Top 10 Articles From 2015

Written by on December 24, 2015 in Other News

Happy Holidays from MST! Here’s a look back at the 10 most popular posts from 2015.

10. Fish May Be Smarter Than We Think They Are…

New research shows that pairs of rabbitfish actually “cooperate and support each other while feeding,” which is behavior that’s never before been seen in fish.

Rabbitfish cooperating while feeding. Photo credit: Jordan Casey.

Rabbitfish cooperating while feeding. Photo credit: Jordan Casey.

9. This Coral Species Can Protect Itself Against Ocean Acidification
Researchers one species of coral contains a reservoir of “calcifying fluid” that allows it to keep growing, even in relatively acidic waters.

8. A New Hope for the World’s Coral Reefs
Over the years, scientists have released countless research results demonstrating the detrimental impacts of increased temperature and atmospheric CO2 on coral reefs, but not all hope is lost.

7. 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jellyfish
Did you know that there are between 1000 and 1500 known types of jellyfish in oceans all over the world?

Lion's mane jellyfish. Photo credit: Kip Evans, NOAA.

Lion’s mane jellyfish. Photo credit: Kip Evans, NOAA.

6. King Crabs Could Invade Antarctic, Altering Entire Ecosystem
King crabs haven’t played a role in Antarctic ecosystems for tens of millions of years, but they may soon become top predators.

5. Keeping Quiet Areas Quiet
A new study suggests that quiet zones in the ocean would “support ecological research” and “give us a better picture of the impact human generated noise is having on marine animals”.

4. Elephant Seals Can Increase Concentrations of Toxic Mercury
UC Santa Cruz scientists found that elephant seals contribute a large amount of mercury to coastal waters.

3. Is Climate Change Increasing Sea Star Wasting Disease?
Remember the mass sea star die-off back in 2013? Well, it never stopped and scientists recently found that climate change may play a big role in its spreading.

Sea star wasting disease. Photo credit: alisonleighlilly via photopin cc.

Sea star wasting disease. Photo credit: alisonleighlilly via photopin cc.

2. Climate Change Creating More Female Sea Turtles, Not Enough Males…
In addition to warming our oceans and beaches, climate change is also altering the ratio of male to female sea turtles.

1. It’s official, orcas are the toughest predators
Back in 2013, we wondered which of these top predators would end up on top: a great white shark or an orca. Time and time again, orcas come out on top.

Shark v Orca

 

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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