Living Things

Life Interstitial
Infographic

What does it take to live between the grains of sand?

Shaving Manatees—for Science!
Article - Short

Manatees can sense the world around them using nothing more than body hair.

The Path of the Unseen Whale
Article - Short

Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surface.

In a Fish-Eat-Fish World, Cannibalism Is Surprisingly Rare
Article - Short

A new study of cannibalism in fishes shows the behavior is much less prevalent than scientists once thought.

Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts)
Video

Researchers reveal the microscopic life in between the grains of sediment.

Seismic Surveys Force Fish to Flee
Article - Short

New research reveals that reef fish hide from the sharp sounds of seismic airguns.

Fish Farms Can Be Disease Accelerators
Article - Short

Much like terrestrial animal farms, fish farms are incubators for disease.

Listen to How Loud the Sea Is
Infographic

Our interactive sound map explores the busy marine soundscape, from kayaks to cruise ships. 

Dam Busters
Article - Long

A nascent environmental movement is liberating rivers and freeing fish.

Biology Versus Bones: the Case of the Cape Flattery Fur Seal
Article - Short

The fishing rights of Olympic Peninsula tribes hinge on solving the identity of Cape Flattery’s fur seals. 

The Wrong Whale In All The Right Ways
Article - Short

New research reveals how the North Pacific’s wrong whale escaped exploitation during whaling’s heyday.

The Accidental Slaughter of Millions of Seahorses
Article - Short

Fishermen are wiping out seahorses that are caught in their nets as by-catch. Other less-charming fish might be sharing the same fate.

Have Scientists Been Overestimating our Toll on Reef Sharks?
Article - Short

New research suggests we’ve hurt reef shark populations much less than previously assumed.

Journey into the Plastisphere
Article - Long

Plastic marine debris is one of the world’s newest ecosystems, and scientists have just begun to understand how microbes are settling into their...

The Immortal Life of Dorothy’s Jellies
Video

A scientist who first sent jellyfish into space reveals secrets to a life without aging.

Nice Egg, but What’s the Point?
Article - Short

Scientists have a new explanation for why guillemots lay such pointy eggs.

An Ocean in the Parlor
Article - Long

Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

Rich Dolphin, Poor Dolphin, Beggar Dolphin, Thief
Article - Short

Human activity turns dolphins into beggars and thieves. What does that mean for their social lives?

For Sale: Wild Russian Killer Whales
Article - Long

As Westerners condemn live whale shows, Russia hunts and sells killer whales to Chinese amusement parks.

All You Can Eat Wings
Article - Short

Seabirds are the unintended victims of hungry humpback whales.

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