Posts from the ‘ocean’ Category

the-star-stuff:

Rare Deep-Sea Anglerfish Recorded

Floating around deep-sea rocks like a watery version of French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse’s red balloon, this bulbous, brightly colored anglerfish was recorded by a remotely operated submarine camera off of California’s Central Coast in 2010.

Images courtesy MBARI

Duuuuuude!

The Forest of Pillars in Egypt’s Sinai Desert. Many believe the tubes were formed by lava, however it seems more likely to be ancient hydrothermal vents.

Dr. Bonnie Sampsell states: 

“The rocks are composed of hematite (a form of iron oxide). The iron oxide was dissolved out of the sandstone bedrock, to which it imparts a reddish colour, by hot water emerging from deep in the earth. As the water reached the surface and cooled, the iron oxide precipitated in a ring around each source, forming a tube.”

braingels:

Marrus orthocanna, a deep sea siphonophore. The combined digestive and circulatory system is red; all other parts are transparent.

Nature finds a way.

The Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology is compiling a different kind of sperm bank, one that can hopefully be used to save our coral reefs.

While coral can produce asexually, sexual reproduction is necessary for the corals’ genetic diversity to maintain a sustainable level. That’s why Dr. Mary Hagedorn is constantly adding to her stock of coral embryonic cells and sperm in her one-of-a-kind collection.

At the rate coral reefs are being destroyed or bleached, they will be well on their way to complete destruction by 2050. Hopefully, with the help of Dr. Hagedorn’s work, we can delay or even avoid the incident completely.

mad-as-a-marine-biologist:

Keep your friends close, and your jellyfish closer…

Fish hiding out in the safety of Jellyfish tentacles. 

Similarly, a construction crew destroyed nearly 20,000 leatherback sea turtle eggs this week in Trinidad. Both the bones and the eggs, the past and future of our earth, are priceless in their own ways. Lack of care or outright ignorance is bad for everybody.

Vandals smash duck-billed dinosaur fossil to pieces in Alberta.

Panama has decided, with effects hopefully beginning next year, to consolidate shipping lanes into and out of the Panama Canal in order to drastically reduce the number of intrusions and deaths in whale habitats. The Cape of Panama is a whale breeding location and is becomingly an increasingly popular destination for eco-tourism.  Dr. Guzman from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute says:
“So [under the new scheme] they’ll have their vessels, they’ll be apart from the heavy traffic lanes – more important still is we’re increasing the buffer of protection between the mainland and the shipping lanes in a region where we have five different protected areas including World Heritage Sites.” 

Panamanian shipping lanes to be reduced for whales