Marika Gotschall

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5 Surprising Facts About the Oarfish That Has Been Washing Up on Beaches

Two of the deep-sea creatures have been found in less than a week.<p><b>Two rare oarfishes have washed up on California beaches in less than a week, prompting much excitement among marine scientists and the public. Oarfish live in deep water and are rarely seen at the surface, though they are thought to</b> …

New shark species found casually walking across the seabed

Such is the scale of our oceans that it should come as no surprise when new species are discovered. That didn't stop scientists in Indonesia getting very excited about a new type of shark, hemiscyllium halmahera. Belonging to the family hemiscylliidae, the 28-inch long halmahera is a type of bamboo …

Sea Star Die Off: Has Over Development Led to 'Massive Die-off' of Starfish?

Scientists don’t need dissection to know that a sea star die-off is going on, in both Canada and the United States, but facts are a bit hard to come …

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Rising levels of acids in seas may endanger marine life, says study

Rapidly rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are causing a potential catastrophe in our oceans as they become more acidic, scientists have warned.<p>Hans Poertner, professor of marine biology at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany, and co-author of a new study of the phenomenon, told the …

Plastic waste in the Thames will devastate marine life, report warns

An unseen stream of plastic rubbish flowing along the bed of the river Thames and out into the North Sea will have far-reaching effects on marine life, a new report indicates.<p>Scientists from the Natural History Museum and Royal Holloway, University of London, collected rubbish over a three-month …

Oceans and the Great Barrier Reef – news and resources round up

The world's most iconic coral reef is under dire threat and the World Heritage Committee has given the Queensland and federal government of Australia just one year to act on its recommendations to save the Great Barrier Reef from joining the Unesco danger list.<p>Threats include climate change, …