Hagfish Slime Cells Tailored to Deter Predation
Hagfish Slime Cells Tailored to Deter Predation
The Scientist spoke with Chapman University’s Yu Zeng about his lab’s finding that the slime-producing cells of the slippery marine fish vary with the creature’s size, which may be an adaptation to thwart different predators.
Hagfish Slime Cells Tailored to Deter Predation
Hagfish Slime Cells Tailored to Deter Predation

The Scientist spoke with Chapman University’s Yu Zeng about his lab’s finding that the slime-producing cells of the slippery marine fish vary with the creature’s size, which may be an adaptation to thwart different predators.

The Scientist spoke with Chapman University’s Yu Zeng about his lab’s finding that the slime-producing cells of the slippery marine fish vary with the creature’s size, which may be an adaptation to thwart different predators.

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Sailing the Seas in Search of Microbes
Sailing the Seas in Search of Microbes
Shawna Williams | Jun 1, 2021
Projects aimed at collecting big data about the ocean’s tiniest life forms continue to expand our view of the seas.
Climate Change Could Drive Sharks to Fishing Grounds: Study
Climate Change Could Drive Sharks to Fishing Grounds: Study
Asher Jones | Jan 28, 2021
Blue sharks don't dive as deeply in low-oxygen waters—which become more prevalent as oceans warm—effectively pushing them into areas of high fishing pressure.
Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present
Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2020
Lore has always surrounded argonauts, pelagic octopuses that build shells and travel the seas.
Microbes Find Their Niche in Underwater Shipwrecks
Microbes Find Their Niche in Underwater Shipwrecks
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2020
Early investigations of the microbial communities in and around sunken boats reveal that there are patterns to where bacteria settle.
How Interconnected Is Life in the Ocean?
How Interconnected Is Life in the Ocean?
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2019
To help create better conservation and management plans, researchers are measuring how marine organisms move between habitats and populations.
Poet of the Sea, 1940s–1950s
Poet of the Sea, 1940s–1950s
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2019
Most know Rachel Carson for her work on the dangers of chemical pollutants, but the writer’s earlier prose took readers on a tour of a mysterious underwater world.
Red Tides Under the Microscope
Red Tides Under the Microscope
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2019
Understanding the dinoflagellates that regularly wreak havoc on marine and nearshore ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico could help researchers mitigate the damage they cause.
Infographic: Red Tides Still Hold Tantalizing Mysteries
Infographic: Red Tides Still Hold Tantalizing Mysteries
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2019
A full description of the lifecycle of Karenia brevis could lead to improved monitoring, prediction, and mitigation of the harmful algal blooms it regularly causes.
Interactive: How Interconnected Is Life in the Ocean?
Interactive: How Interconnected Is Life in the Ocean?
Catherine Offord | Nov 1, 2019
To help create better conservation and management plans, researchers are measuring how marine organisms move between habitats and populations.
College Campuses Close as Hurricane Dorian Threatens
College Campuses Close as Hurricane Dorian Threatens
Jef Akst | Sep 3, 2019
The storm has already pummeled the Bahamas. Now the US coast prepares.
Labs Prepare to Protect—and Collect—Data During Hurricane Dorian
Labs Prepare to Protect—and Collect—Data During Hurricane Dorian
Emma Yasinski | Sep 1, 2019
In the southeastern US, the coming storm disrupts research for many scientists.
Six North Atlantic Right Whales Have Died So Far This Year
Six North Atlantic Right Whales Have Died So Far This Year
Ashley Yeager | Jun 28, 2019
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.
Warming Weather Could Make Arctic Fish Faster
Warming Weather Could Make Arctic Fish Faster
Jef Akst | Jan 24, 2019
As sea temperatures rise, mammals and birds may lose their edge over the cold-blooded species they eat, as well as the sharks that hunt them.
After the Storm: A Live Look at the Duke Marine Lab
After the Storm: A Live Look at the Duke Marine Lab
The Scientist Staff | Sep 25, 2018
Tune in Thursday to see the effects of Hurricane Florence on the Beaufort, NC facility.
Image of the Day: Circularity
Image of the Day: Circularity
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 15, 2018
A marine flatworm swarms in a circular fashion off the coast of Guernsey.
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens
Anna Azvolinsky | Apr 19, 2018
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.  
Bowhead Whales Impress Researchers With Their Song Diversity
Bowhead Whales Impress Researchers With Their Song Diversity
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2018
A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.
Biology Labs Hit by Harvey’s Eye Face Long Road to Recovery
Biology Labs Hit by Harvey’s Eye Face Long Road to Recovery
Shawna Williams | Sep 15, 2017
At the University of Texas’s Marine Science Institute, the hurricane caused more than $100 million in damage, killed hundreds of study animals, and displaced numerous researchers, but its work continues.
Research Labs Evacuate Ahead of Irma
Research Labs Evacuate Ahead of Irma
The Scientist Staff | Sep 7, 2017
Scientists leave behind ongoing experiments as the Category 5 hurricane whips through the Caribbean and heads toward the U.S. mainland.