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8 Fascinating Clownfish Facts

The Disney Pixar movie, “Nemo” has popularized this small orange fish with white stripes, especially with children. However, clownfish are still unknown to the general public. If you want to know more about this adorable creature, follow the guide: 1. There are more than 28 species of clownfish The Clownfish or Amphiprioninae belong to a […]

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Shark attacks: how to protect yourself by preserving sharks

Demonized in the cinema by films like “JAWS” and decimated because of some popular beliefs, sharks are endangered. And yet, only 5 of the 500 species that include all sharks, are likely to present a danger to humans given their diet and their size often greater than 2 meters long. These include bulldog sharks, great […]

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10 of the Ugliest Fish in the World

The underwater world is filled with thousands of extraordinary species that delight divers and swimmers from all around the world. You can find creatures of all sizes, weights, shapes and colors, but some may seem strange or even hideous. Let’s review those that we consider the 10 ugliest fish in the world. What is the […]

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Moray Eel, creature still poorly known

Morays, bony fish with an anguilliform body, are known for their “scary mouth”. However with their grace, and their dresses with various and colorful prints, they do not lack beauty! Moray, its physical characteristics According to its species, it can measure from 25 cm to 4 meters for the long-tail moray. But most of them […]

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Deep-sea anglerfish, a fusional love

This abyssal fish has a stunning sexuality If the Anglerfish could sing, his favorite song would undoubtedly be “I have you in the skin” of Edith Piaf, and for good reason! This terrifying fish lives in depths of 1000 to 3000 meters. The male is very small, it measures only 3 cm, while the female […]

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Spirulina, Plankton on our plates

By 2050, we will be close to 10 billion individuals on the planet. We must find a way to increase agricultural production while ensuring a balanced diet for all and a better respect the environment. Spirulina, a cyanobacterium of the species of phytoplankton , may well be a solution to the problem. It is a […]

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The nautilus, an incredible animal

The Nautilus: This living fossil has existed for about 400 million years and is much more than the dinosaurs that appeared 200 million years ago! So let’s go to the discovery of this incredible animal that we do not know much about. the characteristics of the nautilus The nautilus is an invertebrate of the class […]

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Nudibranch, the sea slug

Also known as sea slugs, these shell-less molluscs are real gems because, more than any other marine animal, some have fascinating shapes, sumptuous hues and intricate patterns. 1- A big family There are more than 3,000 species of nudibranchs and every day a new species is discovered. Some of these new species have not yet […]

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8 amazing facts about the moray Eel

The moray eel is a species of fish belonging to the Muraenidae family. There are nearly 200 species of moray eels around the world. With its fine body reminding us of a snake and their sharp teeth, the moray eel is well known and an appreciated aquatic animal. Whether hiding inside a wreck or in […]

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Moonfish, one of the weirdest sea creatures in the world

The characteristics of sunfish The sunfish, also known as the mole or Mola mola, is one of the most bizarre creatures in the world but also one of the most enigmatic for its unusual measurements and its unusual appearance. It is in the Molidae family, it is its heaviest bone fish; its mass can reach […]

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10 amazing facts you didn’t know about jellyfish

The jellyfish is a myth that dates back thousands of years and the Greeks already described it as dangerous because it bore the evil eye! Jellyfish are not fish even though they are fit for consumption but they are called gelatinous zooplankton: well it does not explain much … Jellyfish have withstood millions of years […]

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The Sardine Run, the greatest shoal on earth

Hello divers today the topic will deal with the phenomenon Sardine Run : yes the sardine race sounds more like a comic race of 20 000 leagues under the sea but it is not. If we think to control our ecosystem, it is because pride blinds us, and the sardine which is paying of its […]

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Legendary Sharks

What to say about the shark except that it exacerbates our primal fears and unimaginable fantasies, it is like talking about the big bad wolf to a child: he will panic! In terms of statistics, we are more likely to be hit by a car than to be devoured by a shark but nobody wants […]

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Due to global warming, green turtles are turning all-female

