• Enric Sala and his search for a pristine ocean

    Enric Sala’s TED talk illustrates the impact humans have on the coral reefs of the world. What is now overrun with algae and lacks diversity was once a thriving ecosystem with a wide array of fauna. Complex ecosystems evolve over huge spans of time, and remain in a delicate balance. Anthropogenic (human) disturbances including pollution, …

  • Reefs grow on trees: Ken Nedimeyer’s efforts to save the world’s coral reefs.

    Growing up near the Florida Keys, Ken Nedimeyer of the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) spent many hours diving among the fauna of coral reefs. Upon realizing that these precious ecosystems are threatened with extinction, Ken has developed protocols to increase coral stocks around the world. Using his methods, a coral population can be grown in …

  • Vent Fauna of the Antartic

    Hydrothermal vents, the somewhat alien worlds found deep beneath the Earth’s oceans are home to remarkable creatures. From vent worms 2 meters long (that have blood much like our own) to tiny shrimp that live in a narrow habitat with boiling water on one side and slightly above freezing on the other. Hydrothermal vents are …

  • Anomala-what? Anomalocaris of course.

    Originally found in the Burgess Shale formation (if you are unfamiliar, it’s definitely worth reading about: Burgess Shale Wiki Page), anomalocaris had truly spectacular eyes, with more than 16,000 lenses. It seems only dragonflies have more, an astounding 28,000! Growing to more than a meter in length these “irregular shrimp” were quite fearsome predators. Perhaps …

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