Mangroves are one of the most financially valuable ecosystems on Earth. They protect us from storms and flooding and provide us with fish and eco-tourism. But we are losing them at an alarming rate right when we need them the most. Looking at a mangrove it is very hard to imagine it could be worth … More The money in mangroves: how our coastal forests save us billions
Researchers in Japan have discovered a new species of amphipod living behind the gills of a captive whale shark. It is the first of its kind to ever be found living inside such a large animal and has seriously surprised some scientists. The mouth of the world’s largest fish might not seem like the most … More New species of crustacean discovered in a whale shark’s mouth
Written by Nuri Steinmann Christian Vaterlaus and Connie Sacchi from Switzerland wanted to start over and begin a new life. They have done so in a quite bizarre way: They became sponge farmers. In Zanzibar they try to battle poverty, provide sustainable jobs and raise awareness for local marine conservation issues by cultivating sponges. It’s … More Sponge farming in Zanzibar
A new study has demonstrated that 3D printing may be a viable solution for helping to rebuild damaged coral reefs. It shows that reef fish and settling coral polyps can’t really tell the difference. But just how do you print a coral reef and how successful can it really be? The invention of 3D printing … More Could 3D printing help rebuild damaged coral reefs?
In a breath-taking new video scuba divers accidently stumble upon a massive squid egg sac. The floating gelatinous orb is a rare sight in the ocean and very little is known about them. So just how is this mesmerizing structure formed and why? Time and again wonders of the ocean are discovered and filmed that … More Mesmerizing gelatinous ‘orb’ houses thousands of baby squids
New thermal imaging cameras are being trialled on boats and harbours in an attempt to prevent collisions between whales and boats. But just how successful can they be at detecting whales and how far can they go in protecting them? Collisions between whales and boats have unfortunately become a very common occurrence in today’s oceans. … More Using infrared cameras to avoid whale collisions
In a beautiful new video an octopus named Heidi can be seen rapidly changing between multiple colours and patterns as she hangs suspended in a deep sleep. But does this fascinating behaviour mean she is dreaming? It is safe to say that marine biologist David Scheel has a rather unique house guest living in a … More Sleeping octopus shows off spectacular colour changes, but is it dreaming?
This week the IPCC released a special report focusing on how climate change is impacting our oceans and predicting the scale of future problems. Here I provide a summary of the key findings and clearly explain some of the bigger issues. On 25th September at the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in Monaco … More Breaking down the IPCC special report on climate change and our oceans
In one of the more bizarre stories of this week a female walrus capsized and sank a Russian Navy landing vessel to protect her calf. Whilst this is admittedly quite funny it also very symbolic of the problems facing walruses across a changing Arctic circle. Last week whilst exploring the Franz Josef Land archipelago a … More Walrus mother sinks Russian Navy ship to protect her calf
A giant mass of pumice rocks are currently floating across the Pacific Ocean from Tonga to Australia following a deep-sea volcanic eruption. The 150km squared ‘life raft’ could bring some much needed support to the Great Barrier Reef as marine animals, including new corals, hitch a ride. On 16th August sailing enthusiasts Michael Hoult … More Giant pumice raft could bring new life to the Great Barrier Reef