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Climate change could be responsible for leading humpback whales to exhaustion during their annual migration to warmer waters, a new study suggests. Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) embark on an annual migration along the coast of Western Australia from their foraging grounds in the Antarctic and are likely to face increasing pressure from reduced food availability as a result of […]

The term ‘coral disease’ is generally used to refer to the broad range of ailments exhibited by corals when exposed to biological stressors, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, as well as nonbiological stressors, such as increased sea surface temperatures, ultraviolet radiation and pollutants. Coral disease has increased significantly over the last 10 years, causing widespread mortality among reef-building […]

Phenotypic plasticity refers to the ability of an organism to change its phenotype in response to changes in the environment and it is integral in influencing an organism’s survivability when confronted with habitat variation. Phenotypic plasticity encompasses all types of environmentally induced changes (e.g. morphological, physiological, behavioural, phenological) that may or may not be permanent […]

Red tides or Harmful algal blooms (HAB), refer to a proliferation of toxic algae (most commonly phytoplankton such as dinoflagellates) that cause a negative impact to the surrounding marine environment – and are an annual occurrence off of New England’s coast line. These algal blooms often differ in intensity each year, with some of the more extreme past events being responsible […]

Understanding the biomechanics of clingfish could assist in designing devices and instruments to be used in surgery and even to tag and track whales in the ocean, say scientists. The team of researchers at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island are studying this fish to understand how it can summon such […]