The E/V Nautilus team are in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument seeking out new discoveries in biology, geology, and archaeology. They came across this Gulper Eel (Eurypharynx pelecanoides) showing off for the camera!
“Its pouch-like mouth can inflate in an instant, scooping up much larger prey just like a pelican–and giving it that muppet-like look! This gulper eel was likely a juvenile, as this species can grow up to three feet in length.”
Marine reserves need to be sanctuary in order to work #marineexplorer by John Turnbull
Marine reserves have a range of zoning rules, from sanctuary (no-take) to reserves that allow some fishing (partial protection). Do all of these work? Numerous studies, from regional to global, conclude that marine reserves have to be sanctuary zone to be effective. In most cases, partial protection is no better than no protection at all. Read this study for example rdcu.be/IuoS
As people spend more and more time on social media, we run the risk of thinking that’s where reality lies. But fish don’t care for Facebook – they care for habitat and water to live in, finding food and a mate, and not being eaten. The human footprint on earth is now so large that we have to accept the role of stewards – whether we like it or not – and future generations will judge us by what we do in the real world.
85% of Australians live within 50 km of the coast. Our coastal lifestyle faces increasing pressures from climate change, urbanisation, pollution, unsustainable use of resources and more. As the human footprint increases, we have to accept our role as stewards of our world – whether we like it or not. This means more active management, and keeping an open mind to changes that are necessary to conserve the very lifestyle we love
Crab in camo – Sponge Decorator Crab – Hyastenus elatus #marineexplorer by John Turnbull
Crab in camo gear – can you see it? Decorator crabs have special hooks on their carapace that allow them to attach sponges, which then grow to cover the crab. To see a close up, scroll to the next picture. Clifton Gardens jetty.