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Project AWARE

Great Barrier reef soon available in Google Earth

Tweet Mapping the ocean Will people soon be able to explore the depths of the ocean seeking out sharks, turtles, and manta rays? With a new program called the Catlin Seaview Survey, Google, in partnership with Catlin Group Limited and nonprofit organiszation Underwater Earth wants to map the Great Barrier reef. Google Earth under water Imagine … Continue reading »

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Underwater and beach cleanup

Tweet Here at Blue Season Bali we care about the environment. As part of our ECO program we conduct frequent beach and underwater cleanups. On March 8th we went out to Sanur beach; just where we daily board our own boat for trips to Nusa Penida and Padang Bai. We also do most of our … Continue reading »

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Finn the Hammerhead spotted in Bali!

Tweet Finn in Bali We are Finn and Finley, Project AWARE’s mascotes on a mission to spread the word that sharks need urgent protection and we need your help, before it’s too late! On June 8th 2011, World Ocean Day, Project AWARE introduced 2 toy hammerhead sharks in their campaign “Sharks in Peril“. These sharks … Continue reading »

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Cold damage in corals

Tweet Global warming Around the world coral reefs are facing threats brought by climate change and dramatic shifts in sea temperatures. While ocean warming has been the primary focus for scientists and ocean policy managers, cold events can also cause large-scale coral bleaching events. A new study by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at … Continue reading »

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Giant dead whale shark in Pakistan

Tweet Dead whale shark Video of a dead whale shark being pulled from the sea off of Pakistan raises more questions about the school-bus-size fish’s demise than it answers, scientists say. Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune posted video on February 7th of a crane hauling a whale shark carcass onto a pier in Karachi. According … Continue reading »

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Whales give dolphins a lift

Tweet Sliding off a Whales’ head Many species interact in the wild, most often as predator and prey. But recent encounters between humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins reveal a playful side to interspecies interaction. In two different locations in Hawaii, scientists watched as dolphins “rode” the heads of whales: the whales lifted the dolphins up … Continue reading »

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How corals avoid being buried alive

Tweet How corals avoid being buried alive Sedimentation is a real threat for coral reefs. Nearly all corals are immobile and unable to free themselves when buried under sand, detritus, or whatever else may settle on coral colonies. Locomotion in corals A select few corals, however, have developed mechanisms to save themselves from being buried alive.  … Continue reading »

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High CO2 levels change fish behaviour

Tweet Carbon dixoide changes fish behaviour Carbon dioxide in the ocean acts like alcohol on fish, leaving them less able to judge risks and prone to losing their senses. The intoxication adds to the threats that global warming and ocean acidification pose to marine ecosystems. Increased carbon dioxide levels Elevated carbon dioxide levels interfere with … Continue reading »

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Sea cucumbers: nature’s calcium reactor?

Tweet Sea cucumbers and calcium carbonate deposition Have you ever wondered what those weird-looking sea cucumbers actually do on the bottom of the sea? Research shows that sea cucumbers account for a remarkable half of total nighttime calcium carbonate dissolution for coral reefs. In other words, as cukes sift and process sand through its digestive system, … Continue reading »

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Tweet Bioluminescence Bioluminescence is a well-known phenomenom in the marine environment. Some fish and invertebrates are able to produce and emit lights for various reasons. Animals use bioluminescence for camouflage, repulsion, attraction or illumination. For example, anglerfish use a dangling and bioluminescent appendage that extends from the head of the fish that attracts small animals …

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