oceanography

Mysteries

A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up in Antarctica

“We’re still trying to figure out what’s going on.”
Kate Lunau
10.10.17
rogue wave

The Ocean Is Rocked By ‘Rogue Waves’ More Often Than We Knew

Some of these monsters have been measured over six storeys tall.
Farnia Fekri
3.10.17
Hell or Salt Water

The Internet of Elephant Seals

Move over, scientists. Intrepid seals and whales are collecting data where humans can't reach.
Hannah Waters
2.8.17
deep sea mining

We Need to Regulate the Seabed Before Mining Companies Destroy It

Commercial activity on the bottom of the ocean may destroy ecosystems we don’t even know exist.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.6.17
scary

Don’t Lose Your Head Over Two-Headed Sharks

Polycephaly, the condition of having more than one head, is relatively common in nature.
Becky Ferreira
11.7.16
waves

Scientists Are Building Rogue Waves in the Lab to Understand Why They Form

Some waves are as big as skyscrapers. They can be deadly.
Kate Lunau
10.10.16
OCEAN

Watch the Advent of Deep Sea Mining Unfold With this Big Data Tool

The deep ocean seabed hosts delicate ecosystems that have barely been explored. Now, mining companies want to run 300-ton bulk cutters over them.
Becky Ferreira
10.6.16
videos

A Small Island With a Big Shark Problem

Between 2011 and 2015, this small island suffered 13% of the world's fatal shark attacks.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
6.24.16
videos

We Went to the Island of the Sharks: Part 2

Reunion Island residents are taking shark research and attack-prevention measures into their own hands, an attempt at a more symbiotic relationship.
MOTHERBOARD STAFF
6.22.16
videos

We Went to the Island of the Sharks: Part 1

Reunion Island is basically paradise. But as we learned, every paradise has a boogeyman. Here, it's sharks.
Motherboard Staff
6.20.16
Canada

These Photos Were Snapped by a Giant Seafloor Observatory Deep in the Pacific

Ocean Networks Canada is wiring the ocean floor.
Kate Lunau
5.20.16
BC

A Boom in Starfish Babies Is a Good Sign After the Chaos of Melting Disease

Scientists in Oregon and BC still can't say for sure if their numbers are coming back.
Bryson Masse
5.20.16
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