‘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

Coconut Scales on Red Mangroves

This past summer we reported scale insects on some Red Mangroves on Abaco. With the help of Dr. Emily Meineke, we recently confirmed the identity of the scale insects as Coconut Scales (Aspidiotus destructor). Coconut scales have been recorded on Red Mangrove previously so it is no surprise that we found them on Abaco. We also found […]

By | 2016-04-18T14:27:27+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Categories: Invertebrates, Mangroves and Creeks|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Lobsters just aren’t as friendly any more

An interesting characteristic of spiny lobsters is their gregarious nature. This dynamic is mediated through a chemical cue released in their urine which can be detected by the antennae of other lobsters. This cue is believed to have evolved as a means to quickly find shelter, thereby limiting predation risk. This new paper provides convincing evidence that this entire signaling […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:10+00:00 September 30th, 2015|Categories: Invertebrates, lobster, seagrass|0 Comments

2015 BREEF Teacher Training Workshop on San Salvador

We spent last week on San Salvador working with a group of 30 teachers from across The Bahamas at the Annual Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) Teacher Training Workshop! It was an extremely rewarding and fun experience for all involved. Thanks to BREEF for having us be a part of the workshop and to NSF  funding […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12+00:00 July 19th, 2015|Categories: citizen science, Education, Featured, Invertebrates, Mangroves and Creeks, seagrass|0 Comments

Sea Wasps Have Been Spotted

We have had a few reports around The Bahamas of box jellyfish known as Sea Wasps (now Alatina sp, but formerly Carybdea alata) showing up. The Caribbean Sea Wasp has 4 long tentacles, one on each side of its cube shaped bell. Typically, there will be blooms of Sea Wasps (as a result of spawning) around 10 days after a full moon. […]

By | 2015-06-17T08:39:57+00:00 June 17th, 2015|Categories: Invertebrates|5 Comments