[USA] Plankton — tiny organisms drifting in the sea — often are too small to see without a microscope. But with the help of some math and a very powerful imaging device, Continue reading Scientists identify plankton using images captured from space
[UK] Scientists have shown the microbeads can be passed through the food chain, often accumulating in large numbers in predators such as whales and seabirds. Continue reading Instead of eating algae, the zooplanktons are now eating plastic beads
[Seychelles] Preliminary results of tests done on fish and water samples taken from the Seychelles waters have confirmed the presence of Cochlodinium polykrikoides Continue reading Toxic plankton killed thousands of coral reef fishes
[USA] When whales were at their historic populations, before their numbers were reduced, it seems that whales might have been responsible for removing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year. Continue reading How whales change climate
[USA] If you want to night surf in glowing blue waves or dance on sand that “lights up” with bioluminescence on Virginia Beach, Va., you might want to hurry.
Friday night surfers and hundreds of Continue reading Virginia Beach bioluminescence: What's lighting up the water?
[USA] A sea lion on a Washington beach curls into a fetal position, shuddering. Then it contorts its neck, craning its head into the air, clearly in distress. NOAA researchers in Washington were horrified by this recent footage from Long Beach: Continue reading Sea lion seizures, toxic algae and the nightmare scenario for the oceans
[UK] Looks like it’s plastic for lunch. For the first time, plankton have been caught on camera munching on tiny pieces of plastic. Continue reading Plankton snacking on plastic caught on camera for the first time
[Israel] The fresh, salty smell of the ocean is one of the most distinctive smells on the planet, evoking memories of crashing waves, sandy beaches and the cry of seagulls.
Now scientists have finally unravelled how the seaside odour is produced, Continue reading Why you can smell the seaside: Source of aromatic molecule behind distinctive coastal scent traced to algal enzyme
Scientists onboard a NOAA research vessel are beginning a survey of what could be the largest toxic algae bloom ever recorded off the West Coast.
A team of federal biologists set out from Oregon Monday to survey what could be Continue reading Toxic algae bloom might be largest ever
Plankton are the sea stuff that we do not eat and cannot see. They are, by definition, not swimmers but drifters; any creature that cannot propel itself against the current is a plankter (that’s the singular). Their tiny cosmos contains multitudes—an estimated million and a half species, including plants and animals, bacteria and viruses, fish larvae and microalgae, predators, parasites, and prey. Continue reading Photo Gallery: The Drifting World