OCEANS

The effect of plastics on the world’s oceans is posing a more threatening future for marine life than previously thought – fish are not accidentally consuming plastics, rather attraction is fuelling their consumption
Asian countries are pledging to reduce the amount of land-based marine pollution, especially that flowing down their larger rivers
Far beneath the waves, a race is unfolding to claim ownership of the world’s seabed – or, more specifically, to the minerals and other geological resources contained within the seabed itself. But is this increased activity putting global marine biodiversity…
Analysis into a killer whale found dead off the shores of western Scotland have revealed the shocking levels of chemical pollutants in the UK’s waters
Zafer Kizilkaya has been awarded the 2017 Whitley Gold Award for his continued efforts in creating and monitoring marine protected zones off Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline
A massive die-off of Australian mangrove forests is being attributed to the El Niño weather system

Making Waves

An innovative new theory hopes to save millions of lives from the threat of tsunamis
Now we can all experience diving to the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, nearly 11,000m down into the depths of the ocean
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit New Zealand in November has caused the seafloor around Kaikoura to rise a full two metres out of the water
The seaweed industry is booming, and winning plaudits for its relatively environmentally-friendly production. Can this sustainability be maintained?
A landmark decision has given the green light to creating the largest protected zone of ocean the world has ever seen
A reconnaissance flight over the North Pacific is attempting to discover the true scale of one of the ‘world's largest rubbish dumps’
New research finds population levels of invasive lionfish are exploding across the Mediterranean
Enormous structure found in the seabed between the Torres Straight and Port Douglas, could unlock the history – and future – of the Great Barrier Reef
With an life expectancy of at least 272, the Greenland shark has been recognised as the longest living vertebrate animal on the planet, and how long they can live is still a mystery

Hu(g)e worries

Geographical’s regular look at the world of climate change. This month, Marco Magrini looks at coral bleaching
An ambitious scientific mission has discovered that the deepest known point in the ocean turns out to be a far noisier place than might be expected
A delicious opportunity or proof of human impact on the ocean? The news of booming cephalopods (octopuses, cuttlefish and squid) has already divided seafood lovers and environmentalists. Whatever your opinion, cephalopods appear to be thriving while other marine species flounder,…

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