Scientists Discover a 600-Mile Coral Reef

While bleaching is plaguing coral reefs around the world—most significantly Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—there’s one reef that seems to be flourishing. Located at the mouth of the Amazon river, a 600-mile-long reef was recently discovered below the oceans murky waters—and it’s thriving with corals, sponges, stars and other sea life. Scientists were blown away with the discovery, as they previously believed a reef couldn’t survive …

Whales Are Eating Our Trash

A recent surge in whale beachings (over 30 cases in Europe so far in 2016) is causing major concern for researchers and marine biologists. Not long ago, a necropsy of a beached whale revealed huge amounts of car parts and plastic waste, including buckets and netting in its stomach. Though the ocean waste may not have been the primary cause for the whales’ deaths (researchers …

Half of the World’s Marine Life is Gone

A recent study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund and Zoological Society of London has revealed that—between 1970 and 2012—nearly half of the ocean’s fish population was wiped out. The combined effects of overfishing and climate change have been especially damaging to tuna, mackerels and bonitos—reducing their populations by nearly 75%. Facing the stark reality of our dwindling marine life, the WWF is urging governments …