Catlin institution constrained announced that it has joined forces with the herbal history Museum in London to present a major exhibition, which opens these days, exploring the significance and beauty of the sector’s coral reefs.
“The exhibition, ‘Coral Reefs: secret towns of the ocean’, includes 250 specimens from the natural records Museum’s coral, fish and marine invertebrate series,” said the declaration. It also “functions a live coral reef with forty fish species and 26 species of coral, and visitors will be provided an possibility to journey to a number of the arena’s maximum famous coral reefs thru a breathtaking virtual dive with the Catlin Seaview Survey.
Catlin has been accomplishing the Seaview Survey for the ultimate 4 years. It has prepared a “series of clinical expeditions utilising pioneering underwater imaging technology to take a look at the changes happening to coral reefs, one of the maximum distinct features of our planet’s oceans. Catlin sponsors ocean technological know-how studies – inclusive of the Catlin Seaview Survey and the Catlin Arctic Survey (2009 to 2011) – to gather unbiased, freely to be had information so as to increase scientists’ information of adjustments to our oceans and the way those adjustments should affect destiny generations.”
even though corals can appear rock-like, “they're definitely colonies of tiny animals which might be related to jellyfish but with limestone skeletons that create the rocky seascapes. Corals are fairly sensitive to changes inside the ocean, along with temperature, pollutants and acidity. Coral reefs and the vast type of lifestyles they host can act as early caution indicators that can alert us about conditions in the ocean.”
institution chief govt Stephen Catlin commented: “For years, the beauty of coral reefs turned into largely favored handiest by means of those capable of visit the reefs first-hand. except compiling vital clinical statistics, the Catlin Seaview Survey has captured particular underwater photographs that allow everyone anywhere to discover a variety of coral reefs round the sector. site visitors to ‘Coral Reefs: secret towns of the sea’ could be capable of study a great deal more about coral reefs and how the Catlin Seaview Survey is increasing our knowledge of them.”
Dr. Ken Johnson, coral reefs researcher on the natural history Museum, explained: “We admire the beauty of coral reefs, but we regularly forget about simply how essential they're for the regular lives of loads of hundreds of thousands of human beings round the arena. not only are they home to a various variety of life, but reefs offer valuable meals, income and coastal safety.
“Coral reefs are complicated towns of the sea, with inhabitants gambling differing roles and together, maintaining the fitness of these excellent ecosystems even as accelerating human influences threaten them worldwide”.
‘Coral Reefs: mystery towns of the ocean’ will be at the herbal history Museum, South Kensington, London, till September 13, 2015.