Craig McClain

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As fins evolve to help fish swim, so does the nervous system

The sensory system in fish fins evolves in parallel to fin shape and mechanics, and is specifically tuned to work with the fish's swimming behavior, …

Are the world’s most stunning shells too beautiful for their own good?

“Before you do anything else,” curator Chris Meyer said the minute I arrived at the National Museum of Natural History’s Invertebrate Zoology …

Arabian Sea

New study shows that three quarters of deep-sea animals make their own light

Ever since explorer William Beebe descended into the depths in a metal sphere in the 1930s, marine biologists have been astounded by the number and …

The Ocean Lover’s Guide to Contacting Your Elected Officials

The last couple months have been a political and emotional cyclone. I, and I am sure many of you, have too frequently found ourselves enduring the …

Reason 5,879 why dolphins are a$$holes: Octopus “handling”

In case you needed further proof that dolphins really are the a$$holes of the ocean, we can now add even more evidence to this list. A new study by …

The Return to Silent Spring

<i>This is a guest post dually written by Nick Hayman and Dr. Violet Renick. Last week, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt denied the petition to ban</i> …

If you love geophysical fluid dynamics, then you will love these foamy streaks in a lagoon

#Landsat8 saw fine, bright filaments on shallow, super salty #Garabogazkol yesterday.<br>Bands of foam perhaps? This tweeter does not know. …

Cyclone Debbie: Experts fear damage to Great Barrier Reef

<b>Cyclone Debbie is likely to have damaged Australia's already beleaguered Great Barrier Reef, experts have said.</b><p>The cyclone struck the Queensland coast as a category four storm, carrying winds of up to 263km/h (163 mph).<p>Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said some damage on land was not as …

Bring the hammer.

Prepare yourself for the hammer.No not that hammer. This one.The Malleidae, or the hammer oysters, is a suite of around 30 species, primarily in the …

One Of The World's Most Mysterious Octopuses Has Been Caught On Video Eating

“This species is rarely seen alive."<p>It’s one of the least-known members of the octopus family ― a creature so elusive that scientists weren’t even sure what it ate.<p>Until now.<p>A newly released video from one of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s remotely operated vehicles shows the …

El Niño is still bringing strange wildlife to Northern California's shores

The next time you're at the beach, look down. You may see something quite unusual.<p>Members of the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory recently observed 19 pelagic red crabs in Bodega Bay — they've seen dead ones on occasion, but this was the first time they've ever seen them alive.<p>According to Bay …

#IAmSeaGrant

<i>Edit – broken mailto link at bottom fixed – if you have a story, please send it to me! I plan to put a few together into later posts.</i>With the current …

A beautiful sponge, home to two little shrimps, Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean, depth ~2 km #Okeanos https://t.co/JGIJz8ZGjV

2016 bleaching on #GreatBarrierReef published this week in Nature. Red; 60-100% of colonies bleached, Orange; 30-60% https://t.co/LLLn33qHJn

#Okeanos ROV getting sample. “It wouldn’t be exploration if we knew what everything was” “This may be a new species. To be determined.” https://t.co/z2rpvxI4mu

Trolling in the deep: from raging rants to support of the strange

<i>Today’s guest post is by Natasha Phillips, a marine biologist and PhD researcher based at Queen’s University Belfast, interested in the movement</i> …

When Is An Internship Not An Internship?

An interesting discussion is playing out on NOAA Coral List regarding how we define “internships.” This got started after the Roatan Institute for …

Scuba Diving Gear Picks For Night Diving

1. Dive Alert Plus<p>How loud is the Dive Alert Plus? For the record, it puts out 132 decibels, but we can say from experience that it’s train-horn …

Killer Underwater Drone Takes on Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

How to combat the zombielike invasion of crown-of-thorns starfish, an immediate threat to the GBR, and a potential danger to almost all coral reefs …

Population

Look at These Amazing Deep-Sea Creatures from the Remote Pacific Right Now

[View the story “Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific Marine Protected Areas” on Storify]

What's with the humpback 'super-groups' forming near South Africa?

The often solitary humpback whale is starting to engage in mysterious group behavior, scientists say.<p>March 16, 2017 —Apparently humpback whales need …

Humpback Whales

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Octopus Moves In For The Kill

Home » Luxury Watches » Jacob & Co. Astronomia Octopus Moves In For The Kill<p>There’s no easy to say it: the <b>Jacob & Co. Astronomia Octopus</b> is deadly …

Watches

Scientists discover hydrothermal vents on deep ocean voyage

Two University of Wyoming researchers led a voyage to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and discovered five previously unknown active hydrothermal …

Geology

Boaty McBoatface to go on its first Antarctic mission

Robot submarine, named after competition, will collect data from depths of Southern Ocean<p>A small yellow robot submarine, called Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired, is being sent on its first Antarctic mission.<p>Boaty, which has arguably one of the most …

Video captures moment plastic enters food chain

<b>A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfibre is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves.</b><p>The footage shows one way that waste plastic could be entering the marine and global food chain.<p>An estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic "disappears" …

What’s It Like to Be an Octopus?

Octopuses and philosophers have a lot in common: They are both given to exploring their worlds, they both have a reputation for peculiarity, they …

The Pulse of Ocean Data Archiving

Every morning, I wake up and check my email. Overnight, I get a few pings from mailing lists, people in other time zones, spammers – the usual. …

The importance of being NOAA

Did you look at the weather before you left the house today? NOAA provided that data.Photo by Rodrigo VieiraDo you eat salmon, shellfish or even …

Why Adult Penguins Mooch Off Their Parents

Weird & Wild<p>Galápagos penguins are one of only two penguin species that hang out near their childhood home—for a reason, a new study says.<p>Weird & Wild<p>Many parents know it well: Adult children coming back home to save money—and perhaps taking advantage of free laundry and meals.<p>Turns out Galápagos …

Birds

See the Best Fossil Octopus Ever Found

A good cephalopod fossil is hard to find. Although ammonite shells, belemnite guards and other indicators of hard body parts are abundant in the …

Dinosaurs