David vs. Goliath, Coral Style

An incredible natural history observation of coral polyps teaming up to eat a jellyfish (here is the short article and a summary article from Nat Geo here). Reminds me of our own Betsy Stoner’s documentation of a worm eating upside-down jellyfish.  The ocean is cool.

By | 2018-08-08T21:51:14+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Categories: Coral, food webs, jellyfish|0 Comments

Plastic Gives Coral Gangrene

Well at least a coral analog of gangrene. We posted this week on a push to ban plastic bags in The Bahamas, and this is one reason why. This article describes a recent paper in Science that discusses the global plague of coral disease driven by plastics.

By | 2018-01-25T21:06:47+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Categories: Coral, Disease|0 Comments

18th century navigation maps reveal extensive losses to Florida Key’s reefs

It appears that declines of coral reefs have been going on longer than we thought. Recent research using old navigation maps from the late 1700s showed that coral reefs in the Florida Keys were much more extensive than previously believed, with the new estimates suggesting a ~50% reduction of total coral reef area (being converted to seagrass beds) since […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:01:50+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Categories: Climate Change, conservation, Coral, Current Events|0 Comments

‘New Virtual Dive Gallery Puts National Marine Sanctuaries at the Tip of Your Fingers’

In case anyone needs a quick break, take a virtual snorkel break with NOAA’s beautiful photography gallery.  HERE is a recent article NOAA posted for its debut and the the virtual tours can be found HERE. Enjoy.

 

By | 2017-05-16T15:19:13+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Categories: conservation, Coral, marine protected areas|0 Comments

Fish pee on coral reefs in the Caribbean makes Canadian Broadcasting Company

An interview I did a few months ago for Quarks and Quirks on CBC radio recently aired.  Yes, of course, it is more about fish pee, but I thought I would post it all the same.  It is pretty funny. Scroll down a bit for the actual interview.

‘Tiny Grazers Could Help Save Caribbean Reefs’

Some positive news for our Caribbean coral reefs! Research from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute reports that small algae-eating fish and sea urchins may be taking the place of Diadema, a large sea urchin that suffered severe declines in the 1970s from a widespread disease. Read HERE for more details.

 

By | 2017-01-15T00:20:28+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Categories: Coral, Fish, Invertebrates|Tags: , |0 Comments

Corals influence the microbial community around them

A recent study found that corals influence the microbial community surrounding them by both consuming them and facilitating microbial growth. See popular news articles here and here and a brief summary below.

The researchers used a lab experiment to test how the presence and absence of corals affected microbial communities present in seawater. When corals were placed […]

By | 2016-11-15T16:04:11+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Coral, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Signs of resilience in pacific coral reefs

It is truly uplifting to find any positive news about the state of the worlds’ coral reefs anywhere.  A resent research survey found that the reefs around Phoenix Island, a region halfway between Fiji and Hawaii, were teaming with healthy coral.  These corals had previously been devastated in 2003, and had been slow to recover.  Scientists were worried that the recent […]

By | 2016-10-01T14:44:04+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Categories: Climate Change, Coral, Current Events, Global change|1 Comment

Coral restoration: New plans to transplant a million corals in the Caribbean and Florida keys

Here is a short summary of the upcoming plans in restoring hard, reef–building coral species  into the Caribbean and along the southern Floridian coastline. Click here to see what restoration initiatives Mote Marine Lab, The Nature Conservancy, and several other U.S. and international partners have for our coral reefs.

By | 2016-09-13T00:06:22+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Categories: Coral, Restoration|Tags: , , , |0 Comments