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Box jellyfish fish for their food

It’s an impressive feat by any standards, but particularly so for an animal that doesn’t have a defined brain.

The laboratory-based study of Carukia barnesi, the tiny but deadly Irukandji jellyfish, was conducted at James Cook University’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine in Cairns.

New research reveals first warm-blooded fish 

New research reveals first warm-blooded fish

This is an opah caught during a NOAA Fisheries survey off the California Coast. CREDIT: NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center

The silvery fish, roughly the size of a large automobile tire, is known from oceans around the world and dwells hundreds of feet beneath the surface in chilly, dimly lit waters.

Super Zooxanthellae found!

Super Zooxanthellae found!

Reefs in the Middle East experience some of the hottest temperatures. Photo by Daviddarom (C.C.)

New algae species helps corals survive in the hottest reefs on the planet

A new species of algae has been discovered in reef corals of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf where it helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius – temperatures that would kill corals elsewhere.

Science has barely scratched the surface for zoanthid species


The unexamined diversity in the ‘Coral Triangle’

Research on zoantharians, a group of animals related to corals and anemones, by researchers James Reimer of the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, Angelo Poliseno of Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Italy, and Bert Hoeksema from Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Netherlands, has demonstrated how little we know about marine diversity in the so-called “center of marine biodiversity” located in the central Indo-Pacific Ocean.

Coral growth rate plummets in 30-year comparison

Coral growth rate plummets in 30-year comparison

This is an underwater photograph of coral and the life the it supports near Lizard Island. Credit: Carnegie Institution for Science President Matthew P. Scott

From Carnegie Institution

In a quest for historical context on the peril facing coral reefs, the team compared current measurements of the growth rate of a section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with similar measurements taken more than 30 years ago.

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