Marine Life

Posts about life in the oceans ranging from plankton to blue whales.

Seal Island Cams Up and Running!

Written by on February 8, 2017 in Marine Life, Seals, Sea Lions & Sea Otters
Seal Island Cams Up and Running!

Brighten up a dreary winter day by watching gray seals with their adorable pups!

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Triggerfish are pretty good at differentiating colors

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Fish, Marine Life
Triggerfish are pretty good at differentiating colors

Mantis shrimp aren’t the only creatures with extreme color vision! Researchers recently determined that reef fish can see colors that humans can’t.

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Why do orcas go through menopause?

Written by on January 19, 2017 in Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins
Why do orcas go through menopause?

Orcas start reproducing around age 15 and can live for up to 100 years, but they stop typically stop reproducing in their 30s or 40s.

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Climate change altering some beluga whale migration

Written by on January 17, 2017 in Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins
Climate change altering some beluga whale migration

“The biggest take-home message is that belugas can respond relatively quickly to their changing environment, yet we can’t expect a uniform response across all beluga populations.”

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Origin Stories: Cancer in Bivalves

Written by on December 14, 2016 in Marine Life
Origin Stories: Cancer in Bivalves

By Astrid Hsu What if cancer spread the like common cold? A hug, a cough, or sharing food would put the entire population at risk. Luckily, humans are currently safe from such a scenario. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our marine bivalve friends. Initially discovered in soft-shell clams (Mya arenaria), a contagious cancer […]

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What the world’s oldest animal can teach us

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Marine Life
What the world’s oldest animal can teach us

Researchers from Cardiff University are learning about the history of the ocean from the longest-living animal on Earth: the quahog.

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BOFFFFs, critical to the survival of their shallow counterparts

Written by on November 4, 2016 in Marine Life
BOFFFFs, critical to the survival of their shallow counterparts

BOFFFFs are important to marine ecosystems around the world because they’re the ones that reproduce and help keep populations healthy.

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Jellyfish could be the key to fighting seafood fraud

Written by on November 2, 2016 in Jellyfish, Marine Life
Jellyfish could be the key to fighting seafood fraud

Researchers are working on efficient ways to test seafood in order to determine if it was labeled correctly.

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Coral reef fish and warming water: move or adapt?

Written by on October 14, 2016 in Fish, Marine Life
Coral reef fish and warming water: move or adapt?

New research shows that in order to deal with warming ocean temperatures, some reef fish are relocating to cooler waters.

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Celebrate National Fossil Day with ancient sea turtles

Written by on October 12, 2016 in Marine Life, Sea Turtles
Celebrate National Fossil Day with ancient sea turtles

New research on sea turtle fossils reveals an important link to modern sea turtles.

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