Rising ocean temperatures is making some coral populations move to cooler reefs

In addition to coral bleaching events, increases in ocean temperatures are having another affect on reef building corals, with populations of some species migrating away from the equator. A new study found corals around Japan shifting north to waters thought…

Natural reef bommies are the ultimate aquascaping inspiration

Some of our favorite dives are shallow sandy areas with isolated patches of corals, nicknamed bommies. These natural settings are perfect inspirations for a reef tank aquascape. We found this lovely youtube video depicting some nice bommies, and wanted to…

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park turns 50

The first underwater park in the United States celebrates its 50th birthday this weekend. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, located in Key Largo about 60 miles south of Miami, includes nature trails, exhibits, guided canoe and kayak tours though…

Reef climate lab opens in Australia

The first coral reef climate lab was recently opened near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to study the effects of different variables from climate change on corals in a controlled setting. The state-of-the-art lab will run controlled experiments to see how…

Some deepwater corals being found smothered by crude from the BP oil spill

A recent survey of the sea floor near the failed BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has uncovered a coral graveyard of deepwater coral species that were most likely damaged from the infamous recent oil spill and plume…

What do Bill Maher and Dr. Terry Gosliner have in common?

[youtube width=”640″ height=”505″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo5GZKnOazY[/youtube] Opinions on reefs and climate change is what they have in common. Political comedian and talk show host Bill Maher talked about coral reefs on his show this week “Real Time with Bill Maher.” This short clip…

CARN brings hobbyists, the industry and researchers together to promote coral knowledge

The Coral Aquarist Research Network (CARN) is a young program launched in the UK to combine the efforts and knowledge of three unique groups of stakeholders, all in the name of coral. Hobbyists, industry representatives and researchers each share a…

Amazing images from reef restoration nursery on Florida Keys

We’ve written about Ken Nedimyer before and the amazing work him and his team are doing with the Coral Restoration Foundation, restoring coral to reefs off of Key Largo. We were amazed by these inspiring and beautiful pictures in a…

SECORE heads to Singapore to aid corals

Singapore scientists are getting a little help from SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) to help preserve the corals in the country’s coastal waters. Over 20 scientists from around the globe representing places as far as the US and Netherlands are at┬áJohn’s…

Shocker: Healthy coral reefs produce clouds and rain

Dr. Graham Jones has been researching coral reefs and coastal precipitation for over 20 years. And all that research has paid off with the discovery that “a substance produced by thriving coral reefs seed clouds leading to precipitation in a…