Water: The Most Precious Life Source!
Water: The Most Precious Life Source!

Water…it’s everywhere! As the most precious resource to living creatures on Earth, water constitutes about 71% of the planet’s surface, with 96% of it belonging to the oceans. The amount of freshwater on Earth exists on a much smaller scale, with most of it being contained far below the ground or frozen as glaciers. Water

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All About Anemones
All About Anemones

Sea anemones may be viewed as the flowers of the ocean but don’t get fooled by their beautiful features; these impressive invertebrates pack a powerful punch! Anemones fall under the cnidarian phylum making them the “stinging celled” invertebrates of our ocean. These stinging cells of anemones are referred to as nematocysts. Anemones utilize these harpoon-like

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Happy Pi Day!
Happy Pi Day!

Not only are we a bunch of ocean loving enthusiasts here at the Catalina Island Marine Institute we have a deep appreciation for pi (p) as well! Over the years p has made a huge impact all around the world. Not just as delicious desert, but as an important component of math! Pi represents the

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What’s all that slime for anyway?
What’s all that slime for anyway?

Ewww what is that!! Its so slimy and gross! Well kids, what your looking at isn’t a sea serpent or a snake, its a hagfish. Hagfish may not win any beauty pageants in the near future but they sure know how to hang around, the oldest surviving vertebrate living over 300 million years ago! It’s

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DDT The More You Know
DDT The More You Know

DDT is usually the first pesticide that everyone can name, and for a very good reason. DDT was one of the first chemicals used worldwide to control insects and other pests.  Developed in the 1940’s the chemical was used to combat malaria, typhus, and other insect  borne diseases. Along with diseases it served as an

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Polar Bears & Penguins are Polar Opposites!
Polar Bears & Penguins are Polar Opposites!

Over the years Polar bears, Ursus maritimus, have become one of the most recognizable marine mammals found on our planet. But it has become a common misconception that these sea bears love to snack on penguins. So why can polar bears and penguins never be friends? Because they’re polar opposites! In Greek Arctic means bear

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Mythbusters: Sea Stars have eyes?
Mythbusters: Sea Stars have eyes?

Now there have been many questions about where the eyes of a sea star are actually located. Some say that the eyes are located on the mid section of the sea stars while others say they have no eyes at all. Multiple animated movies and cartoon shows depicts a sea star with eyes on the

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