Japan set to restart commercial whaling in New Year

Japan have confirmed they will begin commercial whaling again for the first time in over 30 years in what has been widely viewed as a big step backwards in efforts to conserve whale populations. Some unwelcome news for conservationists this Christmas as Japan revealed they will begin commercially hunting whales in the New Year. Japan … More Japan set to restart commercial whaling in New Year

O Christmas tree worm, O Christmas tree worm

Despite their comical name and pretty appearance these worms are actually some of the most interesting animals you can find on coral reefs. It’s that time of year again. You’ve picked out your perfect tree brought it home and plastered it in tinsel, baubles and lights. It’s standing in the corner of your living room … More O Christmas tree worm, O Christmas tree worm

The surprising effects of MDMA on octopuses

Despite 500 million years of evolutionary divergence and drastically different physiology octopuses behave in an incredibly similar way to humans when given the party drug MDMA. What do ravers and octopuses have in common? Well as of recently they have both experienced the effects of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy. Giving a recreational drug to … More The surprising effects of MDMA on octopuses

The results of Britain’s biggest ever beach clean

The results are in from the biggest beach clean-up event in British history and they’re not as bad as you might think. Between 14th and 17th September just short of 15,000 volunteers took part in The Great British Beach Clean 2018, over double the number of the previous year. The event was run by the … More The results of Britain’s biggest ever beach clean

UK government urged to create new marine reserve

A group of major conservation organisations have called for action from the UK government to protect a crucial overseas territory and its marine life.   Major conservation groups including WWF, Greenpeace, RSPB and the Marine Conservation Society have this week called for action from the UK government in an ad placed in the Telegraph. The … More UK government urged to create new marine reserve

HZMB – engineering masterpiece or ecological risk?

The world’s longest sea bridge between Hong Kong and mainland China is now open, but what is its impact on marine life? On 23rd October 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge (HZMB) a 55km sea crossing that has become the longest road link on the Planet. It … More HZMB – engineering masterpiece or ecological risk?

Dawn of the eDNA era

New tool can help scientists map the locations of marine animals from the water they’ve been swimming through. Marine ecosystems can be one of the most expensive, time consuming and logistically infuriating places to research for scientists. The oceans around the world are vast and searching through them to find a particular species is like … More Dawn of the eDNA era