Using infrared cameras to avoid whale collisions

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

The ‘salmon cannon’ helping fish to migrate (yes really)

A video of a fish transport system shooting salmon through a pneumatic style tube went viral over the weekend. But the comical contraption actually serves a very important role in helping the fish migrate. Footage of wild salmon flying through the air in plastic tubing has been unleashed onto the internet this weekend, and people … More The ‘salmon cannon’ helping fish to migrate (yes really)

Sleeping with the fishes: the evolution of REM cycles

A new study has revealed that Zebrafish undergo remarkably similar sleep patterns to the REM cycles of humans and other animals. It shows us that sleep is a much bigger part of our evolutionary history than previously thought. Sleep is one of the last great mysteries in the natural world. We know what happens to us … More Sleeping with the fishes: the evolution of REM cycles

New solar islands could turn oceanic CO2 back into clean fuels

A proposed new model for turning CO2 absorbed by the oceans back into clean fuels could help end our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce the effects of climate change. The ambitious new technology could be revolutionary but is still theoretical and unproven. So what are its chances of succeeding and how big an impact … More New solar islands could turn oceanic CO2 back into clean fuels

New ‘marine skin’ could revolutionise the study of marine animals

A new type of non-invasive and highly effective electronic tag is beginning to show its true potential. Capable of working up to two kilometres underwater and having almost zero impact on the animal it’s attached to, the ‘marine skin’ could be a game changer. Marine biologists have come a long way when it comes to … More New ‘marine skin’ could revolutionise the study of marine animals

Microfragmentation: how smashing up corals helps them grow faster

A new technique can speed up coral growth by 25 times by breaking them into tiny little pieces. Discovered accidentally the process could now help replenish coral reefs and protect them from degradation. But how does it work? And why is it so important? Dr David Vaughan was close to retirement several years ago before … More Microfragmentation: how smashing up corals helps them grow faster

Eyes in the sky: how drones are helping marine researchers

It turns out drones can be used for more helpful things than just shutting down major international airports. Marine biologists are using the technology to monitor marine life in new and exciting ways. But how do they aid researchers and what are the future possibilities? I talked to an expert to find out. Last January … More Eyes in the sky: how drones are helping marine researchers