The kids are alright – or are they? How warming oceans affect life stages differently

Written by Oscar Speed Anthropogenic climate change is causing global rises in both air temperatures and sea surface temperatures (SSTs) through the pumping of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. This is no longer debated. Extreme Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predictions show potential SST increases of over 3°C by 2100. Though … More The kids are alright – or are they? How warming oceans affect life stages differently

Seagrasses: The ocean’s real superheroes

When we think superheroes, we think big, powerful and majestic, right? So, in the ocean, the superheroes have to be the all-powerful orcas, stealthy sharks or sentient whales? Wrong! These apex predators constitute an integral part of the marine food web and represent the top tier within the hierarchy, but the magic begins right at … More Seagrasses: The ocean’s real superheroes

Great white sharks: top predators or unlikely prey?

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?

More than just a pretty reef: why corals are so important and how they might be saved

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

Over 1.5 billion Covid-19 face masks estimated to enter oceans in 2020

A new report released this week has revealed that the global Covid-19 pandemic has seriously increased the amount of plastic pollution entering the marine environment due to a surge in disposable face masks and other PPE. It highlights yet again how our short sightedness is negatively effecting the world around us. As if 2020 hasn’t … More Over 1.5 billion Covid-19 face masks estimated to enter oceans in 2020

Fish carcasses deliver toxic mercury pollution to the deepest parts of the ocean

A new study into deep-sea fish and crustaceans has revealed the presence of anthropogenic mercury pollution at the deepest points in the ocean, including the Marianna Trench. Researchers suggest that the most likely source of the toxic chemical is the sinking bodies of dead fish from the surface. Mercury pollution in the ocean is an … More Fish carcasses deliver toxic mercury pollution to the deepest parts of the ocean

Oceans becoming more stratified due to global warming

A worrying new study, by a group of international researchers from China and the US, has found that our oceans are becoming more layered and resistant to vertical mixing, due to increased warming at the surface from climate change. In the ocean, stratification occurs between water with different physical properties, such as temperature, salinity and … More Oceans becoming more stratified due to global warming

Massive iceberg on alarming collision course with marine life haven

The world’s largest iceberg, A68a, is currently on course to ground itself off the coast of sub-Antarctic island South Georgia, which could have some serious negative implications for local marine life including penguins and seals. In 2017, A68a became the largest iceberg in the world’s oceans when it broke off from the Antarctic Peninsula. Ever … More Massive iceberg on alarming collision course with marine life haven

The beluga whales leading the way for marine mammal rehabilitation

Written by Alicia Shephard After a decade of being held captive for entertainment, two beluga whales are being re-released into the ocean – paving the way for marine mammal rehabilitation around the world. After being ripped from their home at just three years old and forced to spend over 10 years in captivity, ‘Little Grey’ … More The beluga whales leading the way for marine mammal rehabilitation

Fake turtle eggs used to track poachers via GPS

A new study using artificial sea turtle eggs containing GPS loggers (known as InvestEGGators) has successfully revealed local poaching activity in Costa Rica, whilst also highlighting the effectiveness of this novel technology for future use. In today’s oceans sea turtles are faced with a long list of issues that pose a threat to their survival, … More Fake turtle eggs used to track poachers via GPS