CoralCure Ointment Base2B is a topical treatment for Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

An antibiotic treatment has been developed to help cure dying corals on the Florida Reef Tract. Amoxycillin is a medication used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections in humans, and by mixing it with a base ointment, researchers…

Friday Smorgasbord: “Where has April Gone?” edition

Where has April gone and why is it still snowing in places with May right on our doorstep? *Sigh* Anywho, we have another edition of our Friday Smorgasbord with some interesting posts about our oceans and what lies beneath….enjoy! SloMo…

Cold East Coast weather making sharkcicles, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy responds

The cold weather that hit the U.S. last week is making an impact on creatures sharks as well. In a Facebook post, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shared some images of a pair of thresher sharks that were stranded on shore and…

Giant isopod captured swimming deep in the Gulf of Mexico

It has been a few years since we’ve brought you any “Monster Isopod” stories, but when we saw this video, we knew we had to share. You’ll feel this is either strangely beautiful or downright creepy, but either way its…

Friday Smorgasbord: Drones, maps, and carp tacos oh my!

Happy New Year! Here’s our first edition of the Friday Smorgi for 2017 and we’re hoping you enjoy reading along. We have a few interesting stories including an underwater drone for fishing, a cool new 3D ocean map, a unique…

Prognathodes basabei, or orange margin butterfly, now officially described

Although known to exist for over 20 years and even referenced quite a few times here at Reef Builders, a new species of deep-water butterflyfish from the mesophotic reefs of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument was finally described today by…

Follow along on this incredible expedition of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Research divers get to see amazing sights below the surface, but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make it all possible. Thanks to Richard Pyle, we are able to follow along on an exciting expedition…

Newly discovered glowing jellyfish is eerily stunning

NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer is exploring the Mariana Trench and has uncovered some pretty amazing new creatures including this eerily stunning jellyfish that could easily be inspiration for a scifi film. The video was captured on April 24 of the unknown…

Casper the friendly cephalopod?

A curiously cute new octopus was recently discovered whtn NOAA’s exploration ship Okeanos Explorer took a dive off the Hawaiian Archipelago. This charming and ethereal cephalopod was captured on video during first dive of the season. The internet is enthralled…

Clownfish could be declared an endangered Species

That’s according to a new report from National Marine Fisheries Service that Clownfish (Percula) may warrant protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act because of threats from global warming and ocean acidification. The service will now conduct a status review…