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

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

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

Ocean acidification may cause corrosion of shark skin

Future acidic ocean conditions could corrode the minerals in the strong scale-like skin of sharks, it could lead to reduce swimming capabilities and exposure to increased CO2 in their blood. As our oceans become increasingly warm as a result of climate change, they are also becoming increasingly acidic as an increased amount of atmospheric CO2 … More Ocean acidification may cause corrosion of shark skin

Turtle hatchlings benefit from empty beaches due to global lockdown

As the world stays at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, turtle hatchlings are benefiting in a big way from the lack of people crowding onto nesting beaches. These are some strange and troubling times. We are currently in the midst of a global pandemic as the coronavirus spreads across the world, leaving a … More Turtle hatchlings benefit from empty beaches due to global lockdown

Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass bleaching event in five years

After record heatwaves in Australia, which led to the disastrous bushfires there earlier in the year, the Great Barrier Reef has now suffered widespread coral bleaching for the third time since 2016. Last week the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority announced to the world that it had collected enough data to conclude that the … More Great Barrier Reef suffers third mass bleaching event in five years