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Microfibers vary between 3 to 8 mm but are extremely fine, with less than a 0.1 mm diameter, and which come mainly from home and industrial washing machines. Credit: Lucy Woodall/London Natural HIstory Museum.

A new collaborative study by researchers at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, has revealed that two thousand meters below the seas of southern Europe, marine sediments act as a sink for textile microfibers.

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Most ancient fish bones look like. Image: ANU

A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has revealed new insights into ancient fishing throughout history, including what type of fish people were regularly eating as part of their diet.

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White lesions on a sea star's arms are the first sign of sea star wasting disease. Credit: Melissa Miner.

Sea star wasting disease (SSWD) is currently one of the biggest epidemics in the animal kingdom and researchers at the University of Vermont, USA, has discovered that the balance of different microbes within the body of a sea star can alter the progression of the disease.

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Humpback whales were closely examined for the battle scars given to them during a killer whale attack. Credit: Steve Lefkovits

Orcas (also known as killer whales) are apex predators in the marine environment, often feeding on large marine mammals including at least 20 different species of cetacean (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). However, the ecological role that killer whales have on the predation of one whale species, the humpback whale, has long been debated as attacks are rarely seen. But now, a new study published in Endangered Species Research has found that killer whale attacks on humpback whales may be increasing.

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The Atlantic stingray possesses a well-developed sensory system that alerts them of the presence of predators, prey, mates, and unfavorable environmental conditions. Credit: Stephen M. Kajiura, Ph.D./Florida Atlantic University.

It has been eight years since the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig spilled five million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest accidental oil spill in history. However, the dramatic effects of crude oil pollution on marine organisms continues to this day, and a new study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University has discovered that ten million gallons of oil locked in the sediment is now impairing the sensory organs of Atlantic stingrays (Hypanus sabinus).

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Branching and reef-building corals grown and studied by Mote Marine Laboratory and partners. Credit all: Conor Goulding/Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Laboratory and partners will restore 70,000 coral “seeds” across 130 acres of depleted Florida reefs over three years — prioritizing coral genetic varieties resilient to disease and climate change impacts — thanks to a grant of nearly $1.5 million announced November 9 by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and partners.

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