Marine Biology News

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Baby fish lose poisonous protectors in acidified oceans
A common close partnership which sees baby fish sheltering from predators among the poisonous tentacles of jellyfish will be harmed under predicted ocean acidification, a new study has found.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:17:17 EDT

New study shows impact of human-made structures on Louisiana's coastal wetlands
As Louisiana's wetlands continue to disappear at an alarming rate, a new study has pinpointed the human-made structures that disrupt the natural water flow and threaten these important ecosystems. The findings have important implications for New Orleans and other coastal cities that rely on coastal wetlands to serve as buffer from destructive extreme weather events.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:26:22 EDT

Pipelines affect health, fitness of salmon
Pipelines carrying crude oil to ports in British Columbia may spell bad news for salmon, according to a new study. Exposure to an oil sands product -- diluted bitumen -- impairs the swimming ability and changes the heart structures of young salmon.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:12:39 EDT

World's first successful artificial insemination of southern rockhopper penguin
DNA tests have confirmed that one of the three southern rockhopper penguin chicks born at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan between June 4 and 6 was conceived through artificial insemination. It is the world's first successful case of a southern rockhopper penguin being conceived through artificial insemination.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:22:51 EDT

Lost hormone is found in starfish
Biologists have discovered that the evolutionary history of a hormone responsible for sexual maturity in humans is written in the genes of the humble starfish.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:20:37 EDT

Lionfish invading the Mediterranean Sea
Rising sea temperatures in the Mediterranean are encouraging alien lionfish species to invade and colonize new territories with potentially serious ecological and socioeconomic impacts.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:20:30 EDT

Philippine fishing and its links to Japan’s 'sea women'
A researcher is studying the ancient Japanese culture of “ama” – women who traditionally free-dive in the sea in search of seaweed, lobsters, snail “turbo” shells and, in the distant past, pearls – and its potential connections to Philippine maritime cultures.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:07:16 EDT

Hidden values of open ocean
A team of scientists has for the first time attached a dollar value to several of the leading 'ecosystem services' -- or natural benefits -- provided by the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean, an immense region stretching west from the west coasts of North and South America.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:11:05 EDT

Pterosaur flies safely home after 95 million years
With the help of University of Alberta scientists, a newly described pterosaur has finally flown home. This spectacular fossil material was discovered in a private Lebanese limestone quarry more than a decade ago and has led to what UAlberta paleontologist Michael Caldwell calls “priceless scientific findings.”
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:04:40 EDT

Good bacteria vital to coral reef survival
Good bacteria could be the key to keeping coral healthy, able to withstand the impacts of global warming and to secure the long term survival of reefs worldwide, say researchers.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:01:03 EDT

Sea star death triggers ecological domino effect
A new study by marine ecologists has discovered that a mass mortality of sea stars resulted in a domino effect on the B.C. West Coast's Howe Sound marine ecology. In the summer of 2013, millions of sea stars along the West Coast contracted a wasting disease and died in one of the largest wildlife mass mortality events ever recorded.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:22:22 EDT

Preparing for a new relationship: Coral and algae interactions explored
Changes in gene expression were found when coral and algae begin to interact.
Publ.Date : Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:56:07 EDT

The call of the sea: Mammalian evolutionary transitions back to the sea
Though mammals adapted on land, a new study has shown that during three major independent evolutionary events, a number of mammals hearkened back to the sea.
Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:43:20 EDT

Contagious cancers are spreading among several species of shellfish
Direct transmission of cancer among marine animals may be much more common than once thought, new research suggests. The cancer, known as disseminated neoplasia, is a leukemia-like disease that affects bivalves in many parts of the world.
Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:46:29 EDT

Fish out of water are more common than thought
Fish have evolved the ability to live on land many times, challenging the perception that this extreme lifestyle shift was likely to have been a rare occurrence in ancient times. New research shows 33 different families of fish have at least one species that demonstrates some terrestrial activity and, in many cases, these behaviors are likely to have evolved independently in the different families.
Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:21:29 EDT

Cosmopolitan snow algae accelerate the melting of Arctic glaciers
The role of red pigmented snow algae in melting Arctic glaciers has been strongly underestimated, suggests a study. The new work shows a 13 percent reduction of the albedo over the course of one melting season caused by red-pigmented snow algal blooms.
Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:19:43 EDT

'Coral zombies' may spell doom for coral reefs around world
Scientists have known for a while that coral reefs around the world are dying, and in a worst-case scenario they were counting on large, healthy-looking corals to repopulate. But a new study shows that these seemingly healthy colonies are 'Coral Zombies' with no reproductive ability, which makes them useless in a recovery effort.
Publ.Date : Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:31:08 EDT

Coral reefs facing a hot time and increased bleaching, especially along US coasts
A new NOAA outlook shows that many coral reefs across around the world will likely be exposed to higher-than-normal sea temperatures for an unprecedented third year in a row, leading to increased bleaching - and with no signs of stopping. While the bleaching event is global, it will hit the US hard.
Publ.Date : Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:13:58 EDT

Manta rays are local commuters, not long-distance travelers, study finds
Oceanic manta rays -- often thought to take epic migrations -- might actually be homebodies, according to a new study. A research team studied satellite-tracked manta rays to shed light on the lives of these mysterious ocean giants.
Publ.Date : Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:10:54 EDT

Heat sickens corals in global bleaching event
Australian scientists report that many surviving corals affected by mass bleaching from high sea temperatures on the northern Great Barrier Reef are the sickest they have ever seen.
Publ.Date : Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:20:38 EDT