Posts from the ‘marine’ Category

The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology is compiling a different kind of sperm bank, one that can hopefully be used to save our coral reefs.

While coral can produce asexually, sexual reproduction is necessary for the corals’ genetic diversity to maintain a sustainable level. That’s why Dr. Mary Hagedorn is constantly adding to her stock of coral embryonic cells and sperm in her one-of-a-kind collection.

At the rate coral reefs are being destroyed or bleached, they will be well on their way to complete destruction by 2050. Hopefully, with the help of Dr. Hagedorn’s work, we can delay or even avoid the incident completely.

A long-spined sea scorpion (Taurulus bubalis) lying in wait to ambush prey in Selsey, West Sussex. This photo is part of the 2020VISION project – an ambitious photography-based conservation initiative that aims to highlight the UK’s multitude of wildlife, and the crucial link between people’s wellbeing and a wilder UK

Photograph: Alex Mustard/2020VISION/Rex Features

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Japanese Spider Crab (Macrocheira Kaempferi)13ft leg span/41Ib.. They are massive!

Read: terrifying!