Coral Bleaching and Bad Break-ups
Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean

Coral Bleaching and Bad Break-ups

Recent headlines have reported that a mass coral bleaching event is currently threatening coral reefs throughout the Hawaiian Islands. But what exactly does that mean? Corals turn white.. so what? Why does that matter? Here are a few things you need to know about coral bleaching and how it is like a bad break-up: What exactly is a coral? … Continue reading

Tiny cilia help corals exchange Oxygen and nutrients with the environment
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean / Science

Tiny cilia help corals exchange Oxygen and nutrients with the environment

In a new study made available last week via PNAS, MIT scientists (and list of multi-national, multi-disciplinary) collaborators have uncovered that corals can actually manipulate flow near their bodies and are not left to depend solely on the whims of ambient flow. Corals are sessile and depend on flow to exchange nutrients and dissolved gases … Continue reading

The Lionfish Ciguatera Controversy
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean

The Lionfish Ciguatera Controversy

Since lionfish invaded the Caribbean and Atlantic, there have been programs promoting the consumption of lionfish in an effort to control them. There have been lionfish cookouts following lionfish derbies, restaurants serving lionfish, and even fishermen selling and exporting lionfish filets.  But in 2012, Florida Sea Grant and the FDA found detectable levels of ciguatera … Continue reading