Marine Biology

Timelapse of swarming monster worms and sea stars

Three-foot nemertean worms and carnivorous sea stars prowl the Antarctic in search of flesh.

Both male and female killer whales will remain with their mothers throughout their lives. Image: David Ellifrit/Centre for Whale Research

Why do whales and humans have such long menopause?

Long menopause allows killer whales to care for sons.


Dancing chromatophores

Music has the ability to get these pigmented cephalopod cells moving to the beat.

Light and temperature trigger the loss of symbiotic algae (bleaching) in a nutrient-stressed staghorn coral. Image: University of Southampton

Corals can suffer from nutrient imbalance

Improving water quality could help save coral reefs.


Colour-changing robot inspired by octopus

The cephalopod’s impressive camouflage led scientists to create a rubbery new robot.


It’s a small world

Dolphin spongers 'wear' the porous invertebrates on their beaks to help them hunt for prey on the ocean floor. Image: Ewa Krzyszczyk,

Australian dolphins form a subculture

Bottlenose dolphins display the first evidence of animal grouping based on mutual interests.

Sea anemones have venomous tentacles, which they use to capture prey. Image: Shutterstock

Sea anemone venom as autoimmune disease treatment

A compound found in anemone venom could soon be the first line treatment for people with multiple sclerosis. 


Antarctica under threat


Heavy mating has a cost

The dumpling squid (Euprymna tasmanica) mates for up to three hours and cannot return to peak physical form for up to 30 minutes.

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