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Starfish are dying in huge numbers from a gruesome wasting disease

Starfish are dying off in startling numbers along the West Coast of the United States and Canada. And they're doing it in a rather gnarly manner: the sea creatures are coming down with a syndrome that sees them disintegrate into piles of white goop.<p>Marine scientists are warning that instances of …

The Caribbean has Lost 80% of its Coral Reefs According to Catlin Seaview Survey

<i>Coral reef photo from Shutterstock</i><p>Overall, the world has already lost 40% of its corals due to pollution, climate change, and overfishing. Recently …

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Just how badly are we overfishing the oceans?

By Brad Plumer<p>Humans now have the technology to find and catch every last fish on the planet. Trawl nets, drift nets, longlines, GPS, sonar... As a result, fishing operations have expanded to virtually all corners of the ocean over the past century.<p>That, in turn, has put a strain on fish …

X Prize Announced to Save Oceans from Deadly Acidification and Rising CO2 Levels

The X Prize aims to tackle the world’s greatest challenges by creating ‘large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions’ to encourage …

Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

To understand the world’s changing climate, scientists often look to tree cores and ice samples. For a record of ocean pollutants, researchers are …

Try To Find The Octopus In This Video

Biologist Robert Hanlon studies how cephalopods, a group of marine animals that includes octopus, squid, and cuttlefish, blend into their surroundings by changing the color and pattern of their skin.<p>Hanlon captured a particularly incredible example of an octopus going in and out of camouflage while …

How the Freaky Octopus Can Help Us Understand the Human Brain

DAVID DOUBILET/National Geographic Creative<p>The octopus is weird: eerily malleable body, sucker-studded arms, skin that can transform into a …