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Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults

In July 2015, we get our first close look at the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon, Charon, a fact that has scientists hypothesizing more than ever about what we might see there. One of the latest ideas put forward is that perhaps the collision that likely formed Pluto and Charon heated the interior of Pluto enough to give it an internal liquid water ocean, which also gave the small world a short-lived plate tectonics system, like that of Earth. Read more

Enormous Shrimp Was Gentle Giant of Cambrian Seas

A top predator approximately 540 million years ago was an over two-foot-long shrimp relative that was the first known actively swimming filter feeder, according to the latest issue of Nature. Read more

Documentaries like “Blackfish” have sparked worldwide debate about whether Orcas should be held in captivity and used for our entertainment. Laci looks at just how intelligent these animals are and what a life out of the ocean does to them.

Genesis II: Extraterrestrial Oceans Could Host Life by Ray Villard

At least six outer moons have subsurface oceans that could potentially be cozy places for life: Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Titan, Enceladus and Triton. Each of them could have as much if not more water than found in all of Earth’s oceans. In fact Earth is a comparatively dry world.

I say go go go to Europa!

Artist Claudio Garzón was building a curriculum for a summer art course in Los Angeles when the idea struck. He remembered reading about a soldier in Afghanistan who created action figures out of bottle caps so he tried it himself.

Only instead of bottle caps, Garzón used plastic debris gathered from walks along the Los Angeles River. Dubbing his initial sculptures “Plastikobots,” he began teaching art students how to make their own with the intention that they’d learn about ocean conservation at the same time.

“When the signs are out there, how could you turn a blind eye?” he said. Here’s a look at Garzón’s steampunk art made from plastic trash.

Incredible artwork — the turtles are spectacular. For more of Garzón’s steampunk creations, check out the slide show…

Two-Thirds Marine Species Remain Unknown: Between 700,000 and one million species live in the world’s oceans, according to a thorough new analysis, which also estimated that between one-third and two-thirds of those species have yet to be named and described. Read more…

i’m sure you’ve never thought about it before, but science has to probe to the very bottom of things…

Penis Worms Help Solve Unusual Evolutionary Puzzle

Yep, you read that right. This, enigmatic marine invertebrate known as a penis worm is shedding new light on the evolution of digestion by posing a curious question: which develops first, the mouth or the anus

Living in shallow waters and measuring up eight inches long, these worms are “living fossils” that have changed very little since their priapulid ancestors thrived on the ocean floor in the Cambrian period some 500 million years ago.

A Whale with a Human Voice

Certain whales can imitate the voices of humans

The marine mammal, a white whale named NOC, copied the sound of people so well that at first, researchers thought they were hearing humans conversing in the distance. A diver who worked with NOC once even left the water, wondering, “Who told me to get out?” The voice turned out to be that of NOC.

"They are highly vocal animals," lead author Sam Ridgway of the National Marine Mammal Foundation told Discovery News, adding that NOC was not the first to copy human speech.

"A major instance occurred at Vancouver Aquarium in 1979," he said. "In that case, people thought the whale uttered his name ("Lagosi") and other sounds that were like garbled German or Russian. Our whale was the second example, however, ours was the first solid demonstration using acoustic analysis including ‘voice print’ simultaneously with human speech."

look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?

dude, was “Predator X” not a cool enough name? high standard *scoff*

wait, they’re calling it funkei?! that’s pretty damn cool.

i feel a science rap coming on…

Sea Monster ‘Predator X’ Gets Official Name

It’s official: A giant, marine reptile that roamed the seas roughly 150 million years ago is a new species.

The animal, now named Pliosaurus funkei, spanned about 40 feet (12 meters) and had a massive 6.5-foot-long (2 m) skull with a bite four times as powerful as Tyrannosaurus rex.

In 2006, scientists unearthed two massive pliosaur skeletons in Svalbard, Norway, a string of islands halfway between Europe and the North Pole. The giant creatures, one of which was dubbed Predator X at the time, looked slightly different from other pliosaurs discovered in England and France over the last century and a half.

"They were the top predators of the sea," said study co-author Patrick Druckenmiller, a paleontologist at the University of Alaska Museum. "They had teeth that would have made a T. rex whimper.”

"It’s not just that we found a new species, we’ve been discovering a whole ecosystem," Druckenmiller said.

get funkei with it…

"it’s so big." - she

Mysterious Huge Eyeball Likely Giant Squid’s

The eyes of giant and colossal deep-sea squid are 27 cm (10.6 inches) in diameter. Modeling suggests that the huge eyes are uniquely suited for spotting sperm whales,” said the research team.

Squid can regenerate body parts, and many marine animals can regenerate their eyes, so I can only hope that the one who lost this eye is still in the water of the living and will soon have a new eye.

look at it…

wow… that’s big.


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