Archive for February, 2014

 

The Chambered Nautilus- A creature of Interest

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The chambered nautilus is one of my favorite marine organisms. Chambers in the inside of their shell allow them to fill up with gas. This gas lets them change their buoyancy so they can lift up through the water or sink down into it. They nocturnally come up to feed in more shallow waters and […]

Viral Effects on Coral

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Although it may seem strange, viruses play a vital role in the health of coral reefs. Because viruses are extremely diverse and very organism specific, many different components of a coral colony may be affected by them. Viruses are known to infect coral polyp tissue, symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae, and bacteria. Perhaps the most detrimental […]

Stylobates: Deep sea shell forming anemones

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Evidence of commensal symbiosis between two or more separate species can be observed worldwide. A case that stands out is the symbiosis displayed between the jeweled anemone hermit crab, Dardanus gemmatus, and two specific species of anemones, Calliactis polypus and Anthothoe sp. Hermit crabs protect their soft abdomen by inhabiting snail shells. The anemone hermit […]

Turtle cleaner stations

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I came to the Hawaiian Islands as a freshman with 8 years of diving under my belt and I had only seen one of the most important symbiotic relationships under the water once. I had spent my time diving in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, and off of Maui but only once had I seen […]