A yellow sea slug, warty prowfish and roundbelly cowfish all made it onto Redmap’s Top 6 Oddest Sightings. Check out this completely subjective list – and what the scientists have to say about them.
Marine scientists are measuring properties like temperature and salinity in oceans around the world using 3,500 robotic floats as part of the Argo project. IMOS has produced a stop-start animation about the Argo floats to inspire children about marine science. Watch it here.
As recently as 2000, the chance of stumbling upon a mud crab south of Western Australia’s Shark Bay was remote. Now there are reports of mud crabs in every major south-western estuary. In fact, mud crabs have even been seen as far south as Denmark’s Wilson Inlet, over 1,000 km south of their historical distribution.
An elephant seal camping on a Perth beach has received thousands of visitors, hundreds of Twitter followers and the title "Steven Sealberg" (decided by online pole). The 2000kg seal, more at home in sub-Antarctic islands, has been logged on Redmap here. Read more about the seal in PerthNow.
University of Western Australia (UWA) researchers have warned of the potential for "very large extinction rates" among marine life unique to southern WA due to climate change, writes ABC News. Read the full story here.
The Guardian newspaper writes: Australian animals and plants will increasingly have to find new homes in the coming decades due to climate change according to research used to create new maps of how local conditions are changing. Read the full story here.