oceans

Ancient, Predatory 'Lobster' Is An Ancestor To All Modern Arthropods

More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters. Yawunik kootenayi, a common ancestor to spiders, prawns and butterflies, was a predatory “lobster-like” creature that ruled the seas half a billion years ago.


CSIRO's New Research Vessel Is Off To Science The Southern Ocean

Even with the government’s dubious stance on science, it hasn’t stopped CSIRO from doing what it does best. The organisation’s recently-commissioned RV Investigator, a purpose-built research ship, set sail last week for the Southern Ocean in a bid to further our understanding of climate change.


This Virtual Reality Snorkel Sounds Like A Great Way To Drown

I’ve used a lot of VR headsets, but the tagline of Nautilus VR’s new Kickstarter project scares the hell out of me: “Virtual Reality Underwater”. Call me crazy, but that sounds dangerous. And yes, also a little awesome.


Mammoth Ice Breaker Frees Australian Vessel Trapped In The Frozen Ocean

Despite all our advanced shipbuilding and navigation tech, sailing through Arctic or Antarctic waters can still treacherous — as an Australian fishing boat discovered after it got stuck in in the ice this week. Today, the US Coastal Guard’s icebreaker, Polar Star, came to the rescue.


Using Satellites, We Can Spot Pirate Fishing Boats From Space

The ocean is vast. We cannot patrol all of it. But now environmental groups are getting into the satellite game, watching for illegal fishing boats from the skies. It’s just one more example of how high-quality, real-time satellite imagery can change our relationship to the world around us.


A Floating Artificial Reef Would Let You Walk Down Into The Ocean Deep

This month, a grim study in the journal Science reported what we’ve feared for decades: That the ocean may “be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” in the words of one author. There’s a colossal amount of work to be done if we want to turn it around — including reclaiming habitats, which is the goal of this ambitious proposal by three young architects.


These Nearly-Invisible Sea Creatures Fill The Oceans With Beauty

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) put an amazing photo set not long ago showing us the smallest marine creatures living in our planet’s seas and oceans.


The Spectacular Sight Of Train Carriages Being Dumped Into The Ocean

Of all the things you’d expect to find at the bottom of the ocean, a small village of old New York train carriages may not cross your mind. But for over a decade, train carriages have been discarded into the Atlantic in an environmental effort to create artificial reef habitats for fostering sea life. Photographer Stephen Mallon was lucky enough to witness and document the spectacle over a three year period.


There Are Over 5 Trillion Pieces Of Plastic Floating In Our Oceans

Things have gotten so bad with the human predilection for dumping plastic in the seas that, by the latest predictions, there are now more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans.


Scientists Say These Mysterious Prawns May Hold Keys To Alien Life

According to exobiologists at NASA, these mysterious prawns and its symbiotic bacterium may hold clues “about what life could be like on other planetary bodies”. It’s life that may be similar — at the basic level — to what could be lurking in the oceans of Europa, deep under the icy crust of the Jupiter moon.