A selection of recently published articles for those who love our oceans, the marine world, diving and exploration…


reef insurance21Premium protection: why insurers are eager to cover coral reefs

'As hurricanes become more destructive in a warming climate, coral reefs protect coastal property worth billions of dollars. Now Mexico is taking out the world’s first insurance policy on a coral reef to ensure its restoration after storms strike.' By Todd Woody. Oceans Deeply 


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Mirrors have revealed something new about manta rays – and it reflects badly on us

'Humans make huge use of marine vertebrates, but manta rays may pass the self-awareness test and other fish potentially could too. Ethically, where does that leave us?' By Lauren Smith, The Guardian  

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'It’s not long before midnight and an outlaw trawler has been spotted. The captain — a weather-gnarled old fisherman wearing just boxer shorts…' By Matt Blomberg, Mongabay

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Why our oceans are starting to suffocate

'When it comes to animal life on Earth, oxygen is a baseline necessity. From humans and housecats to gorillas and great white sharks, the simple diatomic molecule is essential to the success of cellular respiration…'  By Ryan P Smith, Smithsonian


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'Geology is not generally considered an enterprise rich with drama. Rocks stolidly await inspection, slowly providing, through insightful consideration, a glacially paced story of incremental change. But there are occasions when perspectives are radically altered.' By William E Glassey, Longreads


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'With the majority of the ocean still remaining undiscovered, a team of marine scientists is about to set forth on one of the most ambitious deep-sea research and education projects ever attempted'  By James Field, Geographical

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Blue-sea thinking: technology is transforming the relationship between people and the oceans

'IN THE summer of 1942, as America’s Pacific fleet was slugging it out at the battle of Midway, the USS Jasper, a coastal patrol boat, was floating 130 nautical miles off the west coast of Mexico, listening to the sea below…'  Economist

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Are we turning the oceans into warm, noisy, uninhabitable bodies of acid? The short answer is, yes — but there's still hope. A TedTalks playlist of five talks on the marine world with Triona McGrath, Kate Stafford, Dee Boersma, Jeremy Jackson & Brian Skerry. TedTalks     




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