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How planting 70 million eelgrass seeds led to an ecosystem’s rapid recovery

How planting 70 million eelgrass seeds led to an ecosystem’s rapid recovery

How planting 70 million eelgrass seeds led to an ecosystem’s rapid recovery

In the worlds largest seagrass restoration project, scientists have observed an ecosystem from birth to full flowering. As part of a 20-plus-years project, researchers and volunteers spread more than 70 million eelgrass seeds over plots covering more than 200 hectares, just beyond the wide expanses of salt marsh off the southern end of Virginias Eastern Shore. Read more >>> Read more

Triggerfish learns to catch more diverse food

Triggerfish learns to catch more diverse food

Triggerfish learns to catch more diverse food

Any Red Sea diver will have encountered colorful triggerfish along coral reefs, and some divers will have experienced the painful bite of their huge teeth if they get too close to their nesting grounds. Now, Ph.D. student Matthew Tietbohl and colleagues at KAUST report a peculiar feeding strategy by a titan triggerfish that highlights their innate ability to learn and adapt. Read more >>> Read more

Global census reveals reef shark status, need for improved conservation management

Global census reveals reef shark status, need for improved conservation management

Global census reveals reef shark status, need for improved conservation management

In the 1940s global audiences watched spellbound upon seeing first-time film footage of marine life by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, famed French naval officer, underwater filmmaker, and inventor of scuba gear. Cousteau's ocean scenes brought the mysteries of the deep to the public eye, and in so doing, increased knowledge of marine species and habitats, and transformed the field of marine conservation. Read more >>> Read more
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