Photography Friday: Happy Valentine’s Day
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Photography Friday: Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Can you spot all three marine organisms in this picture? Vase Sponge The heart in our Valentine’s Day photo is actually a uniquely-shaped vase sponge. These sponges are usually found on coral reefs and can be pink, purple, or even fluorescent blue. As members of the Porifera phylum, these organisms lack true … Continue reading

Photography Friday: Caribbean Reef Shark
Marine Life / Podcasts and Videos / Policy / Science

Photography Friday: Caribbean Reef Shark

A study was published on Jan 21, 2014, the 50th anniversary of the IUCN Red List, that found a quarter of shark and ray species are threatened with extinction (more information here). Only 23% of these species are considered “safe” with the IUCN listing of “Least Concern.” You may think of sharks as threats to … Continue reading

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish…Glowing Green Fish?
Energy, News, and Climate / Oddities in the Ocean / Science

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish…Glowing Green Fish?

A few years ago, if I saw a cat with glowing green fur wandering around my yard, I’d assume that the poor animal had experienced radiation exposure that had left it eerily lit from within. After checking it for other superpowers and taking a few pictures (first things first, you know), I’d probably head online … Continue reading

Photography Friday: A Beautiful Day for the Beach?
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Photography Friday: A Beautiful Day for the Beach?

When temperatures plummet and cabin fever sets in, many begin to daydream wistfully about sunny summer days on the beach.  Residents of Sonoma County, California, however, may be able to count such days on one hand.  Although the county’s famous vineyards receive plenty of sun year-round, the coastline is commonly “fogged in” and windy, as … Continue reading

Photography Friday: Sea Slugs
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Photography Friday: Sea Slugs

What is that yellow-spined thing? This is a species of sea slug, one of the strangest groups of organisms present on reefs worldwide. Sea slug is a pretty all encompassing term that includes groups such as Nudibranchs and Cephalaspidea. They are part of the “cryptic” fauna present on coral reefs. These interesting and strange creatures … Continue reading

Photography Friday: Diatoms Galore
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Photography Friday: Diatoms Galore

So my research involves examining diatoms, which are free-floating aquatic phytoplankton with silicified cell walls (a substance similar to glass!). A lot of my time in the lab is spent culturing different species of diatoms, which is interesting but sometimes dissatisfying–since diatoms are microscopic, most of my cultures look like vials of clear or brownish … Continue reading