Bioluminescence in the Ocean

Bioluminescence in the Ocean

Bioluminescent organisms can create their own light! There are many weird and wonderful bioluminescent creatures in the ocean. Some emit light as a predatory tactic, like the anglerfish, which has a light-emitting photophore that protrudes from...

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What is Plankton Anyway?

What is Plankton Anyway?

 Plankton means “drifters” or “floaters.” Many people assume that all plankton are small, however the word does not refer to the size of an organism, but rather how they move around in the water.  One example of a type of plankton that is not...

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Evisceration

Evisceration

 Sea cucumbers are a member of the phylum Echinodermata, which means “spiny skin”. Other members of this phylum include sea stars, sea urchins and sand dollars.  The most notable characteristic of this phylum is their ability to regenerate...

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Whale Teeth vs. Baleen

Whale Teeth vs. Baleen

There are over 80 species of Cetaceans, or whales, which are divided into two groups, or suborders, based on how they eat. The two suborders of Cetaceans are Odontocetes and Mysticetes. Cetaceans that have teeth belong in a very diverse group...

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California Sheephead

California Sheephead

California Sheephead – Semicossyphus pulcher Maximum length: 36in Maximum Weight: 40.4 lb Although sheephead are known to eat sea urchins, our female sheephead prefers shore crabs. It is known that all sheephead are born females and later...

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