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A whale's upper body lands on a fishing boat
Why Did This Whale Smack Into a Boat?
Collisions with small craft are rare, but there are conditions that can make these encounters more likely.
Why Did This Whale Smack Into a Boat?
Why Did This Whale Smack Into a Boat?

Collisions with small craft are rare, but there are conditions that can make these encounters more likely.

Collisions with small craft are rare, but there are conditions that can make these encounters more likely.

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a tuna salad sub with lettuce and tomato on a wooden board with fresh veggies in the background
Tuna Story Exposes Challenges of Seafood Authentication
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jul 1, 2021 | 4 min read
A New York Times investigation’s failure to amplify tuna DNA from Subway’s tuna salad sandwiches likely says more about the complexities of identifying processed fish than about the ingredients.
Two researchers take samples from salmon using dissecting tools and small sample collection tubes.
Farmed Atlantic Salmon Likely Passed Virus to Wild Pacific Salmon
Abby Olena, PhD | May 27, 2021 | 4 min read
New genomic analyses reveal that piscine orthoreovirus first came to the Pacific in 1989, around the same time that salmon farms in the area started importing Atlantic salmon eggs from Europe.
Oceanic Shark and Ray Numbers Down 71 Percent over Past 50 Years
Lisa Winter | Jan 28, 2021 | 3 min read
Overfishing is the biggest factor driving these species toward extinction, researchers conclude from a new study.
What’s Killing Killer Whales? Autopsies Reveal a Role for Humans
Ashley Yeager | Dec 16, 2020 | 4 min read
Stephen Raverty of the Ministry of Agriculture in Canada and Joseph Gaydos of UC Davis speak with The Scientist about their recent study assessing the causes of orca deaths.
Image of the Day: Plastic Nests
Amy Schleunes | Mar 3, 2020 | 1 min read
Seabirds in Norway use fishing debris to construct nests.
Image of the Day: Penguin Populations
Emily Makowski | Dec 3, 2019 | 2 min read
Chinstrap penguins are decreasing in numbers due to a lack of krill, their only food source.
Fish Biologist Victoria Braithwaite Dies
Catherine Offord | Oct 30, 2019 | 2 min read
The Penn State University scientist was known for her work on fish’s perception of pain.
sharks turtles rays entanglement fishing gear rope injury back dead animal plastic marine ocean
Image of the Day: Death Traps
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 18, 2019 | 1 min read
Sharks and rays can get entangled in abandoned fishing gear, leading to injuries or death.
Six North Atlantic Right Whales Have Died So Far This Year
Ashley Yeager | Jun 28, 2019 | 2 min read
Canadian officials are investigating the deaths and implementing regulations to reduce the number of ships that strike the endangered species or snag them in fishing gear.
Climate Change Will Force Hundreds of Marine Species to Move
Catherine Offord | May 16, 2018 | 2 min read
A study of 686 fish and invertebrates predicts that some animals will have to shift more than 1,000 kilometers to stay within tolerable temperatures.
Large Female Fish Play a Big Role in Replenishing Populations: Study
Diana Kwon | May 11, 2018 | 2 min read
Bigger, older mothers produce disproportionately more eggs than their smaller counterparts do.
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 19, 2018 | 4 min read
The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.  
Endangered Right Whales Have No New Babies This Breeding Season
Ashley Yeager | Mar 27, 2018 | 2 min read
Trained spotters haven’t seen any newborns, suggesting trouble for the animal’s overall survival.
Study Finds Epigenetic Differences Between Hatchery-Raised and Wild-Born Salmon
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2018 | 4 min read
The variation may help explain why stocked salmon don’t fare as well in the ocean.
Opinion: Banning Shark Fin Sales in the U.S. Will Backfire
Robert Hueter | Sep 27, 2017 | 4 min read
A proposal to do so would cause waste, promote less sustainable fisheries, and penalize US fishers who follow best practices.
Carpe Carp!
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2014 | 4 min read
Can putting invasive species on the menu contain troublesome animals and plants?
TS Live: Catch of the Day
Kerry Grens | May 31, 2014 | 1 min read
Meet the Springfield, Illinois-based fish monger seeking to cultivate a taste for invasive Asian carp.
Protecting the World’s Oceans
Jef Akst | Aug 16, 2012 | 2 min read
An international group of researchers gives a score to coastal nations for their contribution to ocean health, and identifies main concerns.
The beauty of fish bones
Jennifer Welsh | Jul 14, 2010 | 3 min read
Dead fish find new life in a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.
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