Seahorses: Our Misunderstood Friends

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Seahorses: Our Misunderstood Friends By: Michael Phife   Seahorses are some of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean. They are named for their horse-like appearance from how their heads slant down and their body curvature.They are found on ocean floors and reef beds, holding onto some type of branched coral or seaweed / kelp / mangrove. They are in a sense an adapted form of a pipefish, with their … [Read more...]

Bizarre Marine Fish in Biscayne Bay

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Bizarre Marine Fish in Biscayne Bay Two of the most bizarre marine fish that I have encountered, occurred while snorkeling with a group of students after an afternoon of kayaking in Biscayne Bay, located on the Atlantic coast in South Florida.  I have been venturing into Biscayne Bay for the past five years and have had quite the pleasure of swimming with many kinds of diverse marine life. I thought I had seen most of it … [Read more...]

Unusual Creatures: A closer look at misunderstood Moray Eels

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Unusual Creatures: A closer look at misunderstood Moray Eels By: Ashley Gustafson   When any given person thinks of a Moray eel, more than likely they think of two common misconceptions: one they are related to snakes and two,they are frenzied predators that attack anything or anyone that gets too close. While this may be the image movies, media, and literature paints of the Moray eel, it is not the case. … [Read more...]

The Politics of Protecting Marine Life: Your Voice Matters

Sierra Morgan, intern at Ocean Research Foundation, speaking out against increased sand mining in the San Francisco Bay at BCDC Public Hearing at The Port of San Francisco Boardroom on May 19, 2015.

 The Politics of Protecting Marine Life: Your Voice Matters By Sierra Morgan Politics are in no way a simple subject to understand. For the first 20 years of my life I was convinced that I would never want to get involved in the political realm. There were several factors that contributed to this: I always felt as though policies, bills and laws were constantly changing so I never knew what the current standings were … [Read more...]

Boating Noise Negatively Affects Marine Species: Sea Hares

Stylocheilus striatus, sea slug.  Photo source: https://jaclynxmoana.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/rogo-tumu-life-in-the-south-pacific/

Boating Noise Negatively Affects Marine Species: Sea Hares A study conducted in 2014 by scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, and the école Pratique des Hautes études (EPHE) CRIOBE in France looked at the affect that acoustic disturbance, in the form of boat noise, had on embryonic development in sea hares. The study specifically focused on the sea slug, Stylocheilus striatus in a coral reef lagoon i … [Read more...]

Atlantic Horseshoe crabs facing new threats

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Atlantic Horseshoe crabs facing new threats by Hannah Deadman Atlantic horseshoe crabs are continually making their way into the medical and pharmaceutical spotlight. From their morphology to the medical research continually being conducted on them, these little arthropods seem to have a lot to offer. Interestingly enough, these primal-looking critters are not true crabs. In fact, they’re more closely related to s … [Read more...]

Starting a Saltwater Aquarium 101

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Starting a Saltwater Aquarium 101 By: Michael Phife   Saltwater aquariums deter many people away due to how much research, knowledge, and understanding must go into them to be able to maintain the aquarium properly. Do not let this discourage you though. With the right guides, anybody can set up an aquarium as long as you put in the time and effort for it. Saltwater aquariums cannot be rushed, and take much … [Read more...]

Catlin Seaview Brings Underwater Reefs to Google Streeview

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Catlin Seaview Brings Underwater Reefs to Google Streeview by Gabbie Baillargeon Have you ever been so excited to share stories of your underwater adventures, but others never really understood your excitement for they never experienced it for themselves?  This is a problem that plagues scientists, conservationists, and ocean enthusiasts alike.  Catlin Seaview Survey is trying to mend the gap between expereincing d … [Read more...]

Asexual Reproduction in Coral Reef Systems

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Asexual Reproduction in Coral Reef Systems By Ashley Gustafson   Reproduction is an incredible, fascinating and fundamentally crucial component of every living organism. As life itself is immensely diverse, the methods of reproduction can vary greatly from organism to organism. From budding bacteria reproduction to pathogenic lizards to classical sexual reproduction, it seems as though reproduction knows no … [Read more...]

A better look at the Portuguese man-of-war

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A better look at the Portuguese man-of-war By: Ashley Gustafson Beautiful, ethereal, mesmerizing; Odds are one look at the Portuguese man-of-war will leave you wanting another. Best known for its painful sting, this infamous ocean dweller is not a popular beach guest. This vibrant but mysterious invertebrate is an excellent example of an organism appearing to be one animal but is actual a whole colony. The Portuguese … [Read more...]