlosseri, a small sea creature, can regenerate its entire body from its blood vessels alone. Stanford researchers hope that sequencing its genome will lead to advances in regenerative ...
Migrating animals add new depth to how the ocean 'breathes'
The oxygen content of the ocean may be subject to frequent ups and downs in a very literal sense—that is, in the form of the numerous sea creatures that dine near the surface at night then submerge into ...
Actor Johnny Depp immortalized in ancient fossil find
A scientist has discovered an ancient extinct creature with 'scissor hand-like' claws in fossil records and has named it in honour of his favourite movie star.
Ancient fossilized sea creatures yield oldest biomolecules isolated directly from a fossil
(Phys.org)—Though scientists have long believed that complex organic molecules couldn't survive fossilization, some 350-million-year-old remains of aquatic sea creatures uncovered in Ohio, Indiana, and ...
Shimmering water reveals cold volcanic vent in Antarctic waters
The location of an underwater volcanic vent, marked by a low-lying plume of shimmering water, has been revealed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.
Mussels inspire innovative new adhesive for surgery
(Phys.org)—Mussels can be a mouthwatering meal, but the chemistry that lets mussels stick to underwater surfaces may also provide a highly adhesive wound closure and more effective healing from surgery.
Sea cucumbers and sea urchins could hold the key to looking young
Sea cucumbers and sea urchins are able to change the elasticity of collagen within their bodies, and could hold the key to maintaining a youthful appearance, according to scientists at Queen Mary, University of London.