Sea Snake “Attacks” Are Cases of Mistaken Identity: Study
Sea Snake “Attacks” Are Cases of Mistaken Identity: Study
The Scientist spoke to marine biologist Tim Lynch, who dusted off 25-year-old data from his PhD to figure out why olive sea snakes approach divers so often. He says the animals, especially the males, likely confuse people for potential mates.
Sea Snake “Attacks” Are Cases of Mistaken Identity: Study
Sea Snake “Attacks” Are Cases of Mistaken Identity: Study

The Scientist spoke to marine biologist Tim Lynch, who dusted off 25-year-old data from his PhD to figure out why olive sea snakes approach divers so often. He says the animals, especially the males, likely confuse people for potential mates.

The Scientist spoke to marine biologist Tim Lynch, who dusted off 25-year-old data from his PhD to figure out why olive sea snakes approach divers so often. He says the animals, especially the males, likely confuse people for potential mates.

marine ecology
Tiny Hitchhikers Reveal Turtles’ Movements and Foraging Ecology
Tiny Hitchhikers Reveal Turtles’ Movements and Foraging Ecology
Amanda Heidt | Jul 13, 2021
Microscopic creatures called epibionts that live on sea turtles’ shells can help researchers understand their secretive lives.
Why Turkey’s Sea of Marmara Is Full of Marine Snot
Why Turkey’s Sea of Marmara Is Full of Marine Snot
Christie Wilcox | Jun 11, 2021
Turkish officials are scrambling to clean up a massive, gooey plankton bloom that’s sliming the country’s ports and could suffocate the area’s marine ecosystems.
Restored Corals Spawn Hope for Reefs Worldwide
Restored Corals Spawn Hope for Reefs Worldwide
Hanna R. Koch, Erinn Muller, Michael P. Crosby | Feb 1, 2021
Novel technologies establish a new paradigm for global coral reef restoration, with in situ spawning of mature, environmentally resilient corals in five years instead of decades.
Infographic: How to Accelerate the Growth of Restored Corals
Infographic: How to Accelerate the Growth of Restored Corals
Hanna R. Koch, Erinn Muller, Michael P. Crosby | Feb 1, 2021
Our novel technique involves planting several small fragments of slow-growing corals onto dead coral heads. The fragments eventually fuse, forming a large colony in a fraction of the time that it takes wild corals to build reefs.
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.
Marine Biologist John Pearse Dies
Marine Biologist John Pearse Dies
Shawna Williams | Aug 18, 2020
The retired University of California, Santa Cruz, professor was known for his work on invertebrate reproduction, kelp ecology, and Antarctic marine life.
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.
Living Electrical Wires Plug into Worm Tubes for Stability
Living Electrical Wires Plug into Worm Tubes for Stability
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019
Cable bacteria can live in stirred-up sediments by associating with structures built by Chaetopterus variopedatus.
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: Plugged In
Infographic: Plugged In
Nicoletta Lanese | Nov 1, 2019
How bacterial filaments ferry electrons through marine sediment
Image of the Day: Cooperative Sponges
Image of the Day: Cooperative Sponges
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 15, 2019
Mycale grandis teams up with microbes housed inside it to gather nutrients.
Image of the Day: Fish Hunters
Image of the Day: Fish Hunters
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 3, 2019
Watch penguins hunting from their point of view.
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.
Long-Banned Pollutants Will Decimate Orcas: Study
Long-Banned Pollutants Will Decimate Orcas: Study
Shawna Williams | Sep 28, 2018
PCBs persist in the environment and accumulate in killer whales, driving their numbers down.
Mutated Gene Could Raise Marine Mammals’ Vulnerability to Pesticides
Mutated Gene Could Raise Marine Mammals’ Vulnerability to Pesticides
Shawna Williams | Aug 10, 2018
The resulting lost protein, PON1, breaks down organophosphates in land mammals.
Just 13 Percent of Ocean Is Wilderness: Study
Just 13 Percent of Ocean Is Wilderness: Study
Shawna Williams | Jul 26, 2018
An analysis of 15 types of stressors finds humans are heavily affecting most sea areas.
Rat Infestation Takes a Toll on Nearby Coral Reefs
Rat Infestation Takes a Toll on Nearby Coral Reefs
Shawna Williams | Jul 12, 2018
A study shows that by killing off seabirds on islands, rodents slash the flow of nutrients into the ocean.
Plastic Munching Plankton
Plastic Munching Plankton
The Scientist Staff | Aug 16, 2017
This giant larvacean can ingest microplastic pollution and poop it down to the sea floor.
Giant Plankton May Help Move Plastic Pollution to Sea Floor
Giant Plankton May Help Move Plastic Pollution to Sea Floor
Bob Grant | Aug 16, 2017
Researchers show that pinkie-size marine organisms can ingest and poop out microplastics, potentially transporting them to the depths.