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    Man and Mollusc - This site really does have a great deal of material to peruse - you'll find about as much info on snails, slugs, squid and their kin as it's possible to pack into a website. Follow the 'Articles' link and read about the 'age-old and fascinating relationship' between human and molluscs, which includes everything from eating them and making jewellery from their shells to manufacturing cocaine and feeding chickens. Molluscan biology is also covered at great length: visitors can choose between in-depth advanced or toned-down beginner's versions of an article which goes through all the major types of mollusc and how they live their lives. As well as this you'll find an enormous collection of links to further reading, a midi-enhanced kids section, a 'mollusc of the moment' page with pictures and info on particular mollusc species, and that's just for starters. As the authors explain, "...just as today becomes the past and tomorrow becomes the present, man's uses of molluscs and their shelly homes is boundless." As if you ever thought otherwise... (1 December 2001) RJN

    Orca Homepage - This site is targeted at anyone with an interest in cetaceans, better known as whales and dolphins. In addition to beautiful images of the whales, the site provides general information on Orcas and Orca research and detailed information and news on all Orcas living in aquarium and marine theme parks (currently 49 animals). The site provides photographs of all captive Orcas, as well as their histories, and advocates for releasing them or at the least improving their conditions. In addition, the Orca Homepage provides an extensive collection of links to web sites about conservancy, whale research, and other information on Orcas, and instructions on how to order Orca posters through the mail. Maintained by Stefan Jacobs, who has volunteered on whale research trips since 1992, Orca Homepage is a part of the Dolphin Web ring. (27 November 2001) RKM

    EuroTurtle - A site for those who want information on the sea turtles of the world, and the problems they face in the wild. The two main sections, Education and Conservation, appear pretty self-explanatory at first glance... but seem to contain more or less the same information, just in a slightly different order. Either way, the material you'll find inside is comprehensive and well-done: the large Introduction to Sea Turtles section gives a good starting point, leading on to the Biology section which looks at turtle anatomy, behaviour and reproduction in more detail. The conservation area of the site discusses some of the threats to turtle survival, which include noise and light pollution, and some of the ways that these threats are being tackled. (21 November 2001) RJN

    Department of Marine Science, USF - Oceangraphic science for all ages is presented in friendly exercises that range from beach cleanup to simulations of beach erosion by waves using human volunteers. Student projects from Making Waves program include links to Ames Research and Landsat photos. Interest is easily scaled from idle curiosity to identifying data sources for continuing research. Site is location specific with numerous references to conditions in south Florida. (16 October 2001) LC

    Safari Touch Tank - A virtual touch tank, with animated movies of the objects inside: starfish, coral, kelp and so on. Also has a description of each item and a link to further information. Small but sweet. (14 October 2001) KN

    Deep Sea Pages - At first sight, the home page of this site, prepared by a professor of biology at a college in Washington State, appears very cluttered but, in fact, it contains a great deal of information about the ocean and the life in it and is the gateway to much else besides. Clicking on some of the frames on the home page produces very high quality enlarged pictures, while clicking on other parts opens links to separate pages providing highly detailed information about almost any aspect of the ocean that you could think of. All the information is in technical language, so it is not a site for the faint-hearted, but it will certainly provide you with the answers to any questions that you care to ask about this very interesting subject. There are even details of research ships, should you be so taken that you would like to do some research of your own. (25 September 2001) MDH

    The Coral Reef Alliance - It can't have escaped your attention that coral reefs are under threat - some 20 per cent world wide have been wiped out in as many years. Bad news, not least because over a million other creatures depend on corals for their habitat. But exactly what are the threats and how can we help to prevent further destruction? For answers, this website is a good starting point. Coral Reef Alliance (or CORAL) promotes reef awareness by working with diving associations, governments and the public. The pages explain why corals are so special, and the threats posed by human intervention - from the obvious, like fishing using explosives, to the more subtle, like careless day tripping. CORAL's message is that it is not too late to save this most endangered of species, and there's plenty of opportunity to volunteer on-line, either by downloading and presenting their slideshow or taking out membership. Plus tips for divers on how to be coral-friendly. (9 August 2001) JS

    Sharks splash - The 1975 movie Jaws was to the sharks what Chernobyl was to nuclear power; a negative publicity event that proved almost impossible to overcome, despite the facts. Sharks Splash invites you to dive into the reality that has long been enshrouded in watery mystery - dive in and see for yourself that far from the terrible beasts with a taste for human flesh these fascinating animals are typically peaceful predators. The graphics are top notch, and illustrate a variety of different types of sharks, their behaviours, and the escapades of those who study them. Since the site is small, it may leave your appetite for science unsated: fear not because there is an extensive section on shark resources, both Internet and print. A section chronicling the exploits of one young shark-seeker provides insight into the obsession that some have for sharks. Finally, Interview with a Shark gives a farcical sharks-eye view of humanity and demonstrates what Rodney Dangerfield would be like, if he were reincarnated with a dorsal fin. (3 August 2001) SS

    Marine Life of the Channel Islands - Beneath the waves of the Channel Islands lurks a myriad of sea creatures, all expertly caught on camera by local underwater photographer Sue Daly. Sub-marine island inhabitants are the stars of this site - the spiny spider crab, cushion starfish, blackface blenny, gooseberry sea squirt, snakelocks anemone and lumpsucker for starters. Over 80 creatures feature in full technicolour, with some 250 online images available in total. Text is kept to a minimum - the photos tell their own story. But there is a short round up of the different habitats that the creatures hang out in, a description of the underwater scenery and plenty of overland shots of the islands. Get your e-snorkel on and dive into the surf. (30 July 2001) JS

    The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa - It is safe to say that your knowledge of Lake Malawi's abundance of fish will increase manyfold after checking out this site. Because there are 400 pages (in sixteen languages), 500 pictures, and 380 species, it may take some time. The vast amount of information is well-organized, and easy to follow. Due to the intense competition for food, some of the cichlids have evolved highly unusual feeding adaptions, including odd foods, bizarre behavior, and mimicry. Nimbochromis livingstonii plays dead to the point of looking like a rotting fish, the better to lure small prey to its table. A section devoted to non-cichlids features the air-breathing catfish. There are many views of Lake Malawi from the space shuttle, and extensive links (250). (22 July 2001) AD

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