Scientists Have Just Named 17 New Sea Slug Species, and They’re All Fabulous

Nudibranchs, colloquially known as sea slugs, are some of the more eye-popping critters to grace the world’s oceans. Now scientists are welcoming 17 newly-named species to the carnival-coloured lineage. Read More >>

It’s About Time for Another Communist Revolution (If You’re a Mollusk)

The wealth gap is growing. The predators continue to improve their craft, amassing wealth as they evolve to prey on the silent lower class. But the lowly workers continue to be exploited for the fruits of their labor. It’s a situation that’s only gotten worse over time. And scientists are only starting to truly understand the scope of the inequality. Read More >>

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 >>

Bizarre New Deep Sea Creatures Found in Unexplored Hydrothermal Vents

Marine biologists have discovered six new animal species in undersea hot springs nearly two miles deep in the southwest Indian Ocean—an area already slated for future seafloor mining. Read More >>

A Newly Explored Undersea Volcano is Teeming With Alien Life Forms

Earlier this month, a three-crew submarine dove to Cook seamount, a 4,000-metre-tall extinct volcano off the coast of Hawaii that had never been visited by humans. They discovered dazzling geologic features and a rich array of marine life, including a rare and adorably dopey octopus, and some beautiful purple corals that may be new species. Read More >>

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Live Fish Photographed Inside a Jellyfish Knows the Furthest Depths of Regret

While freediving in their home of Byron Bay, Australia, photographer Tim Samuel and videographer Franny Plumridge stumbled on a rare sight: a fish stuck inside a jellyfish. The fish was apparently somewhat able to steer its new and permanent hat. Read More >>

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Look at the World’s Biggest Sponge, Which is Over Three Metres Long

This sponge could fill a room in your home. The world’s largest, it was found in the depths of the seas near the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Read More >>

We’re Emptying the Oceans of Fish and Filling Them With Plastic 

Two reports out this week paint an alarming future for Earth’s oceans. The first one, published by the Wold Economic Forum, finds that by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. The second, which appears in Nature Communications, reveals that our nets have raked in far more fish over the past 60 years than we realised. Read More >>

This “Bubble Curtain” Will Protect San Francisco’s Marine Life From the Bay Bridge Demolition

One of the largest remaining chunks of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge is coming down tomorrow, as engineers continue to dismantle the aging piece of infrastructure. But how to protect the fish and other wildlife in the area as it gets taken down? By blowing bubbles. Read More >>

Stunning Footage Captures Never Before Seen Deep Ocean Creatures

In the Internet age, it’s easy to tell yourself you’ve seen it all. But while you’ve probably consumed a lifetime’s worth of cat videos, explosion gifs, and Hitler-vs-dinosaur action sequences at this point, the natural world’s still got plenty of surprises in store. Read More >>

Humans Killed Nearly 3 Million Whales in the 20th Century

International whaling bans have been in effect since the early 1980s, but many populations have been slow to recover. Using the current International Whaling Commission database and other sources a new study, helps explain why. We killed a lot more whales than we realised. Read More >>

Watch This Documentary and Remember Why SeaWorld Sucks

SeaWorld is back in the news in a big way this week. First, the park announced an ill-timed, controversial expansion. Then, someone finally claimed responsibility for a highly-visible protest against the park back in May which changed the motorway signage to "Sea World SUCKS." Read More >>

These Macro Shots of Marine Life in Motion are Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful

With all the wild stuff going on in the ocean's depths, corals and sponges don't seem like the marine life that would be most fun to watch because—do they even move? Yes! They do! Slow Life reveals a super close-up, ultra-high-resolution perspective on these delicate underwater systems in motion—and they're gorgeous. Read More >>