Discovery without Destruction: a minimally invasive approach to new species

A new study by Ziegler and Sargony (2021) has demonstrated how non-invasive methods can be used to record and catalogue new species of megafauna. Traditional methods including collecting specimens to handle physically which, aside from killing the specimen, can also damage the structures of the organism - impairing proper scientific understanding. While non-destructive imaging techniques have proven effective in describing novel species of small organisms this is the first time it has be utilised for a deep-sea megafauna, the cirrate octopus - Grimpoteuthis imperator.

2021-05-08T07:59:04-05:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: Science News, Species News|Tags: , , |

Octopuses, neighbourly or not?

A recent study in the journal of Marine Biology has tested a different method of investigating social behaviour in octopuses. Traditionally octopuses have been seen as asocial creatures that ignore others of their species (conspecifics) but recent discoveries of aggregations or groups of wild octopuses such as: algae octopuses (Abdopus aculeatus), Graneledone octopuses, Muusoctopus octopuses, Caribbean Reef Octopuses (Octopus briareus), Atlantic pygmy octopuses (Octopus joubini), Octopus laqueus, Common Sydney octopuses (Octopus tetricus) and Vulcanoctopus hydrothermalis.

2021-05-03T06:51:38-05:00May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Species News|Tags: , , |

Rolling in the Deep – #19 – Solomon Islands

The 'Rolling in the Deep' series takes us to the beautiful reefs of Solomon Islands. This beautiful destination has a little bit for everyone. Reefs, Fish, Critters, Wrecks, and topside cultural experiences. I hope you enjoy the short film. Please comment on what you like, and certainly feel free to share.

THE BANDA ARC, Life in Alor and the Banda Sea (4k)

"WARNING: If you don't like Sharks, Snakes or Tentacles, this film isn't for you :)" Filmed and edited by Marcelo Johan Ogata Gear used: bugDreamer.com/gear #bugDreamer Another incredible video by the underwater wizard at bugdreamer.com

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