The effects of offshore wind farms on marine life

Written by Owen Harris Increasing awareness about anthropogenic climate change and mounting public pressure has led to many countries committing to reduce their use of fossil fuels and increase their development of renewable energy sources. Although the switch to renewable energy will have an overall positive effect on the global climate and natural world, the … More The effects of offshore wind farms on marine life

Return to the big blue: a sea turtle’s release from rehab

Written by Miranda S. Altice The adrenaline is still pulsing through my veins, making my hands tremble and my heart pound. A perma-grin is smeared on my face, “Probably for forever,” I had said earlier. Thinking back from just an hour before, I can still feel Evergreen’s smooth, scaley flipper flapping relentlessly against my arms… … More Return to the big blue: a sea turtle’s release from rehab

The first marine fish extinction of the modern era

A new study has recently confirmed the extinction of the smooth handfish, the very first marine fish species to be declared officially extinct in the modern era. So what went wrong for these bottom-dwelling fish? And what lessons can we learn from their untimely demise? Unfortunately, extinctions of marine species are nothing new in our … More The first marine fish extinction of the modern era

Satellite-tagged seals and underwater robots uncover new ocean currents

Two new studies from the University of Gothenburg, utilizing novel research techniques involving tagged elephant seals and robotic gliders, have uncovered new small-scale ocean currents in the Southern Ocean and highlighted their big importance. As the technology available to researchers has improved over time, the only limiting factor to what can be uncovered about our … More Satellite-tagged seals and underwater robots uncover new ocean currents

Book Club: ‘Vast Expanses’ by Helen M. Rozwadowski

‘A timely and useful oceancentric natural history of the ocean-human relationship… Rozwadowski thoroughly brings readers up to date on the essential issues of marine exploration, research and the environment’ – Booklist In ‘Vast Expanses: A History of the Oceans’ author Helen M. Rozwadowski delivers a complete yet concise retelling of the human-ocean relationship through both … More Book Club: ‘Vast Expanses’ by Helen M. Rozwadowski

What is fisheries-induced evolution?

Written by George Brett Since the concept of shifting baseline syndrome was first outlined in 1995, particular attention has been paid to the historical data regarding the size and levels of fish landings. Given the difficult nature of establishing accurate records, researchers have often turned to alternative means of gathering the data instead. One such … More What is fisheries-induced evolution?

The potential benefits of COVID-19 on marine wildlife

Written by Rebecca Greatorex As we continue to experience a global pandemic on a scale many of us have never seen before, I would like to discuss a rather overlooked group of animals which have also been affected by this global crisis – marine creatures. However, unlike us, they are likely to be affected in … More The potential benefits of COVID-19 on marine wildlife

Large number of microscopic organisms found living on the shells of turtles

New research has revealed that the shells of loggerhead turtles can support entire communities of microscopic life with a much greater abundance and diversity than previously realised, raising important questions about marine meiofauna and loggerhead conservation. Throughout the animal kingdom large animals have always played host to microscopic life, whether they are aware of it … More Large number of microscopic organisms found living on the shells of turtles

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

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