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Increasing seal population will not harm largest fish stocks in the Baltic

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:25:30 EST ~ Seals feeding on fish does not decrease fish stocks of Baltic cod, herring and sprat the most -- climate change, nutrient load and fisheries do, shows a new study. Find out more...

Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:12:25 EST ~ By combining ocean models, animal metabolism and fossil records, researchers show that the Permian mass extinction in the oceans was caused by global warming that left animals unable to breathe. As temperatures rose and the metabolism of marine animals sped up, the warmer waters could not hold enough oxygen for their survival. Find out more...

Mitigating the effect of climate change on sea turtles

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:59:29 EST ~ New research has reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting success. Find out more...

Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds all around the world

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:47:26 EST ~ Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey sources. Seabirds are now the most threatened bird group. Find out more...

Could algae that are 'poor-providers' help corals come back after bleaching?

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:47:02 EST ~ How much of a reef's ability to withstand stressful conditions is influenced by the type of symbiotic algae that the corals hosts? New work investigates how the nutrients algae share with their coral hosts varies between species and what this could mean for a coral's ability to survive in a changing climate. They determined that in the wake of a bleaching event, even an algal tenant that's poor provider may be better than no provider. Find out more...

229 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2018

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:19:19 EST ~ In 2018, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 229 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. The new species include 120 wasps, 34 sea slugs, 28 ants, 19 fish, seven flowering plants, seven spiders, four eels, three sharks, two water bears, one frog, one snake, one seahorse, one moss, and one liverwort plant. Find out more...

Soft tissue shows Jurassic ichthyosaur was warm-blooded, had blubber and camouflage

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:41:18 EST ~ An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance, according to an international team of researchers. Molecular and microstructural analysis of a Stenopterygius ichthyosaur from the Jurassic (180 million years ago) reveals that these animals were most likely warm-blooded, had insulating blubber and used their coloration as camouflage from predators. Find out more...

Mystery of color patterns of reef fish solved

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 09:37:26 EST ~ Scientists have solved the mystery of why some closely-related species of an iconic reef fish have vastly different colour patterns, while others look very similar. Find out more...

Human actions impact wild salmon's ability to evolve

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:39:00 EST ~ Once spring-run chinook salmon disappear, they are not likely to re-emerge, indicates genetic analysis of the revered wild fish. Prompt conservation action could preserve spring-run chinook, as well as their evolutionary potential. Find out more...

How mussels handle microplastic fiber pollution

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:11:27 EST ~ New research shows that mussels readily take in microplastic pollution fibers from the ocean but quickly flush most of them out again, according to a new study. Find out more...