Sea Life News
March 28, 2020

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Neanderthals Ate Mussels, Fish, and Seals Too

Over 80,000 years ago, Neanderthals fed themselves on mussels, fish and other marine life. The first evidence has been found by an international team in the cave of Figueira Brava in Portugal. The ... read more
Since pre-industrial times, the world's oceans have warmed by an average of one degree Celsius (1°C). Now researchers report that those rising temperatures have led to ... read more
A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A ... read more
Earth turned faster at the end of the time of the dinosaurs than it does today, rotating 372 times a year, compared to the current 365, according to a new study of fossil ... read more
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Christmas Island Discovery Redraws Map of Life

The world's animal distribution map will need to be redrawn and textbooks updated, after researchers discovered the existence of 'Australian' species on Christmas Island. The finding ... read more

Hidden Source of Carbon Found at the Arctic Coast

A new study has shown evidence of undetected concentrations and flows of dissolved organic matter entering Arctic coastal waters coming from groundwater flows on top of frozen permafrost. This water ... read more

Epigenetic Inheritance: A Silver Bullet Against Climate Change?

The rapid pace of climate change threatens all living species. An international team of researchers has demonstrated that fish living in the Baltic Sea evolve using epigenetic mechanisms, yet to a ... read more

Observing Phytoplankton Via Satellite

Thanks to a new algorithm, researchers can now use satellite data to determine in which parts of the ocean certain types of phytoplankton are dominant. In addition, they can identify toxic algal ... read more

Secrets to Swimming Efficiency of Whales, Dolphins

Recent work has examined the fluid mechanics of cetacean propulsion by numerically simulating their oscillating tail fins. A team developed a model that, for the first time, could quantitatively ... read more

'Sushi Parasites' Have Increased 283-Fold in Past 40 Years

A new study finds dramatic increases in the abundance of a worm that can be transmitted to humans who eat raw or undercooked seafood. Its 283-fold increase in abundance since the 1970s could have ... read more

Late Cretaceous Dinosaur-Dominated Ecosystem

A topic of considerable interest to paleontologists is how dinosaur-dominated ecosystems were structured, how dinosaurs and co-occurring animals were distributed across the landscape, how they ... read more

Reef Manta Rays in New Caledonia Dive Up to 672 Meters Deep at Night

The first data collected on the diving behavior of reef manta rays in New Caledonia considerably extend the known depth range for this vulnerable species in decline, according to a new ... read more

Heatwaves Risky for Fish

A world-first study using sophisticated genetic analysis techniques have found that some fish are better than others at coping with heatwaves. The study tracks wild fish populations during a severe ... read more

New Species of Sawsharks Found in West Indian Ocean

Two new species of sawsharks discovered in the West Indian Ocean reinforces how much we still don't know about life in the ocean and the impact climate change is having on ... read more

Mysterious Ancient Sea-Worm Pegged as New Genus After Half-Century in 'Wastebasket'

Fifty years ago, researchers placed a mystery worm in a 'wastebasket' genus and interest in the lowly critter waned -- until ... read more

Microplastic Fibers Linked to Respiratory, Reproductive Changes in Fish

Chronic exposure to microplastic fibers causes aneurysms, erosion of surface layers and other serious damage to fish gills, and increases egg production in female fish, a sign that chemicals in the ... read more

Soft Corals Near Virgin Islands Recover from Hurricanes, but Stony Corals Declining

Soft corals at three sites in the US Virgin Islands were able to recover from the destructive effects of nearly back-to-back Category 5 storms in 2017, but research by a marine ecologist puts that ... read more

Benefits of Fish in Moderation While Pregnant Outweigh Risks for Child

To eat or not to eat fish is a question that has long concerned pregnant women. Now, a new study shows that children whose mothers ate moderate amounts of fish during pregnancy were more likely to ... read more

Parkinson's Disease Linked to Gene Targeted by Blue-Green Algae Toxin

Scientists have discovered a possible link between Parkinson's disease and a gene impacted by a neurotoxin found in blue-green ... read more

Scientists Find High Concentrations of Toxic Phenyltin Compounds in Local Chinese White Dolphins

A research team confirmed the occurrence of biomagnification of toxic substance TPT compounds along the marine food chain resulted in very high concentrations of TPT in two top predators, the Chinese ... read more

Ocean Acidification Impacts Oysters' Memory of Environmental Stress

Researchers have discovered that ocean acidification impacts the ability of some oysters to pass down 'memories' of environmental trauma to their ... read more

A New Use for Museum Fish Specimens

A new article suggests using museum specimens to estimate the length-weight relationships of fish that are hard to find alive in their natural ... read more

Remote South American Kelp Forests Surveyed for First Time Since 1973

In the kelp forests of Tierra del Fuego, at the southernmost tip of South America, the relative abundance of kelp, sea urchins, and sea stars has not changed significantly since ... read more

Crocs' Better Parenting Skills Could Make Them More Resilient to Climate Change

The ability of crocodiles to survive mass extinctions could be in part due to their more hands-on approach to parenting, say ... read more

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