21 Apr 2020 12:00 am
CORAL REEFS ARE THE RAINFORESTS OF THE SEA, occupying less than 1% of the ocean floor but supporting nearly 25% of all marine species. A healthy reef is like a bustling city, teeming with fish and turtles, as well as a multitude of invertebrates. Shrimps, crabs, brittlestars and worms, cohabit with slugs, snails and squid. But these marine utopias are disappearing before our very eyes. In the past three decades alone, around 50% of corals have been lost, with the latest forecasts suggesting that over 90% of reefs will be gone by 2050. Some problems are local in scope, such as dynamite fishing, or pollution (e.g. from agricultural fertilisers or sunscreens that wash off peoples’ skin). Other problems are global, such as the threats of ocean acidification and warming.
~To find out about the race to save coral reefs, read our feature story here.
7 Jan 2015 12:00 am
British Urban Wildlife
15 Apr 2015 12:24 pm
25 Aug 2014 04:31 pm
The depths of the oceans remain one of the few remaining parts of the world which are largely unexplored and which hold new and undiscovered life forms. David Shale and Solvin Zankl have joined expeditions to photograph deep sea creatures at a variety of depths in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Barents Sea. Using specialised equipment and techniques, they have captured unique images of many species of bizarre deep sea fish and invertebrates, including a number new to science. These species show special adaptations to life at depths where no light penetrates, including many examples of bioluminescence.
24 Aug 2014 12:00 am
International Urban Wildlife
15 Apr 2015 04:36 pm
23 Aug 2014 12:00 am
Mountains provide most of the world's freshwater, harbour a rich variety of plants and animals, and are home to approximately one in ten people. This gallery celebrates the variety of life; human, animal and plant, that thrives in the mountains and the beauty and importance of this habitat.
6 Jun 2016 12:00 am
Here we celebrate not only the fauna and flora of the summer seashore and intertidal zone, but also its varied landscapes, light and recreational opportunities.
5 Jan 2015 12:00 am
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