Toxic soup in the plastic age

By the year 2050, the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans may outweigh all of the fish combined. This astonishing and disturbing projection was recently published Read More…

Extraterrestrial potential

A tiny species of deep-ocean shrimp (Rimicaris hybisae) doesn’t look like much, but these unassuming crustaceans may make scientific contributions of galactic proportions. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Read More…

Death by sugar crash

Cone snails, found in tropical waters around the world, are renowned for the fast-acting toxins in their venom, which they use to catch prey. Some species, such Read More…

Tree rings reveal changes in ocean climate

Scientists have tried many approaches to unravel the complex puzzle of past ocean climates. Now, a recent study in the journal Science uses an unlikely source to Read More…

Fish and Fukushima

The largest-ever discharge of radionuclides into the ocean from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011 prompted many health concerns. However, as we described in our Read More…

Super star

This marine creature might look like a bright holiday bauble, but it’s actually a fearsome killer with more than a dozen arms in its arsenal. The sunflower Read More…

Kelp kindergarten

Nearshore kelp beds along California's coast don't only make for spectacular diving, they are also a crucial component to sustaining many populations of fish and invertebrates, including Read More…

Planet ocean

There’s no denying two things about our world’s oceans: 1) they are really big, and 2) they’re a really big deal. The big, blue, vastness of the Read More…