It has been known for a long time that global warming has a negative impact on species and ecosystems, but scientists were surprised to discover how much it could affect the sexual distribution of sea turtles! On Raine Island, off Australia, more than 99% of green turtles are females, how is that possible? For marine […]

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A hammerhead shark nursery discovered in the Galapagos Islands

For several million years, in the Galapagos archipelago, baby hammerhead sharks are raised in a nursery protected by reefs and mangroves. Their hiding place was found in November 2017 by biologists. It is located in the Galapagos archipelago, the second largest marine reserve in the world, 1,000 km west of South America. “It was quite […]

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The secret of the genome of the axolotl

Regeneration: The axolotl story Scientists have managed to unravel the secrets of regenerating the genome of the axolotl. For more than 150 years, they have been trying to understand the amazing power of generation of this pink-headed animal with feather-like gills. The axolotl, or Ambystoma mexicanum, is incredible, it is able to quickly push back, […]

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A strange vegetarian shark that feeds on seaweed

And yes, it’s not a joke, there is a species of sharks that eat plants, and it is the tiburo hammerhead shark. It has just been discovered ,by a team of American researchers from the University of California and Florida International University. Unlike its congeners, heavy consumers of meat, Sphyrna tiburo or hammerhead shark Tiburo […]

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Scientists discover deep blue sea fish at record-breaking depths

Japanese researchers have just discovered one of the deepest sea creatures ever discovered. It is in the abyss of the Mariana Trench, in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, near the island of Guam, at -8178 meters deep, that this fish could be observed. And surprise, unlike the nasty critters living in extreme depths, it is a […]

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Extraordinary octopus takes to land to hunt Its prey

The octopus, a very strange sea creature We all know that the octopus is an extraordinary animal, but it has not stopped surprising us and giving us all its secrets. Abdopus aculeatus, a small octopus endemic to the Indian Ocean, of which we know very little because it is very difficult to observe, is simply […]

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To survive without oxygen, goldfish produce alcohol

If the man is unable to breathe under water and survive without oxygen, some fish can. This is just demonstrated by a study by British and Norwegian scientists. Fish produce alcohol Carassians Carassius carassius and goldfish Carassius auratus living in northern Europe and Asia have learned to survive under the ice. For five or six […]

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Giant Triton sea snails plan to rescue Great Barrier Reef

Located on the northeast coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is threatened by global warming, pollution of ocean waters and the purple Acanthaster, a starfish known as the “crown of thorns”. This very poisonous echinoderm, with its imposing size is equipped with quills, which feeds almost exclusively on corals, wreaking havoc on coral reefs. […]

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Do you Know The Electric Rays?

Electrical discharges, a formidable weapon Electric rays, called torpedo rays are capable of producing an electric discharge ranging from 8 to 220 volts of tension depending on species. These discharges are used in order to defend itself or to stun its prey. Though they are very painful, the electric discharge is generally not lethal because […]

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Do Jellyfish Sleep?

A surprising discovery was brought to light by three young researchers from California Institute of Technology. One day, while having a cafe, they wondered if jellyfish could sleep like humans? Humans are not the only creatures on earth capable of sleeping: mammals, fish and some insects like flies need rest. Sleep has very important functions […]

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The Mystery of the Pink Dolphin

The Inia geoffrensis, mysterious pink dolphin of the Amazon, lives thousands of kilometers from the sea. Little known, this aquatic animal, nicknamed “king of the dark waters”, was a real mystery for scientists. This cetacea, which frequents the fresh waters of the Amazon, becomes pink with age. When males struggle to measure their sexual dominance, […]

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Fish Flea Anilocra, the Vampire of the Sea

Here is a terrible marine parasite. Hooked to the head of a fish, a struggle for survival begins. If the fish succeeds in getting rid of this sea lice by rubbing against the rocks, it will be saved. If he does not succeed, he will eventually succumb, weakened and emptied of his blood by the […]

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Like humans, whales learn songs!

