“The story of jellyfish… is a significant part of the environmental story. Berwald’s engaging account of these delicate, often ignored creatures shows how much they matter to our ocean’s future” – New York Times If you were to write a list of the most interesting and important creatures in our oceans the humble jellyfish is … More Book club: ‘Spineless’ by Juli Berwald
It is one of the “most extreme” examples of animal regeneration ever seen. Two species of sea slugs can pop off their heads and regrow their entire bodies from the noggin down, scientists in Japan recently discovered. This incredible feat of regeneration can be achieved in just a couple of weeks and is absolutely mind-blowing. … More Solar-powered sea slugs chop off their heads and grow new bodies
True Tales of Exploring the Deep Sea, Discovering Hidden Life and Selling the Seabed The deep sea is the least explored ecosystem on Earth and as a result our understanding of the creatures that live there and the vital roles they play have long been overlooked. But with advancements in technologies and a long list … More Book club: ‘The Brilliant Abyss’ by Helen Scales
‘Eye-opening’ – Sunday Times Despite being the largest and most diverse group of all the vertebrates, fish are also one of the most misunderstood and exploited groups of animals on the planet. A majority of people imagine that fish are unfeeling, unintelligent and unremarkable, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In his 2016 … More Book club: ‘What a fish knows’ by Jonathan Balcombe
‘A broad view of the narwhal’s history and legend, remaining awestruck and deeply concerned for a species that remains a miraculous creation’ – Booklist. Narwhals are one of the most unique and mysterious of all the cetaceans. They spend their lives hidden in one of the few environments still unconquered by man. This makes them … More Book club: ‘Narwhals’ by Todd McLeish
Written by Eve Dean The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has been portrayed as a ferocious ‘mindless eating machine’ for generations. Fears, fuelled by the media and movies, lurk in the back of people’s minds every time they step into the ocean. However, there is a creature who has, in recent years, gone head to … More Great white sharks: top predators or unlikely prey?
I recently (virtually) met with children’s author and marine conservation enthusiast Richard Shore to talk about his popular series – Hurrahtum Adventures! I wanted to know more about why he writes educational children’s books and the role they can play in inspiring future conservationists and ocean lovers. As well as more about his brand new … More An interview with Richard Shore – author of Hurrahtum Adventures!
Written by Alicia Shephard In 2020 it was announced that the Great Barrier Reef had lost more than half of its corals since 1995, due mainly to warmer seas driven by climate change. But it was also the year that plans for a huge coral biobank were announced in Australia. The purpose? To provide a … More More than just a pretty reef: why corals are so important and how they might be saved
‘A life-belt for the planet. Read this book and change the world.’ To kick-off the New Year, we are starting off with a book club review with a twist. For the first time ever, this month’s featured book is not primarily ocean themed at all. Instead Tony Juniper’s ‘What has nature ever done for us?’ … More Book club: ‘What has nature ever done for us?” by Tony Juniper
A new study based in the UK is now underway to determine if the genes of the rapidly-healing zebrafish can help people afflicted by scarring. If successful it could be life changing for millions of people. Last month saw the start of a new five-year study, led by researchers from the University of Bristol, into … More Zebrafish genes may hold the key to fixing human scars