For the first time, Britain’s Royal Mail has issued stamps championing an environmental issue – and that issue is over-fishing.
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 […]
The massive Conger Eel grows to almost 3 m (10 ft) long, the females often being bigger than the males. At night they hunt fish and crustaceans like crabs and lobsters. In spite of this divers often see crustaceans sharing a hole with a conger. Congers breed only once in their lives, at between 5 and 15 years of age. They migrate to deep water to spawn – some sources say as deep as 4000 m.
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 […]
If you have dived in the Red Sea, Indian or Eastern Pacific Ocean, you will probably have seen shoals of these small black fish. They live on coral and rocky reefs at depths of 1 to 55 m. Do not rely on the name for identification. When young, the threespot dascyllus does indeed have three […]
A large mouth, eyes set high on the head and its tufted tentacles above each eye give the Tompot Blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) a comical appearance. A much smaller fringed tentacle is positioned on the nostril beneath each eye.
The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. The tail’s exceptional flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other. Researchers are hoping to use a similar structure […]
The proportions of sardines and anchovies in the diet of pelicans, gulls and terns in spring, can signal the need to reduce fishing efforts in the ensuing season and prevent a fisheries collapse.
Fiji achieves first sustainable tuna fishing award, the fourth country in the South Pacific to do so.
Scientists say mercury released into the air and then deposited into the oceans contaminates seafood that is eaten by people across the world. Over the past century, mercury pollution in the surface ocean has more than doubled, as a result of past and present human activities such as coal burning, mining, and other industrial processes. […]