Discarded clothing is responsible for millions of tonnes of plastic waste each year.
Polylactic acid – a popular bioplastic – does not readily break down when released into the ocean, and could disrupt marine ecosystems
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Plankton, some of the smallest organisms on Earth, are leading big changes in the ocean.
The direction a beach faces, relative to wind direction, largely determines how many bluebottles are pushed to shore.
A Japanese Sea Nettle jellyfish moves through the ocean.
Most jellyfish are “passive” feeders. This means that they float through the water eating whatever they happen to pass in the water and can fit in their mouths.
Giant jellyfish are being spotted along the Scottish coast.
Scottish holidaymakers are seeing giant jellyfish brought to UK shores by wind and currents
Our robot is inspired by the common moon jellyfish.
The new underwater robots successfully mimic the sea’s most efficient swimmers.
A glasswing butterfly’s see-through wings help predators see right through them.
Transparency is an evolved characteristic of some species to help them survive, even when predators are staring directly at them.
Tube sponge (Porifera).
Over the past ten years, scientists have argued about what the earliest animal really was.
New Chrysaora from the coast of South Africa.
Global long-term data simply doesn’t exist for jellyfish, so scientists struggle to predict, track and mitigate their potential effects.
The world’s smallest frog can fit on a dime.
E.N. Rittmeyer et al. (2012)
Scientists have identified the world’s smallest animal – for now. It could be possible smaller creatures exist that have not yet been discovered.
Thousands of Queensland beachgoers have been stung by bluebottle jellyfish in recent months.
Better public awareness about Australian jellyfish is vital, especially as many Aussies head to the beach for likely the last time this Easter.
The irukandji jellyfish, up close.
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The irukandji jellyfish can be deadly and particularly hard to trace. However, emerging technology offers a solution.
Jellyfish have a lot more going for them than blobby bodies and a sting.
Careful where you step … how best to treat bluebottle jellyfish stings at the beach?
If you’re confused about how best to treat a jellyfish sting, you’re not alone. Even the experts disagree. So, here’s the best advice we have.
A plague, or just an artefact?
How flawed citation practices can perpetuate scientific ideas even before they’ve been fully established as true.
Inviting, but don’t go in.
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Despite a fearsome reputation, it seems Australia’s wildlife doesn’t scare away tourists.
Is Australia really the most lethal nation on earth when it comes down to it?
There’s a simple reason why Australia isn’t the most lethal nation in the world.
Jelly invasion: is this a vision of the future for our oceans?
We know a lot about the potential negative effects of ocean acidification on marine creatures. But might some species actually benefit? The answer is yes, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing.
An Indo-Pacific Man-o-war, AKA bluebottle, washed up on a beach.
Copyright L Gershwin
Blue bottles have been washing up on beaches lately, but what exactly are they? And are you really supposed to pee on their stings?
Cannonball Jellyfish in the Gulf of California.
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In a changing climate, ocean populations sometimes rise and fall in unpredictable waves. Scientists, managers and fishers must make economically and ecologically sound decisions based on long-term outlooks.