Archive for February, 2011

Coral Reef Facts: February 28, 2011- Morays

Posted Monday February 28, 2011 by Reef Relief

Coral Reef Fact: Moray Eels secrete a protective mucus over their smooth,...

Coral Reef Fact: Moray Eels secrete a protective mucus over their smooth, scaleless skin which in some species contains a toxin. Learn more Donate to Reef Relief today and help...

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Coral Reef Facts: February 25, 2011 – Southern Stargazer

Posted Friday February 25, 2011 by Reef Relief

Coral Reef Fact: The Southern Stargazer (Astroscopus y-graecum) is designed so that...

Coral Reef Fact: The Southern Stargazer (Astroscopus y-graecum) is designed so that its’ eyes, nostrils, most of the mouth are above the sand when they bury themselves to ambush prey....

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Coral Reef Facts: February 24, 2011-Sea Stars

Posted Thursday February 24, 2011 by Reef Relief

Coral Reef Fact: When attacked or damaged Sea Stars (Class Asteroidea) are...

Coral Reef Fact: When attacked or damaged Sea Stars (Class Asteroidea) are able to grow new arms. They usually have five arms but have been found with 4 or 6...

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Sea Turtle Resolution

Posted Thursday February 24, 2011 by Reef Relief

February 23, 2011 “Today, in cooperation with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, Reef...

February 23, 2011 “Today, in cooperation with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, Reef Relief Policy and Programs Director Paul G. Johnson presented a resolution in recognition and praise to the Florida...

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Coral Reef Facts: February 23, 2011- Banded butterflyfish

Posted Wednesday February 23, 2011 by Reef Relief

Coral Reef Fact: The Banded butteryfish’s (Chaetodon striatus) black bands & vertical,...

Coral Reef Fact: The Banded butteryfish’s (Chaetodon striatus) black bands & vertical, black bar through the eye, is designed to confuse predators. Learn more about butterflyfish Donate to Reef Relief...

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Coral Reef Facts: February 21, 2011- Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Posted Monday February 21, 2011 by Reef Relief

Coral Reef Fact: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) are warm-blooded (homeothermic) and...

Coral Reef Fact: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) are warm-blooded (homeothermic) and can thermoregulate, which means they can keep their body temperature higher than that of the surrounding water temperature....

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Gulf spill’s effects ‘may not be seen for a decade’

Posted Monday February 21, 2011 by Reef Relief

Feb. 20, 2011  By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News,...

Feb. 20, 2011  By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News, Washington DC The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill “devastated” life on and near the seafloor, a marine scientist...

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Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead

Posted Monday February 21, 2011 by Reef Relief

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer –...

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer – Sat Feb 19, 8:53 pm ET WASHINGTON – Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of...

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Coral Reef Facts: February 18, 2011-Dolphins

Posted Friday February 18, 2011 by Reef Relief

Coral Reef Fact: Dolphins have to be conscious to breathe. This means...

Coral Reef Fact: Dolphins have to be conscious to breathe. This means that they cannot go into a full deep sleep, because then they would suffocate. Dolphins have “solved” that...

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Coral Reef Facts: February 17, 2011-Candy Basslet

Posted Thursday February 17, 2011 by Reef Relief

Coral Reef Fact: The male and female Candy Basslet (Liopropoma carmabi) have...

Coral Reef Fact: The male and female Candy Basslet (Liopropoma carmabi) have the same coloring, but on close examination the sexes can be distinguished on the basis of the pupils,...

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Coral Reef Facts: February 16, 2011-Caribbean sharpnose puffer

Posted Wednesday February 16, 2011 by Reef Relief

Coral Reef Fact: The Caribbean sharpnose puffer Canthigaster rostrata), and other puffers,...

Coral Reef Fact: The Caribbean sharpnose puffer Canthigaster rostrata), and other puffers, often feed on hard-shelled prey, which can wear down their beak-like teeth. If hard-shelled prey were to become...

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Shark fishing in Japan – a messy, blood-spattered business

Posted Wednesday February 16, 2011 by Reef Relief

Sunrise is still a good hour away when the first batch of...

Sunrise is still a good hour away when the first batch of limp, lifeless sharks are winched ashore and dumped on to the portside at Kesennuma. As daylight throws its...

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Bill To Boost Penalties For Environmental Crimes

Posted Wednesday February 16, 2011 by Reef Relief

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday renewed...

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday renewed his efforts to enact legislation to enhance penalties for corporations and individuals responsible for environmental crimes.  Leahy first...

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Study finds massive flux of gas, in addition to liquid oil, at BP well blowout in Gulf Paper has implications for oxygen depletion, provides photographic evidence of plumes

Posted Wednesday February 16, 2011 by Reef Relief

Athens, Ga. – A new University of Georgia study that is the...

Athens, Ga. – A new University of Georgia study that is the first to examine comprehensively the magnitude of hydrocarbon gases released during the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil...

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Japan believed to be quitting whaling season early

Posted Wednesday February 16, 2011 by Reef Relief

www.thecourier.com.au By, ANDREW DARBY 16 Feb, 2011 01:53 PM Japan’s whaling fleet...

www.thecourier.com.au By, ANDREW DARBY 16 Feb, 2011 01:53 PM Japan’s whaling fleet is believed to be quitting the Antarctic under heavy conservationist and diplomatic pressure, just halfway through its worst...

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Scientists: Rising Seas Will Affect Major Us Coastal Cities By 2100; ‘Like A Block Of Ice On The Sidewalk In The Summertime’

Posted Wednesday February 16, 2011 by Reef Relief

Underwatertimes.com News Service February 15, 2011 21:32 EST TUCSON, Arizona — Rising...

Underwatertimes.com News Service February 15, 2011 21:32 EST TUCSON, Arizona — Rising sea levels could threaten an average of 9 percent of the land within 180 U.S. coastal cities by...

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Coral Reef Facts: Febuary 15, 2011-Pink Shrimp

Posted Tuesday February 15, 2011 by Reef Relief

Coral Reef Fact: Pink Shrimp (Penaeus Duorarum) found off SW Florida are...

Coral Reef Fact: Pink Shrimp (Penaeus Duorarum) found off SW Florida are often known as “Tortugas” or “Key West” pinks. This population does not share their habitat with as many...

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Tell your senators to support S. 79 & Clean Water

Posted Tuesday February 15, 2011 by Reef Relief

In December, EWG published the first national investigation of the suspected carcinogen...

In December, EWG published the first national investigation of the suspected carcinogen chromium-6 — also known as hexavalent chromium — in drinking wa ter in 35 cities around the country. ...

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Little Hamaca City Park Clean-Up

Posted Tuesday February 15, 2011 by Reef Relief

This past Saturday, Reef Relief hosted a clean up along the Salt...

This past Saturday, Reef Relief hosted a clean up along the Salt Ponds in Little Hamaca City Park. Volunteers from the USS Monterey joined with Reef Relief staff and the...

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Extinction Predictor Could Help Protect Coral Reefs

Posted Tuesday February 15, 2011 by Reef Relief

Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 09:25 CST www.redorbit.com More than a third of...

Tuesday, 15 February 2011, 09:25 CST www.redorbit.com More than a third of coral reef fish species are in jeopardy of local extinction from the impacts of climate change on coral...

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