Right now our own @rmacpherson is in the Pacific, talking coral and shark conservation Fiji. In honour of his trip, here is a beautiful video of 100% live acroporid coral cover in the nearby Solomon Islands, shot by Bruce Carlson. I offer it as evidence for this TGIF that there are still many beautiful and . . . → Read More: TGIF – 100% live coral cover
Battle lines are drawn and chemical warfare commences between alga (left) and coral (right). Img: Jennifer Smith I was lucky enough to attend an all-day workshop today, just down the road at Georgia Tech, where Prof. Mark Hay organised the Teasley Symposium on the interactions between corals and seaweeds on reefs. Like many, I was . . . → Read More: Turf wars
Exallias brevis male My good colleague Dr. Bruce Carlson just uploaded a very nice short YouTube video about a reef blenny called Exallias brevis. Exallias is fairly special (but by no means unique) not just because it’s quite the looker, but because it is a coral predator. Like many blennies it has a mouth that . . . → Read More: TGIF – Exallias brevis, a very special fish
From BBC Earth Youtube page: Phillipe Coustaeau and the team dive in the Red Sea, one of the warmest seas in the world. Despite the warm temperatures, coral reefs flourish with their flourescent pigmentation putting on an amazing show of technicolour. Fantastic clip taken from the BBC Oceans series. Visit http://www.bbcearth.com for all the . . . → Read More: TGIF – Underwater Fluorescent Disco
“Bula!” (That’s Fijian for “Yo, wassup!“) Following a successful premier this past Monday in the Fiji capital of Suva, I’m proud to bring you the new short documentary, Shark Hope. Produced by the Coral Reef Alliance and The Pew Environment Group’s Global Shark Conservation Campaign, the film is an entirely Fijian effort that details . . . → Read More: Shark Hope
Ten days ago I had a conversation with Dr. Mark Hay from Georgia Tech where he was at the Aquarius ReefBase habitat on the bottom of the Florida Keys and I was at the ice breaker for the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums meeting hosted at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. We were talking about . . . → Read More: A conversation with Mark Hay aboard the Aquarius habitat
Coomera brayi Dove & Cribb 1995 Hi, my name’s Al and I’m a parasitologist (Hi Al!) #AA I’ve just read a most remarkable paper by my PhD advisor, Dr. Tom Cribb (University of Queensland), and his close colleague Dr. Rod Bray (NHM London, ret.). In it, they describe patterns in the history of taxonomic . . . → Read More: Its the end of the worm as we know it
Acropora millepora aquarium colony grown from fragment, www.reefclub.or.kr One of the defining decision points of life: Settle-down and make a living close to the familiar particulars of your birthplace or venture out to get a fresh start and be exposed to additional opportunities and experiences that “somewhere else” could open up. In addition to vexing . . . → Read More: Red Means Go: Coral, Color, and Climate Change
Photograph of Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) with lionfish (Pterois volitans) protruding from its mouth. Image © 2010, Florida Sportsman, www.floridasportsman.com Feed a fish a fish, it eats for a day; Teach a fish to fish, it eats forever. That basically seems to be the crux of a discussion currently playing out on NOAA’s online Coral . . . → Read More: What’s Eating You?
The latest PSA from filmmaker/scientist Randy Olson.