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National Aquarium overhaul creates coral ecosystem

The National Aquarium in Baltimore has overhauled what once was a drab, leaky, concrete tank of mostly sting rays, adding 1,000 animals and 3,000 hand-sculpted coral replicas to create a colorful and massive new centerpiece exhibit. Full story

Lionfish beyond reach of divers worry researchers

The invasive lionfish that crowds coral reefs and preys on native fish in the Atlantic's shallower waters is such a problem that divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat them whenever they can. Full story

Sharks No Match for Invasive Lionfish

The eye-catching red lionfish is eating its way through Caribbean reefs, and nothing, not even a toothy shark, seems able to stop the voracious fish, a new study finds.  Full story

In Caribbean, push to create no-take reserves

Young fish leap in the wake of a warden's patrol boat as it motors through waters off Jamaica's southwest coast that are a brilliant palette of blues. Beneath the surface, reefs bristle with spiny lobsters, and rainbow-colored parrotfish graze on algae and seaweed. Full story

Small Fish's Predator Perception Makes a Splash

Small fish may have small brains, but they're not stupid. A common coral reef fish called damselfish can learn to avoid predators from more experienced kin, even in complete darkness, new research shows. Full story

China denounces Philippines for 'illegal occupation' of reef

BEIJING (Reuters) - China condemned on Friday what it called the "illegal occupation" of a disputed coral reef by the Philippines, and vowed to protect its sovereignty after Manila moved new soldiers and supplies to the remote location. Full story

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Was Darwin Wrong About Coral Atolls?

Criteria for 'Red List' of Endangered Ecosystems Released

Sharks Dive Deep Under Full Moon

New Pacific Species Include Shrimp in a Sponge

Great Barrier Reef corals found at 410 feet

Tropical Reefs Become Biggest US Marine Sanctuary

Humans caused Great Barrier Reef collapse: study

Race Is On to Save Sweden's Only Coral Reef

Coral diversity rivals Great Barrier Reef

'Red List' of Endangered Ecosystems Proposed

Video

  Stuck ship gets un-stuck

Rachel Maddow reports that the U.S. Navy minesweeper that got stuck on a coral reef of the coast of the Philippines has been cut up and removed.

  Stuck ship chopped to ease reef grief

Rachel Maddow updates the reporting on the USS Guardian, a U.S. Navy minesweeper stuck on an ecologically significant and fragile coral reef in the Philippines, being chopped into pieces to avoid further damage to the reef (and further incursion of fines for damage already done).

  Maps will get you there, except when they don't

Rachel Maddow notes that while map technology may have improved, GPS is not infallible.

  Still-stuck ship scheduled for scrap

Rachel Maddow reports on two Navy ships grounded on coral reefs and the extraordinary efforts and equipment necessary to either recover the ship or at least save the reef.

  US Navy ship perched on Philippines coral reef

Crews are working to lift the USS Guardian off a coral reef in the Philippines where it has been stuck since Friday. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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