Scientists Discover Trove of over 5,500 New Viruses Hidden in the Ocean

“The group was specifically searching for new viruses that contained RNA genetic material, stating that the scientific community understands relatively little about these kinds of viruses when it comes to the wider world.” via RT Image by PIRO4D – Pixabay New categories introduced to capture the diversity of the newly discovered species! At least 5,500 new virus species have reportedly … Continue reading

Highly Irregular Behaviour Being Observed Among Humpback Whales

In a mysterious change to their normal behaviour, humpback whales are forming massive groups of up to 200 animals. Humpbacks aren’t normally considered to be terribly social. They are mostly found alone, in pairs, or sometimes in small groups that disband quickly. But research crews have spotted strange new social behaviour on three separate cruises in 2011, 2014 and 2015, … Continue reading

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Fukushima Radiation Reaches U.S. Shores

Scientists have detected radiation from Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster on the West Coast. USA Seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on the West Coast of the United States. Cesium-134, the so-called fingerprint of Fukushima, was measured in seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in Oregon, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are … Continue reading

Wonders Abound in the World’s Deepest Abyss

The ocean holds countless undiscovered species. The Okeanos Explorer vessel has revealed an undersea realm filled with weird and wonderful life forms. Since April, the ship has been using sonar and remote-operated vehicles to explore the depths of the Mariana trench – a region of the Pacific which plunges down over 11km. The mysterious creatures it has uncovered during its … Continue reading