breeze block helping to regenerate reefs

An older section of the artificial reef showing signs of colonisation. Photo: R. Aspinall/Triggerfish Photography

Caribbean coral reefs have suffered the effects of hurricanes, overfishing, El Niño events, pollution, invasive species, sea urchin die-off and mass tourism – some loosing over 90% of their coral cover. But in Grenada one project is using towers of concrete to create new “reefs” for marine life to colonize. more at

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first Atlantic based marine monument named

here an octopus, basket star, bivalves, and dozens of cup coral all share the same overhang. The cup corals are Desmophyllum. Image: Deepwater Canyons 2013 - Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS.

The US government has officially created the first Atlantic-based national marine monument off the coast of Cape Cod – the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. It covers an area of 4,913 square miles and is an underwater version of Yellowstone with a forest, caverns, plant life, and marine creatures. Many activists are celebrating the new monument’s creation while […]

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get a good laugh from this googly-eyed sea creature

google-eye cephalopod

Researchers aboard the research ship Nautilus combing the sea floor off the California coast last week came across a two prominent eyes in a bright purple body staring back at them some 3,000 feet below the surface. This cephalopod with “googly eyes,” as one of the observers put it soon had everyone on the ship laughing uncontrollably. The stubby squid (Rossia pacifica) looks like […]

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Lionfish invasion comes to Mediterranean


Lionfish have managed to establish themselves in the ocean waters from Florida to South America and much of the Gulf of Mexico since they were released (accidentally or purposely) into these waters – far outside their native western Pacific range – and have become a dominate predator. The Mediterranean has seen an occasion lionfish spotting but not the like the fast spread […]

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