Fig.1. This basking shark is one of several species that independently evolved the ability to filter feed (Credit: Greg Skormal/NOAA Fisheries Service, 2011)
Breathalyzer tests for whales and climate change-fighting sea creatures are part of ongoing research in marine animal science. Read to learn more about checking the health of whales, the unusual octopus genome, plankton-feeding sharks, and more!
- Whales can’t go to the doctor for a checkup, so these drones come to them to take samples: “Drones Give Whales A Breathalyzer Test,” Science (04 August 2015)
- Tiny teeth from ancient marine rocks reveal a new genus of giant filter-feeding sharks and add more detail to the evolutionary histories of plankton-feeders: “Before Giant Plankton-Feeding Sharks, There Were Giant Plankton-Feeding Sharks,” Deep Sea News (11 September 2015)
- Fecal specimens do not make up the most glamorous of collections, but they offer a useful insight into whale microbiomes: “Floating Poop Reveals The Surprising Bacterial Partners Of Whales,” Science (23 September, 2015)
- The full octopus genome reveals the odd and curious genes that make this cephalopod so unique: “Octopus Genome Reveals Secrets To Complex Intelligence,” Scientific American (12 August 2015)
- A 20-year study on bryozoans in the Antarctic shows that these small marine animals might act as a carbon sink and mitigate climate change effects: “As Polar Ice Melts, Seabed Life Is Working Against Climate Change,” PhysOrg (21 September 2015)