Catalina Coral & Zooxanthellae

Catalina Coral & Zooxanthellae

 Corals are not rocks, nor plants. They are animals. Invertebrates, specifically. These sessile organisms are colonial—meaning many individual organisms comprise a single coral. These individual organisms are called polyps. Each polyp is...

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Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp are neither a shrimp nor a mantis. These odd looking creatures fall under the Subphylum of crustaceans and are in the same class as shrimp, crabs and lobsters. Mantis Shrimp have their own order called Stomatopods, which contains...

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Crabs: Crusty or Crustaceans?

Crabs: Crusty or Crustaceans?

Crabs are members of the phylum Arthropoda, which means jointed appendages. Anyone who has picked up a crab, only to have it reach behind and pinch them, knows this is true! Crabs have a thick exoskeleton, or skeleton on the outside of their...

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Remedies for a Jelly Sting

Remedies for a Jelly Sting

Animals in the phylum Cnidaria, which means “stinging nettle,” possess stinging cells called nematocysts. Cnidaria includes jellies, box jellies, sea anemones, corals, sea pens and hydroids. Nematocysts are cells that operate like a combination...

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