Harbor Seals 101

Harbor Seals 101

 Have you ever noticed a speckled mammal trying to camouflage into rocks along the California coast?! If so you may have spotted a harbor seal! Harbor seals are marine mammals that belong to a group called pinnipeds (meaning “fin-footed”)...

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The Many Benefits of Nature

The Many Benefits of Nature

 Nature has an incredible number of benefits—think of a time that you found solace in someplace wild. Or a time that you found yourself completely, utterly mesmerized by some odd creature. Perhaps your affinity for nature is more practical. We...

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One Feet, Two Feet, Tube Feet!

One Feet, Two Feet, Tube Feet!

 How do all of these spiny creatures move around? What’s the secret behind of all those tiny, squishy legs underneath? First, you must know that those little legs aren’t legs at all. If you were to examine the underside of a sea star, also known...

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Mola Mola Song

Mola Mola Song

 The Ocean Sunfish also known as the Mola Mola is perhaps the most strangely intriguing fish in ocean. Its appearance is more alien like than anything else though it isn’t from out of this world. The Mola Mola belongs to the class Osteicthyes...

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

 It’s the holiday season! In many places around the world that means it’s time to bundle up or travel somewhere close to the equator—somewhere warm. Many animals have that same mindset. The transition into the winter season can cue biological...

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Light and Color Below the Surface

Light and Color Below the Surface

 Have you ever gone diving and noticed that colors above the surface may look very different than colors below? This is because light and color are very different underwater. Water is very good at absorbing light, and to understand this a little...

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Harmful Algal Blooms

Harmful Algal Blooms

 Harmful algal blooms, otherwise known as HABs, are caused by the unprecedented proliferation of microscopic algae colonies. These events create vivid masses of color in the waters that they plague, all the while threatening oceanic ecosystems...

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DIY Black Smoker

DIY Black Smoker

 Black smokers are one type of hydrothermal vent in the ocean. They are chimney like structures on the floor of the ocean that shoot out clouds of scorching water (up to 700° Fahrenheit). This phenomenon is cause by cracks in the Earth’s crust...

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Ichthyology 101

Ichthyology 101

 There are plenty of fish in the sea. Seriously, there are. There are over 30,000 different species of fish around the world and they all have similarities and differences that have been documented through careful study over time. The study of...

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Why Are You so Fluffy Sea Otter?

Why Are You so Fluffy Sea Otter?

 Have you ever looked at a dog and thought boy that thing sure does look fluffy? Well image petting that puppy and it just feeling like a big ole fluffy pillow… so fuzzy and warm. Now take that fluffy and that warmth and multiple it by 1...

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