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Report: The Great Barrier Reef is in danger, and the Australian government isn’t doing enough to protect it

Dredging and dumping threatens to further damage the World Heritage Site, a new report finds<p>Australia, in the hands of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has been a nightmare for the planet, as well as for its own natural wonder: the Great Barrier Reef. Harmed by the impacts of climate change, ocean …

Rarely Seen Moonfish, Size of Manhole Cover, Caught on Camera

The opah, or moonfish, is a camera-shy animal that researchers know little about.<p>Its squat body and flimsy-looking pectoral fins may not scream speed-demon.<p>But the opah, or moonfish, is actually quite fast, and can run with the big boys like tuna and swordfish. That's just one of many surprising …

Fill The Oceans With Fire: Father Son Catch Freaky Deaky Goblin Shark In Australia

This is the deep sea goblin shark (previously seen in video HERE) caught by father/son fishing team Mike and Lochlainn Kelly off the coast of New …

Sea slug has taken genes from algae it eats, allowing it to photosynthesize like a plant

How a brilliant-green sea slug manages to live for months at a time 'feeding' on sunlight, like a plant, is clarified in a recent study. The authors …

Fighting the Caribbean's lionfish invasion

At first it seemed like just another reef dive as I finned past spherical brain corals 6ft in diameter, above great drifts of staghorn coral resembling amber antlers, and in between purple barrel sponges obscured by clouds of red squirrelfish. In the Soufrière Marine Management Area off the …

Ocean Gravity: Spectacular Footage of Freediver Guillaume Nery Flying through Swift Ocean Currents North of Tahiti | Colossal

<p>Filmed late last year by director and underwater cameraman Julie Gautier, this amazing footage shows free diver Guillaume Néry as he’s carried by …

Underwater Photographer Snaps Selfies with Sharks

Underwater photographer Aaron Gekoski was recently on an outing to photograph one of the largest migrations in the world’s oceans, but the project …

Photographer David Doubilet On Shooting Underwater, Pearl Harbor Wrecks

Renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet has more than 60 National Geographic magazine stories under his belt. He also is the developer of a revolutionary split-lens camera system, which allows folks to take pictures above and below the surface of water simultaneously. Doubilet, a graduate …

Papua New Guinea

Eleven Great White Sharks Spotted In New Zealand Harbor

An astonishing concentration of great white sharks has been recorded in a New Zealand harbor, surprising researchers despite the region’s reputation …

See-Through Fish Discovered Under Antarctica's Ice

Hidden away from the sun below half a mile of ice, complex life flourishes.<p>After drilling through Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf, scientists have discovered microbes, crustaceans, and even several kinds of strange fish living in water buried under nearly half a mile (740 meters) of ice.<p>As recently as …

An Otter House In Japan Now Has A Roundabout – No More Underwater Traffic Jams

Japan is always up for building something crazy – like, for example, an otter roundabout – which is exactly what Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park in …

Lost Underwater Forest of Doggerland Found by Diver

Have you heard of Doggerland? If you think it sounds British, you’re right. If you think it’s a place where people have sex in public, get your mind …

Rare Shark That Inspired Sea Monster Myths Is Caught

Frilled sharks are rarely seen denizens of the deep that resemble their dinosaur-era ancestors.<p>With its gaping, tooth-filled mouth and its slender, eel-like body, it’s not hard to see why scientists think the frilled shark may have inspired ancient tales of sea monsters. Looking like something out …

This Chinese Tesla killer has a fish tank in the back seat!

The Tesla Model X will be terrific and Google’s autonomous egg car will change the world.<p>But neither can match the awesomeness of China’s GAC WitStar …

Translucent Fish Found Alive Deep Under Antarctic Ice

There's something fishy going on here<p>Think of it as finding a very cool Nemo. Scientists announced yesterday that after drilling through 2,428 feet of ice they made a lively discovery—deep under all that ice were many different fish and marine invertebrates, alive and well.<p><i>Scientific American</i>'s …

Antarctica

Fish-eating snails stun their prey with insulin

Study finds what could be the first ever use of insulin in animal venom<p>Evolution can be an arms race between predator and prey — as predators develop new killing tactics, prey respond by evolving camouflage abilities, or developing defense mechanisms. A team at the University of Utah has discovered …

2014 Confirmed as Hottest Year On Record, With Spike in Ocean Temperatures

NOAA and NASA measurements agree: Last year was a record-setter.<p><i>Updated at 2:08 p.m. EST.</i><p>The year 2014 was the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent reviews of temperature data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.<p>Globally, …

Giant Squid and Whale Sharks Not as Big as People Think

When it comes to determining the size of giant squid and other large sea animals, humans have a tendency to exaggerate, a new study suggests.<p>A team …

Protecting the Maldives' coral reefs | DW | 12.01.2015

<i>Deutsche Welle: Why are Reef Checks necessary?</i><p>Reefs are in crisis really, all over the world, and until Reef Check was introduced in the 1980s, there …

Ancient Scottish Sea Reptile Not 'Nessie,' But Just As Cute

Scientists in Scotland have found a prehistoric behemoth: a previously unknown species of reptile that lived in the oceans during the time of dinosaurs. And before you ask, no, scientists do not believe this new fossil has anything to do with the Loch Ness monster.<p>Paleontologist Stephen Brusatte, …

Paleontology

A Shark Has Been Gnawing At Underwater Internet Cables – Thankfully Google Addressed The Problem

A shark has been gnawing at underwater internet cables. So Google has come up with an ingenious solution to address the problem. The search giant …

Ocean Trash: 5.25 Trillion Pieces and Counting, but Big Questions Remain

The numbers add up to trouble for the oceans, wildlife, and us, but scientists are struggling to understand how.<p>The numbers are staggering: There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per …

Pollution

FishBit Monitors Your Aquarium Health To Cut Down On Floaters

If you’re any kind of aquarist or aquarium lover, amateur or otherwise, you’ve encountered that heart-sinking feeling that comes along with running into dead fish upon returning to your tank. It’s far too frequent an occurrence, and one that the founding team at Current Labs believes is entirely …

Fish Gets Prosthetic Eye

(YouTube link)<p>A yellowtail rockfish at the Vancouver Aquarium was being bullied by other fish because he has only one eye. What to do? You can't …

Scuba Divers: Unsung Heroes of the Deep

By Torben Lonne<p>Almost as interesting as scuba diving itself are the people who enthusiastically engage in the sport. Over the past 20 years, dive …

A silver spectacle! Incredible images show divers engulfed by a MILLION minnows while swimming on coral reef off Florida coast

• <b>John Chapa, 41, captured the moment the shoal of fish swarmed around a group of divers in Key Largo, Florida</b>• <b><br>The fish gather just once a year to spawn</b> …

Key Largo

How LEDs Are Going To Replace Our Lights

Decades-old technology, now making streets brighter for less<p>In December, the Nobel Prize for physics went to the team behind a significant invention: the blue light-emitting diode (LED). While red and green LEDs have been around since the 1960s, figuring out how to make blue diodes bright enough …

Nobel Prize

Top 10 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2014: Editors' Picks

From a snake virgin birth to a real-life unicorn, 2014 was a banner year for the bizarre. See our editors' picks for weirdest animal stories.

A Great White Shark Bit A Surfer Off The California Coast

The man in his 50s used the leash cord from his surfboard to make a tourniquet for his leg before he got out of the water, Andrew Walsh told the San Luis Obispo Tribune (http://bit.ly/1JX0gH9).<p>"We're really blessed that he was still able to get himself to shore," Walsh said. "I was a few feet …