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2013-04-30 22:58:59

Seaweed has been eaten for thousands of years by people all over the world, and it can be considered a tasty and healthy food item. This is the conclusion from professor Ole G. Mouritsen, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark, who has scientifically studied the species dulse (Palmaria palmata). Dulse has traditionally been eaten by populations along North Atlantic coasts in countries such as Iceland, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Norway...

Sea Turtle Returned To Gulf Of Mexico After 3-Year Journey
2011-12-28 09:54:20

After a three-year rehabilitation in Portugal, a juvenile endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nicknamed Johnny Vasco de Gama was returned to familiar waters in the Gulf of Mexico, reports Stephanie Pappas for LiveScience. Johnny is believed to have beeen caught in cold currents in 2008 and was “cold-stunned,” a condition that shuts down internal organs and can kill sea turtles. The sea turtle was found by staff members of the Rotterdam Zoo, along the Netherlands coast, 4,600...

2011-03-09 13:44:31

Preserving an intact population of weed-eating fish may be vital to saving the world's coral reefs from being engulfed by weed as human and climate impacts grow. A new study by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has found weed-eaters like parrotfish and surgeonfish can only keep coral reefs clear of weed up to a point. After the weeds reach a certain density, they take over entirely and the coral is lost. For some years researchers have pinned their hopes on...

2008-07-29 15:00:42

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT A SPECIES of Japanese seaweed which threatens the health of our seas has been discovered off the west coast of Scotland for the first time. The alien species, Heterosiphonia japonica, was found in May by Dr Colin Moore, of the Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology at Heriot-Watt University. He was diving off the island of Oronsay at the mouth of Loch Sunart between the Ardnamurchan and Morvern peninsulas when he found the species which forms...

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2008-06-16 10:10:00

Queen's University Belfast is appealing for help from the public in looking at ways to detect and stop the spread of marine aliens.Activities such as aquaculture, shipping and recreational boating have led to an army of marine alien species hitchhiking around the globe. Now Queen's is attempting to find out exactly where and how non-native species get a foothold in a new area. To do this it is asking for help from the public to record what they have seen.Part of the Marine Aliens consortium,...

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2007-06-07 00:00:00

Sargassum seaweed, famous in nautical lore for entangling ships in its dense floating vegetation, has been detected from space for the first time thanks to an instrument aboard ESA's environmental satellite, Envisat. The ability to monitor Sargassum globally will allow researchers to understand better the primary productivity of the ocean and better predict climate change. Using optical radiance data from the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) aboard Envisat, Dr Jim Gower and...


Latest Sargassum Reference Libraries

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2007-02-21 16:26:44

The Sargassumfish, Histrio histrio, is a frogfish of the family Antennariidae, found close to the surface amongst floating sargassum weed in all subtropical oceans. Its length is up to 7.87 in (20 cm). The Sargassumfish has numerous fleshy weed-like dermal appendages which allow it to blend in with the floating sargassum weed in which it is usually found. It is a deep-bodied shapeless species, with long and thickened pectoral and pelvic fins which serve as limbs allowing the fish to 'walk'...

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