Marine biology expedition in Malaysia video

This video says about itself:

SMEE Semporna Marine Ecological Expedition – Dr Bert Hoeksema

Biodiversity Team Leader [and coral specialist] – Dr Bert Hoeksema shares his views on the expedition.

Preliminary results from an expedition in the seas off Sabah, Malaysia have uncovered a huge diversity of marine life, says WWF. The three-week study also found that this part of the Coral Triangle might be the most biologically diverse area of our planet: here.

To be or not to be endangered? Listing of rare Hawaiian coral species called into question: here.

Elegance Coral can catch small prey with its purple tipped tentacles: here.

Coral bleaching? The picture’s not black and white: here.

Aquarium heralds exciting new era for coral research: here.

In pictures: The world’s most important corals in need of conservation: here.

NOAA-funded scientists have found extensive and biologically diverse coral ecosystems occurring at depths between 100-500 feet within a 12 mile span off the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico. With the overall health of shallow coral reefs and the abundance of reef fish in Puerto Rico in decline, this finding brings hope that deeper fish stocks may help to replenish stocks on shallower reefs: here.

The Edge Coral Reefs project, led by ZSL scientists, has identified 10 of the most at-risk coral species for protection: here.

Young staghorn coral that fluoresce redder are less likely to settle and develop into coral polyps than their greener peers, University of Texas at Austin biologists have discovered: here.

Sea urchins are being bred to help rid reefs of invasive algae. Check it out: here.

As corals are destroyed, so are fish that call them home – climate change could mean extinction for 1/3 of reef fish: here.

Scientists have created a new tool to monitor coral reef vital signs. By accurately measuring their biological pulse, scientists can better assess how climate change and other ecological threats impact coral reef health worldwide: here.

April 2011: In an unprecedented collaborative analysis, scientists from 49 nations demonstrated that the ability of reef fish systems to produce goods and services to humanity increases rapidly with the number of species: here.

Because of a lack of tourism prompted by the U.S.-Cuba trade embargo, the island country’s marine ecosystem is a promising source of study for scientists. Julienne Gage reports: here.

‘I looked up and there was a great white’: Marine biologist’s stunning photographs showcase encounters with bizarre sea creatures… and he reveals some of his most chilling experiences in the depths of the ocean: here.

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  1. Coral shows signs of recovery

    19th January 2011

    PRECIOUS coral at Lord Howe Island may be recovering from a severe bleaching that damaged the reef last year, said two local scientists.

    Dr Steve Dalton and Dr Andrew Carroll, from South Cross University’s National Marine Science Centre, said they had found significant signs of recovery.

    The world’s southern-most coral reef lies within the Lord Howe Island Marine Park and is part of the Lord Howe Island World Heritage site located in the Tasman Sea, 600km east of the northern NSW coast.

    During summer 2010 warmer than usual seawater temperatures, combined with a period of light winds and little cloud cover, led to mild to moderate bleaching in some parts of the reef system and almost total coral bleaching in other areas.

    In fact bleaching levels ranged between 60 and 95 per cent at some sites.

    “Coral bleaching occurs when the special symbiotic relationship between the coral animal and the microscopic algae that live within the coral tissue becomes stressed,” Dr Carroll said.

    He and Dr Dalton have undertaken a study into the health of the coral, with support from the NSW Marine Park Authority, which is being funded by a research grant from the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.

    The study will further the understanding of the distribution of Lord Howe Island’s near shore reefs; determine the full extent of the 2010 coral bleaching and evaluate the recovery capacity of the coral community.

    “The coral reef at Lord Howe Island is globally significant because of its unique combination of tropical, subtropical and temperate species so the recovery of many corals is very good news.”


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