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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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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widespread coral bleaching

NOAA predicts that by the end of this year nearly all U.S. coral reefs will have experienced stressful bleaching conditions and they state that globally corals are experiencing widespread bleaching from high ocean temperatures. Stressful conditions in the Pacific and Caribbean could last into early 2016. The NOAA’s Coral Watch Report blames this year’s strong El Niño are mostly to […]

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UN: GBR not in danger, needs TLC

The United Nations conservation experts stopped short of classifying he Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage site, as “in danger.” This despite the overall outlook for the reef remains poor and Australia needs to improve its management. The Report cited the impacts of development, climate change, and water pollution as major threats. The experts’ recommendation now goes to a vote […]

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