The Great Barrier Reef by Ashton Felts

The Great Barrier Reef is a major tourist destination, and one of the seven wonders of the world.

The Great Barrier Reef by Ashton Felts  The Reef One of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the world's most beautiful sun-soaked, golden … [Read more...]

World’s Largest Seashells

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World's Largest Seashells By: Lydia Weltmann It’s a sunny day in the south Pacific, light bouncing off the water and making the waves shine. A diver leans overboard, sinking gracefully beneath the surface. Colors meet the diver’s eyes, bright oranges and pinks and yellows next to iridescent blues and greens. Coral reefs surround the diver, but those aren’t what he is searching for. Finally he spots his prize, a zig-z … [Read more...]

Giddy-up Little Fish! The Secrets of the Saddle Wrasse

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Giddy-up little fish! The Secrets of the Saddle Wrasse Lydia Weltmann Coral reefs are well known for their biodiversity. The colorful ridges house dozens of species of fish, mollusks, sponges and more, all thriving in the ecosystem the reefs are a part of. Some, like the Saddle Wrasse, merely use coral as a home, taking advantage of the biodiversity. They don’t eat the reefs, merely the other marine creatures that li … [Read more...]

Sea Anemone Care: a Basic Introductory Guide

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Sea Anemone Care: a Basic Introductory Guide By Henry Garcia Everyone remembers that adorable little fish in Pixar’s Finding Nemo who could not pronounce the word “anemone”. It is quite possible that you are now trying to pronounce “anemone” yourself! Sea anemones are very beautiful creatures that can provide some exceptional brilliance to any tank. However, sea anemones are very easily some of the most misunderstood s … [Read more...]

“Crab Busters” by Jules Cremer

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"Crab Busters" by Jules Cremer Have you ever seen the classic horror movie, "Psycho" by Alfred Hitchcock? If you have, you may remember the bathroom scene where the girl is taking a shower. All of a sudden, the shower curtain is pulled back as she turns to the camera and screams. During her bloodcurdling distress, a series of high-pitched notes is played that signals her demise. Fade to black. End scene. The music t … [Read more...]

The Formative years Of a Sea Turtles life

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The Formative years Of a Sea Turtles life by Ashton Felts   Basics of Sea Turtles Sea turtles are large, air breathing reptiles that inhabit tropical and subtropical seas throughout the world. Their shells consist of an upper (carapace) and a lower part (plastron). Hard scales, or scutes, cover all but the leatherback, and the number and arrangement of these scutes can be used to determine the species. Sea … [Read more...]

World’s rarest shark will fit in your pocket

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World’s rarest shark will fit in your pocket By: Ashley Gustafson   It is one massive understatement to say that there is still a great deal to learn about the oceans and all the species that call it home.It is nearly a daily occurrence that new species are being discovered in the deep, mysterious waters of the ocean floor. These new discoveries are not only exhilarating but also give researchers and s … [Read more...]

Oceans versus Plastic

Antarctic fur seal entangled in plastic sheeting
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Oceans versus Plastic Lauren Hartin   As a society, we have become dependent on plastic for nearly every part of our lives. Almost everything we buy, from food to electronics, comes packaged in plastic.  Many people often use plastic utensils, plates, and cups.  Our medications come in plastic bottles.  We use plastic bags to carry our groceries.  The list goes on and on.  While plastic does have great bene … [Read more...]

Sea Star Wasting Disease

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Sea Star Wasting Disease by Jordan Macke Take a few seconds and think about the characteristics of a beach:  the salty air, the ocean, a fantastic amount of sand.  For most people, starfish would make it somewhere in their first ten thoughts. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, possess the super-hero ability to regrow their limbs,  and the ochre and sunflower sea stars have even earned the title of  nearshore ke … [Read more...]

The Denmark Dolphin Slaughter by Ashton Felts

Photos of the massacre taking place.

The Denmark Dolphin Slaughter by Ashton Felts There has been extreme amounts gore in the last few weeks on the Faroe Islands. On August 8th, 107 Calderon dolphins were slaughtered in Sandavágur. On August 11th, 21 were butchered in Leynar. On the 13th, 135 lost their lives in Húsavík. The grind, as the slaughter is called, has a recorded history since 1584. The grind is initiated when the fishermen and/or ferries off … [Read more...]