Communication and Learning Researchers at the University of Queensland have just discovered that humpback whales could learn, in the same way as humans, songs. Furthermore, they could even change them! As Ellen Garland explained in the American journal Current Biology, “the song emerges in a population of humpback whales traveling along the eastern coast of […]

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Deep-Sea Crabs Have Colour Vision

According to researchers, Tamara Frank and Sönke Johnsen of Nova Southeastern and Duke universities, some Bahamian crab species would be able to distinguish blue, green and ultraviolet. In the great depths, the plankton produces, during a contact, a small light, it is the bioluminescence. Some emit a blue glow, others blue-green. Corals, for their part, […]

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Corals Found Deep in The Ocean Produce Their Own Sunlight to Survive

British scientists at the University of Southampton have succeeded to discover the mystery of the glow emitted by deep corals. We already knew that corals, living in shallow waters, emitted a green glow to protect themselves from sunlight. This natural phenomenon is related to the production of a protein that protects zooxanthellae unicellular algae from […]

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Seabird Poop and Coral Reefs

Researchers at the IRD institue of reshearch and development have recently discovered that guano has an impact on corals that absorb some of the nitrogen contained in the excrement.It was by working around the archipelagos of Entrecasteaux and Chesterfield that the scientists were able to make this discovery. These islets host thousands of seabirds that […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Diving with Manta Rays

Probably one of the most majestic fish of the world. True legend of scuba diving, the Manta Ray is clearly one of the main fishes that divers would like to encounter during their dives. You won’t be able to swim with these pelagics everywhere so do not hesitate to check our best destinations for diving […]

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Pharaoh Cuttlefish Pretending to be a Hermit Crab

Kohei Okamoto and his team, Japanese scientists from Ryukyus University in Okinawa, discovered a behavior for the least surprising in the Pharaoh cuttlefish.By feeding them, the observed they disguised in hermit crab, little crustacean with crab legs, who, to protect his soft stomach, squat the shells of gastropods. The researchers saw them assembled their tentacles, […]

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Deep Sea Fish Chaunax Pictus Uses its Fins to Walk Around

Walking fish The Chaunax pictus, a large-mouth pink sea toad, was discovered near Puerto Rico by Okeanos Explorer, an oceanographic exploration boat of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric NOAA. This fish, about forty centimeters long, live in most of the tropical and temperate waters except the Caribbean Sea at a depth of 200 to 600 […]

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Why Are Whales So Large?

With 170 tons, the equivalent of 25 elephants combined, the blue whale is the largest animal on earth. And yet it has not always been so, what has happened? The scientists give us the reasons. To reconstruct the evolution of the marine mammal, they examined the fossilized skulls of 63 species of whales no longer […]

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Australia: vinegar against invasive starfish

Vinegar may save the Great Barrier Reef of Australia whose corals are threatened byt bleaching. This barrier, listed on Unesco World Heritage, is with its 345 000 km2, the biggest coral reef in the world. » ALSO READ – Coral bleaching, what you need to know. Acanthaster, invasive species This carnivorous species lives mainly in […]

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Cleaner fish and shrimp show it pays to be selfless

If you practice scuba diving, you have certainly seen, small fish or shrimp, in the mouth, around the gills, or on the back of large fishes. But what were they doing there? It was simply an exchange of good processes between two individuals; the cleaner fish simply cleared its congener of its parasites or bacteria […]

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The blue whale, the largest whale in the world

Blue whale, the biggest mammals in the world The blue whale is the biggest animal in the world and the heavier on earth. Quite difficult to bit it, it weight 110 tons for 24 meters long. The biggest blue whale recorded was 190 tons big and measured 30 metters. On the sub species Balaenoptera musculus, […]

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Fish found leaving the sea to evolve into land animals

A curious phenomenon has been observed in the waters of the island of Rarotonga, the bigggest of Cook Islands. Blennies start to get out the water and walk on land! Credit: Dr. Georgina Cooke Get out of the water to survive When this is high tide, blennies, a small fish, decide to take shelter on […]

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Something in the Water Is Feminizing Male Fish

Spanish scientists have studied mullets fish in France and the conclusions of this study are surprising! Indeed, pollution present in the waters of the oceans are disturbing the hormonal balance of male fish, feminizing them. The study found immature eggs in their testicles, as well as vitellogenin a protein that exists only in females in […]

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Do sharks quickly respond to blood in the water?

