Researchers discovered five new species of black corals, including this
Hexapathes bikofskii growing out or a nautilus shell more than 2,500 feet (760 meters) below the surface.
Black corals provide critical habitat for many creatures that live in the dark, often barren, deep sea, and researchers are learning more about these rare corals with every dive.
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Internal waves can create pretty cloud shapes in the sky, as well as making life unpleasant for passengers on aeroplanes. And in the oceans they can be a deadly hazard to submarines.
A coral reef in Chagos, British Indian Ocean Territory, experiencing catastrophic bleaching in 2015.
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A coral biologist sampled corals from the most remote reaches of the Indo-Pacific and discovered that all of them show signs of stress.
Orca family group at the Bremer Canyon off WA’s south coast.
The government aims to dramatically reduce the areas offered full protection and expand zones where fishing is allowed, while also claiming that this will still deliver good conservation.
Marlin are one of the prized fish in Australia’s oceans.
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Australia’s oceans would be less protected under recent recommendations.
A booby family on a sandy cay in the Coral Sea.
The marine reserves review has recommended major changes to the Coral Sea, but not for the better.
Closing parts of the ocean to fishing displaces fishers to other areas.
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The public and political debate about marine reserves often comes down to one thing: fishing.
The Great Barrier Reef is made up of thousands of individual reefs.
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Ocean acidification will hurt some parts of the Great Barrier Reef more than others.
A new map of Australia’s Coral sea, detailing underwater reefs, mountains and canyons, has been produced by a James Cook…
The Coral Sea could soon become the world’s largest marine park.
The release of the Coral Sea Commonwealth marine reserve proposal is a milestone achievement in marine protection. The area proposed to be covered is larger than that of many small European nations. In…