A selection of recently published long-reads and not-to-be-missed articles from around the web


OConnor Strange Gruesome Story Greenland SharkThe strange and gruesome story of the Greenland shark

'Greenland sharks are among nature’s least elegant inventions. Lumpish, with stunted pectoral fins that they use for ponderously slow swimming in cold and dark Arctic waters, they have blunt snouts and gaping mouths that give them an unfortunate, dull-witted appearance …' New Yorker


lead 960How coral researchers are coping with the deaths of reefs

'The drumbeat of devastating news can take its toll on the mental health of people who have devoted their lives to coral' The Atlantic



gdehm1Why don't fish swim upside down

'There is no up or down in space, yet in shows like Star Trek, ships are always oriented the same way: right side up. It’s a scientifically unnecessary trope that has become a running joke among science fiction fans. Yet here on Earth, fish find themselves in a strikingly similar situation… ' Hakai

Untitled design 1Pearls before squid: how a cephalopod is born, in stunning microscopy footage video1

Produced by the evolutionary and developmental biologist Nipam Patel in his Patel Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, Squid: Coming to Life literally puts squid and cuttlefish development under the microscope. Aeon


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The world's biggest grave robbery: Asia's disappearing WWll shipwrecks

'Dozens of warships believed to contain the remains of thousands of British, American, Australian, Dutch and Japanese servicemen from the second world war have been illegally ripped apart by salvage divers…' The Guardian


gopr1966Is the mysterious sea cucumber slipping out of our grasp?

The slimy, tasty enigmas have long been over-harvested. An indigenous community in Canada could be close to finding a sustainable solution… The Smithsonian


OceanVirusesScientists map 5,000 new ocean viruses

'In the few decades since viruses were first found in the oceans, scientists have only been able to identify a handful of species. A new survey has uncovered nearly all the rest…'  Quanta


Untitled designSounds off

'Human industry is now noisy enough to drown out whale songs. What would happen in the ocean if we went quiet?' Aeon



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