Coral-covered reefs mean starvation for parrotfish

The good folks over at Coral Sea Foundation have uncovered an interesting paper on parrotfish that challenges the existing norms on their role on the reef. Until now, Parrotfishes (Family Scaridae) were thought to be herbivores that eat algae and…

Bluelined surgeonfish inhibits coral growth says Coral Sea Foundation

The charitable organization Coral Sea Foundation has observed Bluelined surgeonfish, Acanthurus lineatus, actively suppressing coral growth at one of its monitoring sites, Lizard Island, on the Great Barrier Reef. Also known as the Lined Surgeon, or Clown Tang, A.lineatus is…

Great Barrier Reef records highest hard coral cover in 36 years

The Australian Institute of Marine Science has reported a 36-year coral coverage high across the Great Barrier Reef for 2021/22. The greatest coverage increases were reported in the North and Central regions of the GBR, which is in direct contrast…

New ownership for Corals Down Under 

July 1st, 2022 sees Australian coral exporter Corals Down Under taking on new owners. First established in 2013 by Alex and Rebecca Doll, CDU has established itself as a major coral exporter from the Great Barrier Reef, and under its…

Chameleon Pachies are Packed with Color

Acanthastrea pachysepta is one of the most recognizable and hardy LPS corals even if they are still commonly confused with Lobophyllia. Ever since this coral was imported, we knew it couldn’t be mixed with any Lobophyllia without a risk of being…

Take A 90 Second Dive On Some Of Australias Most Iconic Coral Reefs

Experience the serenity of scuba diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in 90 seconds. Harriet Spark of Grumpy Turtle Creative takes us on a journey through John Brewer Reef in the latest installment of her 90-second dives series. This compelling video…

The ‘Fiji’ Yellow Leather Coral, Sarcophyton elegans

The ‘Fiji’ Yellow Leather is a living conundrum of a coral that is readily available in the hobby, but somehow also seems a little inaccessible. Contrary to most leather corals, there is a consensus that this yellow toadstool coral is…

William Saville-Kent Was A Coral Loving Naturalist From The 1800s

William Saville-Kent As you do when you’re stuck at home, you fall down a rabbit hole on the internet. The story of William Saville-Kent is one such divot we stumbled upon, and oh boy are we happy we did. We…

Cloud Brightening Is Being Tested Over The Great Barrier Reef

Earlier this month we wrote about a recent bleaching event in Australia. This is the third widespread bleaching event in five years, and firsthand account from Ultra Coral Australia, describes this year’s event as the most severe deepwater bleaching they…

Dive Into A Virtual Ocean with Google Earth

After more than a month on dry land, our itch for diving is growing day by day. And with most of our diving plans called off for the foreseeable future, we’re doing everything we can to say connected to the…