The Haunting Sounds of Icebergs

Only 20 years ago the scientific community had no idea that icebergs made noise. After the last remaining chunk of the largest iceberg ever (twice the size of Delaware) began to fall apart, sounds were heard up to thousands of miles away. In fact, the ocean was documented as being much noisier as a whole. Through data analysis, scientists were able to trace the sounds …

The Octopus is Basically an Intelligent Alien

Considering some 95% of the ocean is unexplored, it makes perfect sense that the new book “Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness” calls the octopus “the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien.” Written by Peter Godfrey-Smith (an Australia-born, NYC-based philosopher who focuses on biology and teaches at City University of New York’s graduate center), the book …

Greenland is Home to 150-Year-Old Virgin Sharks

Greenland’s native shark species (Somniosus Microcephalus) lives to be incredibly old—researchers believe the oldest one they’ve found lived to be around 390 years old—and many of them remain virgins until they’re 150 as they don’t reach sexual maturity until then. Nearly the same size as a Great White shark, Greenland’s sharks live hundreds of years longer and might only be beaten in longevity by a …