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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 | SDRadmin
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 | SDRadmin
“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 | SDRadmin
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 | SDRadmin
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.
March 19, 2019 | SDRadmin
It turned out to be a species never seen before in North America. It’s called the hoodwinker sunfish. Read more
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 | SDRadmin