Corals are some of the most stunning organisms to have graced the planet, but they’re almost incredibly threatened. Now, an artist has re-created their bright colors and squiggly formations in a manner that’s ominously appropriate for the 21st century: with plastic garbage.
It’s been a long-ass week. And next week isn’t looking better. But I would urge you to take a break from our never ending freak show on the surface and feast your eyes on one of the most amazing things you will ever see courtesy of scientists aboard the E/V Nautilus—this incredible eel.
The Maldives are the lowest lying nation in the world. The highest point is just eight feet above sea level, meaning the country’s culture and fate are intimately tied to the vast ocean surrounding it.
By diving 500 feet down into the ocean’s twilight zone, a team from the California Academy of Sciences has learned that deeper-dwelling corals form entirely distinct ecosystems from those in shallow reefs—and they aren’t faring all that much better than their counterparts near the surface.
Bird turds can tell you a lot about an island. For instance, is it smelly or not? But also, how are the coral reefs doing?
A couple weeks ago, I met some corals for the first time off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. It was pretty rad. Now, I have a newfound appreciation for the animal and any good news about it.
Snapchat lenses might be considered “fun”—the collection of augmented reality animations you can add to your real-world snap includes a llama falling over and a head-banging cockatoo—but rarely do we think of them as educational. A team of animators is now trying to change that with a new set of lenses that raise…
For many communities in the coastal tropics, colorful corals stand as a natural buffer against the daily ebb and flow of the surf and the occasional big storm. But in the age of sea level rise, this steadfast protection may be waning.
It’s no secret the Great Barrier Reef is in dire straights thanks to human-caused global warming. But it turns out dramatic upheaval is nothing new for the world’s largest living thing.
Hawaii legislators approved a bill on Tuesday that would ban the sunscreen containing the ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate, an ingredient in 3,500+ of the world’s most popular brands that has been linked to the death of coral reefs.
The government of Australia announced on Sunday a plan to spend 500 million Australian dollars (roughly $379 million) on saving the Great Barrier Reef—the largest single investment ever committed towards the reef’s future, but that environmental activists say is still too little to preserve it in the face of climate…
Back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 killed one in every two corals on the Great Barrier Reef. Now, looking just at that first year of heat-inducted death, a team of Australian researchers has concluded that the character of the northern Great Barrier Reef has been forever altered.
As global temperatures rise, coral reefs are struggling—visibly. But while the link between overheated ocean water and reef death is well-documented, a new experiment is reminding scientists that the effects of ocean acidification could prove as catastrophic over the long run.
Coral reefs didn’t need more bad news. They’re already being cooked by climate change and mangled by fishing gear. But because this is the age of humans, they are also being poisoned by billions of bits of plastic.
You’ve heard it before: Climate change is killing coral reefs. I’m sorry to say this sad fact remains true and just got some additional confirmation.
Over the past two years, the Great Barrier Reef experienced unprecedented bleaching events that left hundreds of square miles of coral dead and dying. Events like this are only expected to continue as the planet’s temperature continues to rise. But amidst all the gloom and doom, a team of scientists are now offering a…
Last week, scientists reported that half of Hawaii’s coral reefs suffered serious bleaching in 2014 and 2015 as part of an ongoing, three-year global bleaching event that researchers are still trying to get a handle on. Hawaii is home to some of the most spectacular reefs in the U.S., which bring in around $800…
Old sailor’s tales about the seas being so full of fish you could walk on them, or oysters the size of frisbees, tend to inspire skepticism today, and for good reason—most of us have very little direct experience with the oceans, except for the occasional news article about how we’ve screwed it up beyond repair. But…
A global coral bleaching event that’s been killing reefs around the world since early 2015 finally appears to be ending, according to a report just released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. That said, reefs aren’t out of hot water yet.
Tubelip wrasses live on coral reefs stretching from the eastern coast of Africa to far-flung atolls in the South Pacific. They get their name from their bizarre lips, which are conspicuously curled, making them look like someone glued a PVC pipe onto their face. It’s these lips that allow the wrasse to feed on their…