Science

Five Australian Coral Species Spawned in Captive Environment

Australian collectors are increasingly joining the charge to conserve coral reefs. While the Queensland based coral collector Inter-Fish Pty Ltd (australiancorals.com.au) is a quiet achiever of the Australian coral collection industry, they just could not help but share their good…

Could Artificial Upwelling Help Reduce Coral Stress During A Bleaching Event?

We’ve often pondered, would pumping cold water up from the deep help corals during a bleaching event? It seems we’re not the only one to ask this question, as a new study published this week tests the hypothesis.  A study…

A Skinless Catshark Was Recently Caught Off The Coast of Sardinia

For the first time ever, a team of researchers trawling in Sardinia have brought up a catshark that appeared to have no skin. Investigations into the animal’s anatomy, published in the journal Fish Biology, revealed that the fish possessed none of the…

New “Chip” For Identifying Endangered Corals Could Aid Conservation Efforts

A newly developed genotyping “chip” allows researchers to genetically identify corals and the symbiotic algae that live within the coral’s cells. This new tool is a vital step for establishing and maintaining genetic diversity in reef restoration efforts. A paper…

Coral Spawning Recorded Across The Caribbean August 2020

The full moon in August is a frenzied time for Caribbean coral scientists. Three of the Caribbean’s most iconic coral species, Staghorn (Acropora cervicornis), Elkhorn (Acropora palmata), and Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus), are preparing for one big night of synchronized…

3D Printed Terra-Cotta Coral Tiles Deployed Around Hong Kong

Marine scientists and architects from the Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and its Robotic Fabrication Lab of the faculty of architecture have created a novel 3D print terra-cotta tiles that will act…

Coral Gametes Documented For The First Time In Wild Transplanted Corals

BREAKTHROUGH: RESTORED CORALS READY TO BECOME PARENTS August 4, 2020—Sarasota, FL—For the first time, massive corals restored to Florida’s Coral Reef are ready to become parents in the wild—a breakthrough in Mote Marine Laboratory’s scientific efforts to restore critically imperiled…

The Ultra-Black Skin Of These Deepsea Fish Absorbs 99.95 Percent Of Light

Deep down in the ocean where light is nonexistent, a group of fish with light absorbing skin literally disappears in the darkness. A team of scientists have found that the skin of some deepsea fish absorbs more than 99.95 percent of…

Coral Lok Makes Planting Coral Frags As Simple As Twist And Go

The Coral Lok system is a two-part design with a screw-shaped frag plug that fits into modular reef cells embedded with a female threaded Coral Lok receiver. The system is currently designed for coral restoration projects on the natural reef, however, aquarists…

Onna Coral Field in Okinawa Japan

A recent image posted by Lagoon Diving showing off Acropora growth in Okinawa had us curious to learn more about this iconic reef restoration project. The Onna coral field project started more than twenty years ago when, following a bleaching…