Epaulette sharks are a small group of sharks capable of walking above and below the water on modified fins, but recent discoveries are uncovering even more interesting facts about these amazing animals. The idea of a shark that can chase you across a beach may sound like the stuff of nightmares, but in reality the … More Newly discovered sharks can walk on their fins
Marine snow plays an important role in carbon storage and nutrient recycling in our oceans, but our impacts are starting to alter this natural phenomenon in a big way. Every day large amounts of waste materials generated by natural processes fall through the water column in our oceans and settle on the seafloor. This is … More The snow that falls to the bottom of the sea
After months of extreme burning and a resulting ecological crisis that has caught the attention of the entire world, the Australian bushfires are starting to die down. However there may still be some serious problems to follow in the marine environment surrounding the continent. There has been no escaping it in recent weeks. Extreme conditions … More What are the potential impacts on marine life from the Australian bushfires?
Oarfish are the world’s longest bony fish, capable of reaching well over 30 feet in length, and also the inspiration for many fantastic tales of sea serpents. But these ‘monsters’ are actually one of the most misunderstood creatures in our oceans. Whether it is hiding in the corners of old nautical maps or starring in … More The real life ‘sea serpents’ behind the maritime legends
There are over 700 species of decorator crabs that cover their bodies with a wide range of unexpected ornaments. But these crustaceans are not dressing up to impress or get noticed. Although decorating is a trait that is only normally associated with humans we are by no means the only animals that like to … More Decorator crabs: dressing up to avoid attention
The pacific island nation of Palau has become the first country in the world to ban sun creams containing chemicals toxic to corals and other reef animals. It is hoped that similar bans in other tourist hotspots could help reduce pressure on struggling reefs. There aren’t many things as synonymous with tropical holidays as sun … More Palau bans ‘toxic’ sun creams to protect coral reefs
If unchecked climate change is going to affect just about every aspect of our lives over the next century. But new research has shown that one thing that might seriously change is the size of waves in different parts of the world. For many people the sight and sound of waves can be a soothing … More How will climate change affect waves?
Written by George Brett In 2019 most of us are becoming more aware of humanity’s ever-increasing carbon output and its subsequent impacts on the natural world. It seems like nowadays you cannot turn on the TV without hearing mention of climate change and all its associated nasties. But when was the last time you remember … More Ocean acidification & coral reefs
A new autonomous submersible device from the mind behind the Roomba could do to invasive lionfish what its predecessor does to dirty floors – get rid of them. If successful it could be a major environmental boost to Caribbean coral reefs. In the last couple of decades an invasion of non-native lionfish in the Caribbean … More The ‘Roomba of the sea’ hoovering up invasive lionfish
Last week the Underwater Film Festival took place in Cornwall for the first time. It was a fantastic celebration of our oceans featuring incredible underwater imagery from a variety of talented professionals and students. The Underwater Film Festival 2019 was the second annual event, organised and sponsored by dive clothing company Fourth Element, to help … More Review: Underwater Film Festival 2019