Invasive Species, Manta Rays and Alien Oceans

Written by on March 24, 2013 in Marine Life

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Invasive Species: Understanding the Threat Before It’s Too Late

Check out this article to learn more about invasive (non-native) species. A recent study focuses on why some invasive species thrive in new areas but others fail. According to the researchers, understanding these factors is vital when it comes to protecting local marine life from the threat of invasive species.

The Northern Pacific seastar (Asterias amurensis) is a highly invasive species.

The Northern Pacific seastar (Asterias amurensis) is native to the coasts of China, Russia, Japan, and North and South Korea, but has invaded the coasts of Australia through ballast water.

Mantas in the Mist

This blog post on Manta Trust tells an amazing story about manta rays. Julie Hartup has been studying mantas in the Mariana Islands for a while now. In this post, she talks about their odd feeding habits and what it’s like to study these beautiful creatures.

Manta ray.

Manta ray. Photo credit: NOAA Ocean Service.

Oceans May Be Common on Rocky Alien Planets

This doesn’t have to do with marine science on Earth, but one scientist says that every rocky planet probably develops an ocean of water shortly after formation. This means that it is possible that there are many habitable planets elsewhere in the universe. Although the issue of whether or not other planets retain their ocean is a different matter that will require addition research.

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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