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

Cartilage regeneration in little skates could hold the key to human therapies

A recent study by a group of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, has shown that little skates have an extraordinary ability to regenerate the cartilage in their skeletons, which could lead to potential treatments in humans. Cartilage is the resilient elastic tissue that surrounds our bones and the … More Cartilage regeneration in little skates could hold the key to human therapies

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

The science behind bioluminescent waves

Over the last few weeks beach-goers in California have been treated to a beautiful natural phenomenon, blooms of bioluminescent phytoplankton have turned crashing waves and other aquatic activities into a dazzling neon light show, but why and how is this really happening? During the last month the coastline of Southern California has been home to … More The science behind bioluminescent waves

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

Massive stringy creature adopts UFO-like feeding shape in deep sea discovery

A new video captured during a deep sea expedition has revealed an alien looking ‘silly string’ creature hunting prey in a mesmerizing disc-like shape. It is believed to be the biggest creature of its kind ever recorded and emphasizes how little we really know about the deep oceans. By now it should come as no … More Massive stringy creature adopts UFO-like feeding shape in deep sea discovery