Archive for February, 2014

 

First Whale Shark Ever Found near Coast of Continental Europe

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The whale shark (scientifically known as Rhincodon typus) is the biggest fish currently living on Earth. They can grow up to 60 feet long and can weigh up to 21 tons. Despite their massive size, there is no need to fear these sharks, as they only eat plankton. Whale sharks are gentle giants with brownish […]

Whale Falls

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Whale falls are extraordinary ecological events that occur when large cetaceans, commonly known as whales, die and sink to the deep ocean floor. Whale falls are often so large and rich in nutrients compared to the rest of the environment that they create an ecosystem within the carcass. This ecosystem often consists of an abundance […]

Destructive Fishing

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When asked to think about the ocean, most would picture a beautiful, colorful coral reef like how the movie Finding Nemo portrayed this ecosystem. But in reality, most coral reefs do not look like that anymore. After decades of human society being unsustainable, this incredible ecosystem is beginning to disappear. Destructive fishing is one of […]

Great White Sharks Getting Protection

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The great white shark is the most feared shark in the ocean. They have a bad reputation with shark attacks that are ferocious and deadly. In South Carolina there is a bill that was introduced by Representative Chip Limehouse that makes it illegal to catch a great white shark and keep it in South Carolina. These […]

Artificial Reefs

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Artificial reefs are man-made structures that are purposefully put in fresh water and marine habitats for a variety of reasons including to attract fish, enhance marine ecosystems, mitigate loss and/or destruction of natural reefs and for recreational diving activities.   Artificial reefs can be created from a wide spectrum of materials, such as old boats and […]

Plastic: The Eighth Deadly Sin

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Every day we use “disposable” items, such as take out containers, straws, and water bottles. But, when these items are disposed of, where is it they actually end up? Some get recycled; yet, many of them get dropped on the street and washed down the drain where they ultimately end up in the ocean. For […]

Blue Dragon Nudibranch

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As I was diving the Sea Tiger Shipwreck off the South shore of Oahu, I noticed an exotic blue-colored-sea-slug-looking organism that I have never come across before. I was immediately mesmerized and stared at it for a long time. It had bright blue rings around its tubular body and, due to its extremely fluorescent color, […]

Killer Whales Sighting in Hawaii

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I’ve always known it not to be possible for Orcas to travel, let alone live, in Hawaiian tropical waters because they live in cold icy waters. I never would have expected orcas to travel thousands of miles to the Hawaiian islands, but once a professor confirmed for me that the rare occasion has indeed occurred, […]

The vampire squid

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The vampire squid is a deep sea creature that is believed to utilize bioluminescence, the emitting of light, as part of its defenses. The vampire squid possesses multiple light organs called photophores. The light emitted by these photophores is readily seen in the darkness of the deep sea, and vampire squids can use it in […]

Marine Debris and Loggerhead Turtles

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In 2013, a study was conducted on the presence of marine debris in loggerhead sea turtles along the coast of Tuscany, Italy.  Scientists collected stranded turtles in the north Tyrrhenian Sea and inspected their stomach and intestines for debris.  They found that plastics were the main type of debris ingested by the loggerheads, specifically sheet […]