January 13, 2021 – Researchers recently enabled a trio of self-driving robots to locate, follow, and sample a layer of microbes as they drifted in an open-ocean eddy.
December 10, 2020 – At least nine major groups of deep-sea animals, including jellies, corals, brittle stars, squids, and fish, use the same light-emitting chemical, coelenterazine, to power their displays.
December 7, 2020 – MBARI scientists confirm the first evidence of bioluminescence in a sponge, showing that the sponges contain the chemicals necessary to make light within their bodies.
Nov 23, 2020 – Researchers recently discovered the largest aggregation of fishes ever recorded at abyssal depths (below 3,000 meters or 9,800 feet) in the ocean.
November 17, 2020 – Underwater gliders carrying pH sensors can monitor ocean acidification over large areas and long periods of time.
Oct 29, 2020 – The National Science Foundation has approved a $53 million grant to build a global network of chemical and biological sensors that will monitor ocean health around the world.