Sneaky turtles may create ‘decoy nests’ to throw off predators

New research focusing on post-nesting behaviour has shown that hawksbill and leatherback turtles randomly scatter sand surrounding their nests, to give the impression there are multiple nests grouped together, possibly in an attempt to confuse and deter egg predators. Turtle nesting is a key area of research in marine biology that is crucial to understanding … More Sneaky turtles may create ‘decoy nests’ to throw off predators

Book Club: ‘Sex in the Sea’ by Marah J. Hardt

‘Tales of marine love that are often as hilarious as they are disturbing’ – New York Post Combining a wealth of important information and intriguing innuendos, Dr Marah J. Hardt’s ‘Sex in the Sea’ provides a delightful insight into the reproductive behaviours of a range of marine creatures in our oceans. From gender-fluid fish and … More Book Club: ‘Sex in the Sea’ by Marah J. Hardt

Colourful bleaching: solving a coral conundrum

A new study has finally solved a puzzle amongst coral scientists as to why some reefs end up glowing in multi-colour after bleaching, instead of turning the usual ghostly white. It turns out that this strange anomaly may also be a good thing for coral reefs. There are few sights as distressing for marine biologists … More Colourful bleaching: solving a coral conundrum

Cartilage regeneration in little skates could hold the key to human therapies

A recent study by a group of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, has shown that little skates have an extraordinary ability to regenerate the cartilage in their skeletons, which could lead to potential treatments in humans. Cartilage is the resilient elastic tissue that surrounds our bones and the … More Cartilage regeneration in little skates could hold the key to human therapies

Healing with honey: my time working at the ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre

Written by Lorraine Aldridge The Glyfada ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre has been operating in Greece since 1994, thanks to support from the Municipality of Glyfada and the Ministry of the Environment. It was one of the first Sea Turtle Rescue Centres in the Mediterranean and continues to be the only one in Greece. I … More Healing with honey: my time working at the ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre

Stunning 24-man submarine ready to take tourists beneath the waves

Submarine manufacturers Triton have revealed their brand new submarine ‘DeepView 24’ capable of providing up to two dozen tourists with an unbeatable underwater experience like no other. It could potentially be a game changer in the sub-sea tourism industry. Last week submarine company Triton released their new commercial submersible ‘DeepView 24’ designed to give holiday … More Stunning 24-man submarine ready to take tourists beneath the waves

How low can we go? The importance & impacts of deep sea mining

Written by Jenny Hickman For centuries, the high seas have been a place of exploitation and misuse. The “out of sight, out of mind” attitude that pervades offshore activity has resulted in the ocean becoming steadily depleted of fish stocks and filling up with anthropogenic waste. For far too long it was believed that the … More How low can we go? The importance & impacts of deep sea mining

The science behind bioluminescent waves

Over the last few weeks beach-goers in California have been treated to a beautiful natural phenomenon, blooms of bioluminescent phytoplankton have turned crashing waves and other aquatic activities into a dazzling neon light show, but why and how is this really happening? During the last month the coastline of Southern California has been home to … More The science behind bioluminescent waves

Applying sensory ecology to fisheries & aquaculture: maximising efficiency whilst achieving sustainability

Written by Zuzanna Dusza Fisheries are critical to supplying a large proportion of the world’s animal protein, with demand for fish products increasing annually. As such, well maintained, sustainable and efficient fisheries and aquaculture systems will be crucial in order to continue meeting this demand in the future. However, it is clear that sustainable management … More Applying sensory ecology to fisheries & aquaculture: maximising efficiency whilst achieving sustainability

Using satellites to whale watch from space

Recent research has shown that satellite imagery is an effective and viable way of identifying and tracking the movement of large baleen whales. It could be set to revolutionise the way we monitor these ocean giants in the future. Accurately locating and tracking marine animals is one of the biggest limiting factors in our ability … More Using satellites to whale watch from space