New Studies on Fish Pain and Cognition

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Fish are now thought to feel pain in a way that is comparable to land animals. Although not all scientists agree, the consensus that fishes actually do suffer like us is fast approaching. There is also much work being done on fish cognition and emotion, which shows that fish “have […]

cuttlefish and purple sea urchin at Point Lowly by Dan Monceaux

Fish farming could jeopardise Giant Australian cuttlefish aggregation near Whyalla

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In The Advertiser this week, the CEO of Clean Seas, Rob Gratton, claimed that if yellowtail kingfish farming returns to Fitzgerald Bay, upstream of the Point Lowly giant cuttlefish aggregation in Upper Spencer Gulf, it “will be subject to some of the most intense ongoing monitoring you can imagine”. The […]

More on Sea Urchin Barrens and Mini-Barrens

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Further to my articles Sea urchin barrens and mini-barrens and Follow-up re Sea urchin barrens and mini-barrens, when Chris Roberts posted this photo of Red-tipped Urchins, Heliocidaris tuberculata, seen at Little Bay, New South Wales, on iNaturalist, David Muirhead commented, “looks like you have a problem with (urchin) barrens in […]

Tweets About Marine Heatwaves

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Further to previous articles about marine heatwaves, such as UN Report Warns About the Threat of Increased Marine Heatwaves and Surviving a Heat Wave: Your Safety & Strategy Guide, Jessica Benthuysen, “Physical oceanographer at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Perth” twitter page (@jabenthuysen) often discusses marine heatwaves. On 31st […]

Have Animal Sightings Increased During COVID-19?

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Have Animal Sightings Increased During COVID-19? by Steve Reynolds (SDFSA’s SCIENCE STORY for May 2020 – https://sdfsa.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-06-SDFSA-Newsletter.pdf ) It has been suggested that wildlife has been taking the opportunity to fill abandoned spaces during the recent corona virus restrictions. It was observed, for example, that rays, sharks, and dolphins have […]

Scientists’ plan to replenish marine life by 2050

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(As published in the May 2020 newsletter of the Scuba Divers Federation of South Australia) UN Sustainable Development Goal number 14 aims to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. Scientists have now put a 30-year plan together to achieve that aim. These scientists […]