Bang! What happened when the British dropped three nuclear bombs on Australian coral islands

Sunday, 23 October 2022 - 11:30am to 12:00pm

Seventy years ago the British conducted the first of three nuclear weapons tests on the Montebello Islands off the coast of Western Australia. Surprisingly, no one has looked at the bomb's impact on marine life. Maddy Hoffman at Edith Cowan University is studying how much radiation might be left in the ocean after the tests. Read about her research.

Also, the Australian Government has recently released a new plan to stop species going extinct. One of the focus species is the Maugean Skate, a wonderful, unique and poorly known fish related to sharks and rays found only on Tasmania's west coast. We speak to David Moreno and Jayson Semmens from the University of Tasmania who are at the forefront of efforts to save the species.

 Image: the cloud produced by the first British nuclear weapons test on the Montebello Islands.

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Information about marine and coastal environments. News and interviews with marine scientists, campaigners and conservation workers. Presented by volunteer broadcasters who are passionate about marine environments, both local and across the world.


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