Mysteries of the Big Blue

Mysteries of the Big Blue

August 2010. This month’s ocean focus takes us on a journey of discovery. We take a look at how IUCN is helping to unlock the secrets of The Deep and find ways of combating the many threats that are placing our marine world under siege.

Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and support an extraordinarily diverse world. More than one million species live on coral reefs alone, and perhaps as many as 10 million in the deep seas. But only a fraction of these have been discovered so far and much of ocean life remains a mystery. IUCN experts are striving to unveil it and here you get the chance to see some of the weird and wonderful creatures that have recently been seen for the first time.

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Highlights

Seagrass

Future uncertain

Three months after the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, leaking hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil into the ocean, Carl Gustaf Lundin, Head of IUCN's Global Marine Programme, gives his assessment of the impacts on the marine environment. He says there is much uncertainty about the long term effects on marine ecosystems which were already threatened by human activity before the spill occurred. …  

06 Aug 2010 | Audio

Lionfish

Alien hitch-hikers in the seas

Invasive species are one of the main threats to our oceans, severely affecting not only marine biodiversity but also human health and the economy. So what exactly are these mysterious creatures, where do they come from and why are they so dangerous? …  

30 Jul 2010 | News story

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