A new study will help researchers understand the ways that marine animal larvae use sound as a cue to settle on coral reefs. The study has determined that sounds created by adult fish and invertebrates may not travel far enough for larvae -- which hatch in open ocean -- to hear them, meaning that the larvae might rely on other means to home in on a reef system.
A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will help researchers understand the ways that marine animal larvae use sound as a cue to settle on coral reefs. The study, published on August 23rd in the online journal...Show More Summary
The presidential proclamation will further protect coral reefs, endangered species.
Say you're scuba diving, enjoying the natural wonders of a coral reef, and all of a sudden you realize you forgot to send an important piece of mail. Never fear; Vanuatu Post has you covered. The world's only underwater post office is...Show More Summary
Kiribati Support Since 2005, we have worked with colleagues in the Republic of Kiribati to understand the effects of climate change and to build local research capacity. Monitoring the coral reefs of the Gilbert Islands, the main island chain, is vital to helping the Kiribati people respond to the existential threat of climate change. It…
Increasing acidity in the world’s oceans is affecting far more than coral reefs. A local researcher is studying how changing pH in seawater may alter the balance of life in tide pools along the North Coast. Bruce Robinson, KRCB North Bay Public Media, 20 August 2016. Audio.Filed under: Media coverage
Sen. Whitehouse discusses the calamity unfolding in our oceans as billions of tons of carbon pollution drive ocean acidification and warm our seas, leading to massive bleaching of the world’s coral reefs. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Youtube channel, 27 April 2016. Video.Filed under: Presentations, Web sites and blogs
An international team of researchers have shown that vulnerable coral populations in the eastern tropical Pacific have been completely isolated from the rest of the Pacific Ocean for at least the past two decades.
Reefs in areas depleted of big fish and their urine are also missing necessary nutrients like phosphorus.
Bedarra Island in Australia (photo courtesy Bedarra) The rain was beating against the window of my small helicopter as I flew over the endless blue waters of the Coral Sea. The Great Barrier Reef in the distance provided a momentary distraction as we broke through the clouds, and as if by [...]
by Ethan Linck The shaky science of Jill Stein continues. BART.GOV Did Jill Stein Inaccurately Tweet About Sea Level Rise?: Climate scientists are questioning Jill Stein’s recent tweet that “12.3M Americans could lose their homes due to a sea level rise of 9ft by 2050.”, saying that the figure exceeds even extreme estimates. Show More Summary
This week divers from different coastal communities around the world wrapped the bright yellow crime-scene tape around dead coral reefs in a series of underwater dives. The divers, associated with the climate change advocacy group 350.org, went underwater marking dead coral reefs in Samoa, the...
Rising ocean temperatures have led to large-scale bleaching of corals along the Great Barrier Reef, where over 90 percent of reefs have already been affected by bleaching. And now, scientists at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia have managed to film the behavior of a coral as...
Rising ocean temperatures have prompted devastating coral bleaching in Australia's Great Barrier Reef - and in some sections, at least 35 percent of bleached coral has died. Now scientists at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)...Show More Summary
Coral reefs are delicate ecosystems, which are endangered by climate change and human activities. The restoration of these underwater environments is typically carried out by transplanting corals from healthy reefs to compromised ones. This practice can be problematic, as it overlooks the local characteristics of each reef, and may reduce genetic diversity. read more
Large, carnivorous fish excrete almost half of the key nutrients, phosphorus and nitrogen, that are essential for the survival of coral reefs, report scientists, making them a key part of a coral reef ecosystem.
nationalaquarium: Our Animals of the Week are those living in our Blacktip Reef exhibit! Like the colossal Humphead Wrasse, also called the Napoleon Wrasse, which is one of the largest fish inhabiting coral reefs. These enormous fish can grow up to six feet and weigh a whopping 400 pounds! See more of our Blacktip Reef animals here. Love: giant charismatic bony fish
Coral reefs wouldn't be the same without their beautiful fish. A diversity of colorful, beautifully patterned species lives in tandem with coral reefs around the world, having adapted their appearance, body structure and lifestyle to take refuge in the folds of spiny, spongy, slippery reefs. read more
Devastated by unusually warm water in the Pacific, the reef is splashed with colors again, providing hope for reviving coral elsewhere.
Earlier this year, record warm ocean waters triggered a massive coral die off in the Great Barrier Reef, prompting a flurry of scientific research into the underlying cause. Now, for the first time, biologists have captured the process of coral bleaching as it happens, showing us how corals kill themselves in gory scientific detail. Read more...