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Academy scientists describe 71 species in 2019

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From geckos to goblin spiders, flowering plants, and Mediterranean ants—spanning five continents and three oceans—these discoveries grow Earth’s tree of life.

SAN FRANCISCO – In 2019, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 71 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth’s complex web of life and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. The new species include 17 fish, 15 geckos, eight flowering plants, six sea slugs, five arachnids, four eels, three ants, three skinks, two skates, two wasps, two mosses, two corals, and two lizards. More than a dozen Academy scientists—along with many more international collaborators—described the new species discoveries. Read more

December 19, 2019 |

Citizen scientist scuba divers shed light on the impact of warming oceans on marine life

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Rising ocean temperatures may result in worldwide change for shallow reef ecosystems, according to research published yesterday in Science Advances.

The study, based on thousands of surveys carried out by volunteer scuba divers, gives new insights into the relationship of fish numbers to water temperatures – suggesting that warmer oceans may drive fish to significantly expand their habitat, displacing other sea creatures. Read more

November 2, 2019 |

DUGONG TO SPERM WHALE: WHERE TO SEE AND FOLLOW AUSTRALIA’S MARINE WILDLIFE

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PRESS RELEASE:

  • New research finds the hotspots and habitats for migrating marine animals across Australasia

  • Follow the path of some of the world’s most fascinating marine animals on their migration or use the tool to visit their key nesting and feeding locations

  • Read about the animals included and learn about the ways to discover these animals in a sustainable way 

Read more

September 11, 2019 |

Red Sea’s Brothers Islands Reopen to Divers

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The Egyptian Red Sea’s Brothers Islands have reopened after four shark-bite incidents. A statement released by CDWS (Chamber of Diving and Watersports) has confirmed new rules for liveaboard operators to follow.

The Brothers Islands, a premier Egypt diving destination, have re-opened after a 3.5 month closure which followed four non-fatal shark-bite incidents involving oceanic whitetip sharks. Authorities hope the closure has returned the sharks to their normal behaviors and away from congregating around dive boats. Read more

April 29, 2019 |

Belize to Nearly Triple Its Marine Protected Areas

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Belize, a country home to the famed Blue Hole and the Belize Barrier Reef, which has become the world’s largest coral reef system, has just taken a bold move to protect its marine resources.

According to a press release from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Belize government has approved a plan to significantly expand fishery replenishment marine areas that are designated as “no-take zones” from 4.5 percent to 11.6 percent of its total waters. Read more

April 25, 2019 |

Philippines officially hosts world’s second largest known population of whale sharks

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Philippines, March 3, 2019, The Philippines officially hosts the second largest known population of whale sharks in the world according to Wildbook for Whale Sharks, a global online population catalogue used by scientists and the public.

The Philippine population total, which now stands at >1,600 individual whale sharks, was reached through the submission of photo-identification data from dedicated work by LAMAVE, WWF-Philippines and avid and active members of the public. Read more

March 14, 2019 |

New marine protected area established in the Batangas Province of the Philippines

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Community-driven MPA a major conservation victory for the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity.

SAN FRANCISCO (February 25, 2019)—The global marine community has cause to celebrate a conservation milestone in the Philippines. The Municipality of Tingloy on Maricaban Island in Batangas Province recently designated 54.4 acres (22.01 hectares) of thriving coral reef habitat as a marine protected area (MPA), only the second MPA to be established in the municipality. Read more

March 13, 2019 |
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