Watersipora subatra

Science images: Do these strange “moss animals” threaten the ecological balance of the oceans?

Originally from Japan, Watersipora subatra is gradually invading the oceans and seas of the globe. The introduction of a species into a new ecosystem can sometimes lead to irremediable ecological imbalances. In the marine environment, their consequences can be serious due to the difficulty of intervention. There are some spectacular examples, such as the tropical …

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Why the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef is a disaster for the whole world

Why the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef is a disaster for the whole world

In Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is undergoing a new episode of bleaching. This is the sixth since 1998, but the fourth in less than seven years. A frequency that worries researchers and bears witness to the devastating effects of global warming on our oceans, worldwide. Explanations, with three Australian specialists. 2016, 2017, 2020 and …

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A ban on seabed mining in Australia’s northern territory is a victory for marine life, fisheries, and culture

The government must now address other threats to the region’s vulnerable wildlife and communities. Australia’s northern territory has incredibly healthy tropical coastlines and seas – a dazzling mosaic of seaweed meadows, coral reefs, mangroves, estuaries and vast tidal flats that support many wildlife as well as indigenous and other communities. The region is home to …

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Artificial insemination was able to breed 97 sharks – the most in a single study

Scientists have successfully artificially inseminated bamboo white-spotted sharks, giving birth to 97 fish. This is the largest attempt to date to breed sharks in this way and could help to conserve them. This was reported by the Field Museum of Natural History in the US city of Chicago. Due to water pollution, climate change and …

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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium staff say shark nets are a threat to marine conservation

SEA Life Sydney Aquarium staff are diving into the Coogee Island Challenge to raise awareness of the issue of shark nets and the threats to marine conservation. Sea Life conservation fund manager Claudette Rechtorik said the NSW Shark Meshing Program was not in the best interests of marine conservation or swimmer safety and the nets …

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