L-I-N-K-S with a Difference

Updated with new links in this issue.

This annotated list of links consists of sites selected for their quality and quantity of information or unusual interest.  Most are reference sites though a few have been selected for their entertainment value alone. Suggestions for additions are welcome.  If you have any you would like to make please click here.

Coral Reefs

CoralRealm.com
Extensive coral reef information site focusing on reef organisms. Includes over 6500 photos and more then 100 video clips.  This is a subscription site but well worth the annual fee for anyone interested in coral reef life.
www.CoralRealm.com

CoRIS
NOAA's Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) is a vast site covering many aspects of coral reef biology.  It includes a world wide guide to nearly 3300 coral-inhabiting fishes.

www.coris.noaa.gov

ReefBase
World wide information on reefs. 10,000  reefs can be checked from this database. Maps, data, and text summaries are available.
www.reefbase.org

Reef Images
Online catalog of over 4000 images of coral reef life by Douglas and Elaine Segar.  Most are identified by scientific name.

www.reefimages.com

GCRMN (Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network)
Extensive linkges to government and non-government organizations involved in coral reef management and conservation.

www.coral.noaa.gov/gcrmn


ICRAN (International Coral Reef Action Network)

A global partnership of coral reef experts working to halt and reverse the decline of t the world's coral reefs. Made up of some of the leading coral reef scientists and conservation groups.

www.icran.org

Marine Life

ANIMAL KINGDOM
BIOSIS - Guide to the Animal Kingdom for Students and Educators
Portal to thousands of zoology sites ranging from specimen databases and identification keys to individual labs and departments.
www.biosis.org/free_resources/classifn/classifn.html

GENERAL MARINE LIFE
OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System)
Searches various marine databases for collection records. Coverage spotty. Under Development.
www.iobis.org

The Census of Marine Life
A global network of researchers in more than 45 nations engaged in a ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life.
www.coml.org

CORALS
AIMS CoralBase
Information on 700 coral species at 350 worldwide locations. Includes around 10,000 images as well as bibliographic material.
www.aims.gov.au/pages/cbase.html

Biogeoinformatics of Hexacorals
Database compilation of publications on names and geographic distribution of corals, sea anemones & relatives

www.kgs.ukans.edu/Hexacoral

CHAMPS (Coral Health Monitoring Program
Coral reef maps of the world and other information.
http://coral.aoml.noaa.gov/reef_maps/index.html

FLATWORMS
Marine Flatworms of the World
Information and photo gallery.
http://privat.schlund.de/w/wolfgangs

MOLLUSCS
CephBase
Large database of taxonomic data, life history, distribution, images, videos, references and scientific contact information on all living species of cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus).
http://cephbase.nrcc.utmb.edu

National Resource Center for Cephalopods
General information on octopuses. squid and nautiluses.  Includes image database.
www.nrcc.utmb.edu

Sea Slug Forum
Hosted by malacologist Bill Rudman of the Australian Museum in Sydney. The site includes more than 30,000 images, and fact sheets offer tidbits on the biology of about 1400 species from around the world.
www.seaslugforum.net

Slug Site and Opisthobranch Site
Thousands of photos and references on nudibranchs and their relatives.

Slug site- www.slugsite.tierranet.com
Opisthobranch site- www.seaslug.com

The Cephalopod Page
Good general information on octopus. squid, cuttlefish and nautilus plus useful links.
http://is.dal.ca/~ceph/TCP/index.html

FISHES
FishBase
Huge global fish database.  Contains reference to  nearly 27.000 species and some 134,000 common names.  Contains numerous errors in synonomy and resulting errors in species distribution but overall still very useful.
www.fishbase.org

FishIndex
Large database of species info and pictures for both marine and freshwater fishes.  Also features a chat room and bulletin board.
www.fishindex.com

International Shark Attack File
Extensive shark attack info.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/ISAF/ISAF.htm

MARINE MAMMALS
OrcaLive
Orca information and live webcasts.

www.orca-live.com

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
General cetacean information, species guide.
www.wdcs.org

WhaleNet
Excellent interactive educational site focused on whales.
http://whale.wheelock.edu/Welcome.html

Regions

AUSTRALIA
Dive-Oz
Extensive Australian scuba diving information.
www.diveoz.com.au

NEW ZEALAND
Wade's World
Extensive information on diving and marine life with particular focus on the area around the Poor Knights Islands.
www.wadedoak.com

Magazines

AsianDiver
As the name implies, a strong focus on S.E. Asia.
www.asiandiver.com

Global Diver
Excellent online dive magazine.
www.
diveglobal.com

Nekton
Online Asia Pacific dive magazine.
www.e-nekton.com

Oceanus
Online magazine of research from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
oceanusmag.whoi.edu

Rodale's Scuba Diving
Major U.S. dive magazine. Equipment test reports are an outstanding feature.
www.scubadiving.com

Sport Diver
Major U.S. dive magazine.  Extensive web site.
www.sportdiver.com

Underwater Magazine
Commercial diving.  Large online archive of articles from back issues.
www.underwater.com

On-line Dive News

Deeper Blue
Freediving and spearfishing oriented but also good general dive news.
www.deeperblue.net/

DiveNews
General dive news
www.divenews.com

UnderwaterTimes.com
General dive and ocean environment news
www.underwatertimes.com

Miscellaneous

All Species Toolkit
Search engine accessing information on almost a million species of living things.
www.speciestoolkit.org/index.jsp

Bonaire ReefCam
Permanent underwater webcam.  If the image is black is it probably because it is night in Bonaire.
www.bonairewebcams.com/BonaireReefCam.php?

Cruising the South Pacific
Fascinating excerpts from CD based Pacific cruising guides by Dr. Richard Chesher.
www.cruising-asia.com

Diving Under Antarctic Ice
Excellent account of Antarctic diving.  Many images.
http://scilib.ucsd.edu/sio/nsf/index.html

ReefSIGHT
Ocean education and awareness.  Many interesting links. In English and Japanese versions.
www.reefsight.org/

Scubadoc
Large website on dive medicine. 
www.scuba-doc.com/

ScubaSearch
Scuba diving search engine.  Looks useful.
www.scubasearch.com

scubageek.com
Well done FAQs on scuba diving and underwater photography..
www.scubageek.com

The Coral-Reef Twilight Zone
Interesting account of rebreather diving in the deep (200-500 feet) zone of Palau's reefs.
www.bishopmuseum.org/research/treks/palautz97

Underwater Archaeology
Extensive site on the history, methods and discoveries of underwater archaeology. Focus on the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic coast of France.
http://www.culture.fr/culture/archeosm/en

United Nations Atlas of the Oceans
Extensive atlas of information on the oceans.
www.oceansatlas.org/index.jsp

WorldWind
Extraordinary free world globe permitting zoom-in to 15 meter resolution anyplace on Earth  using satellite imagery.  Includes numerous selectable information overlays both static and animated.
http://learn.arc.nasa.gov/worldwind/

Underwater Photography

DigitalDiver.net
Digital underwater photography news, training, discussion, contests and more.
www.digitaldiver.net

DiveFilm.com
A  showcase for underwater digital video with some excellent downloadable films.
divefilm.com

Leni Rifenstahl
Personal website of extraordinary underwater photographer, the world's oldest.
www.leni-riefenstahl.de/eng/photo/p_unter.html

Underwater Photography Magazine
Excellent free downloadable bi-monthly underwater photography magazine.
www.uwpmag.co.uk

Wetpixel.com
Digital underwater photography website.
www.wetpixel.com

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