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Browse: Promiscuity May Help Corals Survive Bleaching Browse: Corals Have the Genes to Adapt to Warmer Oceans
Browse: Fossils Help Determine Ocean’s Role in Last Ice Age Browse: Largest Undersea Landslide Revealed on the Great Barrier Reef
Credit: Roy Caldwell
Feature: In Living Colour
Colour perception is more advanced in goldfish than humans, yet researchers have tended to focus on vision in animals similar to us. Justin Marshall says this is “fundamentally stupid” and is setting his sights on a marine creature with 12 different colour receptors.
Browse: Hoodwinked by a Giant Sunfish
The oil spill at Montara lasted for 74 days.
Feature: After the Oil Spill
Just 4 years after the Montara oil spill, scientists have compiled the most detailed description yet of the wildlife, fish and habitats of the Timor Sea as they monitor the recovery of the species affected by the spill.
Browse: Reef Mapped in High Resolution
The waters of the Great Barrier Reef have been mapped in high resolution, in many cases for the first time.
Browse: Tiger Shark Monogamy Fuels Sustainability Risk
Feature: The Social Lives of Sharks
Tracking technology reveals that Port Jackson sharks have buddies of similar age and gender, and can navigate across Bass Strait to the same breeding grounds.
Browse: Squid on the rise as oceans change
Photo: Guy Nolch
Feature: Why the Long Face?
The jaw strength of crocodiles can be predicted by simple linear measurements that could provide new insights into the diets of extinct marine reptiles.
Browse: Breeding Program Takes Pressure off Coral Reefs Browse: Irukandji Jellyfish Go Fishing
Browse: Eels in Knots over Food Browse: Eggs Lure the Right Sperm
The survival of mussel larvae is affected by chemical signals emitted from the females’ eggs, according to a study published in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B.
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Feature: Tropical Invaders Seek a Cool Change
As oceans warm, a new study has shown that certain measurable traits may help scientists predict which species of tropical fish will successfully shift into cooler temperate waters.
Browse: Acid Trips Cone Snails
Browse: Antarctic Waters Replicating Prehistoric Sea Level Rise
Two juvenile false killer whales off north-eastern New Zealand.
Feature: False Killers
The false killer whale appears to form long-term relationships with another dolphin species.
Browse: Coral Cores Reveal Increasing Severity of Climate Events
Cores taken from the most southerly reefs off the coast of Western Australia have provided a 215-year history of sea levels, sea surface temperatures and ocean currents.
Browse: Parasites Turn Fish
Parasites can make fish left- or right-finned, or at least with a tendency to turn one way, according to researchers at the Australian National University.
Browse: Penguins Feed in Straight Lines
A research team at the University of Otago has discovered that the endangered and endemic yellow-eyed penguin forages in straight lines for several kilometres by following furrows in the seafloor scoured out by fishing trawlers.
Browse: Nemo’s Journey Really Is an Epic
Browse: Snail Scent Scares Starfish Browse: Our Plastic Rubbish Is Littering Australia’s Coast
Browse: New Painkiller from Fanged Fish’s Heroin-Like Venom
Credit: Piotr Wawrzyniuk/Adobe
Feature: The Fish That Should Have Got Away
Attempts to catch the biggest fish may have unwittingly caused the fishing industry to crash in many parts of the world. To make things more worrying, new research indicates that climate change will reduce the capacity of fish to reproduce.
Browse: Sawfish Revealed as the Ultimate Stealth Hunter
Feature: Why Do Whale Sharks Get So Big?
Whale sharks have evolved to become the world’s largest fish as a consequence of feeding on vast amounts of tiny prey in the cold ocean depths.
Browse: Motorboat Noise Helps Marine Predators Browse: Dead coral spells trouble: fish ‘don’t smell danger’
Dead coral is affecting chemical alarm cues, which could be the death of fish too, a new study shows.
Browse: Antarctic Mercury Threatens Fish and Birds
Feature: Surviving Extinction in the Abyss
A new study finds evidence that deep-sea creatures survived periods when the oceans contained little or no oxygen.
Browse: Sharks More Abundant on Healthy Coral Reefs
 The red lionfish hides in plain sight using stripes and fins that disrupt the b
Cover Story: Lions of the Caribbean
Despite the extravagent appearance of red lionfish, these voracious carnivores are virtually undetectable by small prey and are causing massive problems in the Caribbean. So why aren’t they taking over the Great Barrier Reef?
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Feature: Hide & Seek
Whale sharks may be the largest fish in the ocean but they are particularly elusive. Researchers are now using photographic and genetic methods to find out their migration patterns and determine the best conservation strategies to protect them from threats posed by shipping accidents and unregulated fishing.
