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Distribution and assessment of marine debris in the deep Tyrrhenian Sea (NW Mediterranean Sea, Italy).
A quantitative assessment of debris present in the deep seafloor was carried out in 26 areas off the coast of three Italian regions in the Tyrrhenian Sea, using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Expand
Plastic Debris Occurrence, Convergence Areas and Fin Whales Feeding Ground in the Mediterranean Marine Protected Area Pelagos Sanctuary: A Modeling Approach
The Mediterranean Sea is greatly affected by marine litter. In this area, research on the impact of plastic debris (including microplastics) on biota, particularly large filter-feeding species suchExpand
Characteristics of a black coral meadow in the twilight zone of the central Mediterranean Sea
The hard substrata of the Mediterranean twilight zone commonly host the large, white, branched Antipathella subpinnata (Antipatharia, Myriopathidae). We discovered one of the largest populations ofExpand
The first identified winter feeding ground of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Mediterranean Sea
A 14-day boat survey was carried out in the waters surrounding the island of Lampedusa, where fin whales occur at this time of the year, and the information obtained suggests that this area may be an important winter feeding ground for fin whales. Expand
Fishing impact on deep Mediterranean rocky habitats as revealed by ROV investigation
Abstract Deep-water fishing activities are impacting deep-water habitats worldwide, yet the extent of the damage caused is mainly unseen and not quantified. We used Remotely Operated Vehicle surveysExpand
The “Sardinian cold-water coral province” in the context of the Mediterranean coral ecosystems
Abstract A new cold-water coral (CWC) province has been identified in the Mediterranean Sea in the Capo Spartivento canyon system offshore the southern coast of Sardinia. The ‘Sardinia cold-waterExpand
Persistence of Pristine Deep-Sea Coral Gardens in the Mediterranean Sea (SW Sardinia)
The existence of a nursery area for catsharks within the coral ramifications and the occurrence of a meadow of the now rare soft bottom alcyonacean Isidella elongata in small surviving muddy enclaves indicates that this ecosystem have to be considered a pristine Mediterranean deep-sea coral sanctuary that would deserve special protection. Expand
Diving behavior of the giant devil ray in the Mediterranean Sea
The giant devil ray Mobula mobular is the only mobulid species regularly present in the Mediterranean Sea. The spatial ecology and biology of this species are poorly known, and given its high bycatchExpand
How deep can baleen whales dive
Evidence of deep diving performances by fin whales Balaenoptera physalus in the Mediterranean Sea, never directly recorded for any other species of baleen whales, is presented to indicate that fin whale diving capabilities are opportunistically adapted to deep prey availability in the area. Expand
Role of deep sponge grounds in the Mediterranean Sea: a case study in southern Italy
The population structure of the sponge assemblages found in two deep habitats of the Mediterranean Sea are characterized through ROV image analysis and their structuring role is tested, mainly focusing on the demosponges Pachastrella monilifera Schmidt, 1868 and Poecillastra compressa. Expand