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A yellowhead jawfish father takes the concept of protecting its young to the extreme: keeping more than 100 fertilized eggs carefully sequestered in its mouth. The fish occasionally opens wide, spits the eggs out, and collects them again, rotating them
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Nadine Marshall is trained as an ecologist, and she’s an expert on the Great Barrier Reef. But recently, her work has picked up an unexpected new element: crisis counseling. “People tell me about their childhoods spent spearfishing in clear blue
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The oceans contain a medley of tiny plastic fragments. In a sample of seawater, scientists might find thin fibers, degraded fragments, and a slurry of particles that are too small to see. Yet every piece of this plastic soup goes
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I’m swimming under a sidewalk. The cantilevered slab of concrete is a couple of meters over my head, part of Seattle’s Central Waterfront area that is famous for Pike Place Market and the tourist stroll of chowder houses and souvenir
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Climate change and plastic pollution are major threats to all marine life, from minuscule crustaceans to gigantic whales. Although many experiments have examined these threats, few have looked at what happens when they both strike at once. At least for
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This winter, seven North Atlantic right whales gave birth—one for the very first time. The calves are a boon for the struggling species. Last year, the estimated 411 right whales that swim off the coast of Canada and the United
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The recent Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo follows rock climber Alex Honnold as he climbs El Capitan, a kilometer-high vertical mountain face, without any ropes or safety gear. The film is compelling for the same reason as space travel or free
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It’s an odd line to hear, that the sea cucumbers “wouldn’t settle down.” But that curious observation, made in the lab of Memorial University of Newfoundland professor and biologist Annie Mercier, set the stage for the discovery of a wholly
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Fisherman Firman bin Jawasa remembers the catch well. He was 20 years old and trawling for shrimp with his uncle in the coastal waters off northern Borneo, Malaysia, when something in their heavy net started thrashing. Caught inside was a
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With their manicured mustaches, bearded seals may be among the hippest pinnipeds by human standards. And in the face of climate change, the species’ females are setting an unexpected trend: they’re having more babies. A collaborative project between Indigenous Alaskan
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