The creatures are known to "attack" scuba divers—but a new study suggests these incidents are just the confused sea snakes' attempts at courtship.
"I agree that global climate change is the single biggest threat to the world's reefs but it is wrong, in our view, to single out the best-managed reef in the world for an 'in danger' listing," said Australia's environment minister, Sussan Ley.
The ram's horn squid was filmed off the coast of Australia by researchers with the Schmidt Ocean Institute.
The new coral reef, measuring 1,600 feet in height, is the first to be discovered in more than 120 years.
Scientists recorded the video as part of research to conduct an accurate population survey of the animals that nest at the world's largest green turtle rookery.
The ornate eagle ray is wideley distributed across the Western Indo-Pacific but is naturally low in numbers and populations are declining.
The wildlife worker was airlifted to hospital but his injuries proved fatal.
The photo was taken by wildlife photographer Kristian Laine, who spotted the uniquely pigmented ray near Lady Elliot Island.
Authorities said the man, who is in his 30s, was bitten on the leg while in waters off the coast of North West Island in Queensland, Australia.
Enormous pumice raft was first spotted in the waters of Tonga in August.
A scientist told "Newsweek" he was shocked to find some and coral communities have vanished completely since 1928.
"We simply believe that human life must be prioritised over the lives of sharks," head of the state government of Queensland, Australia, said.
"The tourism industry, desperate to maintain tourist numbers, is looking beyond the natural beauty of the reef because it's not quite what it was," said dive operator Tony Fontes.
"The window of opportunity to improve the reef's long-term future is now," the report urged.
"The presence of corals in these extreme mangrove habitats challenges our understanding of the conditions some corals are capable of living in," researcher Emma Camp said.
Ambitious reef-wide health check could provide valuable information to save the largest barrier reef.
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"Global warming is happening. As a society, we need to understand how species and ecosystems will respond to such change," said study author Lewis Jones.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing coral reefs around the world today.
Recent heavy rain in Australia has washed sediment and harmful chemicals into rivers that flow into the sea where the reef is located.
Deep-water seagrass covers an area twice the size of New Jersey and stores 28 million metric tons of blue carbon.
Coral reefs around the world are facing a number of threats which are devastating coral populations.
Coral reefs around the world are coming under increasing environmental pressures.
But today's threats are far more intense than those of the past.
Rising water temperatures are killing corals—but researchers think we can stop the die-off.
Pilot desperately tried to save pair from wreckage after helicopter plunged into ocean.
The hungry critters are eating away at the reef and there's no good way to get rid of them.