Butterflyfish depend on food and shelter provided by coral reefs, but they steer clear of those that have come in contact with seaweed. Researchers suggest this may be a strong indicator of their awareness of reef health.
A dangerous fishing tactic used in Tanzania threatens local marine life. Despite laws prohibiting what's commonly known as blast fishing because explosives are involved, homemade bottle bombs are continually tossed into the sea, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of fish at a time and critical coral reefs.
Although fish biomass is often used to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation efforts, a new study suggests the metric doesn't provide the whole story. As a result, researchers are calling for the establihsment and maintenance of larger, more permanent "protected areas" for marine life to thrive.
Turbid or cloudy waters may help corals survive climate change by shading the iconic reefs from excess, damaging sun exposure.
Corals release their eggs and sperm based on photosynthetic cues provided by moonlight. However, when artificial light pollution interferes with natural light, corals fail to spawn. This could have serious impacts on threatened reefs.
Even corals adapted to warmer waters, such as those living along reefs in Kimberly Australia, are particularly vulnerable to climate change and increased rates of bleaching.
Can beauty be measured? A recent study assigned numbers to the appearance of coral reefs worldwide, then compared this with scientists' assessments of the reefs' health.
Captured damselfish release a chemical distress call that confuses their attackers by calling other predators to the area. The ensuing competition buys them enough time to flee.
Along with micro-beads, we've talked about commercial sunscreens and their effect on marine life. A recent study found that a chemical ingredient found in most sunscreens and roughly 3,500 products is killing young coral.
It's official, our oceans are experiencing a coral bleaching event on a global scale. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), countless simultaneous reef bleaching incidents culminated in to one massive and connected event, formally declared the third global bleaching event ever recorded.
A new study suggests that a nutrient-rich, balanced diet can boost coral resilience under thermal stress, which can be caused by climate change.
The earliest North American coral species that reappeared following the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction were found at New York Canyon in Nevada. This sheds light on the corals' survival and recovery.
Scientists have found a new tool for combating Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS) that threaten the Great Barrier Reef: Household vinegar, which has proven to kill the starfish in lab settings and is a cheaper alternative to current drugs.
Coral reefs throughout the Pacific are facing increasing rates of coral bleaching, according to the NOAA. This is a result of warming ocean temperatures and corals are expected to endure this stress through October.