Video: Damn, the ocean isn't here to play around. This worm, known as a sand striker, buries itself in the ground and can grow up to twice the length of a human. It has no eyes and no brain and yet it can snatch the body and soul (and everything else) of a fish from right out of the ground. It's like a terrifying death trap, shooting itself out from the floor and making the fish disappear in an instant. Damn.
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Saving seaside real estate isn't the only business benefit of fighting climate change. Scientists think that adhering to the Paris Agreement could be crucial to the success of the commercial fishing industry.
Researchers have discovered that Atlantic killifish are now 8000 times more resilient to high levels of toxic waste than other fish, allowing them to survive extreme levels of pollution that would normally be deadly. It sounds like an evolutionary success story, but examples like this are exceptionally rare in the animal kingdom.
Way back in 2014, Rachel Ciavarella created an unusual plush toy called Morris that could be turned inside out, revealing the fish's inner biology. The stuffed animal was actually just an experiment in textures and materials, but so many people reached out wanting to buy one that Rachel is finally making the toy available for sale in limited numbers.
Most of us, when we picture life beneath the sea, tend to focus our imaginations on the sights — shimmering schools of fish, predatory sharks, luminous reefs. We seem far less concerned with what it sounds like beneath the waves — which is why you may be surprised to learn that marine life has a lot to say.
A new study has found that "schooling" is a horrendous process in which an individual's unique personality is unceremoniously supplanted by group-think and the notion of bravery is cast aside when a danger to the overall status quo is presented. School, in this case, is the group that fish swim in. What did you think we were talking about?
Hordes of lionfish have been roaming the Atlantic for several decades now, and their voracious appetite — and lack of natural predators — has seriously upset the ecological balance of those waters. Now there's a new foundation devoted to building robots to hunt them down — a Terminator for lionfish.
Video: Hey buddo, I get it. Going to the dentist is no fun and fish need to eat. It's logical — symbiotic even. And fish aren't going to chastise you about cavities, or drinking too much coffee, or not flossing. And they won't try to talk to you about classic cars while inside your mouth (looking at you, Dr Gershon).
Video: Smithsonian Channel's Secrets of Shark Island is a wonderful documentary about the ecosystem in the waters around the Revillagigedo Islands, a group of four volcanic islands 386km off of Mexico. Because it's "the only natural juncture for miles" in the Pacific Ocean, there's a lot going on around there. Most scarily, a shit ton of migrating sharks. My God, just look at all them.
Video: There's nothing I want more in the world than to be surrounded by so many sardines in the ocean that it looks like you're stepping into a magical vortex that will transport you to another dimension. Which means, I need to book a ticket to the Philippines, drive to the airport, figure out how to get to Moalboal, Cebu, rent a scuba mask, take a deep breath, and then dive into the ocean.
We don't usually think of fish as being particularly smart, but a new experiment reveals that at least one species of tropical fish is capable of distinguishing between human faces. Scientists have never seen fish do this before, and it's changing our understanding of these creatures and how brains work.