Reef building hard corals in the order Scleractinia are animals that could be mistaken for plants. One of the most common such corals at the Great Barrier Reef is Acropora hyacinthus. At Myrmidon reef last December, we found ridges replete … [Read more...] about Know Your Plates (Part 1)
Great Barrier Reef
Coral reefs are the most extraordinary places, and they are essentially layer upon layer of death. Topped with the most extraordinary diversity of life forms. Consider Britomart Reef, for example, it is a mid-shelf coral reef 120 kms north of … [Read more...] about Britomart – Mostly Dead Coral, with Fish on Top
I wasn’t the one who took that bite out of that green plate coral. Can you see what looks like a bite mark? It is at about 4 o’clock on the large, green, plate coral, which is also one of the transect photographs taken last week, on 22nd February at … [Read more...] about Who Ate the Green Plate?
This morning, Peter Ridd’s legal team will be asking the High Court to hear his appeal against his sacking by James Cook University. The High Court does not agree to hear most cases. They consider cases that have a wider legal implication. His … [Read more...] about Fly-Past Coral Surveys, And
Knowing the truth has always been a challenge requiring an amount of discipline. And it is getting that much harder in this age of disinformation. How can we distinguish reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda? Science used to be so … [Read more...] about Naming a First Old Porites, Craig
Late last year, I went on an expedition in search of a type of very old coral known as massive Porites. Stuart, Shaun and I dived five very different coral reefs between Cairns and Townsville. The first was an inshore fringing coral reef to the … [Read more...] about Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 2)