Why Are Some Lobsters Blue?

Written by on August 22, 2013 in Invertebrates, Marine Life

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Call for ‘citizen scientists’ to help protect sea turtles
Sea turtles are threatened by poachers, climate change, habitat loss and many other problems. A new paper states that we still have a lot to learn about sea turtles and the best way to learn is through observation. Learning more about sea turtles will help researchers better protect them, which is why a PhD student at the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute is calling for the help of citizen scientists! The observations of citizen scientists could help fill in gaps in the sea turtle knowledge base.

The Colorful Chemistry of Lobster Shells
When we eat lobsters they’re bright red, but when we catch them they’re usually a muddy brown color. Although sometimes they are blue, yellow, or even a different color on each half of the body. Have you ever wondered the reason for those color mutations or why they turn red when they get cooked? Check out this awesome video from Bytesize Science to learn the answers!

Epic ocean voyages of baby corals revealed
Coral begins its life as a tiny, millimeter-sized, free-floating larva. By recreating the journey of the coral larvae, researchers have found that some of them may cross entire oceans. The majority of coral larvae will settle close to home, but the computer simulation reveals that some cross more than 5,000 km of open ocean. These findings will help coral conservation efforts by allowing researchers to more accurately predict how the distribution of coral will change as the oceans change.

Blue lobster.

Blue lobster. Photo credit: (Alex) via photopin cc.

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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