A new study by Ziegler and Sargony (2021) has demonstrated how non-invasive methods can be used to record and catalogue new species of megafauna. Traditional methods including collecting specimens to handle physically which, aside from killing the specimen, can also damage the structures of the organism - impairing proper scientific understanding. While non-destructive imaging techniques have proven effective in describing novel species of small organisms this is the first time it has be utilised for a deep-sea megafauna, the cirrate octopus - Grimpoteuthis imperator.
Brown boobies (Sula leucogaster) are large seabirds commonly found in tropical oceans around the world, as such they have the potential to be a good species to use in monitoring mercury levels in the marine environment.
Blacktip Reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) are one of the most common sharks found in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Their abundance makes them an important apex predator exerting top-down control - helping to structure inshore ecological communities.
We're going fossil hunting for Foraminifera! From beaches, to the ocean floor, to the foundation of the Egyptian pyramids, Forams are everywhere!
The goal of phylogenetic trees is to track the organisms we know of through their place in evolution. Another great video about the microcosmos by the wizards at Journey to the Microcosmos
"Here’s some of my favourite moments from 2018. All images where shot using The Phantom Flex 4K camera with Leica Summilux lenses and Chris Bryan Films custom underwater housings."
A breathtaking view of our Planet Ocean from the ISS (International Space Station)… must watch fullscreen, change quality setting (gear icon) to at least 1440p60HD if you have a fast connection :-)
WHOI’s world-class ocean science and technology featured on BBC’s Blue Planet Live March 24, 27, 28, and 31 (broadcasting on BBC One in the UK).
“On a February day in 1969, off the shore of northern California, a US Navy crane carefully lowered 300 tons of metal into the Pacific Ocean. The massive tubular structure was an audacious feat of engineering — a pressurized underwater habitat, complete with science labs and living quarters for an elite group of divers who hoped to spend days or even months at a stretch living and working on the ocean floor."
A must watch ^^^^, Guillaume Nery’s new short film (12 min) is finally out. “Turn out the light, put your headphones and freedive with me around the world…”
Moises B. is an ichthyologist and Ph.D. Candidate working at the California Academy of Sciences. An ichthyologist is a fish biologist. His passion [...]
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Ocean Drifters from Plymouth University "Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves" is a short film about plankton written, produced and directed by Dr [...]
TEDx talk by Riley Elliott about combining scientific research and media savvy to get the word out about important issues, like shark finning, to [...]
Deep-sea octopuses like this amazing one in the genus Grimpoteuthis (~17 species) are sadly nicknamed "dumbo octopuses" (after the Disney character) and are [...]
"In the deepest, darkest parts of the oceans are ecosystems with more diversity than a tropical rainforest. Taking us on a voyage into the [...]