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Bait Ball: Have You Ever Heard of It?

A bait ball is a spherical formation that a school of fish make when they are being threatened by larger predators, such as dolphins, sea lions, and bigger fish. This instinctual behavior is a defense mechanism so that fewer fish are exposed during this feeding frenzy. When a school of fish has no protection from…

Navigation: It’s Possible in a Featureless Ocean

Navigation is the ability for an organism to travel to a relatively precise target, generally at a considerable distance, without the need for familiar landmarks. It is an extraordinary feat requiring a variety of senses, techniques, and adaptions to allow for successful navigation.  Humans and Sight For humans, sight is the most commonly used sense…

Geology: It Really Rocks!

Geology is the study of the Earth’s structure and its substances. Some of our instructors focused on geology and marine geology in their college degrees. This week we want to focus on rocks! Because they rock (lol)!! On our planet there are three major types of rocks; metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary. Metamorphic rocks results from…

Catalina Resident Sea Turtles: Signs of Warming Ocean Temperatures!

When you picture a sea turtle you probably think of endless tropical blue water, colorful corals and a perfectly brown-green watercolor turtle shell coasting along the reef. Perhaps you think of the tiny, minutes hatched baby sea turtles making a break for their big blue home on the beaches of Caribbean countries… Regardless of whatever…

Don’t Worry It’s Just Ambergris…It’s All Natural

Today, we are going to learn all about whale vomit called ambergris and why a massive glob of waxy whale waste has been a hot commodity all over the world for hundreds of years! Ambergris has many common names such as “The Black Pearl, Floating Gold, or The Treasure of the Sea” this is because it’s…

Pyrosomes Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know

So this is a pyrosome? Cool, what does that mean?!? Pyrosomes are colonial organisms made up of hundreds to thousands of individual tunicates called Zooids! Our pyrosome friends may appear like a strange species of jellyfish however they are more closely related to us! This is because they posses a spinal cord and are taxonomically…

A Little Bit of  “Light” Reading

Have you ever wondered how we see the light and the world around us? Depending on where you are in the world half of the day is most likely spent illuminated by the sun. Most life on earth is dependent on light or the ability to see. So what exactly is light? To put it…

Endotherms vs. Ectotherms!

Have you ever wondered what difference is between endotherms and ectotherms?In general, if an organism uses energy to regulate its body temperature internally, then it is considered endothermic. If an organism instead relies on external environmental factors to regulate its body temperature, then it is considered ectothermic. There are pros and cons to each of…

Whose Scat Is That?

In the relaxed camp atmosphere it’s almost too easy to find yourself swaying with the palm trees, entranced in the soothing sounds of the ocean while locked in a daze at the clouds rolling overhead but today we are talking all things scat. Surrounded by the beauty in nature, you’re feeling endlessly grateful for the…

The Whale Detective

Here at CIMI our backyard is full of all kinds of marine animals. The biggest of these animals includes the many species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), which pass through the channel between Catalina Island and California quite frequently. As large as these animals are, chances are that you will be viewing them from…

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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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