The Finding Nemo Project is expected to have wide implications for reef research.
This Mayan Cichlid
is native to the Yucatan in Mexico and to Central America.
A New Species
of Coral Found Off the Coast of Oman
At 28 feet high,
the Kelp Forest in the Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world.
350 Miles West of the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Megamouth Shark when first discovered in 1976, new shark family, genus, and species names had to be created.
Many Amphibians, such as this South American Red-Eyed Tree Frog, face decline, researchers warn.
The Finding Nemo Project Protects Fish Populations.
A research project has found that more than half of all clownfish
return to where they were born after being swept out to sea. Scientists from north Queensland and France worked together
at reefs off Papua New Guinea, using a new way to track adult clownfish and their offspring. Research leader Dr. Glenn
Almany says the research technique was also tested on butterfly fish and will be trialed later this year on coral trout
off Great Keppel Island. "We're fairly confident that our technique can be widely applied to a huge variety of species
in the sea incrementally, then we can gain more knowledge about patterns of movement in between populations," he said.
"That's going to enable us to make some important management decisions about how to best protect and conserve these fish
populations." Dr. Almany says the 'Finding Nemo' project will have wide implications for reef research. Click
The Mayan cichlid is native to the Central American Atlantic slope waters of southeastern
Mexico (including the Yucatán Peninsula), Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The original type specimen came
from Lake Petén in Guatemala. Non-indigenous populations of Mayan cichlids, first reported in 1983, are now well
established in portions of Florida Bay and the Everglades in southern Florida, USA. Click
Two new species of coral have been discovered off the Omani coast, as well as
other existing coral species that had previously not been known to live in the area. There are now estimated to be
approximately 130 species of coral off the coast of Oman, much more than was formerly thought to subsist in the region.
Scientists believe there are probably at least twenty more species yet to be discovered, possibly including five more
new to science. Click
At the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California, The Living Kelp Forest Aquarium looks so natural
you may think you're looking through a window into the bay. Sardines, leopard sharks, wolf-eels and a host of other
fishes weave among the fronds of kelp, just as they do in the wild. The exhibit opens to the sky and the light streaming
through the amber fronds helps the kelp grow more than 4 inches a day. In this forest, kelp is king! Click
a Surge in
The first commercial venture into growing vast plankton blooms big enough to suck carbon from the
atmosphere starts this month. Tons of powdered iron will be poured into the Pacific to induce the growth of blooms big
enough to be seen from space. The scheme’s backers believe that the iron seeding technique could radically reduce the
carbon in the atmosphere and will open up a multimillion-pound carbon-offsetting industry. Simultaneously, they hope to
reverse the decline in plankton levels, which are estimated to have fallen by at least 9 per cent in the past two
Deep in the
Although only 37 confirmed sightings of Megamouth sharks are reported, this species is now known from
Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans. As with the two other filter-feeding sharks, the basking, and whale sharks, this
species is wide-ranging. However, the Megamouth is considered to be less active and a poorer swimmer than the basking or
whale sharks. Poor mobility likely is a reflection of its flabby body, soft fins, asymmetrical tail, lack of keels and
weak calcification. There are conflicting hypotheses regarding the evolutionary relationships between the Megamouth
Sharks and other sharks.
Even though they had the ability to evolve and survive for hundreds of millions of years - since before
the time of the dinosaurs and through many climatic regimes - the massive, worldwide decline of amphibians can best be
understood by their inability to keep pace with the current rate of global change, a new study suggests. Click
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