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...

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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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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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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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Rays vs. Skates

Rays vs. Skates

 Snorkeling above the sandy bottoms of CIMI’s shores, you might spot a cute little ray shuffling along… or is it a skate? No wait, it is a ray! But it might be a skate. Maybe. These closely related cartilaginous fish can certainly be difficult...

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Do fish sleep?

Do fish sleep?

 Did you have the chance to go on a night snorkel while you were at CIMI? If so, you may have seen all kinds of fishes actively swimming around – even in those late hours of the night! You may have asked yourself, if they’re moving around...

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What is the Nitrogen Cycle?

What is the Nitrogen Cycle?

 Different parts of our ocean ecosystems, from the shallow water reefs we snorkel in, to the open ocean systems we travel across, to the deepest unknown depths, are connected by biogeochemical cycles. This includes the water cycle that...

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