Breaking news: NOAA officially announces mermaids are not real!

Sorry to burst your bubble but according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), mermaids do not exist! The interwebs is all in a flutter by the addition of a page on the NOAA “Ocean Facts” section on mermaids…

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…

Scientists link both hot and cool ocean temperatures to coral disease

We have seen studies on warmer ocean temperatures and the effects it has on coral disease and bleaching events but a new study shows the link between mild water temperatures during the preceding winter period with outbreaks of coral diseases.…

Petition targets 83 coral species for U.S. endangered species list protection

The Center for Biological Diversity recently prepared and filed a scientific petition to have 83 coral species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The petition, filed on October 20, 2009, looks to use the powers of…

NOAA coral spawning video shows coral doing it

If you’ve ever wanted to see coral spawning, you can either watch this video or start making plans to attend the upcoming coral spawning season in the Caribbean. The coral spawning event is mainly the domain of broadcast spawning corals…

Deep Sea NOAA mission discovers new coral species

The findings of a deepsea NOAA mission were published today, revealing that several new coral species were discovered a mile below the ocean surface. Six of the seven new corals may represent new coral genera which is quite a startling…

Hurricane Gustav approaches Land, Oceans, members

As Hurricane Gustav makes landfall this morning we just wanted to tell everyone that has been afficted by the giant evacuating efforts that RB is thinking about you. If you happen to live in the path of the hurricane drop…