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 …

Scientists Discover a 600-Mile Coral Reef

While bleaching is plaguing coral reefs around the world—most significantly Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—there’s one reef that seems to be flourishing. Located at the mouth of the Amazon river, a 600-mile-long reef was recently discovered below the oceans murky waters—and it’s thriving with corals, sponges, stars and other sea life. Scientists were blown away with the discovery, as they previously believed a reef couldn’t survive …