The Scallop Sees With Space-Age Eyes — Hundreds Of Them

2017-12-06T15:09:24+00:00 December 6, 2017|

Scallop (Credit: Ceri Jones/Haven Diving Services) It’s hard to see what’s so special about a scallop. It looks a lot like a clam, mussel or any other bivalve. Inside its hinged shell lurks a musclebound creature that’s best enjoyed seared in butter. (From New York Times/ By Carl Zimmer) -- But there’s something [...]

Jellyfish On The Menu

2017-12-04T16:59:17+00:00 December 4, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) (Credit: University of East Anglia) Squid, sole, dogfish, herring and cod all feed on baby jellyfish – according to new research from the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). The moon jellyfish is commonly found around the coastlines of Britain. They’re [...]

Melting Ice Could Mess Up Deep-Sea Chemistry

2017-12-04T17:37:38+00:00 November 30, 2017|

Melting glaciers might be making ocean water more acidic, an unexpected finding that's given scientists new cause for concern. A new study published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests surprising ways that climate change is drastically altering the water chemistry in deep seas—a process that may happen faster than researchers anticipated.

Smallest Ichthyosaurus Ever Found Was Squid-Eating Newborn, Research Reveals

2017-10-12T18:04:52+00:00 October 5, 2017|

A museum specimen has revealed details of the early life of a marine reptile from the Age of Dinosaurs. Not all new palaeontology discoveries are made on dramatic rocky outcrops. Sometimes dusty drawers in the back-rooms of museums are the source of exciting discoveries. A new study by Dean Lomax, a researcher at the University of Manchester, and colleagues on a previously neglected specimen in the the Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham, UK, has increased our knowledge of how the youngest ichthyosaurs - a group of extinct marine reptiles - lived and fed.

What Scientists Are Learning About The Impact Of An Acidifying Ocean

2017-10-03T16:43:44+00:00 October 3, 2017|

The effects of ocean acidification on marine life have only become widely recognized in the past decade. Now researchers are rapidly expanding the scope of investigations into what falling pH means for ocean ecosystems. The ocean is becoming increasingly acidic as climate change accelerates and scientists are ramping up investigations into the impact on marine life and ecosystems. In just a few years, the young field of ocean acidification research has expanded rapidly – progressing from short-term experiments on single species to complex, long-term studies that encompass interactions across interdependent species.

Deep Sleep: Even Jellyfish Need Their Slumber

2017-09-27T08:51:45+00:00 September 27, 2017|

Even a jellyfish - one of Earth’s first and most ancient animals - needs its sleep. Scientists said on Thursday they have demonstrated that a primitive type of jellyfish called Cassiopea goes to sleep nightly. While sleep has been confirmed in other invertebrates such as worms and fruit flies, the jellyfish is the most evolutionarily ancient animal that has been shown to slumber.

Who Needs A Body? Not These Larvae, Which Are Basically Swimming Heads

2016-12-15T13:10:23+00:00 December 15, 2016|

Graduate student Paul Gonzalez at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station recently became a hunter, breeder and farmer of a rare marine worm, all to fill in a considerable gap in our understanding of how animals develop. He knew that some animals go through a long larval stage, a developmental strategy known as indirect development, and this rare worm was his chance to better understand that process.

Disease, Warming Oceans, Rock Lobster And Sea Star Populations

2016-03-01T13:10:25+00:00 March 1, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Southern rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii) (Credit: Zureks/ Wikimedia Commons) Two new Cornell University studies show how diverse marine organisms are susceptible to diseases made worse by warming oceans.(From Science Daily) -- The first study warns that warm sea temperatures in 2015 may increase the levels of epizootic shell disease in American [...]

A Sea Snail That Moves Like A Flying Insect

2016-03-01T13:06:52+00:00 March 1, 2016|

(Clitck to enlarge) The sea butterfly, a marine snail the size of a peppercorn, has long appeared to use winglike appendages to fly through the water. (Credit: Kevin Raskoff, Hidden Ocean 2005 Expedition: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration) Most of the tiny creatures in the sea, collectively called zooplankton, move themselves along by using [...]

Amendments To The Reef Fish, Spiny Lobster, Queen Conch, And Corals And Reef Associated Plants And Invertebrates Fishery Management Plans Of Puerto Rico And The U.S. Virgin Islands

2016-02-04T19:27:01+00:00 February 4, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) California spiny lobster (Palinurus interruptus) (Credit: Magnus Kjærgaard) The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Reef Fish FMP), Amendment 6 to the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery [...]