Salps: Attack of the Clones

Salps: Attack of the Clones

 Have you ever been walking along the beach or kayaking through the ocean and spotted what appeared to some weird plastic bag looking jellyfish-like thing? Have you ever thought, “What on earth is that?” Well that is a salp and it is not a...

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World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day

 Although Wednesday, April 25th is officially World Penguin Day, it’s never a bad day to celebrate these charismatic flightless birds! Penguins’ distinct waddle, fluffy feathers, and stout body shape make them one of the most objectively...

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Sheephead Transformation

Sheephead Transformation

 Ever seen a fish cake before? This one might look a little unusual. It’s one of the most exciting fish to find on a snorkel (or as your birthday cake), called the California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher). Sheepheads can grow to be...

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The Giant Sea Bass

The Giant Sea Bass

 Let me introduce you to the King of the Kelp forest, the Giant Sea Bass. This behemoth of a fish can grow up to nearly 7 and a half feet long, can weigh a whopping 560 pounds, and can live to the ripe old age of 75. These fish were, at one...

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A Few Famous Marine Biologists

A Few Famous Marine Biologists

 For much of human history, the phenomenal life beneath the ocean’s surface was a distant, unattainable world. Thanks to many curious and courageous individuals, however, marine science has grown into a vast and exciting field. While the true...

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Mucus in the Animal Kingdom

Mucus in the Animal Kingdom

 Boogers. There. I said it. Now you are all thinking about thoseooey gooey slimy’s that drip from our noses when we are sick. But our bodies produce mucus every day—it helps protect our lungs by capturing dust and dirt when we inhale. Mucus...

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Full Moon and the Tide

Full Moon and the Tide

  Picture this: A crab scuttles into a damp rock crevice. Snails chug along rock faces, secretings mucus along the way. Barnacles, glued in place, retreat into their protective shells. An aggregation of anemone’s grab little pebbles with...

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