Category Archives: environment

Deep Sea fish

Deep sea fish remove a million tonnes of CO2 every year from UK and Irish waters

Fish living in deep waters on the continental slope around the UK play an important role carrying carbon from the surface to the seafloor. It has been assumed that deep water fishes all depend on particles that fall from the surface for their energy. These bottom-living deep water fishes never come to the surface and […]

starfish, Pisaster ochraceus

Mysterious disease creates Zombie Starfish

Sick and dying starfish (sea stars) have appeared in a multitude of locations between Alaska and southern California. “It’s like a zombie wasteland,” says biologist Emily Tucker told Nature. “You’ll see detached arms crawling away from their body.” Called Sea Star Wasting Disease, it can cause the death of an infected starfish in just a […]

Seahorse app

App Helps Seahorse Research

Marine conservationists have launched a smartphone app in the hope of discovering new information about some of the ocean’s most mysterious and threatened animals — seahorses — and paving the way for similar efforts with other difficult-to-study species. With iSeahorse Explore, anyone can contribute to marine conservation with a few taps of their phone. The […]

jellyfish

Killer Robots Slash Jellyfish

Korean researchers test jellyfish-killing robots. Jellyfish cause the fishing industry to lose money by breaking fishing nets. They sting swimmers. They block the seawater cooling systems of power plants. In 2009, a ten-ton Japanese trawler capsized after the three man crew tried to haul up a net loaded with jellyfish. But does chopping millions of jellyfish up solve the problems?

Coral reef

’100 Years’ until Bleaching a Problem for Corals in Northern Red Sea

Warming seas around the world are threatening corals. But scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University have noticed that corals in Eilat, at the North of the Red Sea, remain healthy even when exposed to higher temperatures. They suggest that the area could be a unique refuge for coral reefs in the […]

Boops in Posidonia meadow

Posidonia in Peril: Save the Seagrass Meadows

Posidonia oceanica, a species of seagrass, is often referred to as the “lungs of the Mediterranean” because the seagrass meadows absorb carbon dioxide and output oxygen at twice the daily rate of tropical forests. Cow bream, Sarpa Salpa, over Posidonia oceanica seagrass in the Mediterranean Seagrasses store an estimated 27.4 million tonnes of carbon each […]