Marine Life Discoveries Site Map

  • Discoveries
    • New Species
      • ChESS: Kiwa hirsuta, the unusual, hairy "yeti crab" represents not only a new species, but also a new family of crustaceans.
      • CenSeam: A second "living fossil" species from the Glypheid group has been discovered.
      • NaGISA: A new giant species of spiny lobster found off of Madagascar raises questions regarding the origins of the stock, its replenishment, and how it will react to the inevitable fishing pressure that will follow its discovery.
      • CMarZ: A new species of benthic comb jelly found at the depth of 7217m in the Ryukyu Trench off of Japan takes the record for deepest living ctenophore.
      • COMARGE/HERMES: A new genus of giant protozoan, called a Xenophyophore, has been found in the Nazare Canyon off the coast of Portugal.
      • COMARGE: A new species of bathyal hydroid found in the Gulf of Cadiz suggests that many undiscovered species may still exist on the relatively unexplored continental margins.
      • COMARGE: A new species of ghost shrimp found associated with mud volcanoes in the Gulf of Cadiz in the Northeast Atlantic is the second recorded thalassinidean crustacean from deep-sea chemoautotrophic communities.
      • ICoMM: A new species of giant sulfur bacteria found the in the Southeast Pacific Ocean may provide insight into early forms of life on earth and could provide a potential model for the search for extraterrestrial life.
    • Abundance & Distribution
      • MAR-ECO: New findings by scientists studying the Mid-Atlantic Ridge ecosystem suggest that over 70% of the world oceans are devoid of sharks.
      • POST/TOPP: Tagging and tracking efforts used in two Census of Marine Life projects will be expanded to global scale in the new Ocean Tracking Network partnership.
      • MAR-ECO: Time series data show that the dinner rush on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge ecosystem can involve a daily upward migration of up to 500m for a diverse compliment of fauna including zooplankton, cephalopods, and fish.
      • MAR-ECO: Deepwater skate specimens collected along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge may change how scientists describe the colonization of the North Atlantic.
      • MAR-ECO: New information on the distribution of deepwater grenadiers along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge raises questions about spawning and recruitment and could have implications for management of commercially important species.
      • CoML Scientists: Animal-mounted instrumentation provides researchers with new insight into the relationship between oceanographic conditions and southern elephant seal behavior and distribution.
    • Ecological Discoveries
      • ChESS: First hydrothermal vent is discovered on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge south of the Equator.
      • GOMA: Original estimates of biodiversity in the Gulf of Maine fall well short of actual species data.
      • POST: New findings suggest that, contrary to current theory, life for young salmon is most treacherous in the sea.
      • CAML: A thriving community of sea life 200km from the open sea and lying under over 700m of ice surprises Antarctic researchers.
      • COMARGE: The discovery of deep water oyster banks on the French continental margin may indicate the presence of a unique hydrodynamic environment and could change the current understanding of oceans past.
      • TOPP: The discovery of biological hot spots in the North Pacific Ocean may provide new directions for marine conservation and resource management.
    • Historical Populations
      • HMAP: The world's coastal seas and estuaries have seen accelerated environmental decline in the last 150-300 years.
      • HMAP: The Scandinavian herring fishery of medieval times may have been the most influential fishery in history.
      • HMAP: New findings suggest that the Northern Europe's Wadden Sea has experienced environmental decline for up to 1000 years longer than previously thought.
      • HMAP: Analyzing menu prices for popular seafood items can help researchers validate indications of fishery resource abundance through time.
      • HMAP: A study of the historical bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) fishery in northern Europe may provide new directions for management and conservation of this increasingly rare species in other regions of the world.
    • Future Trends
      • FMAP: Scientists have observed an extensive decline in predatory fish populations on a global scale.
      • FMAP: New insights into leatherback turtle migration behaviors and interactions may change the direction of conservation efforts.
      • FMAP: Analysis of marine protected areas worldwide reveals that less than 2% of tropical coral reefs that fall within protected areas are protected against extraction and poaching.
      • FMAP: Population depletion of apex predator shark species has indirect effects on commercially important shellfish species in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.

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