Do: make sure you find a nice shelter and roll into a ball before metamorphosing. Don’t: try and change into a sea star (they are vain and have no manners when they eat). Do: find a nice tight fitting cave or crevice Don’t: find a spacious cave that are good for parties with large openings (big enough for fish to get into). Do: wedge your spines into the sides of the cave and stay there during the day. Don’t: do spinestands and roll around on sandy slopes (they could be pits made by triggerfish). Do: eat a variety of sponges and sea moss with as many small creatures on them as you can catch. Don’t: eat too much of the one sponge (it will become toxic). Do: wait until you can smell the spawn of other creatures before releasing your eggs. Don’t: release your eggs early. Do: cover yourself with algae and stay under ledges as much as possible. Don’t: take all your algae off and go out into the air during low tide (especially if you live near China or Japan). Guardian: Rebecca Bellwood
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.