Coral Oceans Science 11-14


Seaview Science: collecting corals

Learn more about the science and technology of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey.

Seaview Science: The SVII

Learn more about the SVII, the camera used to conduct surveys of the coral reefs.

Seaview Science: reefs in recovery

Learn about the Coral reefs' ability to recover from storms or other naturally occurring event.

Seaview Science: giant clams

Learn how giant clams become so giant in this Seaview Science Video.

Seaview Science: clownfish symbiosis

​Learn more about the most well known fish on the Great Barrier Reef.

Seaview Science: jellyfish

Learn more about another amazing creature that lives in our coral oceans - the jellyfish.

Seaview Science: reefs caves

​Discover the hidden underwater-world that lives in reef caves.

Seaview Science: coral reefs

Learn about the importance of coral reefs with Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg​.

Seaview Science: coral polyps

Learn about the various types of coral polyps with Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.

Seaview Science: coral coring

Learn about 'coral coring' - the process of dating or ageing corals.

Seaview Science: changing reefs

Learn how the increasing levels of CO2 in our atmosphere are affecting our coral reefs.​​

Seaview Science: biodiversity

Learn about the biodiversity of this amazing ecosystem.​

Seaview Science: monitoring the reef

The science and technology of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey

Seaview Science: science explained

What different types of science survey will the project be undertaking?

Seaview Science: importance of coral reefs

Why are coral reefs important?

XL Catlin Seaview Survey: introduction

What does the XL Catlin Seaview Survey hope to achieve?

Underwater classroom: clownfish

Richard Fitzpatrick gives an underwater talk about clownfish aka Nemo-fish.

Underwater classroom: coral bleaching

​An underwater lesson explaining the process of coral bleaching.​

Snorkels and science

What measurements and observations were being taken on the patch reefs?

Underwater classroom: reef shark

Shark specialist Richard Fitzpatrick shares his research methods when studying Reef Sharks.

Underwater classroom: sea cucumber

Marine biologist Richard Fitzpatrick talking about Sea Cucumbers in an underwater lesson.​​

Underwater classroom: wall of mouths

​A quick underwater lesson about the Great Barrier Reef's food chain.​

Coral expedition: sailing home

How do the team feel about the future of the reef?

Coral expedition: dive kit

Why do the team need all this different kit to work underwater?

Coral expedition: dive signs

What other dive signs would you find useful?

Coral expedition: boat tour

What might living on a research vessel be like?

Coral expedition: sharing the science

How does sharing the data help other scientists?

Coral expedition: day in the life

How does this compare to how you imagined a day in the life of a scientist?

Coral expedition: navigating the reef

What tools and technology does Captain Frank use to navigate the reef?

Coral expedition: setting sail

What kind of people make up the team?

Images & galleries

Agincourt Reef Google Maps

Explore this section of the Great Barrier Reef


Sharks have a notorious reputation, and they are certainly well-adapted to hunting their prey

Coral bleaching

Learn about the fragility of precious ecosystem

Coral highlights

Map of the world’s coral reefs

Why do coral reefs only grow in these areas?

Zones on the reef

What factors affect zonation on the reef?

Great Barrier Reef 2012: Expedition map

Why did the expedition only go to some of the reefs?

Coral feeding

How does coral get its energy?

Coral reef quadrat survey

How might you use a quadrat on fieldwork?

Deep sea creatures

Where does your food come from?

Deep reef survey

Deep diving and underwater robots to explore the deep reef

Adaptation on the reef

Learn how different creatures have adapted to life on the reef

Shapes and patterns on the coral reef

A gallery focusing on the variety of structures, patterns and textures seen on the reef

Coral life cycle

Find out how corals grow and reproduce

Coral threats

Discover some of the threats facing the coral habitat

Dive signs

Master your dive signs to become an underwater explorer


Enjoy the diversity in the wonderful world of sea slugs or nudibranchs

Reef scales

From tiny polyps to hundreds of miles, discover the different scales in the coral ecosystem

Researching the reef

Find out how the XL Catlin Seaview Survey team conducted their research

Coral life

Find out more about the amazing variety of life on the reef

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