Habitat

Crittercam Sea Turtle Study May Aid Conservation

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 12, 2004   View Article

Sea turtles around the world are on a slippery slope toward extinction, but in Shark Bay, on the remote coast of Western Australia, two species of the ocean-dwelling reptiles thrive among a flourishing diversity of life.

“Shark Bay gives us a glimpse of what other marine habitats might have been like before they were changed by people,” said Mike Heithaus, a marine biologist at Florida International University in Miami.

Mangroves Are Nurseries for Reef Fish

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 4, 2004   View Article

Mangroves—forests of tropical trees and shrubs rooted in saltwater sediments between the coast and the sea—are crucial nurseries for coral reef fish, according to a new study.

The finding highlights the importance of the rapidly dwindling habitats to reef communities.

“Beyond showing they are important, we showed they are much more important than even assumed,” said Peter Mumby, a marine biologist at the University of Exeter, England.

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