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Friday, August 17, 2018

A Ban on Bluefin Tuna

  Summer 2017 saw the tuna fishing season open, and within four weeks local anglers had landed 9 out of the 15.5 tonnes of the...

LOGGERHEAD TURTLES – Riding the Currents, Dude!

  This March there was an unfortunate event on Western Beach. During the early hours, a dead Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta, washed up and was...

Climate Change in Our Oceans

  To most of us, how climate change works and its effects on the terrestrial biosphere, are pretty well understood. However, how are these changes...

Spiny-Skinned Sea Stars

As with most marine organisms, life as a baby sea star begins with a planktonic larval stage. Their bodies resemble a spearhead and require...

MARINE PARASITES – The Rhizocephalan

All living organisms require a source of energy to maintain being alive. Take that source of energy away and the organism simply dies. Plants...

CHUPA SANGRE – The blood-sucking fiend

Throughout my youth my family loved to spend summers on Catalan Bay beach. In those days the beach was couched between two rocky outcrops...

MAJA SQUINADO – Alien or local?

If I were to describe a creature which had blue blood, who had plates of armour for skin and could withstand over 1000 times the...

SHARKS VINDICATED – Their bark is worse than their bite

Of all the fish in the sea, it is the entire Chondrichthions class which seem to suffer the worst reputation. As the animals best...

POLLUTION WATCH – Gibraltar’s inconvenient truth

  Gibraltar has consistently been found in breach of the European Union annual mean limits for nitrogen oxide for over a decade, as well as...

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION – How far is far enough?

Protection is always a hot topic these days. People from various walks of life clamber to associate themselves with all kinds of movements; Save...