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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 seal in a sandstorm?

sounds like the beginning of a joke…


Common seal (Phoca vitulina) pup resting on a sandbank during a sandstorm, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire

Picture: Danny Green/2020VISION / Rex Features

The oil spills were a mystery. Dozens throughout the 1990s had killed more than 50,000 seabirds and several sea otters off the California coast.

Finally, in 2002, a team of experts pinpointed the culprit: the wreck of the SS Jacob Luckenbach, a freighter headed to Korea laden with supplies for the Korean War effort, which sank off the coast of California in 1953.