Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present
Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present
Lore has always surrounded argonauts, pelagic octopuses that build shells and travel the seas.
Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present
Octopod Sailors, 300 BC–present

Lore has always surrounded argonauts, pelagic octopuses that build shells and travel the seas.

Lore has always surrounded argonauts, pelagic octopuses that build shells and travel the seas.

marine life
Image of the Day: Photo ID
Image of the Day: Photo ID
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 27, 2019
Marine biologists identify smalleye stingrays using the white spots on their backs.
Image of the Day: Crab Legs
Image of the Day: Crab Legs
Chia-Yi Hou | May 1, 2019
A crab fossil new to scientists lived in the age of dinosaurs in what is now Colombia and the US.
Fastest-Ever Cell Contractions Observed in Primitive Invertebrate
Fastest-Ever Cell Contractions Observed in Primitive Invertebrate
Abby Olena | Dec 13, 2018
The microscopic marine animal Trichoplax adhaerens may use rapid changes in cell shape to avoid being ripped apart by forces in the ocean.
Warming Water and Lack of Oxygen Caused Massive Extinction
Warming Water and Lack of Oxygen Caused Massive Extinction
Abby Olena | Dec 6, 2018
Simulations of Earth’s climate 252 million years ago reveal that the same symptoms of modern climate change likely account for the time period’s extensive loss of marine life.
Eel-bot
Eel-bot
The Scientist Staff | Sep 26, 2018
University of California, San Diego, graduate student Caleb Christianson explains the development of his eel-inspired robot.
Life Reemerged Just Years After Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact
Life Reemerged Just Years After Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Impact
Ashley Yeager | May 30, 2018
Nutrient-rich water helped marine organisms reinhabit Chicxulub crater relatively quickly after the mass-extinction event.
Image of the Day: Glowing Tide
Image of the Day: Glowing Tide
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | May 10, 2018
Each year, bioluminescent microorganisms create striking displays on the beaches of San Diego.
Marine Protected Areas Aren’t Protected Against Climate Change
Marine Protected Areas Aren’t Protected Against Climate Change
Ashley Yeager | May 7, 2018
If left unchecked, greenhouse gas emissions will drive ocean temperatures up, affecting wildlife in these regions.
Ocean Heat Wave Wreaked Havoc on Great Barrier Reef
Ocean Heat Wave Wreaked Havoc on Great Barrier Reef
Ashley Yeager | Apr 18, 2018
Not only did many corals die in recent years, but some were actually killed by the hotter temperatures themselves, rather than bleaching.
Ocean Sunfish Could Offer Clues to the “Rise of Slime”
Ocean Sunfish Could Offer Clues to the “Rise of Slime”
Ashley Yeager | Apr 1, 2018
A controversial hypothesis suggests that jellyfish may one day rule the oceans, and Mola mola may tell us if we are approaching a tipping point.
Endangered Right Whales Have No New Babies This Breeding Season
Endangered Right Whales Have No New Babies This Breeding Season
Ashley Yeager | Mar 27, 2018
Trained spotters haven’t seen any newborns, suggesting trouble for the animal’s overall survival.
Image of the Day: Dumbo Octopus Hatchling
Image of the Day: Dumbo Octopus Hatchling
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Feb 21, 2018
The baby cephalopod looks and behaves like an adult from the moment it emerges from the egg.
Image of the Day: Caught Red-Handed
Image of the Day: Caught Red-Handed
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 26, 2018
Divers come upon a new population of red handfish near Tasmania.
NOAA: Common Pesticides Threaten Endangered Salmon, Other Marine Life
NOAA: Common Pesticides Threaten Endangered Salmon, Other Marine Life
Shawna Williams | Jan 15, 2018
Organophosphates jeopardize dozens of species, a federal review finds.
Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 24, 2017
From a plastic-munching coral to see-through frogs, here are The Scientist’s favorite images from 2017.
Image of the Day: Lonesome Clam 
Image of the Day: Lonesome Clam 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 12, 2017
Researchers have undertaken a comprehensive study on the status of giant clams across the world. 
Image of the Day: Right Whale or Left Whale?
Image of the Day: Right Whale or Left Whale?
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 11, 2017
Scientists examine lateralized behaviors in blue whales.
Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 30, 2017
New research suggests that plastic might just “taste good” to hard corals.
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.