Dolphins have individual signature whistles. Humans use particular vocal labels for objects and for people. These are called words, and names. There are many animals that use sounds to convey information such as a wolf’s howl. Some creatures, such as parrots and dolphins, can learn specific vocal labels. And wild dolphins are known to have [...]
» Currently browsing: Sealife
An information war has erupted around the world. Around the world an information war has erupted. The lines for battle have been drawn between governments that regard the free flow of information, and the ability to access it, as a matter of fundamental human rights, and those that regard official control of information as a [...]
Dolphins that use marine sponges to forage for food have been found to socialize in cliques. In the first definitive example of subculture in animals, Australian bottlenose dolphins that use marine sponges to forage for food have been found to socialize in cliques.
Dolphin behavior is still largely an enigma to humans. Research from the University of Southampton, which examines how dolphins might process their sonar signals, could provide a new system for human-made sonar to detect targets, such as sea mines, in bubbly water.
Coral reef The Florida Keys are a magnet for tourists. But the kaleidoscope of life in the coral reefs under the turquoise waters isn’t just a pretty view. The same chemistry that helps corals and sponges survive is also helping people fight cancer.
A hermit crab uses an anemone as a shell. A strange and rare hybrid site in the deep sea where two extreme seafloor environments exist side by side has been discovered by scientists. They are home to a parade of weird hybrid creatures seemingly adapted to the hardships posed by both intense environments.
Understanding the chemistry of phytoplankton is key to controlling Earth’s climate. Tiny ‘phytoplankton’ in the oceans have a huge impact on Earth’s climate – and understanding them could be key to the planet’s future health.
New findings about Humpback whales change old views. Whale song and the development of whale culture is a fascinating thing. Now researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Columbia University and Australia have found that humpback whales from different sides of the same ocean basin are singing different songs — an surprising finding since whales [...]
A meadow of the seagrass plant Posidonia oceanica, which spreads by creating clones of itself. It’s big, it’s old and it lives under the sea — and now an international research collaboration with The University of Western Australia’s Ocean’s Institute has confirmed that an ancient seagrass holds the secrets of the oldest living organism on [...]
Hydrothermal worm This is a real creature. It’s not from J.J. Abrams’ next monster movie, this guy is 100% real. But it’s so small that it’s pretty much invisible to the naked eye.