Dr Kathy Townsend from Turtles in Trouble with the debris extracted from a coastal sub-adult flat back turtle in Moreton Bay, Australia. Much of this was plastic bag remnants.
Mangroves are sometimes called the ‘nurseries of the sea’ as they provide the ideal shelter and food conditions for young fish and other crustaceans.
Mangroves are important for many other reasons including capturing sediment and filtering nutrients, stabilising shorelines and protecting our coasts.
David Attenborough introduces Charlie Veron from the Australian Institute of Marine Science on the future of the Great Barrier Reef at the Royal Society.
What is the Biggest Shark? A Chart Shows the Diversity of Shark Sizes
Sharks come in all sizes. The largest is the whale shark, which has been known to get as large as 18 meters (60 feet). The smallest fits in your hand. Find out how these modern sharks stack up against the ancient Carcharodon megalodon. And if you’re a fan of great white sharks, you can download a shark-themed board game, track a shark named Omoo, and listen to a podcast about the species on our Great White Shark section.
(via: Smithsonian Ocean Portal)
(image: © Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California)
"Finning bans made simple"
- Anyone anywhere interested in shark conservation and shark finning issues should watch this. Short, succinct video in simple English.
Ecofieldtrips Field Biologist Recruitment for 2013!!
Do you love nature, hiking and snorkelling? Are you adventurous and outgoing? Are you just bursting to show the wonders of nature to the people around you?
If you are, Ecofieldtrips wants you!
“A dock weighing more than 180 tons has washed ashore in Oregon after being dislodged by 2011′s Japanese tsunami, carrying dozens of organisms that pose an invasive species threat. However, the dock also serves as an unprecedented natural experiment in open-ocean dispersal.”