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What is coral bleaching?

14 Aug 2010 Coral displays its brilliant colour thanks to zooxanthellae. These microscopic algae co-exist with the coral. When this symbiotic relationship breaks down, the zooxanthellae are expelled from the tissue, which then becomes transparent. This causes the coral’s white skeleton to show through, giving the appearance of the coral …

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52 new marine species discovered

Indonesian and American scientists discovered 52 new species in a joint deep-sea exploration. Fish, shrimp, coral, and shells were discovered in a portion of the ocean ranging from 300 meters to 2,000 meters deep. The two-month-long research project took place in the Coral Triangle region, which is known to be …

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Shark Fin On The Beach – Video

Shark Video: There's Some Fin On The Beach @ Yahoo! Video

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Sharks Found to Have Heat-generating Muscles

26 July 2010 Lamnid sharks, a group of sharks that includes the salmon, great white and mako, maintain an elevated temperature (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit) in the red muscle concentrated in their mid-region near the backbone. This specialized anatomy allows the predators to swim fast and continuously, which in turn, allows …

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Singapore lands largest grouper fish weighing 220kg

Jul 17, 2010, ST THERE was some seriously fishy business going on at 2nd Kitchen at Balestier Road on Friday. A 220kg Queensland Grouper from Indonesia was reeled in by the restaurant owner/chef and Queensland Grouper expert, Johnny Tan. The fish – which is known for its springy but firm …

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Coral bleaching causes 12 Travel Sites Closed To Tourists

21 July 2010 Nine marine park islands and three islands off Langkawi, Terengganu and Pahang are closed to tourists from July 2 to Oct 31 due to coral bleaching. Marine Parks Department director-general Abdul Jamal Mydin said the coral degradation, which was caused by global warming, was worse than in …

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Gobies are immune to a jellyfish’s nasty sting

Christine Dell’Amore National Geographic News Published July 15, 2010 Swarms of stinging jellyfish would make most fish turn tail—but not the bearded goby. The hardy little African fish is the first known to thrive in an ocean region dominated by jellyfish, a new study says. (See “‘Immortal’ Jellyfish Swarm World’s …

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Oceana discovers one of the most threatened deep-sea coral reefs of the Mediterranean

Corales de profundidada | © OCEANA from Oceana on Vimeo. A large part of the reef has been lost through the use of different fishing gear such as bottom trawling and longline fishing, but there are still extensive areas of white coral at a depth of over 300 meters July …

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Deep-ocean cameras capture ‘living fossils’

Lights, camera, action! This deep-sea anglerfish is well-adapted for living in a dark world where the pressure is 140 times greater than on land. “Learning more about these creatures’ primitive eyes and brain could help neuroscientists better understand human vision,” research team leader Justin Marshall says. “We could also design …

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Rising carbon dioxide levels in the ocean may affect coral

The world’s oceans have absorbed nearly half of the carbon dioxide emitted by humans during the last 200 years, creating potential long-term challenges for coral and free-swimming algae, say two new studies. The international research, which included input from Australia’s CSIRO Marine Research and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative …