The Goliath Diaries by Alan C Egan Photo

The Goliath Diaries by Alan C Egan

Underwater photographer Alan C Egan has volunteered to write a series of posts about diving the goliath grouper aggregation off Boynton Beach, Florida this year. Large numbers of goliath groupers (Epinephelus itajara) gather to form spawning aggregations, with up to 100 individuals at any one site. Given that the fish can reach up to 455kg (800lbs) and over 3m (6 ft 6”), it is an amazing spectacle. He will be updating his reports as he carries out dives, so please keep checking back.

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Paper shows cooperation between rabbitfishes Photo

Paper shows cooperation between rabbitfishes

Nature has published a paper that illuminates the complex nature of relationships among fishes. A study carried out around Lizard Island, Greta Barrier Reef, Australia has shown that rabbitfishes (Siganus corallinus, S. doliatus, S. puellus, and S. vulpinus) operate as pairs, with one partner maintaining a look-out while the other feeds. behavior suggests that the fish have powers of cognition, reciprocity and cooperation that were previously not associated with fishes in general. (Image by BS Thurner Hof).

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Paper on combating bad science published Photo

Paper on combating bad science published

A new paper “Fish tales: Combating fake science in popular media” published in the journal Ocean and Coastal Management explores how scientists can correct the spread of misinformation and bad science that is sometimes propagated by the media. The use of social media tools by scientists during 2013/14 pointing out the poor science and factual errors in some of the programs of the 2013 Discovery Shark Week, actually helped caused a reduction in viewer numbers of the event in 2014.

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