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NOAA-FUNDED EXPEDITION CAPTURES RARE FOOTAGE OF GIANT SQUID IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

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This Is The Second Time A Giant Squid Has Been Captured On Camera In Its Deepwater Habitat

It’s what every marine scientist hopes for when they journey into the ocean’s depths. So when Nathan Robinson, one of the scientists on a NOAA-funded expedition to the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, saw that first glimpse of a tentacle rise out of the inky black of his computer screen, he was captivated. Read more

June 24, 2019 |

Interesting Facts About Shrimp

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Among the bounty of creatures living in the world’s oceans, shrimp are perhaps the most widely known marine crustaceaShrimp exist in a dazzling array of shapes, sizes, and colors. They comprise 2,000 species and are found in deep ocean waters, shallow tidal waters, and freshwater, in every region of every continent but Antarctica.  They are tiny, intriguing creatures living on the bottom of the oceans and play a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance of the sea. Read more

June 16, 2019 |

Wandering whale sharks travel 10,000 miles

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Whale sharks are known to be nomadic ocean wanderers. But the extent of their travels had not been recorded until a recent study involving the Guy Harvey Research Institute.

Two male whale sharks, named Milo and Lucho by researchers, were tagged in Mexico and tracked over eight months as they completed journeys totalling more than 10,000 miles across the Atlantic before returning to the same spot. Read more

April 23, 2019 |

Weedy Sea Dragon

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Weedy sea dragons is a marine fish related to the seahorse, are some of the best-camouflaged creatures on the planet. It can blend in very well to the surroundings. Weedy sea dragons are named for the weed-like growth on their bodies. This camouflage hides them as they move among the seaweed beds where they live. Read more

April 17, 2019 |

The secret of how the mako shark swims so fast lies in its flexible scales

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“Passive bristling” reduces drag, much like the dimples on a golf ball.

Mako sharks can swim as fast as 70 to 80mph, earning them the moniker “cheetahs of the ocean.” Now scientists at the University of Alabama have determined one major factor in how mako sharks are able to move so fast: the unique structure of their skin, especially around the flank and fin regions of their bodies. The team described their work at the American Physical Society’s 2019 March meeting this week in Boston. Read more

April 12, 2019 |

Mysterious new orca species likely identified

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At the bottom of the world, in some of the roughest seas, live mysterious killer whalesthat look very different from other orcas.

Now, for the first time, scientists have located and studied these animals in the wild. The orcas are “highly likely” to be a new species, says Robert Pitman, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more

March 20, 2019 |

A huge, strange-looking fish washed up on a California beach.

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This is the extraordinary tale of how a massive, strange-looking fish wound up on a beach on the other side of the world from where it lives.

The seven-foot fish washed up at UC Santa Barbara’s Coal Oil Point Reserve in Southern California last week. Researchers first thought it was a similar and more common species of sunfish — until someone posted photos on a nature site and experts weighed in.

What transpired after that surprised researchers from California to Australia and New Zealand.
It turned out to be a species never seen before in North America. It’s called the hoodwinker sunfish. Read more

March 19, 2019 |

Paper Nautilus, Octopus of the Open Sea

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Why the argonaut, or paper nautilus, may be your new favorite cephalopod.

Walking along a shore facing the open ocean, a beachcomber may make an extraordinary find: a paper-thin spiral shell, anywhere from two to around ten inches across, intricately patterned with ridges. These aren’t snail shells. They’re the egg cases of the paper nautilus, the world’s only seafaring octopus. Read more

March 18, 2019 |
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