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Starting 1 August 2021, a team of researchers will spend a week on the Saba Bank, investigating the life-cycle of tiger sharks. The researchers will study the migration routes, and investigate where and when tiger sharks breed. In..
A new study from the Aeres University of Applied Sciences combined expert knowledge and an analysis of historical data concerning whale ship strikes. The goal was to provide a list of recommendations to avoid future collisions. As..
The sea slug Plocamopherus ocellatus is mainly known from observations in the Mediterranean Sea, which is not its natural habitat. Marine biologists examine this unusual species...
Seagrasses are marine flowering plants that can reproduce both sexually (flowering) and asexually (clones). Sexual reproduction increases genetic diversity, resilience and dispersal success of seagrasses. A recent study discovered..
Between 2015 and 2020, researchers from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center updated the local ant species lists for the Dutch Caribbean. A large number of new species was documented, including 40 new species on Saba and 32 new..
The capacity of the Amazon rainforest to take up CO₂ from the atmosphere is declining. Repeated measurements of carbon dioxide (CO₂) and carbon monoxide (CO) show that the eastern part releases more CO₂ than it absorbs, while the..
In 1983, when the second edition of ‘Birds of The Netherlands Antilles’ by Dr. K.H. Voous was published, the number of birds recorded on Bonaire stood at 181. Since then, this number has grown steadily to 237, averaging three new..
Manmade structures such as seawalls, breakwaters, and jetties are increasing in frequency in marine coastal environments. Overtime, these structures are unintentionally recruiting marine life such as corals, resulting in the..
This summer, visitors to Naturalis can see something unique in the museum: a giant installation that will photograph tiny insects in detail...
Mammal species on islands differ from those on the mainland. That is due to their isolation for hundreds of thousands or millions of years. In addition, there are no warm-blooded land predators, and the quantity of food is..