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Divers Decompressing

Hole-in-the-heart closure reduces risk of decompression sickness in divers

Closing a hole in the heart (a pfo) reduces the risk of decompression sickness by eliminating bubbles in the arteries after a dive
Coral Crab

SCUBA Divers cause coral disease and damage – it’s official

SCUBA diving and snorkelling are amongst the fastest growing tourism sectors. The increasing numbers mean many more people are aware of the beauty and...
Undersea Methane bubbles

Using sound to detect undersea methane might help measure greenhouse gas

Scientists have successfully recorded the sound of methane bubbles from the seafloor, opening the door to using acoustics to identify and measure this important...
Coral reef

Climate Change Remains a Threat to Corals

Hopes that coral reefs might be able to survive, and recover from, bleaching caused by climate change have grown dimmer for certain coral species. It was previously thought that corals may be able to take up stress-tolerant algae to provide critical nutrients, but they cannot do this for any length of time.
Deep sea octopus

Deep sea octopus broods eggs longer than any known animal – 4 years

Deep sea mother octopus looks after eggs for 4 and a half years - breaking records for any animal's brooding period.
Cuttlefish

Stealthy cuttlefish use electric cloaking

Cuttlefish are renown for their tremendous camouflage capabilities - changing the colour and texture of their skin to match their surroundings. They have another weapon in their hide and seek armoury though - electric cloaking.

Healthy Coral Reefs Hit Hard by Warmer Temperatures

Coral disease outbreaks have struck the healthiest sections of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where for the first time researchers have conclusively linked disease severity...
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...
SENSOR SNIFFS OUT METHANE IN DEEP-SEA VENTS AND COWS

Sensor sniffs out methane in deep-sea vents and cows

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat about 20 times more effectively than carbon dioxide. Understanding the sources of methane, and how...
Diver taking part in Malta underwater survey

Oceana identifies hundreds of marine species in Malta

Oceana has concluded its at-sea research in Malta to explore deep-sea areas, underwater caves and sandbanks. The project, co-financed by the EU, is the most...