Epaulette sharks are a small group of sharks capable of walking above and below the water on modified fins, but recent discoveries are uncovering even more interesting facts about these amazing animals. The idea of a shark that can chase you across a beach may sound like the stuff of nightmares, but in reality the … More Newly discovered sharks can walk on their fins
Marine snow plays an important role in carbon storage and nutrient recycling in our oceans, but our impacts are starting to alter this natural phenomenon in a big way. Every day large amounts of waste materials generated by natural processes fall through the water column in our oceans and settle on the seafloor. This is … More The snow that falls to the bottom of the sea
Marine conservation has never been more necessary than it is today with our oceans facing threats from all angles, most of which we have created. It is therefore more important than ever to inspire and educate people about our oceans and the marine life that inhabit them. One of the main ways I know how … More The role of art in marine conservation (with Debby Mason)
After months of extreme burning and a resulting ecological crisis that has caught the attention of the entire world, the Australian bushfires are starting to die down. However there may still be some serious problems to follow in the marine environment surrounding the continent. There has been no escaping it in recent weeks. Extreme conditions … More What are the potential impacts on marine life from the Australian bushfires?
Oarfish are the world’s longest bony fish, capable of reaching well over 30 feet in length, and also the inspiration for many fantastic tales of sea serpents. But these ‘monsters’ are actually one of the most misunderstood creatures in our oceans. Whether it is hiding in the corners of old nautical maps or starring in … More The real life ‘sea serpents’ behind the maritime legends
There are over 700 species of decorator crabs that cover their bodies with a wide range of unexpected ornaments. But these crustaceans are not dressing up to impress or get noticed. Although decorating is a trait that is only normally associated with humans we are by no means the only animals that like to … More Decorator crabs: dressing up to avoid attention
The pacific island nation of Palau has become the first country in the world to ban sun creams containing chemicals toxic to corals and other reef animals. It is hoped that similar bans in other tourist hotspots could help reduce pressure on struggling reefs. There aren’t many things as synonymous with tropical holidays as sun … More Palau bans ‘toxic’ sun creams to protect coral reefs