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Soft Coral is Reef Building

Scientists have long believed soft corals, one of the many endangered elements of marine life, are only minor contributors to the structure of coral...

Mapping Coral Disease Clusters in the Caribbean

In the last 30 years, more than 90 percent of the reef-building coral in the Caribbean has disappeared because of a disease of unknown...
Google Earth Image of halos at Heron Island

Google Earth Shows Marine Prey and Predator Interactions

Watching Google Earth over time could show the effects of predator removal, such as through fishing, nearly anywhere on Earth, according to a study published this week in Scientific Reports.
Coral Reef

Scientists Reveal New Technique to Monitor Coral Reef ‘Vital Signs’

With the world’s coral reefs threatened by coastal development, pollution, rising sea temperatures and other factors, scientists have developed a new method to monitor the health of these underwater ecosystems.
Bullethead Parrotfish, Chlorurus sordidus

Fish mucous cocoons: the mosquito nets of the sea

Researchers have found that fish have developed their own mosquito nets in order to get a good night's sleep.
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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.
Under the Sea

Killer Seaweed Damages Coral

Field studies have shown for the first time that several common species of seaweeds in both the Pacific (Fiji) and Caribbean (Panama) can kill...

Red and pink corals remain unprotected

A proposal to regulate trade in precious red and pink corals, widely used in jewellery, was defeated again at a CITES meeting this week.

Red Grouper create home for many animals

Researchers from Florida State University have found that Red Grouper (Epinephelus morio) dig out and maintain complex structures at the bottom of the sea....

Rare Algae Saves Caribbean Coral

A rare opportunity has allowed a team of scientists to evaluate corals--and the essential, photosynthetic algae that live inside their cells--before, during, and after...