Seabird die-off ‘has no precedent’

"The blob" is responsible for an unprecedented seabird die-off from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, say researchers who studied the common murres.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured birds climate-change conservation ecosystems fish oceans temperature

Fishing for ‘herbivores of the sea’ could risk coral reefs

Fishing practices that selectively remove large parrotfish could put corals at risk, researchers warn.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Jan. 10, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment coral-reefs corals fish fishing oceans

Market-based strategy could boost ocean conservation

A market-based system with the right incentives could bring more coastal and island nations together to improve ocean conservation efforts.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity conservation fishing islands money oceans

How fish fins evolved on the way to land-ready limbs

Fossils of ancient fish are giving resarchers a clearer picture of the time of transition from fish fins to limbs fit for walking on land.

Matt Wood-U. Chicago | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology evolution fins fish

Whales use stealth to sneak up on fish

Humpback whales attack their prey about as fast as humans jog. So how are they so good at catching tiny, speedy fish? Stealth and deception.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Dec. 24, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology conservation fish prey whales

Eating oysters in ‘R months’ rule is 4,000 years old

The rule of thumb about eating oysters in certain months of the year goes back at least 4,000 years, a new study shows.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida | Nov. 25, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology fossils history oysters shellfish snails

This school shape gives swimming fish an energy burst

Fish swimming in schools use less energy and move faster than those that swim alone. But school shape matters, too.

James Devitt-NYU | Nov. 4, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology energy fish speed swimming

Humans are changing the genetic diversity of Earth’s animals

The loss of genetic diversity will make it harder for plant and animal populations to adapt to changing environments. Fish and insects may be most at risk.

Cynthia Lee-McGill | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment animals biodiversity fish genetic-diversity insects populations

Piranhas lose and regrow a bunch of teeth all at once

"The new teeth wear the old ones as 'hats' until they are ready to erupt. So, piranhas are never toothless..."

Michelle Ma-Washington | Oct. 18, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology fish regeneration teeth

Climate change is coming for fishing, too

In the future, far fewer people could be fishing for fun at the shore. Why? Climate change.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change fishing weather

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