The Marvelous Mola
The Marvelous Mola

Mola Mola’s are definitely one of the strangest looking fish found in our oceans. Mola’s got their name due to the very distinct shape of their body, in Latin the word Mola means “millstone.” They have a very rounded body with very pronounced dorsal and anal fins. An average adult Mola will reach about 6

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Bait Ball: Have You Ever Heard of It?
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

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Navigation: It’s Possible in a Featureless Ocean
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

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Geology: It Really Rocks!
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

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Catalina Resident Sea Turtles: Signs of Warming Ocean Temperatures!
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

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

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Pyrosomes Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know
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

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