New research has shown that simply adding LEDs to the gillnets of small scale fisheries can drastically reduce number of dolphins and turtles that get caught as unintentional bycatch. It’s that time of year again where just about everything in sight is covered with thousands and thousands of twinkling lights. But this year a new … More Using LED lights to reduce bycatch in gillnet fisheries
Written by Charlie Gregory Cueva del Azufre is a complex cave system in southern Mexico with incredibly harsh conditions which make it seem almost impossible for any form of life to survive there. But despite waters filled with over 50 times the lethal dose of toxic hydrogen sulphide, a near complete absence of light and … More The incredible fish living in a toxic Mexican cave system
How do you like your eggs? If it’s not ‘being imitated by a jellyfish’ then you’re in the wrong place. Some animals are so distinctive in shape, size and colour that we can’t help but see similarities between them and things from our everyday lives. Marine biologists in particular are known for doing this, with … More Sunny side up: the fried egg jellyfish
If unchecked climate change is going to affect just about every aspect of our lives over the next century. But new research has shown that one thing that might seriously change is the size of waves in different parts of the world. For many people the sight and sound of waves can be a soothing … More How will climate change affect waves?
Happy Birthday to us!!! Marine Madness turns one year old today and what a year it has been. Today marks the one year anniversary of the very first blog post on Marine Madness. 365 days, 71 posts and 85,642 words later, and it is still going strong. When I created and started writing the blog … More Looking back at the first year of Marine Madness
Written by George Brett In 2019 most of us are becoming more aware of humanity’s ever-increasing carbon output and its subsequent impacts on the natural world. It seems like nowadays you cannot turn on the TV without hearing mention of climate change and all its associated nasties. But when was the last time you remember … More Ocean acidification & coral reefs
A new autonomous submersible device from the mind behind the Roomba could do to invasive lionfish what its predecessor does to dirty floors – get rid of them. If successful it could be a major environmental boost to Caribbean coral reefs. In the last couple of decades an invasion of non-native lionfish in the Caribbean … More The ‘Roomba of the sea’ hoovering up invasive lionfish
In a surprising twist to the new Pokémon games Sword & Shield, Nintendo have re-designed the coral Pokémon Corsola to have bleached due to ‘sudden climate change’. It is a stark and symbolic reminder of how we are changing the planet form an unlikely source. Nintendo’s ‘Pokémon’ is a hugely popular global franchise featuring a … More Even Pokémon are suffering from coral bleaching