The US military is pumping millions of dollars into researching whether or not a range of marine species could be used as secret spies. The project will determine if the sensory systems of ocean dwellers can be used as a low cost alternative to underwater surveillance equipment. Marine creatures have some of the most powerful … More Marine animals or underwater spies?
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
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
The loss of acoustically tagged sharks in a Marine Protected Area (MPA) have been shown to overlap with illegal fishing activity. Could electronic tags be used as ‘theft alarms’ to prevent the practise in the future? A paper published this week in Animal Biotelemetry has shown that the sudden loss of tracking data from sharks … More Using shark tags as ‘theft alarms’
An ambitious project aims to completely map all the coral reefs on the planet by 2020 using the world’s largest fleet of Earth-observing satellites. One of the most well-known and cited facts about the Great Barrier Reef is that it is so large it can be seen from space. But it turns out that using … More Saving coral reefs from space
The largest marine sinkhole in the world has been explored and mapped by a group of aquanauts including Sir Richard Branson and Fabien Cousteau. Over 40 miles off the coast of Belize lies one of the most bizarre and intriguing oceanographic features in the world, the Great Blue Hole. Measuring 1,043ft (318m) across and 407ft … More Exploring the Great Blue Hole
New tool can help scientists map the locations of marine animals from the water they’ve been swimming through. Marine ecosystems can be one of the most expensive, time consuming and logistically infuriating places to research for scientists. The oceans around the world are vast and searching through them to find a particular species is like … More Dawn of the eDNA era