Feature: The Beauty of Obsolete Oil Rigs
The ear bones of reef fish are telling marine ecologists which decommissioned oil rigs are creating a vibrant habitat and which need to be brought back to land for disposal.
A pygmy blue whale. Credit: research team
Feature: DNA Gives Hope to Blue Whales
A DNA study has determined whether the low genetic diversity of Australia’s blue whales was caused by past natural events or recent whaling, and offered hope for their long-term survival.
Feature: Can Sea Turtles Cope with Climate Change?
Rising temperatures due to climate change are skewing gender ratios among turtles and increasing the mortality rate of hatchlings. Can they adapt?
Browse: A False Eye on Threats
Juvenile damselfish respond to the presence of predators by changing their body shape and expanding the size of their eye spots, but the mechanism for this development is still unknown.
Browse: Plankton Not Adapting
Cold water plankton are failing to adapt to global warming, and the results will be felt at the fish-and-chip shop counter.
Browse: Over-Harvesting Recorded in Turtle DNA
The effects of over-harvesting are visible in the DNA of turtles decades after the exploitation stopped.
Browse: Coral Babies Won’t Disperse from Warm Reefs
Browse: Marine Microbes Munch on Plastic Waste Browse: Fish Dive Deep to Beat the Heat
Browse: Reef Fish Talk in UV Browse: 53 Genes Help Reef Fish Respond to Warmer Oceans
Browse: The Silence of the Shrimp Browse: Where Have the Largest Whale Sharks Gone?
Browse: Sea Snakes Have Extra Sense Browse: Coral Bleaching Caught on Camera
Browse: Marine study shows how climate change accelerates ecosystem collapse Browse: Clownfish males become fierce females if their ‘wife’ is eaten
Browse: Isotopes reveal that whale sharks stay close to home Browse: Business as usual for Antarctic krill despite increasing ocean acidification
Sean Connell taking notes at a vent that is emitting CO2 bubbles.  Note the pres
conSCIENCE: The Good News You Missed About Ocean Acidification
Carbon may be acidifying the oceans, but the species it’s supposed to harm are fighting back.
conSCIENCE: Whales and Sharks Must Be Protected from Global Shipping
Road ecology is being applied to shipping routes to stop marine giants from becoming “roadkill”.
Cool Careers: Chronology from the Depths
Aimee Komugabe has abandoned a career in finance to examine deep water corals for evidence of climate change 4000 years ago.
Cool Careers: Underwater Acid Lab
The discovery of carbon dioxide seeps surrounded by coral reefs has given Dr Katharina Fabricius a chance to investigate our oceanic future. The news is not good.
Eco Logic: Sustainable Fish and Chips
One of the simplest things anyone can do to promote marine conservation is to stop eating unsustainable seafood.
Eco Logic: Restoring Marine Coastal Ecosystems: What’s the Cost?
A review of the costs and feasibility of marine restoration projects reveals that they are often very expensive and risky.
Expert Opinion: The Persistent Killer of Killer Whales
Killer whales are at risk due to PCB contamination despite a near-global ban more than 30 years ago. The threat affects more than half of the world’s orcas, and whale populations near industrialised regions and at the top of the food-chain are at a high risk of population collapse over the next 100 years.
Lowe Tech: Common Concerns in Mother England
Population, nuclear energy and marine conservation are issues in common for Australia and the UK.
Up Close: Prey for the oceans: How marine predators influence reef ecology
Marine biologist, Prof Robert Warner, discusses the relationship between marine predators and their prey. He also explains why marine environments may be more robust than terrestrial ecosystems in the face of human impacts.
Online Feature: Tiny reef speedster challenges tuna in the ocean sprint
Tiny coral reef wrasses can swim as fast as some of the swiftest fish in the ocean – but using only half as much energy to do so.
Online Feature: Gender-bending fish share their secrets
Local scuba divers are teaming with scientists to survey populations of sea dragons, which are classified as “near threatened” on the Red List of threatened species.
Online Feature: Catch of the day in Borneo uncovers new species
Scientists have travelled to Borneo to study parasites infecting sharks and stingrays. The study has led to the discovery of many new species, and the data has been used to help Australian aquaria control the spread of parasite infections in the sharks and stingrays they have on display.
Browse: Genetic Bottlenecks as Gloomy Octopus Drifts South
Credit: Andrew Fox / Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions
Feature: Personal Deterrents Can Reduce the Risk of Shark Bites
A study tests how effectively commercial shark deterrents reduce the risk of shark bites.
Photo: Carl Charter
Feature: ‘Rock stars of the sea’ put on amazing underwater show in South Australia
Flowing arms, skins that change colour in an instant, dance battles and petite males disguised as females to trick their rivals – the courting behaviour of the alien-like Giant Australian Cuttlefish would look more at home in a Star Wars night club.