The XL Catlin Seaview Survey team are back in Hawaii for the third time in a year. We surveyed the reefs here before coral bleaching hit, at the height of the bleaching event, and now we are back to evaluate the aftermath. http://catlinseaviewsurvey.com/news/14-06-2016/resurveying-hawaii-after-a-major-coral-bleaching-event
We've been following the 3rd Global Bleaching Event around the globe and just witnessed intense coral bleaching in the Maldives - a beautiful, yet deeply disturbing sight.
Today we launched our new Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum to help people learn about life on coral reefs. This free educational resource includes custom-built interactive exercises, educational videos, and games as well as lesson plans and quizzes for teachers. Try it today, and be one of the first people to get full access to this state-of-the-art learning platform!
We've arrived in Taiwan and have begun our 360° scientific surveys of the local coral reefs. Read the first blog from the field: http://catlinseaviewsurvey.com/news/05-05-2016/the-xl-catlin-seaview-survey-visits-taiwan
This fantastic photo of a Mola Mola (a.k.a Ocean Sunfish) looks remarkably like a giant swimming face.
Go virtual diving with Mola Mola: https://www.google.com/maps/streetview/#oceans/mola-mola-crystal-bay-nusa-penida-indonesia
Photo credit: Chris Fallows via Nat Geo
On expedition in the Maldives to assess the coral bleaching, in partnership with - find out more: http://xlcatlinseaviewsurvey.com/news/20-06-2016/surveying-mass-bleaching-in-the-maldives-with-iucn
The XL Catlin Seaview Survey team are all now back on home turf after a successful mission surveying the coral reefs of Taiwan. Now it is time to get down to some data processing and polishing our 360° images to share with the world.
Green Island has become a centre for recreational #scuba diving in #Taiwan . You can jump into the warm waters here and see roughly 300 species of hard corals and sea snakes.
Over four days we managed to survey 70% of the reefs here.
There are real life dragons living amongst us, but probably not the type you imagine... Endemic to the waters off south and east Australia, Sea Dragons are some of the most flamboyantly camouflaged creatures in the world.
Their ornate leaf-like appendages allow them to blend in with the seaweed and kelp formations they live amongst. It's lucky they have such good camouflage skills, because they are terrible at swimming.
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 XL 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/