Phytoplankton give life to the oceans

From global to regional scales, satellite images represent the dynamic beauty of the world’s oceans. Each view reveals something unique, from the seasonal pulses of life to the colorful imprint of phytoplankton blooms. Almost all life in the ocean depends on tiny photosynthetic organisms known as phytoplankton. These microscopic plant-like organisms capture carbon dioxide from […]

Chinese biologists discover new natural source of antibiotics

Chinese scientists have found that the marine bivalve mollusc Meretrix petechialis is able to produce an antibiotic. Exploring the habitat of the mollusk, namely the thickness of the coastal silt off the coast of China, biologists suggested that in contact with a variety of pathogens and microbes, mollusks should develop a powerful defense mechanism. By […]

Scientists tether cameras to sharks and discover huge underwater forest

Researchers have equipped tiger sharks with cameras and trackers to study the seafloor To the scientists’ surprise, the fish led them to a spectacular discovery: the cameras filmed a huge underwater forest of algae, probably the largest on the planet. It stretches over 90 thousand square meters. miles in the Caribbean. According to study co-author […]

Feline Toxoplasma kills Hawaiian dolphins

Although usually only terrestrial animals suffer from toxoplasmosis, this microscopic parasite is also dangerous for marine life. At least two dolphins washed up on the shores of the Hawaiian Islands in 2015 and 2019 died after becoming infected with Toxoplasma, and this once again underlines the danger of animals introduced by humans (including cats) for […]

Bright fluorescence helps deep sea corals attract prey

This was established by Israeli scientists in the course of laboratory experiments Corals with photosynthetic zooxanthellae, which form shallow water reefs, capture sunlight penetrating the water surface. Other types of corals are able to grow at depths of up to 6,000 in dark and cold water environments. And they use bioluminescence as bait for prey. […]

3D printed coral reef replicas for seabed recovery

Coral reefs existed at the time of the dinosaurs, the ice age and have survived numerous environmental changes but… will they manage to do so in the 21st century? Many are disappearing, although we have already seen the archiREEF initiative, this time the Aquatic Animal Medical Research Center of Excellence (VMARCE) at Chulalongkorn University in […]