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Divers wanted: Manta Ray research Lady Elliot Island

Ever thought about donating yourself to science? Now you can! Diving enthusiasts are urgently needed to help monitor the world’s largest type of manta ray (manta birostris) in the Great Barrier Reef off Lady Elliot Island. Mantas are the gentle giants of the ocean, weighing as much as 1,400kg and with a disc width of up to seven metres. To [...]

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Jewel in the crown of Australian Marine Parks

The Coral Sea, which is a global biodiversity hotpot for pelagic species has today been protected in the world’s largest marine park, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.  The Coral Sea Marine Reserve is truly the jewel in the crown of a new system of marine parks around Australia that recognise the value of our oceans as the common heritage [...]

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Shark Attacks – The Shark’s Perspective

Are you scared of sharks? An unreasonable fear of sharks has been planted into our consciousness by Hollywood hype, the media and “shark attack” reporting. Of all the animals on our planet, arguably, it is sharks more than any that seem to elicit strong, negative emotional effects on individuals. The truth is that sharks are misunderstood. Sharks are not our [...]

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The truth behind the Tuna industry

Bluefin, Yellowfin, Skipjack, Albacore or Bigeye?  In brine, springwater, olive oil, Mediterranean herbs or Thai chilli? Canned, foil packaged, sashimi grade, herb crusted or seared? In pasta sauce, with fries, salad, rice or sushi? What’s your preference? The simple truth is that we have an insatiable appetite for tuna. Turning the pages of a well known health and lifestyle magazine [...]

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(Small) Actions have (Big) Reactions

Inspiring positive difference is easy I really want to make you think. You’ll be better off when you do. So will your friends and family and so will the place that you live. The cost? The few short minutes that it takes you to read what I’ve written. The benefit? There’re quite a lot – I’ll outline a few of [...]

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Sea Shepherd – Love them or loathe them?

Growing up in the 80’s, I have vivid memories of the environmental lobby group, Greenpeace. Perhaps I was young and impressionable, perhaps I was simply passionate about nature and the environment, but for me, there was something about Greenpeace that I found awe inspiring. Often controversial, often unconventional, Greenpeace showed raw passion in everything that they lobbied for, be it [...]

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Passive interactions with marine life

I am animal mad in every sense of the word. I physically cannot walk past a dog in the street without stroking it, I stop the car to talk to the horses and cows in fields adjoining roads, and despite being allergic to cats, cannot fail to tickle their heads. That said, take me underwater and I am a different [...]

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Marine conservation starts at home

Until relatively recently, individuals who were concerned about the state of the environment were considered to be “tree-huggers”, eccentric, alarmist or even radical. Nowadays, we are bombarded with images, articles and stories which serve to constantly remind us and make us more aware of the impact the human race is having on our planet. Our glorious oceans cover seven tenths [...]

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