Collecting a fragment of lava from the 2015 eruption of Axial Seamount. Image: © 2016 MBARI
MBARI’s seafloor maps provide new information about 2015 eruption at Axial Seamount

Axial Seamount, a large underwater volcano off of the Oregon coast, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, having last erupted in 2015. At the Fall 2016 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, MBARI researchers unveiled a new seafloor map that reveals previously undocumented lava flows from the 2015 eruption.

Testing the effects of ocean acidification on juvenile rockfish

A new paper in the journal PLOS One shows that some species of juvenile rockfish find it harder to exert themselves in acidified seawater, but other species are more adaptable. The study used a variety of methods to measure the fishes’ behavior, physiology, and genomic responses to ocean acidification.

The pointy-nosed blue chimaera really gets around

Nov 4, 2016 - An unusual deep-sea fish that was previously identified in the Southeastern Pacific has recently been found to live around the Hawaiian Islands and off the coast of Central California as well.