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Lionfish tournament and community event gears up for fifth year

As an invading underwater species, the lionfish is king. Beautiful and otherworldly in appearance, lionfish spend their lives hunting at coral reefs. Video of lionfish at depth shows them swimming lazily as they gobble down most any unsuspecting small fish, octopus, and crab. Native to Asian and Pacific waters, they have no natural predators in Bermuda, they are quilled with venomous spines, and they reproduce in huge numbers; each mature female fish is capable of laying 30,000 eggs every three…


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Traffic is messing up more than your morning commute

In balmy Bermuda, it is hard to imagine anything other than fresh air and sea breezes entering people’s lungs.  But over the last two decades, scientists working with the Department of Environmental Protection have discovered there are some places in…


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Bermudian Eels

Both the American eel and the European eel, two closely related species, inhabit rivers and lakes many miles inland on their respective continents but are born in the ocean.  We know this because juveniles coming from the ocean inundate rivers…


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For Women In Oceanography, Progress is Made—And Challenges Remain

Oceanographer Kristen Buck has been spared the gender discrimination faced by her female predecessors, who until the 1960s were often restricted from science labs, kept from leadership positions, or prohibited from sailing on research vessels.    “I am familiar with…


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“Sea Butterflies” Showing Signs of Struggle

Some of the most beautiful creatures in the sea are so small they are rarely seen and easily escape our attention.  “Sea butterflies,” called pteropods by scientists, are lentil-sized marine snails that flit through oceans around the world. While a…

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By Diving Deep, A BIOS Scientist Exposes Lionfish Invasion

Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley has been studying the legendary corals around Bermuda for more than a decade. As she dove to collect small coral samples for genetics studies during her doctoral research, she saw not only the island’s underwater beauty, but…