Category Archives: marine science

Palau ‘s Enormous New Ocean Reserve is Official

The nation of Palau in the western Pacific just protected 80 percent of its ocean.



Sharks Discovered Inside Underwater Volcano!

An active volcano doesn’t seem like a viable habitat, so Nat Geo grantees were shocked to find two shark species living in the caldera.

What does the Hubble Telescope and a Whale Shark have in common?


The Hubble Ultra Deep Field and a Whale Shark

The Groth algorithm is a pattern-matching algorithm invented by Edward J. Groth, a Princeton physics professor, in 1986 that that could compare and identify complex star patterns by triangulating all of the possible star triplets in a given image.

This was added to Hubbles STSDAS software package to assist in mapping the some 10,000 galaxies of the famous Hubble Ultra Deep Field image.

the following excerpt from:

“In 2002, scuba diver Jason Holmberg had a rare encounter with a whale shark, an endangered species characterized by its distinctive markings – a unique pattern of white spots on its skin as distinctive as a human’s fingerprints. Tracking the fish by comparing photos and matching spots was a tedious and imprecise science, so Holmberg turned to an astrophysicist friend of his, Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian. Through Arzoumanian’s work with the Goddard Space Flight Center, they came across the Groth algorithm and realized it could be adapted to their purpose. They modified the algorithm to compensate for the graphical differences between the size and shape of a whale shark’s spots and stars in the sky, and made several other enhancements.
Since then, Holmberg has assembled a whale shark database called the ECOCEAN Whale Shark Photo-identification Library, to which anyone can contribute photos.

Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice



The Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michel Cousteau Launch Ritz Kids

In addition to the Ambassadors of the Environment eco-travel programs introduced by Jean-Michel Cousteau and The Ritz-Carlton, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., announced the launch of a new, exclusive Ritz Kids children’s programming through an expanded partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society.

For those who don’t want to dive under ice…

a Positive-Buoyancy Rover for Under Ice Mobility:


Ocean exploration for the masses

18-foot oarfish discovered off southern California coast

Watch this video

from CNN:

Sponges help coral reefs thrive in ocean deserts


from BBC news:

The mystery of how coral reefs thrive in ocean deserts has been solved. Sponges are the unsung heroes holding the delicate ecosystem together, scientists say.
Read more: