Deep-Sea Mining/Oil Drilling

Offshore drilling is a mechanical process where a wellbore is drilled below the seabed. It is typically carried out in order to explore for and subsequently extract petroleum which lies in rock formations beneath the seabed. Around 1891, the first submerged oil wells were drilled from platforms built on piles in the fresh waters of the Grand Lake St. Marys (a.k.a. […]

Sharks

Unlike humans, sharks do not have bones. Instead they have a rubbery substance called cartilage. They also have very good eyesight which allows them to see in the dark and also see colours as we do. A sharks skin feels very similar to sand paper, this is because it has tiny scales all pointing towards […]

Orca

Orcas or killer whales are apex predators (at the top of the food chain), this means that no animal other than humans can hunt them. they feed on almost anything that they can find in the sea such as: sea birds, sharks, turtles, squid and other orcas. One orca found in Canada was even found […]

Coral bleaching

Incredibly large amounts of coral have died in recent years, this is due to a process known as coral bleaching. But how does coral bleaching happen? How does it affect ecosystems? And how can this be prevented? Coral bleaching is a process in which the algae on corals become ‘stressed’ and leaves the coral, this […]

Ocean Fishing

Fish are a major source of food. A healthy balanced diet contains 2 (140g) portions of fish a week. But where does all this fish come from? Roughly 70% – 80% of the seafood eaten in the UK is imported from abroad. But the rest is fished in our local seas. How does fishing work? […]

Marine Biologist

Salary $35 000 – $80 000  (average $62 000) Working hours Minimum of 8 working hours, usually 10 though and when on field trips up to 15 working hours. Travel Quite a lot of travel, about 2-3 months of field trips that can be abroad. Environment Laboratory or at sea Currently employed in the UK […]