first Atlantic based marine monument named

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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extreme coral close-ups now possible

Two researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed an underwater microscope called the Benthic Underwater Microscope, or BUM, that allows divers to zoom in on wild corals and capture unprecedented features and behaviors. This new microscope is comprised of a lens, camera, and six bright LEDs that act as a flash contained within cylinder and controlled by an underwater computer. One behavior documented […]

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bubbles may protect coral reefs

New research suggests that blowing tiny bubbles through seawater may help protect coral reefs from increasingly acidic oceans by stripping dioxide (CO2) from the coastal marine environments and transferring it to the atmosphere. The technique used by Stanford scientists could provide a relatively inexpensive solution to this threat facing coral reefs today. It is estimated that 30 to 60 percent […]

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lab grown corals reproducing in wild

For the first time lab grown corals have integrated and reproduced with with a wild population. In 2011 SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) reared endangered elkhorn coral from field collected gametes and then replanted them in 2012. Four years later these corals have grown to soccer ball size and reproduced, simultaneously with the natural population. “This event marks the first ever successful […]

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