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WATCH: David Attenborough Explains How These Weird Australian Octopuses Hunt on Land

Think octopuses are water-bound? Think again.<p>Octopuses are super weird creatures. They are total escape artists, have three hearts just because, and …

The Alaskan Hunters Teaching Scientists About Whales

Utqiaġvik, Alaska, is one of the only places where whale anatomists can get specimens for research.<p>On the northernmost tip of America’s northernmost state is the city of Utqiaġvik, Alaska. Hans Thewissen, a Dutch-born whale scientist who lives in Ohio, has been making the journey up here for more …

Cognitive Science

Stunning images show sharks caught in ‘fish tornadoes’

An underwater photographer has captured stunning images of a “fish tornado” surrounding sand tiger sharks off the coast of North Carolina.<p>The …

This Tiny, Bulbous-Nosed Shark Glows in the Dark

A new (and tiny) species of shark is making waves on the internet. The mini shark sports a massive, bulbous nose and—most exciting of all—it glows in …

Zoology

Everything You Need to Know About Diving with Sea Turtles

<b>Brought to you by Caradonna Adventures.</b><p>Whether you are a novice snorkeler or a veteran scuba diver, an encounter with a sea turtle is always a …

Shorebirds 101: What to Look for When You Hit the Water

Shorebirds are an amazing collection of beaks and legs, molts and rumps, quirks and feats. They’re among the most incredible athletes in nature, with …

It’s Better to Swim Alone, Yet Together, if You’re a Salp

What mysterious, gelatinous, clear blob that you might find washed up on a beach looks like a jellyfish but isn’t? Meet the sea salp. It typically lives in deep waters, where its barrel-shaped body glides around the ocean by jet propulsion, sucking in water from a siphon on one end and spitting it …

Behold! Dazzling Bioluminescent Wonders Around the World

Glittering oceans, shimmering caves, and shining trees—all created by critters in the darkness of night.<p>Imagine moving through a sea of sparkling …

You Can Swim With Jellyfish (Without Getting Stung!) in This Pacific Island Lake

Jellyfish have more been a reason to get out of the water than to dive in, but you may want to visit this lake inhabited by the gelatinous animals. …

Australian teen chewed and bloodied after bizarre ocean feeding frenzy | Ars Technica

Teen takes ocean dip, becomes buffet lunch for gang of scavenging crustaceans.<p>After an intense football match Saturday in Australia, 16-year-old Sam …

These baby sea turtles discovering water are what you need today.

Padre Island National Seashore/Instagram<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>On Tuesday evening, as the world searched …

People are throwing dead salmon in rivers—for a very good reason

Nick Neely<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>One cool September day, I visited a fish hatchery in Sweet Home, Oregon, a …

Climate change, sewage and fertilisers could trigger mass extinction of life in oceans, scientists warn

The ocean is slowly being suffocated with levels of oxygen falling at a similar rate to 94 million years ago when there was a mass extinction of …

Orlando Becomes 40th City to Commit to 100% Renewable Energy

The Orlando City Commission unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday establishing a goal to move Orlando to 100 percent clean and renewable energy …

The Sea Level Did, in Fact, Rise Faster in the Southeast U.S.

For people in the southeastern United States, and especially in Florida, who feel that annoying tidal flooding has sneaked up on them in recent years, it turns out to be true. And scientists have a new explanation.<p>In a paper published online Wednesday, University of Florida researchers calculated …

Melting sea ice may lead to more life in the sea

When spring arrives in the Arctic, both snow and sea ice melt, forming melt ponds on the surface of the sea ice. Every year, as global warming …

Sawfish’s fearsome snout evolved to be undetectable to prey

Something looked fishy to Sam Evans as he watched a TV show about sawfish.<p>The sawfish’s long, rigid snout – called a rostrum – looked oddly similar …

Cognitive Science

Facts About Humpback Whales

Humpback whales are enormous creatures — about the size of a school bus. They are known for their haunting and melodic songs and for breaching the …

Unlike Dolphins, Sea Otters That Use Tools Are Not Closely Related

Clams, abalone and sea urchins can all make a delicious meal—if you know how to get them open. Fortunately, sea otters have figured out this trick. …

Zoology

Invasive venomous fish spotted off Italy's coast

The highly venomous lionfish has been seen off the coast of Italy for the first time, confirming fears the invasive species has expanded its range in …

A Tiny Fish With Terrifying Fangs and Opioid Venom

The fangblenny doesn’t care about your pain.<p>Think about a venomous fang, and you’ll probably conjure up an image of a snake or spider. But perhaps you should also spare a thought for group of unassuming reef fish that are appropriately called fangblennies. They are finger-sized, colorful, and …

Zoology

The Arctic Is Turning Green at an Alarming Rate, And Scientists Finally Know Why

"Our entire idea about how this ecosystem works is different."<p>Arctic sea ice is turning progressively greener, and for years now, scientists couldn't …

The world's threatened rivers - in pictures

From Bangalore’s water riots to Russia’s “river of blood”, rivers are under threat from many sources including industry, agriculture and climate change

Rare sea life found in mysterious underwater 'mountains'

Scientists recently traveled thousands of miles below the ocean's surface to explore underwater mountain ranges of cone-shaped dormant and active volcanoes with peaks rising 9,843 feet above the seafloor off the coast of Hawaii.<p>Living along these seamounts, Conservation International researchers …

Earth Science

Penguin attraction at Longleat is closed after 'large amount' of birds die in malaria outbreak

The penguin attraction at Longleat Safari Park has been closed after a “large amount” of birds died in a "devastating" malaria outbreak.<p>A number of the park's Humboldt penguins passed away due to an outbreak of the strain of avian malaria, which is spread via mosquitoes.<p>Although the number of birds …

Great Barrier Reef: marine science program boosts Indigenous numbers at university

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in marine science program gives students insight into reality of the field<p>Jackie Makie never thought of becoming a marine biologist.<p>If statistics are anything to go by, that’s not surprising. Indigenous students make up 3% of the total population but less …

Pembrokeshire blue marlin in Natural History Museum

<b>A rare blue marlin which washed up on a Pembrokeshire beach has a new home at London's Natural History Museum.</b><p>The 13ft-long (4m) fish discovered at Freshwater East caused a stir among locals, as it was originally thought to have been a swordfish.<p>It has since been identified as only the third blue …

Come closer: Curious sea lions keen to inspect this over-head drone thing

Sea lions are pretty cute animals already, but a bunch of them looking curiously at a drone camera? It'll make you squee inside.<p>It's a sight captured …

Scientists Think They’ve Solved An Ancient Antarctic Mystery

And the answer may yield clues about the future of our changing climate<p>About 2.6 million-to-5.6 million years ago, during the Pliocene epoch, a geologic mystery transpired. Somehow, fossils from tiny algae with hard shells called diatoms ended up spread over rock formations in the Transantarctic …

Dramatic Visualizations Show Just How Quickly the Arctic Is Melting

On September 10th, the Arctic hit its annual summertime ice minimum. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, it was the second lowest …