New CITES Listing Will Mako Difference For Sharks

Photo by the author. Mako Sharks Get New Protections From Trade International leaders recently met in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss amendments to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (known as CITES). In this 18th meeting of the 183 CITES members, many species gained new international protections against trade, including... Continue Reading →

Tasmania’s Urchin (Dumpling) Baron

Image from Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Have you heard the phrase: “the way to the heart is through the stomach”, or some variation of such? It may be a stretch, but I’m going to interpret it as “people care about the things they can eat”, hence why I’m linking you... Continue Reading →

How to Get Freaky Like a Floating Octopus

Photo by Julian Finn of Museums Victoria from the article. To mate, this octopus gives life and limb Nature in general has no shortage of weird, fun creatures, but the ocean really takes the cake. Enter the argonaut: an octopus with an identity crisis. Not only does the argonaut live free-swimming in the open ocean... Continue Reading →

The Ear is a Mussel

Photo from greybirdstudio on flickr.com Mussels Stressed By Underwater Noise From Ships There are many ways that humans are impacting the ocean (chemical runoff, CO2 input, bottom trawling/dredging, oil spills, introduced species, shoreline barriers, offshore platforms - I could do this all day). One that doesn't get as much chatter is sound (or noise pollution),... Continue Reading →

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