Archive for February, 2013

 

Coral Reef Community Structure

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In Lab this week we took a trip to HIMB which is the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology and is located on coconut island in Kaneohe bay. The point of the lab was to collect data underwater, compare the data from the reefs edge, flat, and back of the reef, and to also test for […]

Bigger prawns, a better future for Hawaii

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I recently read an article that discussed how CSIRO researchers have produced the world’s first prawn gene map. The genetic linkage map is anticipated to be used to identify genes for growth rate and to estimate the heritability of the trait. This could increase farmed prawn production by about 10% because of the shorter length […]

A Turtle Tale

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I was actually very interested by this story because it involves a story of a turtle who has seen it all and bounced back. It found a net which means it was most likely by catch of some fishing vessel. It saw a shark and survived (most turtles are not that lucky), and it is […]

The barreleye fish

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One of the most interesting discoveries in marine biology is the discovery of the barreleye fish.  It was discovered back in 1939 but was only seen from nets being dragged and brought up to the surface.  Only recently have scientist taken pictures of a live barreleye fish.  Barreleye fish are found off of California’s central […]

The Master of Disguise

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I wanted to write about something that initially made me interested in marine biology, and that is the Cuttlefish. This animal is a mollusk in the phylum Cephalopoda along with the Nautilus and Octopus. The Cuttlefish has the ability to disguise itself by changing its color and its apparent texture. Not only can it change […]

Diverse benthic communities in the Abyss

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For the past year I have worked in the “botcam” deep sea research laboratory in the Marine Science Building at the University of Hawaii Manoa.  I was able to partake in researching unknown communities at 5000 m below the ocean in the Sargasso Sea.  The Sargasso Sea is located east of Georgia, USA in the open Atlantic […]

Sunscreens Make Corals Sick and Die!

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In a recent study sunscreens cause viral infections in the coral. These viral infections cause coral bleaching1, which then in turn can cause them to die. The department of marine sciences at the Polytechnic University of the Marche tested a variety of sunscreens in both the lab and out in the ocean and came to […]

Comb Jellyfish

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Comb jellyfish (Ctenophora) are the largest animal to use cilia (organelle used for movement) and are found in shallow and deep waters worldwide. A group of cilia together are called combs. Comb jellyfish are unique because they produce a rainbow effect that is caused by the scattering of light as the combs move. When they […]

Passion and Traditions

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My favorite thing to do growing up was to collect animal picture books and draw every single animal on every page. I still have all of the books that I used to read. Through reading (or more like admiring the photos and drawings) these picture books, I would learn about all these species of animals […]

Surveying Kaneohe Bay

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Last winter semester I participated in my directed research which consisted of surveying Kaneohe bay. Kāneʻohe Bay is a protected bay of Oahu with two main channels through the reef, allowing ship access to the sea and act as principle water exits. Kāneʻohe stream discharges into the bay, accounting for more than 75% of the […]