Shark Teeth 101

Shark Teeth 101

 While shark teeth have long adorned the necklaces of ocean-inclined Homo sapiens, the true purpose of these aggressive dentures is all about getting food. However, being that there are over 400 species of sharks, one shark’s idea of a good meal...

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The Keystone Species

The Keystone Species

 Keystone Species are those of any organism that are considered crucial to the structure of the ecosystems in which they belong. The sea otter is an excellent example of a keystone species for the kelp forest ecosystem off the coast 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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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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Sea Foam, Spume? What is it?!

Sea Foam, Spume? What is it?!

If you’ve spent enough time by the ocean, than you’ve most likely run into sea foam, a frothy substance that collects in breaking waves and sometimes finds its way onto beaches. It might even remind you of bubble baths from yesteryear! But what...

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Algae!! In your…toothpaste?

Algae!! In your…toothpaste?

When you think about the word “algae,” what comes to mind? Do you think slimy? Green? Smelly? These are all ways in which we might describe our gooey ocean plant-like friend, however there are so many beneficial uses to this interesting water...

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