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Whale-eating deep-sea shrimp discovered

The Paracallisoma alberti species of amphipod

Two new species of submarine shrimp-like creature, capable of ‘stripping’ a pig carcass in a matter of days, have been discovered by a team of scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Insights into MH370

NEMO model

Preliminary insights into the potential pathway of the plane wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island yesterday morning, thought to be from the missing MH370 flight, is provided by researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Isis investigates the life of the hairy chested crab

Hairy chested crab

NOC’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) used to investigate the social life of the hairy chested ‘Hoff’ crab.

Researchers from the University of Southampton have used the Isis ROV to shed light onto the “child-care” arrangements of a new species of deep-sea crab, which has been nicknamed the “Hoff” because of its hairy chest.

Submarine data used to investigate turbulence beneath Arctic ice

Sea ice

Using recently released Royal Navy submarine data, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have investigated the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice.

New York City sea level rise, and RAPID

RAPID buoys

New research using National Oceanography Centre data reveals that sea levels north of New York City rose by nearly 13cm in two years.

Success for Prototype NOC Sensor in High-Profile International Competition

NOC’s innovative pH sensor

An innovative pH sensor developed by scientists and engineers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has progressed through to the third phase of a four-part international competition in the USA.

Sticky sugars slow growth of submerged dunes


Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are partners in the Natural Environment Research Council’s million pound COHBED project.

Historic tide gauge data to shed light on ancient tsunamis

UKHO Tide gauge at Gibraltar (in operation until 2000), similar in operation to the gauge at Malta

By restoring historic tide gauge data from Malta and making it available to the public, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the UKHO hope to shed new light on past tsunamis and climate change in the Mediterranean.

Slope on the ocean surface lowers the sea level in Europe

The GOCE gravity satellite (courtesy ESA)

Research at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has discovered that a ‘slope’ on the ocean surface in the Strait of Gibraltar is lowering the sea level in Europe by 7cm.

Scampi larvae behaviour influences chances of survival

Trajectories of 24 passive particles released in the western Irish Sea during spring 2005

The vertical movement of scampi larvae in the Irish Sea is an important factor in determining the success of the species, according to scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Liverpool.