Bacteria Reproduction – They Go Both Ways

bacteria rods

Prokaryotes, who are they? Bacteria reproduction is intriguing in that there are 4 different ways in which they are able to reproduce.  But first we need to go back to the basics: there are two different types of cells, Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes.  Eukaryotes are the “new and improved” cell type,because they are found in multicellular organisms in addition to being much more complex and higher functioning.  Conversely, … [Read more...]

Warming California Waters Cause wandering Nudibranch Species

Hopkins' Rose Nudibranch

Warming California Waters Cause wandering Hopkins’ Rose Nudibranch Species By. Ashley Gustafson   Nudibranchs, better known as sea slugs, are an incredibly beautiful, hypnotizing, and  often Technicolor animal found in oceans all over the world. Just like any ocean dwelling  animal, certain species of sea slugs have specific temperature requirements and limitations of the water they reside within. As the glo … [Read more...]

5 “Jaws” Shark Myths Proved False

whale shark

5 "Jaws" Shark Myths Proved False by Gabbie Baillargeon How many times have you been in , or even near, the ocean and thought about the chances that sharks were lurking under the water? My guess - a lot.  It is only natural, for the media has sensationalized and stereotyped all sharks as man eating beasts, whose soulless being strives to prey and feast on humans.  Ever since the movie Jaws came out in the summer of 1 … [Read more...]

I Poop Sand: The Life and Times of a Parrotfish

Bicolor Parrotfish

I Poop Sand: The Life and Times of a Parrotfish by Julie Cremer What eats coral, poops sand and wraps itself in a ball of mucus? The parrotfish, of course! These colorful reef dwellers in fact play a significant role in maintaining populations of coral and algae within the reef they call home. If these fish didn’t eat the algae that they enjoy, coral would not be able receive the proper amount of sunlight they need in … [Read more...]

Think like an Oarfish

Oarfish

Think like an Oarfish By Julie Cremer Its cold everywhere I go, cold and very dark. My long, thin body sways and ripples with the strong currents. Down here the pressure is so strong, other fish would be crushed in seconds. Thank goodness my body is flat so that it can withstand the force. I spend the majority of my days floating in this infinite liquid called an ocean waiting for food to pass me by. There … [Read more...]

South Florida sea turtle hospital continues its legacy through programs and outreach

Bianca the Sea Turtle

South Florida sea turtle hospital continues its legacy through programs and outreach   By Hannah Deadman   At Loggerhead Marinelife Center, it’s not just the hospital staff that helps sea turtles – it’s an entire team effort dedicated to sea turtle rehabilitation, conservation, education and research. The sea turtle rehabilitation center’s 22-member team, located in Juno Beach, Fla., shows that even small non- … [Read more...]

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium celebrates the naming of Rescued Sea Otter Pup

Shedd Sea Otter Luna

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium celebrates the naming of Rescued Sea Otter Pup By: Ashley Gustafson The Shedd Aquarium of Chicago, IL, or more commonly referred to as “the Shedd” by its beloved members, staff, and Chicago family, is no stranger to animal rescue, adoption, and rehabilitation. Their latest addition is an orphaned, southern sea otter pup from Coastways Beach between San Mateo and Santa Cruz, California. This bab … [Read more...]

Why is the Melanurus Wrasse one of our favorite reef tank fish?

Melanurus Wrasse

Why is the Melanurus Wrasse one of our favorite reef tank fish? by Justin Hester When it comes to reef aquaria, there are hundreds if not thousands of fish to choose from. Most either fall into the category of "looking cool" or "doing something beneficial" in your reef aquarium. The melanurus wrasse in my opinion is one of the best in both categories. It can be one of your best friends as far as actively seeking out … [Read more...]

Bristle Worms: Friend of Foe?

diving the goldcoast

Bristle Worms:  Friend of Foe? by Justin Hester The bristle worms that many of us see in our reef tanks can get right up there with spiders in terms of their fear factor, but like most other "scary"  creatures in nature, once you learn about their biology, their outward appearance usually makes more sense. To this day, I still crack up when I see people's first encounter with bristle worms documented on a post or a F … [Read more...]

The Jellypocalypse is Upon Us

jellies and fisherman

The Jellypocalypse is Upon Us by Gabbie Bailargeon CNN calls it a "Jellypocalypse" as most beach goers and scientists agree that dangerous jellyfish bloom occurrences have continued to increase each year since the early 2000's.  A jelly bloom occurs when there is a sudden proliferation of jellyfish at a rapid rate, but is usually contained to specific regions.  However, not only do studies show that blooms are more f … [Read more...]