Doing Things About Reef Health Helps Scientists Cope with Losses

DOING SOMETHING IS THE BEST REMEDY for marine biologists dealing with the continual cascade of depressing news about the fate of coral reefs, according to a recent article in The Atlantic magazine. “Everyone I spoke to talked about becoming very good at compartmentalizing—at acknowledging the scale of the tragedy, but also putting it aside to focus on their work,” wrote science writer Ed Yong in “How Coral Researchers Are Coping With the Death of Reefs.”

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“Meanwhile…”

THIS FANTASTIC VIDEO, ENTITLED “Meanwhile…”  is outside my own goal of explaining things, but it’s an awesome visualization of undersea life directed and shot by Italian filmmaker Sandro Bocci, with original music by Maurizio Morganti. I found it posted on the website of Aeon, a nonprofit site committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. CLOSE UP, SPEEDED UP  On Mr. Bocci’s website, the Julia Set Collection, he says: ” …Meanwhile… shows the world of marine animals like corals

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The Antikythera Shipwreck Yields New Hints of Ancient Roman World

ARMED WITH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES, MARINE ARCHAEOLOGISTS have returned to the “Antikythera Shipwreck,” the remains of a Roman-era cargo ship some 180 feet below the surface just off the Greek island of Antikythera. It was first discovered by sponge divers in 1900. In early October, the archaeologists revealed the discoveries from their 16-day 2017 expedition, including several important fragments of statuary – a plinth with two marble feet, part of a bronze toga or robe, a

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It’s a Lionfish Roomba for the Reef

IT’S LIKE A ROOMBA MACHINE THAT CAN VACUUM YOUR HOME, except that this robot vacuums up lionfishes. The folks who founded iRobot have used their expertise to  develop the Guardian LF1, a robot that can chase the invasive fishes down to otherwise inaccessible depths. In many areas, Lionfish Derbies and the enthusiasm of individual divers have done an admirable job of culling lionfishes from diver-friendly depths. But it’s clear that large numbers of lionfishes survive in deeper waters,

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Fish Versus Fishes

Fish: The food you buy at a seafood counter Fishes: The animals, both individuals and species, primarily in the classes Chondrichthyes (sharks and rays) and Osteichthyes (bony fishes), that live in the water column. As in, “There are a lot of fishes on that reef…. and a lot of types of fishes.”  On the other hand, an individual fish is a…fish.

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Fish Watching Fish

IT APPEARS THAT DIVERS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES who watch the fishes under the sea. The roughhead blenny at front center is clearly interested in the doings of the sharknose gobies (Elacatinus evelynae) sharing its coralhead on Bonaire. A ROOM WITH A VIEW   Basically, that’s what these little blennies do: Sit in their windows in the coral watching the world outside. And grabbing plankton out of the passing current. The gobies, of course, are waiting for a client to appear,

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The Sunken Heritage of Midway Atoll

THE NATIONAL OCEANIC & ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION’S Okeanos Explorer is pretty  much continually engaged in expeditions to understand the Earth’s seas and the life in it. BATTLE OF MIDWAY, JUNE, 1942   In this NOAA posting, Okeanos Explorer scientists/ explorers sought to mark this year’s 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and honor the legacy of the men who fought in this pivotal battle. LOST WARPLANES   “Warbirds on the Seafloor: Sunken Aircraft Archaeology and the Search for

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