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Catlin Seaview Survey

The Catlin Seaview Survey is a global science and communication project - recording and revealing our rapidly changing oceans.

The world’s reefs are in a dramatic state of decline - we’ve lost over 40% of corals over the last 50 years due to pollution, destructive fishing and climate change. According to the scientific community the decline is set to continue, it will affect 500 million people globally who rely on coral reefs for food, tourism income and coastal protection.In response to this issue, the Catlin Seaview Survey is creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. It will enable change to be clearly monitored over time and will help scientists, policy makers and the public at large to see and understand the issues reefs are facing and work out what needs to be done to best protect coral reefs now and into the future.More from the project can be seen at http://catlinseaviewsurvey.com/


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About 2 days ago Jumping Mobula Rays

This amazing event was captured on film by the team at +National Geographic for a new program called "Untamed Americas". Many are calling this the largest aggregation of #MobulaRays ever seen - it was filmed off the coast of Baja, #Mexico .

See the full clip here: http://mostamazingviews.com/you-think-birds-wrong-going-breathtaking/

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About 9 weeks ago 360° Photosphere: Cod Hole

We were recently on the Great Barrier Reef resurveying a famous dive site called the "Cod Hole". All of the image data is with our SeaView Labs team for processing, we're hopeful that we'll have captured some #photospheres  as good as those from 2012. 

Click into this fully interactive #panorama to experience the Cod Hole for yourself.



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About 3 weeks ago The Sailfish - the fastest in the sea

Via +TED: Sailfish are the fastest eaters in the sea. They can move at 40 miles per hour — powering through schools of fish, stunning them with blows from their bills, and gulping them down on the fly. Their eyes and brains have to work so fast at these speeds that they need to be heated up, using specialised heat-generating muscles that line the eyes and brain.

The ocean is full of weird and wonderful creatures. +TED (TED Talks) have a series of fantastic talks that you can access online here: http://ideas.ted.com/2014/06/30/10_extreme_sea_creatures/



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About 9 weeks ago International Turtle Day

We recently went on expedition to the Great Barrier Reef to investigate any changes on the reef post Tropical Cyclone Ita. Whilst on the Ribbon Reefs, we found one thing that hasn't changed is that it's always good to see a Loggerhead Turtle on a dive.

Today is International Turtle Day to raise awareness of, and increase knowledge and respect for these ancient marine reptiles.



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About 1 day ago Moray Eels

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About 3 weeks ago 360° Panorama - The Underwater Sculpture Museum of Isla Mujeres

The Museo Subaquatico de arte is found just off the coast of #cancun , #Mexico . Artist Jason deCaires Taylor began placing these sculptures here in 2010 with support from local tourism and conservation groups to help highlight current environmental issues in an engaging way.

Click into this #photosphere  and see how new corals are growing on the sculptures and also notice the snorkelers on the surface of the sea. Because this site is only covered in about 8 metres of water it can be enjoyed on either #scuba  or  #snorkel .



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About 7 weeks ago A Coral Time-Lapse

It took 9 months and 150,000 images for University of Queensland Marine Biologist Daniel Stoupin to create a 3 minute long high-magnification time-lapse video of corals. All that hard work has resulted in a stunning perspective on the life of #coral reefs, which can often be overlooked due to their motion only being detectable at different time scales compared to ours. This illustrates why time-lapse is such a valuable research tool for marine ecosystems.

You can watch the full video here: http://vimeo.com/88829079



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About 13 weeks ago 360° Photosphere: Sharks in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

In March this year our lead science team deployed in Palawan provence, the #Philippines , to survey its important #coral reef system. Our field team collaborated with local marine park group the #Tubbataha Management Office to identify and survey the best locations in the park. The Tubbataha reefs are so valuable that the +UNESCO declared the area a #WorldHeritage Site in 1993.

The reefs of the Philippines are part of the larger 'Coral Triangle' region which has the highest level of bio-diversity found in the world's oceans. In this particular  #photosphere  you will see:
 - Fantastic coral coverage (>85%)
 - 2 x reef sharks
 - 1 x grey whaler #shark
 - 1x trevalley
 - countless reef fish swimming along the reef wall








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About 11 weeks ago Bobtail squid & bioluminescence

We spotted this Bobtail Squid trying to hide its iridescent body underneath sand particles. These tiny animals (only 1cm in length) can evade predators by creating counter shading and camouflage by emitting a weak light from their mantle. This is possible thanks to a fantastic relationship they have with symbiotic bioluminescent bacterium.

The bacteria are fed a sugar and amino acid solution by the squid and in return they help to hide the squid's silhouette. The squid's mantle contains filters which can alter the wavelength of luminescence to match that of the surrounding environment making it close to invisible to predators.



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About 9 weeks ago It's hip to be square - meet the boxfish

'Ostraciidae' is a family of squared, bony fish, closely related to pufferfish and filefish. Fish in this family are known by a range of names depending where you are in the world - known most commonly as boxfishes they can also be called cofferfishes, cowfishes (if they have small horns) and trunkfishes (generally with a slightly longer snout).

There are around 33 species worldwide - this striking "yellow boxfish" was photographed on our recent survey in the waters of Indonesia.

As you can imagine, a box is not the most aerodynamic of shapes, these fish use their pectoral fins (visible here on either side of the body) to propel themselves in a rowing motion. They aren't the fastest of fish on the reef!