Sponges 101

Sponges 101

Orange Puffball Sponge // Tethya aurantia Even though sponges you may have seen while at CIMI are the simplest of the multicellular animals, unable to move (something scientists call sessile), and look nothing like your favorite Krusty Krab...

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Copepods Galore!

Copepods Galore!

What is plankton? And what is a copepod!? Plankton refers to a group of organisms that are not able to swim against the current. The word plankton comes from the Greek word planktos, which means wanderer or drifter. These organisms are composed...

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Plankton Tow

Plankton Tow

Plankton Tows are a great Oceanographic tool used to sample the microscopic life in the ocean. A jar is attached to the end of the net, while the two are pulled by a boat or dingy. In order to increase the amount of plankton in the jar, a longer...

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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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