Researchers Discover the Largest Virus in the Oceans Yet
Researchers Discover the Largest Virus in the Oceans Yet
The ChoanoVirus genome codes for rhodopsin, perhaps giving its choanoflagellate host extra energy-harvesting capabilities.
Researchers Discover the Largest Virus in the Oceans Yet
Researchers Discover the Largest Virus in the Oceans Yet

The ChoanoVirus genome codes for rhodopsin, perhaps giving its choanoflagellate host extra energy-harvesting capabilities.

The ChoanoVirus genome codes for rhodopsin, perhaps giving its choanoflagellate host extra energy-harvesting capabilities.

marine biology
Solar Weather Linked to Gray Whale Strandings
Solar Weather Linked to Gray Whale Strandings
Jef Akst | Feb 26, 2020
When the sun’s atmosphere is stormy, more whales end up on the beach, according to a new study. Biologists speculate it may have to do with navigation or health.
Global Ocean Circulation Is Speeding Up
Global Ocean Circulation Is Speeding Up
Ruth Williams | Feb 5, 2020
The movements of water within the ocean basins has been increasing in speed over the last 20 years, a new study shows, conflicting with prior models of climate change.
Fish Steals Bioluminescence from Prey
Fish Steals Bioluminescence from Prey
Abby Olena | Jan 9, 2020
Rather than making its own light, a shallow-water marine fish gets all the tools that it needs for bioluminescence production from eating tiny, glowing crustaceans.
Study Refutes Findings that Acidification Affects Fish Behavior
Study Refutes Findings that Acidification Affects Fish Behavior
Emma Yasinski | Jan 8, 2020
The new experiments use standardized methods and video recordings, but some researchers stand by earlier evidence that ocean pH influences coral reef fish’s response to predator cues.
Image of the Day: Tiny Fish
Image of the Day: Tiny Fish
Jef Akst | Dec 2, 2019
This 1-centimenter-long frogfish is one of the many subjects of marine photographer Richard Smith.
Image of the Day: Brittle Star
Image of the Day: Brittle Star
Emily Makowski | Nov 20, 2019
This marine animal looks like a sea star, but don’t be fooled.
Slideshow: Images from <em>The World Beneath</em>
Slideshow: Images from The World Beneath
Richard Smith | Nov 5, 2019
See a world of undersea splendor through the lens of Richard Smith.
The Sea and the Science She Inspires
The Sea and the Science She Inspires
Bob Grant | Nov 1, 2019
For centuries, painters and poets have looked to the ocean for insight. Researchers, too, have found their muse in the Earth’s salty realm.
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.