Posts from the ‘marine biology’ Category


Robot surfboard tracks great white sharks off the coast of California

What does this mean, apart from awesome? It means, you can get a free iPhone app to follow these (up to 6m+) babies around. 

Sharks in your pocket.

Way better than Polly Pocket.  

Read more. 

Too cool. Who doesn’t want to track great whites on their phone?

Discovery Channel celebrates 25 Years of Shark Week


A smashing photo of a Horn Shark, originally by greyloch. I couldn’t help but think the little fellow’s snout resembled a moustache, so I made a few appropriate adjustments.

For the Shark Week fans!



Living Color: Toxic nudibranchs—soft, seagoing slugs—produce a brilliant defense.

They’re like Pokémon, but super-deadly.

I mean, if you didn’t know these were real, you’d be all “Yeah right!” Endless forms, most beautiful … indeed 🙂


Helicocranchia pfefferi, the Banded Piglet Squid.

Well, this little guy is adorable.


Keep your friends close, and your jellyfish closer…

Fish hiding out in the safety of Jellyfish tentacles. 


I always remembered which way round it was with “Hot babes, cool dudes”. 


Fun fact: Alligators work the same way!


Coral fluorescence by Carlos Villoch

It is not yet fully understood why, some corals, such as those in the Red Sea, are fluorescent when viewed under blue light.

Corals possessing this feature appear to be thriving by comparison to those that do not.  It is possible that this adaptation it is used as a mechanism to filter some of the harmful rays from the sun, which gives the fluorescent corals a greater chance of survival, particularly in warmer waters.

(via “Coral fluorescence” by Carlos Villoch | Redbubble)


The Maldives has used the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil to announce that all 1,192 of its islands will become a marine reserve by 2017.

AFP quotes the President Mohamed Waheed as saying: “I would like to announce today Maldives will become the first country to become a marine reserve.”

“It will become the single largest marine reserve in the world. This policy will allow only sustainable and eco-friendly fishing. It will exclude deep-sea, purse-seining and other destructive techniques,” he said.

We had the opportunity to grow in this beautiful world and now that we have the power to preserve or destroy it, we need to do everything we can to protect these pristine ecosystems. Morally, scientifically, aesthetically; we can all benefit from saving our earth. This is another great step toward that. For the Americans, you can help by saving California’s parks, for one thing among many!