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Stunning Sponges

May 26, 2015

Dragmacidon reticulatum

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Expedition Log: BIOT – Day 20 For some divers, sponges are just unspectacular filter feeders hidden among corals, algae and other organisms but for others, including me, they are fascinating organisms. On many tropical Pacific reefs they are relatively uncommon, …

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Walls of fish at Victory Bank

May 21, 2015

Walls of Fish BIOT

Written by Chris Mirbach Expedition Log: BIOT – Day 19 On a single dive on Victory Bank in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), I saw the greatest abundance of fish I have ever witnessed, after having completed nearly 1000 …

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A massive subtidal aggregation of…

May 20, 2015

A massive subtidal aggregation of hermit crabs in Surprise Atoll New Caledonia

This article, by LOF Science Team members, discusses the unique discovery of a massive hermit crab aggregation at Surprise Atoll lagoon during the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation mission to New Caledonia. A massive subtidal aggregation of hermit crabs …

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The Status, Threats, and Resilience of…

May 20, 2015

The Status, Threats, and Resilience of Reef-Building Corals of the Saudi Arabian Red Sea

This article, by LOF Chief Scientist Dr. Andrew Bruckner and LOF Coral Reef Ecologist Alexandra Dempsey, on the status of Red Sea corals is a direct result of the research conduction by the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation during …

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Coral Bleaching Hits Indian Ocean Reefs

May 20, 2015

Bleached corals in the Indian Ocean

Findings of coral bleaching in the Indian Ocean from the Global Reef Expedition mission to BIOT were published on CBSNEWS.com. Coral Bleaching Hits Indian Ocean Reefs CBSNEWS.com May 19, 2015 Michael Casey Coral bleaching has reached the Indian Ocean after …

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Wobbling Coastlines of the Chagos…

May 19, 2015

High tide on Ile Grande Soeur highlights the susceptibility of the Chagos islands to sea-level rise. Here the coastline is undercut and in the process of being lost to the Indian Ocean

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Expedition Log: BIOT – Day 18 I’m spending the week walking the coastlines of as many of the islands of Peros Banhos atoll as I can with an accurate global positioning system (GPS). The challenge we face when extracting the …

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Marine Bucket List

May 14, 2015

whale shark close-up

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Expedition Log: BIOT – Day 17 Every marine biologist has a bucket list of creatures they want to see during their life underwater. I am no exception and during the BIOT missions I seemed to have amazing luck, with the …

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Bountiful Butterflyfishes

May 12, 2015

Butterflyfishes of BIOT

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Expedition Log – BIOT Day 16 We’ve been seeing a great diversity of butterflyfishes here in BIOT, around 18 different species.  Butterflyfish belong to the family Chaetodontidae and are consequently known as chaets by their most avid fans and researchers.  …

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The Rays of BIOT

May 7, 2015

Reef manta ray

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Expedition Log: BIOT – Day 15 The science team is always eager to see rays during any dive, and diving in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) hasn’t disappointed us when it comes to majestic ray encounters. During our first …

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