Science

Corals are Migrating to Cooler Water, Shifting Towards the Poles

A recent publication from Yale university is highlighting the response of certain coral species to climate change. Observations are done on a daily basis in Japan, Australia, US east Coast, Hawaii… that an ‘unheralded ecological regeneration may be underway’ in…

Coral Snorkeling, Murex Bangka Back Reef

Coral Snorkeling Murex Bangka Back Reef When visiting Bangka island, you don’t have to go far to experience world-class coral snorkeling. The coral reef behind Murex Bangka Resort has an impressive diversity of marine life which is easy to spot…

Aquariums are Saving the Last Florida Pillar Corals

A team of Scientist and Aquarist from the Florida Aquarium, last month broke the news for spawning in captivity for the first time, the last remaining live colonies of Pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) known from Florida state waters.  Aquarium Industry…

Protecting Our Elders – Hundred Year Old Pavona clavus Corals

Pavona clavus is a coral species which is well documented for its often colossal size. However, what is even more impressive is the age of these large coral colonies, with some reaching hundreds of years in age. When we think…

Friday Smorgasbord: Bracket Buster Edition

It has been a while to say the least, but felt time was due to dust off the old keyboard and deliver another edition of the Friday Smorgasbord. We’re in the middle of March Madness here is the States and…

Boring Bivalves Can Eat Corals from the Inside!

During our stay with the UCA team, and the few diving we made with them, we noticed that many corals, and especially Lobophyllia were showing weird holes on their polyps. After investigation, we found out that they were infested with…

Coral Farming in Bali Indonesia

Coral Farming in Bali Indonesia Coral reefs are at risk. Climate change, population growth, and coastal development among others are threatening the health of coral reefs at an ever-increasing pace. Coral farming is an approach to coral restoration which allows for…

Friday Smorgasbord: New Year Edition

After a bit of a break, I’m back to usher in the new year of Friday Smorgasbord posts. For those of you wondering where 2018 went, I am with you, but also wondering how did we get so close to…

Another Successful Gold Torch Spawning Attempt from Ultra Coral Australia
By: Vincent Chalias For the second year in a row, Ultra Coral Australia (UCA) managed to sexually reproduce Euphyllia glabrescens in their facility in central Queensland. They are currently growing colonies from last year’s spawn. Efforts by the UCA Research…
Coral Restoration Efforts Should Prioritize Community Over Ecology

It might sound counterintuitive if you want to restore coral reefs, focus on land first and work with communities before shifting your efforts to the underwater world. But a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation confirms this novel…