Today, New Caledonia has announced the creation of multiple no-take marine reserves, safeguarding 28,000 square kilometers of pristine coral reefs! In these waters around the remote islands and atolls of the Coral Sea, the fish have likely seen few divers, and it’s the sharks - blacktips, whitetips, silvertips, gray reefs, nurse sharks, and others - that preside over the lush reefs, their familiar shapes moving above a seafloor covered in coral. These photos were captured by @EnricSala, during our 2013 @natgeopristineseas expedition in collaboration with @waittfoundation, in which we conducted some of the first filming and scientific surveys of these reefs, informing their protection. Thank you New Caledonia for this gift to the planet! #repost from our partners at @natgeopristineseas. #WaittExpedition@sevenseas_media
It's exciting to announce that New Caledonia is protecting a massive 28,000 square kilometer ocean area from future commercial and industrial exploitation.
We explored New Caledonia with@EnricSala and @NatGeoPristineSeas back in 2013, conducting a scientific expedition to collect data in support of just this type of effort. Since then we and the folks at @PewEnvironment and the @WWF, among others, have kept up the work to help make this happen. Congrats to everyone on a job well done and most especially to the people of #NewCaledonia.
Their foresight is the ocean's and everyone else's gain.
"When You're Spooked By Your Own Reflection"
This amazing video was filmed on location at the Monterey Canyon off the Coast of Monterey Bay, California courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute @mbari_news - When MBARI researchers explore the seafloor below 1,000 meters, the most common fishes they see are rattail fish such as this Coryphaenoides acrolepis. Rattails are are very curious and will come to investigate any disturbance on or around the seafloor. Presumably this helps them find food in the darkness of the deep sea. Rattail fish are caught and sold under the more palatable name, "grenadier." The @seafoodwatch recommendations for giant rattail grenadier caught on the U.S. West Coast with bottom trawls or set longlines is a "Good Alternative." Although. little is known about the status of this deepwater, long-lived species. These fish grow very slowly and may not reproduce until they are 30 or 40 years old.⠀
Typified by large heads with large mouths and eyes, grenadiers have slender bodies that taper greatly to very thin caudal peduncles or tails (excluding one species with no tail fin): this rat-like tail explains the common name 'rattail' and both the subfamily name and family name are derived from the Greekmakros meaning "great" and oura meaning "tail". The first dorsal fin is small, high, and pointed (and may be spinous); the second dorsal fin runs along the rest of the back and merges with the tail and extensive anal fin. The scales are small.
As with many deep-living fish, the lateral linesystem in grenadiers is well-developed; it is further aided by numerous chemoreceptorslocated on the head and lips and chemosensory barbels underneath the chin. Benthic species have gas bladders with unique muscles attached to them. The animals are thought to use these muscles to "strum" their gas bladders and produce sound, possibly playing a role in courtship and mate location. Light-producing organs, photophores, are present in some species; they are located in the middle of the abdomen, just before the anus and underneath the skin. Grenadiers have been recorded from depths of about 200 to 7,000 m (660–22,970 ft).
A slipper lobster (Scyallarides lateus) are said to be quite tasty which is why they are now endangered. Also called the Sea cricket and Cicala di mare in Italian (Cicada of the sea!) it is now rare over much of its range due to overfishing. The slipper lobster does not have claws, the highly prized flesh comes from the tail.
The large flat plates sticking out in front of its body are actually antennae!
Photo by @FotoNunoSa during our expedition with @oceanoazulfoundation and @NatGeoPristineSeas in the Azores.
The Giant electric ray (Narcine entemedor) is a numbfish and lives up to it's Latin/Spanish name Intimidator. They will often feed in shallow water and bury themselves in the daytime in sandy bottoms. Their electric organs consist of specialized cells that act as storage batteries wired in series.
Also known as the Electric Guitarfish (not even kidding).
photograph by @theJoeLepore during our expedition into #CoastRica's #SantaElena bay.
Not often we see large fish aggregations during our expeditions. That should be reason enough for us to wholesale set aside massive swaths of the oceans. If we conserve this engine it will run forever. If we mess it up it will see ya gone before it fully recovered.
These massive schools of fish were seen in the western Azores during our expedition with @oceanoazulfoundation and @natgeopristineseas. #azores#pico#faial#saojorge#flores#corvo
Attempting to fight the onslaught of sargassum on beaches in the Caribbean seems a bit like tilting at windmills. In Barbados, Government has declared the sargassum problem a national emergency. Scientist note that current levels of sargassum are unprecedented, killing fish, endangered sea turtles, affecting livelihoods and tourism—the mainstay for many Caribbean economies. #sargassum#caribbean#newnormal? @waittinstitute clip and post from #WaittDirector@kjmengerink
From the @waittinstitute’s Director @kjmengerink and her scoping trip to Anguilla. ・・・
A fisher comes up the beach with his catch of the day in Anguilla. This beach is one of the many idyllic white sand beaches on Anguilla. Beautiful above water, but they could use more fish and coral below. #crocusbay#anguilla