In 1932, William Beebe wedged his lanky body into a cramped submersible and became the first scientist to descend into the sea’s inky darkness. A tiny window let him gaze out. Later, he described an unfamiliar world of dancing lights, pale glows and beguiling shimmers.

“It seemed to…

Read more: The Deep Seas Are Alive With Light

Walk along a beach or pier in summer or fall and, if you're lucky, you may spot a comb jelly or two in the shallows. The luminescent drifters are named for the eight rows of shimmering combs that line their translucent bodies.

The teeth of these combs are…

Read more: Luminescent ocean drifters hold keys to deep-sea animal adaptations

South Africa plans to deploy the SA Agulhas II to conduct marine research‚ the Department of Environmental Affairs said on Monday. The department said Cabinet has approved South Africa’s participation in the second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) taking place between 2017 and 2020.

The SA Agulhas II…

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Objective and scope of work:

The purpose of the Request for Proposals is to hire a Communications Advisor to help the IOC Secretariat carry the pending activities needed to complete the implementation of the Communications Advisory Report. The Communications Advisor will provide practical, hands-on assistance to the IOC Senior…

Read more: TOR: Implementing the Communications Action Plan of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

Of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic ever made, more than half winds up in the environment, especially the ocean. Marine critters not only eat this pollution, but they can also dictate the plastic’s final destination, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute reported Wednesday.


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Read more: Giant plankton eat and transport plastic through the ocean

As you bite into a delicious piece of fish, you probably don't think about what the fish itself ate – but perhaps you should. Over 50 species of fish have been found to consume plastic trash at sea. This is bad news, not only for fish but potentially…

Read more: Anchovies eat plastic because it smells like prey