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The waters of Papua, New Guinea and Australia's Great Barrier Reef are among the richest on Earth. Harbouring an exceptional variety of venomous fish, reptiles and invertebrates, their coral reefs conceal frightening secrets. The poisons of these animals are some of the most lethal known to man, but they also hold enormous potential in the development of new medicines.
Around the globe, thousands of decommissioned naval vessels rot in dockyards. What can you do with these toxic time bombs? One solution is to clean them well, blow them up and sink them! Providing shelter and breeding grounds, countless fish and invertebrates colonize steel hulls.
They're beautiful...and deadly, with large, venomous spines that resemble a lion's mane. They're lionfish - a tropical reef species normally found in the Pacific. Now, they're wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and Atlantic - all thought to have descended from a handful of aquarium fish carelessly released into the sea.
Since the 1970's, sea lion populations have declined more than 80% along the North Pacific coast. Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Aquarium are working together to help save Canada's iconic and largest pinniped - the stellar sea lion.