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Animal Stories from the Maritime World

Seahorses found in the Thames

2019-11-27T16:42:42+00:00 November 1st, 2019|Big Blue Zoo|

Marine biologists from the Zoological Society of London, a conservation charity working on the River Thames have reported more evidence of seahorses living in London’s iconic waterway. The sighting of a sixth individual animal in a two month period, compared with previous averages of just one or two annual sightings, underlines the importance of the [...]

Oceans’ advocate expands message

2019-07-09T18:42:32+01:00 June 21st, 2019|Big Blue Zoo|

The World Ocean Observatory (W2O) has launched six new partnership programmes to expand its message of conservation for global maritime resources. Founded 16 years ago with a diverse online platform to communicate the various messages it espouses W2O says the need for action is as urgent as ever. "Advocacy through information and communication is not [...]

How the Commonwealth Blue Charter is a beacon of hope for the future of ocean governance

2019-08-17T06:33:13+01:00 June 10th, 2019|Big Blue Zoo|

To mark World Oceans Day on 8 June, Commonwealth Head of Oceans and Natural Resources Dr Nicholas Hardman-Mountford shares how his organisation’s Blue Charter is a beacon of hope for the future of ocean governance. In the depths of the Pacific Ocean, 11,000 km beneath the sea surface, lies the deepest known point in the [...]

2019-12-15T12:04:55+00:00 March 15th, 2019|Big Blue Zoo|

Oysters are being reintroduced to the River Humber in a project being supervised by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Hull. The Humber Aquaculture Partnership is an exciting new collaboration between Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Hull. Funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, this project will create the first aquaculture [...]

Printing 3D corals to recreate reef-life

2019-03-13T14:47:03+00:00 March 13th, 2019|Big Blue Zoo|

In the film below Alex Goad of Reef Design Lab, from Melbourne Australia introduces in more detail the MARS - Modular Artificial Reef Structure, and explains how they have set up reefs which are artifical and man-made out of 3-D printed ceramic moulds, filled and reinforced with marine concrete and steel bars and which can [...]

700,000 plastic microfibres released in one wash

2019-03-04T12:16:23+00:00 March 4th, 2019|Big Blue Zoo|

The surge of toxic plastics in our ocean environment means it's time to ban them from our wardrobe. It's time to stop wearing fleece and polyester garments which shed huge amounts of microplastics into our environment every time they go through a washing machine. This video interviews one of Plymouth University's Professors of Marine Biology, [...]

Flying fish – between the devil and the deep blue sea

2018-12-07T15:36:21+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Big Blue Zoo|

Incredible footage from BBC Earth's  The Hunt with Sir David Attenborough describing the life of flying fish as they take to the air and glide hundreds of metres, using their extended pectoral fins as wings on a breeze and their tails to drive them out of the water, in their bid to escape predators (in [...]