Since the terrible shark movies such as Jaws, the shark drags behind him a reputation of a bloodthirsty killer, attracted by human blood. What is the truth ? Is it a reality or a myth? To be clear, underwater divers have thrown themselves into the water to test this belief. Human blood leaves sharks insensitive […]

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Are fish insensitive to pain?

Opinions diverge, some scientists say that fish do not feel pain, while others are convinced of the opposite! Scientists have shown that fish react to pain These researchers in Edinburgh have discovered that rainbow trout have 58 receptors on their heads that react to chemical and electrical stimuli. Thus, when acid is injected into their […]

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Is the parrot fish good or bad for coral reefs?

Parrot Fish Can Save Coral Reefs The coral reefs are in great danger, for half a century, half of them have already disappeared and the rest is battered! Everything is not lost, the coral barriers could be saved by the parrotfish that play the most important role in their development. This multicolored fish is a […]

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A bag-like sea creature would be our Humans oldest known ancestor

Did you know that we had a common ancestor with marine worms and starfish? According to the British magazine “Nature”, it would be a tiny one-millimeter aquatic creature, the “Saccorhytus”, with a bag-shaped body and an enormous mouth. Devoid of anus, he certainly used the 8 orifices scattered on his body to expel the water […]

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Sea mussels, world’s greatest glue ?

An amazing glue Did you know that the mussel glue is the strongest glue in the world ? This mollusk produces a silk, the Byssus, which allows it to stick to the rocks.This substance has properties that make scientists dream: – It is not sensitive to temperature variations. – It resists UV and salt. – […]

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Scientists Film Rare Ruby Sea Dragon For The First Time

The Phyllopteryx dewysea, nicknamed the ruby sea dragon, come from the family of the leafy dragon and the common sea dragon and is also the cousin of the hippocampus. He was intriguing, widely talked about, but he had never been seen before! It’s finally done! A small robot has indeed proved its existence by filming […]

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The Glowing Firefly squids of Toyama Bay in Japan

The firefly squid is a small cephalopod only 8 centimeters big. It owes his name to the blue bioluminescent light that come out of him. Actually he got glowing organs on its tentacles and eyes.Every year, from march to June, on the Toyoma bay, japan, you can assist to an amazing phenomenon. Millions of firefly […]

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Meet the World’s Smallest Fish

The Schindleria brevipinguis is the smallest fish in the world and was also for years the smallest invertebrate. This tiny animal is only 7 mm big. The female are slightly bigger with 8 mm. It owes its Lilliputian size to its early sexual maturity.With large eyes and transparent skin, it is lacking of scales and […]

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Flowers in the sea get pollinated by zooplankton

Up to now, the scientific world believed that the pollination of aquatic flowers was due to marine currents. The expert thought that currents by moving water was carrying pollen of male plants randomly to female plants. But researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico have just discovered that in the sea, small animals played […]

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Why do rays leap through the air?

To be honest, even scientists do not have the answer for that question. But there is many hypothesis proposed by expert : Those jumps could help rays to get rid of parasites and remoras also called suckerfish, fish that use suction cup to stick to bigger animals that made them suffer. By doing big leaps, […]

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sea sapphire, the mystery of the invisible crustacean

The sea sapphire also called sapphirina is a really small crustacean which belong to the genius of parasitic copepods. Those critters which feed directly on phytoplankton take their nickname: “sapphire of the ocean” from the fact their transparent skin is iridescent, in other word they can change color according to the light. Some time you […]

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Do fish sleep?

Yes fish are sleeping Fish do not have eyelids that is why it is very difficult to realize that fish are actually sleeping! Sleep is vital for all living species, fish are no exception to the rule. To protect themselves from predators, fish adopt defensive strategies that vary for each species: Rays bury themselves in […]

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How Much of the Ocean Is Whale Pee?

Are we swimming in the whale pee? When you are scuba diving or snorkling, have you ever thought that Ocean are also the toilet for billions of fish, crustaceans and marine mamals ? What is the amount of urine produce by a whale ? According to Joe Roman, a biologist at the University of Vermont, […]

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What’s the difference a sea lion and a seal ?

Could you recognize a sea lion from a seal? How to discern one from the other? – The sea lion has visible ears, while the seal does not, the seal only got ear canal. – The sea lion, got an elongated snout and visible canines, a bit similar to a dog’s head – Their way […]

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Diver locked in a cage with a great white shark

A diver has probably experienced the fear of his life. During a dive in order to observe the great white shark, a specimen managed to get into the cage who was supposed to protect the diver. It will come out unscathed but not without having had quite a fright. Credit: Gabe and Garrett

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Is the Mekong River dophin on the verge of disappearing ?

An unknown species The Irrawaddy dolphin, also called bottlenose dolphin, is a beautiful mammal of about 1 meter, weighing 10 kg at birth and up to over 2 meters and weighing 130 kg at an adult size. It can live up to 30 years in freshwater or in saltwater. Its color varies between blue and […]

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Fish recorded singing just like birds

Do you know that fish can sing too ? Breaking news in the scientific community: scientist from Exeter University and Curtin University Perth, Australia, just confirmed that fish sing in the water like birds. This discovery took place in Australia, on the coast near Port Headland. They installed recorders in different places along the reef. […]

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This whale just saved a seal

Are whales the angel of the sea? Whales, majestic animals, will surprise us one more time. Scientist just discovered that whales protect seals and other marine species against killer whales attack. The following facts have been reported in 2009 by the biologist Robert Pitman. Whale saving seal Many stories of seal saving were observed. Once […]

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Pyrosome, world’s giant sea worm ?

Is Giant pyrosome a worm? Things are not always what they seem to be. Pyrosome is a perfect example to illustrate that quote. With its long translucent body, Pyrosome looks just like a giant worm but yet it is not one! This stange creature is actually a colony of several hundred or even thousands of […]

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Talk to dophins, possible soon ?

Do dolphins talk ? We’ve know for a long time that dolphins communicate with one another using sound – specific clicks and whistles – to convey meaning and share their feelings of joy, dread, fear, etc. Dolfins also have larger and more complex brains than human ones. Today a big step forward has been taken […]

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Coelacanth the fish who passed through prehistory

The coelacanth, origins & discovery The coelacanth appeared on earth 365 million years ago and we though the species had passed since the end of the cretaceous! But we are far from that, indeed, a specimen has been caught alive by a South African fisherman in 1938! We know a few thing about this fish […]

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Lionfish a threat to the mediterranean sea?

Originary from the Indian Ocean, the Pterois miles or lionfish, is part of the Pterois volitans family. It has extremely venomous spines, its stings can generate intense pains and dangerous discomfort for mankind. This species, which is really invasive, was introduced in Caribbean reefs by men and led to an ecological imbalance. Lionfish, an invasive species? […]

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Let’s meet the Commerson’s dolphin

Discovered by the French naturalist Philibert Commerson who gave it his name, Commerson’s dolphin or Cephalorhynchus commersonii also called the panda dolphin is the smallest cetacean of the Delphinidae species. A panda dolphin? With its head that has no beak, its fins and tail of a beautiful black, and the rest of its body entirely […]

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Stargazer fish, one of the world’s ugliest fish ?

