Monthly Archives: February 2012

Revealing the oceans

A pioneering scientific expedition that will document the health of coral on the Great Barrier Reef will be undertaken as a joint venture between global technology giant Google, the UQ Global Change Institute, not-for-profit organisation Underwater Earth and insurance company Catlin. The Catlin Seaview Survey, announced … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiversity, Human use

Stingrays form keystone species at Ningaloo

From the Science Network: STINGRAYS are being researched as a keystone species in WA’s Ningaloo, where they are playing an important ecological role “modifying physical and biological habitats through their foraging and predation”. In a paper published last year in … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiversity

Think Tank recommendations released for Ningaloo

In late September 2011, about 60 early career scientists and social scientists with diverse backgrounds gathered for a Think Tank to discuss new approaches to understanding the effects of stress on complex ecological systems.  The recommendations from this Theo Murphy … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation, Human use, Socio-economy, Threats

More 3D seismic surveys underway

TGS has commenced acquisition of a 3D multi-client seismic survey in the Outer Exmouth Plateau area.  The new survey, Gnaraloo, covers 2,093 km2 over parts of blocks WA-347-P, WA-348-P and neighbouring open acreage to the north of the Mary Rose … Continue reading

Posted in Human use, Threats

Friday movie: Underwater fluorescence

I have one of these lights, which makes diving at night a whole new experience.

Posted in Movies

Whaleshark Festival 2012

After a successful Whaleshark Festival in 2011, it appears that there will be a Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival again in 2012 – in Exmouth from 25 to 27 May 2012. As with last year, the Festival will start with a cocktail … Continue reading

Posted in Other

New research investment for Ningaloo

WA Environment Minister Bill Marmion has announced research funding as part of a $60 million Gorgon Joint Venture conservation package over the next 30 years.  As part of this package, scientists at The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Oceans Institute … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiversity, Other

Friday movie: The one that got away

A past student of mine has just published a short note in the journal Coral Reefs, which shows a solitary mushroom coral pulsing its way out of complete burial with sand.  May seem crazy but sedimentation is a real concern … Continue reading

Posted in Movies

Shark-eating shark?

Thanks to @Australiatowns who tweeted us to make us aware of this story where researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies discovered a tasselled wobbegong shark (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) tucking into a meal of another shark. Wobbegongs … Continue reading

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Another sad day for whale sharks

In what is another sad day for whale sharks, pictures have emerged today of a 12 m whale shark being caught in and brought to port in the Pakistani city of Karachi.  It is scenes like this that really make you … Continue reading

Posted in Biodiversity, Threats