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Mass Die-Off Hits
of Coral Reefs
Apr 29, 2022 11:09 AM CDT
Mass Die-Off Hits 'Unsung Heroes' of Coral Reefs
Up to 95% of sea urchin populations are dying in areas across the Caribbean
- For the first time in decades, scientists have observed a massive die-off of sea urchins in the Caribbean, which could serve as another devastating blow to coral reefs. Widespread deaths of at least three species of sea urchins—the West Indian sea egg, rock boring, and black sea urchins—have...
Purple Sea Urchins Are
Causing West Coast Nightmare
Oct 24, 2019 12:15 AM CDT
Purple Sea Urchins Are Causing West Coast Nightmare
They've already wiped out 90% of northern California's underwater kelp forests
- Tens of millions of voracious purple sea urchins that have already chomped their way through towering underwater kelp forests in California are spreading north to Oregon, sending the delicate marine ecosystem off the shore into such disarray that other critical species are starving to death. A recent count found 350...
Jan 4, 2014 3:45 PM CST
Ancient Romans Ate Giraffe: Study
Also sea urchins
- Researchers digging around the drains of ancient Pompeii have learned about some unusual Roman eating habits. The scientists found the remains of a giraffe and sea urchin in the drain of a onetime restaurant, LiveScience reports. "This is thought to be the only giraffe bone ever recorded from an...
Caribbean Coral Reefs
Are Mostly Dead
Sep 7, 2012 4:53 PM CDT
Caribbean Coral Reefs Are Mostly Dead
Less than 10% of the reefs have live coral, says report
- The coral reefs of the Caribbean are mostly wiped out, according to a new report from a major conservation group. Scientists have found that the reefs have about 8% of live coral coverage, down from about 50% to 60% in the 1970s, reports
. Some main culprits cited by...
Sea Urchins Show How
Dec 31, 2010 3:02 PM CST
Self-Sharpening Tools? Sea Urchins Show How
They eat through rocks and keep razor-sharp teeth
- The humble sea urchin may teach us how to make knives that never need to be sharpened. Scientists think they've figured out how the creature manages to eat through rock and still maintain teeth that never go dull, reports
. "It is one of the very few structures...
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