Plants on Catalina Island

Plants on Catalina Island

The chaparral environment of Catalina Island provides little rain for terrestrial plants. Most of the coastal environment is dominated by small shrub-like plants and scrub communities. These include scrub oaks and Coastal Sage Brush. Catalina...

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Bioluminescence in the Ocean

Bioluminescence in the Ocean

Bioluminescent organisms can create their own light! There are many weird and wonderful bioluminescent creatures in the ocean. Some emit light as a predatory tactic, like the anglerfish, which has a light-emitting photophore that protrudes from...

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What Is a Gyre and How Does It Work?

What Is a Gyre and How Does It Work?

A gyre is the circular rotation of water within a basin that is driven by the wind.  There are three different cells of wind that blow across each hemisphere of the Earth.  In the Northern Hemisphere wind blows from east to west at the equator...

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What is Plankton Anyway?

What is Plankton Anyway?

 Plankton means “drifters” or “floaters.” Many people assume that all plankton are small, however the word does not refer to the size of an organism, but rather how they move around in the water.  One example of a type of plankton that is not...

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Evisceration

Evisceration

 Sea cucumbers are a member of the phylum Echinodermata, which means “spiny skin”. Other members of this phylum include sea stars, sea urchins and sand dollars.  The most notable characteristic of this phylum is their ability to regenerate...

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Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas

Just like national parks protect land, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) preserve underwater ecosystems. As of now, there are more than 6,500 MPAs, protecting about 2% of our oceans. There are different types of MPAs ranging from “Strict Nature...

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California Sheephead

California Sheephead

California Sheephead – Semicossyphus pulcher Maximum length: 36in Maximum Weight: 40.4 lb Although sheephead are known to eat sea urchins, our female sheephead prefers shore crabs. It is known that all sheephead are born females and later...

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Geology Rocks in 15 Seconds

Geology Rocks in 15 Seconds

This Geology Rocks in 15 Seconds video demonstrates the unique geological landscape that is Cherry Cove. Once a mining community, Cherry was a large producer of Galena, a metallic mineral that is an important source of lead and, on rare...

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Deep Ocean and What Lives There

Deep Ocean and What Lives There

This Deep Ocean and What Lives There video is a simple illustration of the depth of the ocean. The deepest part of the ocean is called the Marianas Trench. The creatures of the Marianas Trench have many strange and unique adaptations to live in...

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