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Comb jellies are our oldest cousins, not sponges

Comb jellies, a group of gelatinous marine animals, represent the oldest branch of the animal family tree.

More than 15 helpers were needed to drag the 18-foot-long carcass of a giant sea creature to shore off the Southern California coast.

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Hydrothermal vents billowing 600-mile long plume along Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers have discovered a new chemical compound that could one day set the stage for new treatments

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    Squids, octopus and cuttlefish (who all belong to the phylum of molluscs) are among the most intelligent animals in the sea, and definitely the most intelligent marine invertebrates. We should in fact ask ourselves if the human mind is capable of thinking as fast as these creatures do.

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HMS Echo used state-of-the-art sonar equipment to map the unseen wrecks, reefs and rocks of the Libyan coast and make navigation less hazardous.

Scuba divers have discovered a primeval underwater forest off the coast of Alabama.

Pearls are being rotated as they grow within the pouch that holds them inside the soft mantle tissue of molluscs.

When jellyfish die and sink to the bottom of the ocean, organic carbon is sequestered in deep water layers or in sediments.

Many of the volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago remain closed to tourists but Google has now captured panoramic views of some of the most inaccessible places on the islands

Existence of second Arapaima species established in rare monograph

New study highlights zebrafish as model organism for human disease research.

Scientists have decoded the DNA of a celebrated "living fossil" fish, gaining new insights into how today's mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds evolved from a fish ancestor.

The United States Navy christened and launched its newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury

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First record of dicephalia in a bull shark foetus from the Gulf of Mexico, U.S.A.

Manta Rays communicate in a complex language we are just about to understand, German scientists find. Soon we may even be able to communicate with them.

The F-1 engines are from the first stage of a Saturn rocket, some of which powered the Apollo space flights that took the first humans to the moon.

Fluorescent light produced by corals correlate with coral stress prior to bleaching

The next class of powerful medications may currently reside at the bottom of the ocean, two new research papers point out.

The OrcaSub is a 22-foot long 2-person mini-sub with a depth rating of up to 6,000 ft (1,829m)

The large dispersal potential of coral larvae in open water and the proximity of different species on the ocean floor pose a mystery for researchers

A new exploration by a remote-operated submersible has found the reef's deepest coral yet.

New fossil named Pauline avibella

According to University of Florida researchers there are three times as many marine species which remain undescribed, than are known today.

Big fish that have grown up in marine reserves don’t seem to know enough to avoid fishers armed with spear guns waiting outside the reserve.

Warmer temperatures cause greater reduction in the adult sizes of aquatic animals than in land-dwellers.

Animals and other organisms are responsible for one-third of the mixing of the ocean, without which the sea would stagnate

Lake Vostok, the vast body of water hidden beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, has so far shown no signs of life.

A survey of underwater canyons off the U.S. East Coast found a number of previously unknown hotspots for deep-sea corals

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