Sea grass meadows at Bonna Point.
Valentina Hurtado-McCormick, Author provided
Seagrass may look unassuming, but healthy oceans depend on the huge meadows that grow in temperate and tropical waters.
Author and activist George Monbiot.
George Monbiot talks with an ecologist about natural solutions to the climate crisis.
Recent marine heatwaves have devastated crucial coastal habitats, including kelp forests, seagrass meadows and coral reefs.
Marine heatwaves, like their land counterparts, are growing hotter and longer. Sea species in southeastern Australia, southeast Asia, northwestern Africa, Europe and eastern Canada are most at risk.
Shark Bay was hit by a brutal marine heatwave in 2011.
W. Bulach/Wikimedia Commons
Everyone knows the Great Barrier Reef is in peril. But a continent away, Western Australia's Shark Bay is also threatened by marine heatwaves that could alter this World Heritage ecosystem forever.
Sangalaki Island, Indonesia.
The Coral Reef Image Bank image provide by Simon Pierce.
Coral reefs are in trouble, but other marine species are also feeling the strain but are off the conservation radar.
Nature’s bank vault.
The sediments that accumulate beneath seagrass meadows can act as secure vaults for shipwrecks and other precious artefacts, by stopping water and oxygen from damaging the delicate timbers.
Green sea turtle eating seagrass off Lizard Island.
New research highlights the role of sea turtles and dugong in the dispersal of seeds and maintenance of seagrass meadows, an important marine habitat and the primary food source for both animals.
Fishing ships in Lauwersoog, The Netherlands.
Seagrass meadows play a significant role in supporting world fishery productivity.
Microscopic algae smothering seagrass leaves.
The 'canaries of the sea' are sending a worrying message about the health of our oceans.
The graceful Dugong.
It can fill in the scientific gaps.
Seagrass is a nursery ground for fish.
Luis R. Rodriguez
Seagrass medows support rich biodiversity. New research shows what you can do to protect them.
Trowels and spades are being put to use in the sea.
Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
It's not just the land and people that have been badly affected by hurricanes.
Scientists have sequenced the seahorse's genome and found the genes that could explain male pregnancy.
Seagrass meadows are often overlooked by the public but vital to the ocean ecosystem.
Seagrass is more than just a bit of sea greenery.
Sea turtles eating more seagrass could threaten the ocean’s ability to store carbon.
Sharks and other ocean predators help protect the ocean's carbon stores by keeping other wildlife in check.
Shark Bay is one of Australia’s 19 World Heritage Areas, home to dolphins, dugongs, and sharks.
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