Category Archives: science

Helmut Jellyfish

Strange marine animals found around the Canary Islands

Marine conservation group Oceana finds amazing array of marine life in Canary Islands expedition, from shallows to down to 1000m. Using ROVs (remotely operated underwater vehicles) as well as scuba divers to shallow depths, they documented large colonies of deep-sea white coral, crystal aggregations of sponges, dense forests of black corals, oceanic puffers, giant foraminifera, carnivorous sponges and sharks, as well as many other biological communities and species in the south of the El Hierro Island.

SCUBA Fish Count

Silent divers count more fish

SCUBA divers underestimate the amount of life in heavily-fished areas, a study suggests. Scientists from Australia compared fish counts by SCUBA divers—who produce noisy bubbles—and divers using silent rebreathers. They found little difference in counts between the two in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), where the fish weren’t frightened of the divers. In more heavily fished […]

Tiger Shark

Shark loss hits global ecosystems

The loss of sharks could contribute to the destruction of one of the planet’s most under-appreciated sources of carbon storage — seagrasses, according to FIU researchers. Not that sharks eat the seagrass, they don’t, but they do eat the turtles which feed in the seagrass meadows. Add this to the problems of pollution, mooring and […]

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 […]

Grey Reef Shark, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos

Shark-counting divers become citizen scientists

Divers monitor reef shark numbers as accurately, and cheaper, than automated tracking tools, a study suggests. Shark populations are thought to be declining globally, but a quick search of the IUCN’s Red List shows that for 67% of shark species the population trend is unknown. It’s difficult to monitor shark numbers due in part to […]

Turtle

42,000 Turtles legally killed each year

Over 42,000 turtles are legally killed each year, 80% of them endangered green turtles (Chelonia mydas), a study suggests. British scientists investigated which countries allowed turtles to be killed, and how many of each species died, the Diversity and Distributions Journal reported. Ten countries account for more than 90% of the catch, with Papua New […]

Southern Right Whale

Whale Watching from Space

But not by astronauts or space tourists. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey are using satellite images to detect and count southern right whales (Eubalaena australis). In recent years there have been over 420 deaths of these whales in their nursery grounds at Península Valdés in Argentina. (Out of a population last estimated at 2577 […]