Nudibranchs

Nudibranchs

Have you ever been snorkeling and come across a brightly colored sea slug looking like creature? Well that means you may have just stumbled across a nudibranch! It is estimated that there are over 3,000 species of nudibranchs making these “naked...

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Waterfront Safety 101

Waterfront Safety 101

When going to the beach there are a few tips we should remember so everyone has fun!! Hydrate – being in the sun for a few hours and swimming in the ocean can take a lot out of you… most importantly water. It may not seem like it but when in the...

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What Keeps Fish in Line?

What Keeps Fish in Line?

What is a Lateral Line? The Lateral Line is a sense organ located on the side of a fish that allows them to detect movement in the water. This helps them out when it comes to finding food, avoiding predators, and staying in line with their...

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The Elusive Leopard Shark

The Elusive Leopard Shark

On beautiful, clear days here on Catalina Island, taking a stroll down the pier is the perfect way to spot our elusive friend, the leopard shark! These shy guys love to hang out in Catalina’s shallow coves and search the sand for benthic, or...

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Tidepools 101

Tidepools 101

Have you ever gazed into a crystal ball and contemplated your past, present, or future?   Well look no further than a tidepool! Some theories suggest that life on earth began with simple organisms that thrived in tidepools. These mystical ocean...

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Why You Gotta Be So Dense

Why You Gotta Be So Dense

Cooking 101: What happens when you put oil into a pot of water? Well, as any pasta lover should know, the oil floats to the surface creating its own layer that rests right above the still water beneath. But why is that? The answer to this...

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Ocean Sea Floor Spreading

Ocean Sea Floor Spreading

When you think about oceanography, what do you imagine? You probably think about whales, fish, dolphins, sharks, coral reefs, hurricanes, or even typhoons, perhaps. However, there is much more to the ocean than that. It is so vast! There are four...

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Did You Know: The Pacific Ocean

Did You Know: The Pacific Ocean

Did you know that the name ‘Pacific’ comes from the Latin word ‘pacificus’ which translates to peaceful. The Pacific Ocean originally discovered in September 1513 by Vasco Núñez de Balboa while he was searching for gold. It later got its name...

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Northern Elephant Seals

Northern Elephant Seals

Did you know? Northern Elephant seals have one of the longest mammal migrations on the planet! They spend almost all their time venturing across the ocean, specifically in the North Pacific range, and travel from their rookery sites out to the...

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