Giant Shipworms Are Nasty Creatures But Can They Really “Eat” Ships?

What is a giant shipworm and why are we just starting to study these sea creatures? At the top, two flesh-toned siphons swish water over massive gills. At the bottom, a slimy, eyeless head resembles a mix of wet lips and diseased intestines. In between, a glistening gunpowder blue body stretches up to four feet long. Instead of eating, bacteria in the creature’s gills … [Read more...]

Virus Kills Over 1,000 Bottlenose Dolphins Along U.S. East Coast

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Dec 23 (Reuters) - More than 1,000 migratory bottlenose dolphins have died from a measles-like virus along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard in 2013 and the epidemic shows no sign of abating, a marine biologist said on Monday. The death toll exceeds the 740 dolphins killed during the last big outbreak of the then-unknown virus in 1987-88. "It is … [Read more...]

Robojelly – Robotic Combat Jellyfish Of The Future

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are working on U.S. Navy project dubbed Robojelly to put robot jellyfish in waters around the world. The purpose of Robojelly is to better understand the fundamentals of nature's own propulsion mechanisms, said Shashank Priya, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Virginia Tech, lead researcher … [Read more...]

Marine Geography Quiz

Test your marine geography knowledge with this URI/NOAA map of the World's Largest Watersheds and Currents. To get you started here are the first three answers: Bearing Bering Sea Gulf Of Alaska California Current Click HERE for the large printable version of the Quiz and HERE for the answers. For a full sized color version of this map download the zip file HERE. … [Read more...]