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Manta Ray

The Giant Manta Ray is the largest living ray and a very impressive sight underwater. Mantas migrate vast distances, crossing international boundaries, in search of food. Products from manta rays have a high value in international markets, and targeted fisheries hunt them for their valuable gill rakers used in traditional Chinese medicine. Monitoring and regulation of the exploitation and trade of manta rays is urgently needed, as well as protection of key habitats.

Cleaner fish are well known to divers on the reef. They eat parasites from much larger fish, many of which are normally predators. Some...
loggerhead turtle

For turtle hatchlings struggling to reach the sea, success may depend on having flexible wrists that allow them to move without disturbing too much...

Is it important that global warming turns fish deaf? Yes. For coral reef fish, sound is vital for them to judge where to settle...

A new genetic analysis of Antarctic minke whales concludes that population of these smaller baleen whales have not increased as a result of the...

The rate and extent of coral loss are greater than expected, American researchers have found. And the reduction of coral rapidly causes a...

The Squat Lobster, Galathea strigosa, likes to hide in crevices, sometimes clinging upside down to the ceiling. You see it most commonly at...

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has headed off to sea on a campaign to defend the Mediterranean and halt destructive bluefin tuna fishing operations....
Bullethead Parrotfish, Chlorurus sordidus

Jobs, ecotourism and diving industries can benefit from having a diverse supply of weed-eating fish on the world’s coral reefs, scientists say. Despite their small size, relative to the sharks and whales that often get more attention, herbivorous fish play a vital role in maintaining the health of coral reefs, which support the livelihoods of 500 million people worldwide, according to a study published this month in the journal Ecology.

More than 50 new species, including sharks, shrimp, and reef-building corals, have been found in Indonesian West Papua (Irian Jaya). The region, however, is...