2050 – the year plastic will outnumber fish

Warning: this article contains photos of animals which readers may find unsettling. Yes you read that right, according to research by the World Economic Forum, by 2050 you are more likely to bump into some plastic than a fish whilst taking a dip in the big blue [1]. Plastics are one of the most versatile […]

New £10m Marine Lab to be Built in St Andrews

The new £10 million marine laboratory planned to replace the internationally renowned but now outdated Gatty Marine Laboratory at the University of St Andrews should secure the University’s status as frontrunners of Marine Conservation Science in the UK. The new facility will provide a global hub for marine research focused on conservation and understanding the effects […]

Genetics of baby whales shaped by cultural learning

A new study has suggested that Southern right whales teach their traditional migratory patterns to offspring, which then causes patterns in their genetic make-up. Researchers from the University of St Andrews published their findings earlier this week (Monday 9th November) in Nature Scientific Reports. [1] The lead researcher, Dr Emma Carroll from the School of Biology, […]

Internships: Playing with the Octopus

Mabel Barclay has now been working at the National Marine Aquarium for two months and is back to update us on her internship! Check out her first post here. It’s been a very busy two months at the National Marine Aquarium (NMA). Day to day I work 8 am until 4 pm, five days a […]

Warm blood gives sharks and tunas superspeed

Although shark movies like Jaws and Sharknado 1, 2, 3 (the list goes on…) may portray sharks in an unrealistically menacing light, they are correct in that sharks are fast. Real fast. But the sharks (known scientifically as elasmobranchs, part of the cartilaginous fish group – which means their skeletons are made of tough, flexible […]

Filefish’s chemical camouflage could be new to science!

Do you smell of what you eat? Although this might make you stand out in human society, and probably not for the better, the filefish uses the smell of the coral it eats as a cloaking device. The orange-spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris) inhabits the coral reefs of Australia and eats a genus of coral called […]

Deciphering the language of dolphins

Dr Stephanie King and Dr Vincent Janik from the University of St Andrews’ Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), have made a tantalising breakthrough after 10 years of research on trying to understand the language of dolphins – could mankind in a not-so-distant future actually communicate with another species? Dr King’s and Dr Janik’s research on […]

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