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Fishing Methods for a Sustainable Future

Raise your hand if you like eating fish! Many of you probably raised your hand as fish is something that tastes delicious and can be very healthy for you. But is the fish that you are eating harvested in a way that’s healthy for the ocean? It’s hard to know for sure. There are many…

The Keystone Species

Keystone Species are those of any organism that are considered crucial to the structure of the ecosystems in which they belong. The sea otter is an excellent example of a keystone species for the kelp forest ecosystem off the coast of California. Keystone species are important because they help promote biodiversity by controlling species that…

The Journey of Migration

Every year, many species travel thousands of miles on a journey called migration. Migration is the process by which a species travels from one habitat to another. Animals may migrate thousands of miles due seasonal changes and or to mate, feed and raise their young. Let’s look at a few migratory species and learn a…

Rays vs. Skates

Snorkeling above the sandy bottoms of CIMI’s shores, you might spot a cute little ray shuffling along… or is it a skate? No wait, it is a ray! But it might be a skate. Maybe. These closely related cartilaginous fish can certainly be difficult to tell apart, but each has certain qualities that make it…

Siphonophores: A Colonial Existence

Imagine a colony of ants: the worker ants, the soldier ants, and the queen. Each individual is a part of a larger whole, all working together towards a common goal. In biology, the (simple) definition of a colony is a group of organisms that live together for a joint purpose. In the case of our…

The Sixth Sense of Sharks

Sharks have been on this planet for a pretty long time, around 400 million years, and during that time have cemented themselves as some of the oceans top predators. One reason why these animals have been so successful is due to their incredible senses that allow them to smell, hear, and track down prey with…

Catalina Island’s Fresh Water

Water is an essential part of life for almost every single animal on planet earth. Without water, life on this planet may not have ever been possible. Human beings are no exception. Humans rely on water as a biological necessity as well as a tool for advancing civilizations. We have used water for many purposes…

A Lesson in Meteorology: Windward and Leeward

There are two sides to a coin. Heads or Tails. One coin, two different sides. Now shift your thoughts from a coin to a mountain or an island. Perhaps even a mountainous island. Think of the coin. Think of the island. In meteorology, the study of earth’s atmosphere, there are two sides to any island—the…

Single-Use Plastic or Not

Single-use plastics are any plastic products that are used only once before being discarded. Humans have long cherished these one-use-wonders for their convenience and affordability, but when we look beyond the momentary utility, it’s strikingly clear that these plastics have a dangerous impact on our oceans. © ChristopheLaunay – http://www.sealaunay.com/ By an overwhelming margin, plastic…

Biofluorescence: Sea Creatures Glow with Invisible Ink

You’ve probably heard of bioluminescence, where some ocean animals make their own light to communicate, attract prey, or distract predators. But did you know that much of the ocean world is already glowing in a way that’s invisible to your naked eye? Many corals, more than than 180 species of fish, some sharks, at least…

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We would like to thank you for visiting our blog. Catalina Island Marine Institute is a hands-on marine science program with an emphasis on ocean exploration. Our classes and activities are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. This blog is intended to provide you with up-to-date news and information about our camp programs, as well as current science and ocean happenings. This blog has been created by our staff who have at least a Bachelors Degree usually in marine science or related subjects. We encourage you to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Vine to see even more of our interesting science and ocean information. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or share our blog with others. Please visit www.cimi.org for additional information. Happy Reading!

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