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Lionfish Are Eating Fish We Didn’t Even Know Existed

Lionfish have very low standards and will eat anything in sight. Although they’re originally from the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, these vacuum cleaners have been flopping around the Atlantic for the last 25 years, probably because people dumped them from their home aquariums. They’re so stupidly hungry and abundant that sometimes, they just eat other lionfish. This would be fine if these venomous beasts just kept to themselves, but because they have very few predators in their new home, lionfish get to ruin everything else around them, too. Seriously, they’re such a nightmare that scientists are trying to fight them with robots. Read More >>

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Incredibly Rare Albino Dolphin Spotted in California Being Adorable

In 2015, whale watchers off the coast of California’s Monterey Bay caught a glimpse of an albino baby Risso dolphin. Now, the all-white flipper has made another appearance and damn is it cute. They grow up so fast! Read More >>

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Two-Headed Porpoise Just Wants Love, Validation

Last month, a group of Dutch fishermen discovered a double-headed harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). The unusual little fellow was definitely DOA, and fearing that keeping it would get them in trouble, the fishermen took a few photos of the beast and threw it back in the ocean. What the crew didn’t realise was they’d found the first case of dicephalic parapagus — or partial twinning — in harbour porpoises. Read More >>

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‘Panda’ Porpoise Could Be Extinct In Months

Vaquitas are cartoonish-looking porpoises that swim around, bothering literally no one. These little guys, which only weigh about 120 pounds, are found in just one region in the world — the Northern Gulf of California. Their nickname — the “panda” porpoise — comes from the dark rings around their eyes, similar to that of the much-beloved bear. Sadly, over the years, vaquita numbers have plummeted dramatically due to unscrupulous fishing practices and as a result, there are less than 30 left in the wild—according to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), unless urgent action is taken, the porpoises could be extinct by next July. Read More >>

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Science Reveals the Right Way to Treat a Man O’ War Jelly Sting

Stings from Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish are as common as they are dangerous, yet there’s a lack of consensus over the best way to treat these painful pricks. New research published in the journal Toxins reveals that stings from the man o’ war (Physalia species) shouldn’t be treated any differently than stings from other jellies, a conclusion that upends conventional wisdom. And no, peeing on yourself is not recommended. Read More >>

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This Video of Cuttlefish Trying to Bang Will Scar You For Life

When you hear “cuttlefish,” naturally, you think “cuddly,” right? Turns out these charming little cephalopods can—and will—throw down if they have to, especially when it involves mating. In a newly-released video, two male cuttlefish suitors duke it out for a lady, and there’s nothing that can prepare you for the violent ending. Read More >>

environment
Cruise Ship Smashes Into One of the World’s Most Beautiful Coral Reefs

A popular diving site filled with spectacular coral reefs has been severely damaged in West Papua, New Guinea, after a British-owned cruise ship got caught in low tide and slammed into it. It could take years for the reefs, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, to bounce back, and local officials want the company to pay for the damage. Read More >>

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Surgeons Remove 915 Coins From the Belly of a Sea Turtle

In Thailand, it’s believed that throwing coins onto a turtle will bring longevity and good fortune. For many years, a female green sea turtle in the eastern town of Sri Racha had to endure this superstition while wading in a public pool. She consumed 915 coins in the process. Read More >>

marine biology
Here Are The Most Incredible Life Forms NOAA Found on Its Latest Deep Sea Dive

For the past three weeks, biologists aboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer have been investigating marine sanctuaries in the American Samoan region of the Pacific. They’ve found a smattering of weird and dazzling creatures, reminding us just how little we know about life at the bottom of the ocean. Read More >>

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This Deep-Sea Jellyfish is Beyond Belief

Researchers working in the South Pacific have captured stunning footage of a deep-sea jellyfish that looks like a flying saucer with tentacles. Read More >>

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This Deep Sea Monster Attaches Its Head to Its Neck in the Freakiest Way

We already knew the deep ocean is full of nightmare creatures — twisted amalgams of tooth, jaw and fin sprung to life from some tortured corner of the multiverse. But good news — it gets even weirder! Scientists have just learned that one deep sea predator has a flexible attachment between its head and its skull that allows it to snap its jaws open like a Pez dispenser. Read More >>

paleontology
This 500-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature Boggles the Imagination

A stubbly, worm-like creature featuring as many as 30 limbs combed the seafloor during the early Cambrian period, according to new research. Its bizarre appearance and feeding behaviour are unlike anything ever seen before. Read More >>

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This is the First Footage Ever Captured of the Ruby Seadragon in the Wild

It’s dark and a bit grainy, but marine biologists working off the coast of western Australia have finally captured footage of a ruby seadragon in its natural habitat. Up until 2015, scientists didn’t even know this strange creature existed. Read More >>

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The Best Underwater Photographs of 2016 Are Out of This World

This year may have been a rough one up here on Earth’s dry surface, but beneath the waves ocean life flourished and dazzled. The world’s most prestigious underwater photography competition has just announced its winning images for 2016—and they’re absolutely spellbinding. Read More >>