Deep-Sea Corals Discovered Off South-Western Australia (“Science Story of the Month” from the SDFSA April 2020 newsletter)

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“Deep-Sea Corals Discovered Off South-Western Australia” by Steve Reynolds This second “Science Story of the Month” comes from the SDFSA April 2020 newsletter. Deep-Sea Corals Discovered Off South-Western Australia Deep-Sea Corals have been discovered off South-Western Australia by using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) called “SuBastian”. The ROV belongs to […]

A Swimming Anemone’s mistaken identity

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The unusual form of the Swimming Anemone was recently mistaken for a bubble coral. Fortunately the Marine Life Society of South Australia’s expert eyes picked up on the error and politely set the record straight. Invertebrate blogger and author of Aristotle’s Lantern Heather Lynn initially suggested on Facebook that the following […]

cuttlefish and purple sea urchin at Point Lowly by Dan Monceaux

Aristotle’s lantern and other ‘invertebrate bits’ by Heather Robertson

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Heather Lynn Robertson/Stoker writes a blog on marine invertebrates entitled Aristotle’s Lantern. As the title of her blog suggests, Heather seems to be particularly keen on sea urchins. In her own words, “Aristotle’s lantern… is a hard, calcareous feeding structure comprised of very intricate parts unique to sea urchins.” Here […]

The carbon footprint of dive tourism – are we loving our oceans to death?

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It is with mixed feelings that I frequently see people I know raving about their next dose of international ecotourism, be it diving with whales in Tonga or on tropical reefs in any of our Pacific island neighbours’ waters. On the one hand, I respect my peers enthusiasm for diving, […]

Corals & Sponges

Growing A Mineral Base For Coral Growth

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The January 17 issue of “Australian Doctor” told of the use of electricity to create a base that coral could grow on. Dr Karl Kruszenelnicki’s “Wierd Science” column tells how magnesium and calcium-based minerals build up when electricity is passed through sea water. A layer of minerals 20cm thick took […]