Terramar's The Daily Catch

Microplastics Threaten Britain’s Grey Seal Colony Hotspots

An investigation by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has found seal pups lying next to potentially toxic microplastics on Norfolk beaches. Britain experienced a record winter for seal pup births, but some of their...

What Led To Megalodon’s Extinction? Scientists Believe The Answer Lies In Great White Sharks

The beaches were deserted near Santa Cruz, California, on December 23, 2007. Temperatures were cool for Cali standards, and the wind whipped unpleasantly across the sandy expanse. But that didn’t stop paleontologist Robert Boessenecker from avidly trolling...

Islands Helped Penguins Evolve In The Wild, Until Hungry Humans Showed Up

For thousands of years, penguins have darted through the waters of the southern oceans, chasing fish and surfacing to nest on islands and landmasses sprinkled from the Galápagos to the Antarctic. Today there are around 20 penguin species,...

Some Sea Snails Make Their Shells Extra Fancy To Fight Sea Stars

The curiosity of two university students has led them to explain why a common marine snail would make the effort to grow ruffles on its shell. The frilled dogwinkle lives in the intertidal zone from Southeast...

Fisheries Management 101 – American Shoreline Podcast

On this episode of the Catch Curve, Robert Jones is joined by Emily Muehlstein, Public Information Officer for the Gulf Fisheries Management Council, and Patrick Banks, the Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of...

Orcas Are Venturing Into The Arctic, And Then Becoming Trapped As The Ice Sets In

In February 2016, hunters from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut spotted two killer whales prowling around a group of beluga whales in southeast Hudson Bay. It was an unusual sight for the time of year—killer whales don’t usually...

Microplastics Carrying Toxic Bacteria Discovered By Scientists In Tropical Waters

A field survey conducted by a team of marine scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has uncovered toxic bacteria living on the surfaces of microplastics, which are pieces of plastic smaller than...

Nearly 10 Percent Of Lake Malawi’s Unique Fish Species Are Endangered Of Extinction

An estimated 9% of the 458 fish species assessed in Lake Malawi are at high risk of extinction. This is worrying, not least because the lake, and the fish species that occupy it, are very...

No Sympathy For Seagulls – New Zealand Gulls Are Under Threat Following ‘Unbelievable Declines’

Squawking, chip-stealing seagulls are under threat in New Zealand, with some colonies experiencing “unbelievable declines”, and others disappearing altogether over the past few decades. New Zealand is home to three species of seagull but the...

Longest Ever eDNA Study Offers Crucial Insights To Ocean’s Health

Tiny genetic ‘breadcrumbs’ left behind by marine organisms offer unprecedented insights into ocean biodiversity and how it changes over time and in response to our changing climate, new research at Curtin University, in collaboration...