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Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and "caretaker" of Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Ben Southall was the inaugural winner, a Brit by …

The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog

Over the past 12 months, there was a slow steady trickle of new species being described. We didn’t have any sensational new species like new Acros in …

Stop the Trash

Changing Planet<p>Photo courtesy of Wolcott Henry<p>We once believed that the ocean was too big to fail, that we could take out as much fish, and dump in as much trash, debris and pollution as we wished. Now, we know we were wrong. And, not only were we wrong, we need to make it right. One good place to …

Will 2014 Be the Year of the Ocean?

Changing Planet<p>World leaders will start the year at Half Moon Bay at the World Ocean Summit. Photograph from iStock.<p>The United Nations says 1998 was the Year of the Ocean, but I beg to differ. I’m fairly convinced that next year will be the year we see world leaders begin to take responsibility for …

The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog

With a the whole news-cycle industry programmed to grab your attention with “if it leads it bleeds” headlines, we’ve got a trio of stories to counter …

Photographer Captures Astonishing Images of Southern Right Whales

Justin Hofman's stunning photographs of southern right whales showcase their beauty and gentleness—and their enormity.

In Palau, scientists hope they've found a coral reef to save all coral reefs

There's no shortage of lovely places in Palau, but perhaps none as remarkable as Nikko Bay. It's a patch of turquoise water tucked inside a ring of tropical jungle in this tiny Western Pacific island nation. And it's where Anne Cohen, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the …

The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog

ORA is hot out of the gate with their newest release for the new year, the ORA Shortcake Acro. <i>Acropora microclados</i> is one of the most iconic species …

Video of Melibe colemani documents this impossible-looking animal More Videos, News, Video Reef Builders | The Reef and Marine Aquarium Blog

When we first wrote about the description of the incredible looking <i>Melibe colemani</i>, we couldn’t wrap our heads around the appearance of this …

Rare Conjoined Gray Whale Calves Found in Lagoon—Could Be First for Species

Researchers found the aborted twins floating in a lagoon in Baja California on Sunday.<p><b>Scientists made an unexpected discovery on January 5 when they found the bodies of two conjoined gray whale calves (Eschrichtius robustus) floating inLaguna Ojo de Liebre (map) in Baja California.</b><p>The conjoined …

Surprise! Scientists Find That Starfish Eyes Actually See, at Least a Little

After decades of wondering what starfish use their eyes for, scientists see some light.<p><i>Update, February 7, 2018: This story has been updated with information on the 2018 study on deep-sea starfish in the Arctic.</i><p>Starfish have eyes—one on the end of each of their arms—but what they do with them was …

160-Foot Giant Squid Hoax: How Big Do They Really Get?

The largest giant squid recorded by scientists measured 43 feet (12 meters) long, according to Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.<p>An image of a monster 160-foot-long (49-meter-long) giant squid made the social media rounds yesterday, but fear not—it's a hoax.<p>The photo of the enormous …