Gorgeous Drone Footage Of Killer Whales Is The First Of Its Kind

Earlier this year, researchers came together to investigate the health and habits of killer whales using a custom-built, remotely operated hexacopter. The study, which resulted not only in incredible footage but fascinating observations, is the first to incorporate a drone in the monitoring of killer whales. » 10/19/14 1:45pm Sunday 1:45pm

Size Matters: Narwhals With Longer Tusks Have Bigger Testicles

Narwhals grow long tusks, if they have the balls to do it. The spear at the end of the male sea unicorn has been variously thought to be a sensory organ, a device for battling other males, or an elaborate reproductive signal. New evidence shows they're the whale version of peacock feathers. » 9/22/14 8:04pm 9/22/14 8:04pm

How Whales Will Save The World – If We Let Them

For a thousand years humans systematically hunted whales for their meat, oil, and bone. Some whale populations were reduced by as much as 90%. But now that they're being protected, scientists are realizing the critical role that whales play in balancing marine ecosystems. Here are four ways they keep oceans healthy. » 8/06/14 11:15am 8/06/14 11:15am

Sixth-Grader May Have Stolen Credit For Marine Biologist's Lionfish…

There's a new development in the story about 12-year-old Lauren Arrington's remarkable science fair project about the invasive potential of lionfish. A marine biologist is now claiming that the project was based on published work he did back in 2011 — and that the girl is the daughter of his former supervisor's best… » 7/22/14 11:59am 7/22/14 11:59am

Meet The Scariest Inhabitant Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Quite a few strange ocean critters have made homes for themselves among the trash vortex—millions of small and microscopic pieces of plastic floating over a roughly 5,000 sq km area of the Pacific. Marine biologist Miriam Goldstein has spent years studying these creatures, and recently came across one that alarmed her. » 5/16/14 2:20pm 5/16/14 2:20pm