The Stargazer fish is a family, of perciform fish. Stargazer Fish, a creepy-looking fish It looks very hideous, measures from 20 to 90 cm, has a flat body with big head and eyes on top. They have two big venomous spines behind their gills and above the pectoral fins that can cause electric shocks. They […]

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Asian Carp invasion, the carpocalypse

The Asian carp, has been cultivated in China for over 1,000 years for medicinal and food purposes. Asian carp, invasive specie It eats large quantities of phytoplankton. And for this reason, it has been introduced in the United-States in the 70’s, to prevent algae blooms in fish ponds and sewage. With no natural predators in […]

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Velella velella, the blue by-the-wind sailor

Sometimes the beaches are covered with thousands or millions of small jellyfish called Velella velella. © Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium The blue by-the-wind sailor The sail jellyfish is a species of cnidarians hydrozoan a pelagic exclusively feeding on zooplankton. According to countries and regions, it can also be called raft of St. John, boat of […]

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Punk rock turtle, the reptile with green hair

This incredible turtle, with its green punky haircut, was discovered and photographed by an Australian photographer Chris Van Wyk, while diving in the Mary River in Australia. Turtle Punk, A very strange turtle Moss grew on its head giving it this incredible look. The Mary River turtle, Elusor macrurus is an endemic turtle from the […]

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Most incredible eyes of the abyss

There is no light in the ocean floor, and creatures living there are able to develop extraordinary abilities to adapt. Those changes give incredible but scary results. Glass Squid A lot of marine species have bioluminescent organisms. Underneath its eyes, the glass squid have lighty organs they use to cancel their shadows, giving them a […]

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Oarfish, world’s longest bony fish

The giant oarfish, known as “king of herring”, “giant sea snake” or “ribbon fish” is a pelagic fish that can reach 11 meters , it is the largest bony fish in the world. This fish that lives at more than 600 meters deep remains a mystery. Most studies of this species were made on stranded […]

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Tropical Fish can recognize human faces

The particularity of men and some animals such as dogs, primates or birds is to be able to distinguish faces. Face Recognition For the first time researchers from Oxford University and Queensland University have managed to prove that a species of tropical fish was capable of the same ability. Archer fish was able to learn […]

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Bioluminescence incredible glowing sea creatures

Bioluminescence is a mechanism allowing living organisms to emit light in the dark. 90% of the abyssal species are able to produce light. Check our selection of amazing glowing underwater animals. Comb jellies The Comb jellies are able to light stripes on their bodies to protect them from predators. Light in the deep sea is […]

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Macropinna, A deep-sea fish with a transparent head

Discovered in 1939 by a fisherman and photographed alive for the first time in 2004, the Micropinna has everything to intrigue the curious. Characteristics of the Macropina Halfway between a space ship and an alien, the Micropinna has very unique characteristics. Indeed, this fish measuring 15 cm long has two green eyes located inside its […]

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Where are gone the jellyfish from Palau’s Jellyfish Lake ?

One of the most famous Micronesia snorkeling sites is losing an alarming number of jellyfish. Best snorkeling site in Palau For all lovers of seas and oceans, here is another disturbing news. These past few weeks, the famous Jellyfish Lake located in the Rock Islands, Palau, has lost a significant part of its population. The […]

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Bobbitt Worm, Evil has a new name

The sea has a new monster: The Bobbit Worm. Bobbit Worm characteristics This purple-brown marine worm can grow up to 3 meters long. We can encounter this giant worm only in warm waters of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. The name of this worm comes from the John Wayne Bobbitt affair, tragic story since his wife cut […]

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Amazing jellyfish found in Mariana trench

On April 24th, an extraordinary jellyfish was discovered at 4000 meters deep in the The Mariana Trench by the submarine OKEANOS. An amazing Jellyfish The Mariana Trench is the deepest ocean trench in the world, reaching 11,034 meters deep. It is located near the Guam Island in the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, director James Cameron […]

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Pistol Shrimp has amazing super powers

Pistol shrimp characteristics This shrimp measuring only 3 to 5 centimetres is named after the noise made by its prominent claw. It uses this claw which measure half the shrimp size to feed and protect itself. To hunt its prey the pistol shrimp snaps the claw shut to create a cavitation bubble, that generates acoustic […]

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