The Ocean

Why the ocean has absorbed more carbon over the past decade

Why the ocean has absorbed more carbon over the past decade?

With the ocean absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) over the past decade, less of the greenhouse gas is reaching the Earth's atmosphere. That's decidedly good...
Did oceans gain, lose, gain ability to support life?

Did oceans gain, lose, gain ability to support life?

Conditions suitable to support complex life may have developed in Earth’s oceans—and then faded—more than a billion years before life truly took hold. The findings...
Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 75 years

Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 75 years

Scientists have solved a puzzling break in continuity of ocean warming records that sparked much controversy after climate data was published in the journal...
Sunken logs serve as habitats in the deep sea

Sunken logs serve as habitats in the deep sea

The deep sea is a vast and seemingly uninhabitable place, except for some small oases of life. Sunken wood logs, so-called wood falls, can...
Global shark attacks drop to recent average in 2016

Global shark attacks drop to recent average in 2016

After 2015's record-busting 98 shark attacks, calmer waters prevailed in 2016. The University of Florida's International Shark Attack File reported 81 unprovoked attacks worldwide,...
A loggerhead turtle carcass on the main stranding beach at Playa San Lazaro

Study shows signs of hope for endangered sea turtles

Bones from dead turtles washed up on Mexican beaches indicate that Baja California is critical to the survival of endangered North Pacific loggerhead sea...
Reef fish that conquer fear of sharks may help control excess algae

Reef fish that conquer fear of sharks may help control excess algae

Coral reef fish willing to risk life and fin for a good meal If there was a top-rated restaurant in a dangerous part of the...
How Will Ocean Acidification Affect Fisheries

Ocean acidification to hit West Coast Dungeness crab fishery

The acidification of the ocean expected as seawater absorbs increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will reverberate through the West Coast's marine...
Why do killer whales go through menopause

Why do killer whales go through menopause? Mother-daughter conflict is key

Killer whales are one of only three species that are known to go through menopause, surviving long after they've stopped reproducing. Those older females play...
Paleontologists classify mysterious ancient cone-shaped sea creatures hyoliths

Paleontologists classify mysterious ancient cone-shaped sea creatures

One branch on the tree of life is a bit more crowded today. A team of scientists led by 20-year-old University of Toronto (U...