Entries in marine (40)

Tuesday
Apr172018

Don’t Krill My Vibe: How Human Demand For Krill Is Threatening Antarctic  Ecosystems

Image adapted from original by Uwe KilsRecent demand for krill based products has alerted the attention of environmental organisations such as Greenpeace who are determined to curb the trend. Krill are crucial players in the Antarctic food chain; feeding primarily on algae they support a vast web of life from Adélie penguins to blue whales.

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Tuesday
Apr032018

5 Top Locations for Freshwater Diving 

Pexels | Tom FiskThe ocean isn’t the only place where you can scuba dive. Diving in lakes, rivers or even caves is an exciting way to explore different underwater worlds. These locations offer crystal clear waters and unique, mind blowing experiences. If you’re interested in diving, these freshwater sites are a must-see. 

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Tuesday
Mar132018

The Decline of the North Atlantic Right  Whale

Flickr | National Marine SanctuariesAfter rebounding in recent decades from the brink of extinction, today’s right whales now face a similar fate. An estimated 100 females remain in the whole population and scientists predict that if the current rate of mortality continues the species could become extinct in as little as 20 years...

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Monday
Feb192018

Top 5 Largest Nature Reserves 

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) are responsible for defining the categories which determine whether an area should be included in the official list of protected areas...

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Thursday
Feb012018

What Else Can We Learn About Our  Oceans?

Flickr | Michio MorimotoWe have known for a long time that we don’t know a lot of things. One of the fundamental fears of being human is the need to know everything about our world and our place in it.

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Tuesday
Jan302018

Coral Reefs Under  Threat

Coral reefs are valuable ecosystems. Believe it or not, they are home to 25% of all marine life, which is over 2 million species! They provide an important barrier against extreme climatic events, where communities across the world consider their existence as essential, not only to ocean health, but also human wellbeing.

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Wednesday
Nov292017

How the Shoe Industry is Supporting our  Oceans

Plastic has afflicted our oceans for what feels like an eternity. Considering the poignant message given to us by last week’s Blue Planet 2 episode, so much more needs to be done about plastic pollution plaguing our oceans. Sir David Attenborough has stated that, along with global warming, plastic is the biggest threat to ocean conservation.

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Wednesday
Oct112017

Why You Should Volunteer in your University  Holidays:

So you’ve packed your bags, moved into your new accommodation and the University year has started. You’re just looking over your timetable for the year, when you suddenly notice a 4 month long gap – that’s right, the summer holiday of all summer holidays. It can be hard to know what to do with all of that free time, but don’t worry; here we’ve come up with some reasons as to why you should to volunteer in your University holidays for a life changing experience!

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Can We Guess Your Next Trip Based On Your  Eco-Knowledge?

Think you know your Arctic Ice Cap from your Tundra Biome? Test your eco-knowledge and we'll guess which project is your next!

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Monday
Aug072017

Animal Profile: The  Manatee

Of all the world’s marine mammals, the manatee is not related to dolphins or whales but is the large aquatic relative of the elephant! They play an important role in vegetation growth in their habitats. Read more about these fascinating but highly threatened marine species:

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Friday
Jul212017

The Effects of Global Warming on  Mangroves

Mangroves have been a beneficial source of life from the start. But as global warming becomes a greater threat to the ecosystem, mangroves have been dying out, causing more and more problems along the shoreline.

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Monday
Jun262017

5 Destinations for  Snorkellers

Snorkeling is one of the most popular marine activities amongst travelers and with good reason! Our projects in Tenerife, Fiji and Belize are only 3 of the places that a passion for snorkeling can take you. Here are our top destination finds for your best and most diverse snorkeling experiences…

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Wednesday
Nov302016

New Research: Pilot Whales Babysit Calves

A team of scientists discover a new behaviour displayed by Pilot Whales in Canada. Just like babysitting in humans, alloparental care is the care of a young animal by another adult that is not its parent, known as the alloparent. The phenomenon is common in many social animals, even fish, but this is the first study identifying it in Pilot Whales.

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Thursday
Nov242016

Marine Protected Areas Explained

One fifth of known ocean species are categorized as Threatened by the IUCN, with the number increasing 52 times per year! But did you know only 1.2% of our oceans are protected from threats that face them today? Never before have Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) been more valuable for ocean species conservation, our Online Media Intern investigates how they work and what their future holds.

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Thursday
Oct272016

Bioluminescence: Tropical Forest Species And How They Can Shed Light On New Medicines

The natural world has been creating light for over 400 million years through chemical reactions. In the ocean, more than 90% of species use bioluminescence to light up their lives, however, did you know bioluminescence has evolved in some land species too. Fireflies, fungi and even snails use light to survive. The amazing skills these species possess can even aid in medical research! 

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