My name is Amanda and I'm a college student majoring in Biology and I live in Monterey, California. It is my dream to one day be one of the scientist experts that the Discovery channel interviews for a special. I was looking through the ocean tag and decided that it was too full of hipster pictures instead of the beautiful ocean. This blog came to be to rectify that situation.

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Blow Sperm whale at the surface

Picture taken in Dominica, under permit

Being in the water with sperm whales was a mind blowing experience and very hard work. Sperm whales are skittish and fast and come up to breathe after hunting in the very deep. The encounters at the surface are limited and are only established when the animals know you are there and they allow you… humbling! by EllenCuylaerts


photos by alexander semenov, taken in the white sea, where water temperatures drop below zero and light fails to penetrate bellow 20 metres. click pic for description. similar posts

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Cancun Underwater Museum, Mexico. 21°11’59.4”N 86°42’45.4”W

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What! by pachku

What gives the sea that smell we love?

It has been known for some time that corals serve as the main producer of dimethylsuphoniopropionate (DMSP), the chemical which acts as the seed for clouds and that gives the sea its unique sent, but until recently it was not known that it was not just the algae living with the coral that produced DMSP, but also the young coral animals, or polyps.
In a paper published in the journal Nature, a documented increase of 54% in the levels of DMSP was observed when polyps were introduced into the setting. “… In fact we could smell it [DMSP] in a single baby coral,” said co-author Cherie Motti from the Australian Institute of Marine Science. The researchers also found that when the temperature of the water was increased the polyps produced ~76% more DMSP. This could be used as an indicator for warming sea temperatures, but would also forewarn a mass die-off of the corals. This is of importance because of the role clouds place in climate regulation in the tropics; if the corals die off because of increasing temperatures less DMSP will be produced and thus less clouds will form leading to an even higher increase in sea temperatures. This is known as a negative feedback loop.

Everything Fishy

Fish Kiss | Sjoerd Stellingwerf

What ‘human foods’ are safe for fish?
Henry Eze: Is it safe to use food from my fridge-freezer to feed my fish? I’m thinking that seafood should be okay, but what about vegetables and meat?
Neale Monks: Quite a lot of human food is perfectly safe to use when feeding your fish. White fish fillet is good, particularly Tilapia, cod and coley, but avoid oily fish as that tends to be a bit too messy. Seafood is good, but be careful not to rely too heavily on prawns or mussels because these contain a chemical called thiaminase that breaks down Vitamin B1.
Green foods are well worth trying, as are some fruits. Blanched lettuce and cooked peas and spinach are enjoyed by most herbivorous fish, while suckermouth catfish like plecs will also happily graze on raw courgette, cucumber and sweet potatoes, even slices of melon!
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Kairuku grebneffi
…is an extinct species of “Giant Penguin” that lived in what is now New Zealand during the late Oligocene. K. grebneffi is one of the tallest and heaviest species of penguins that lived, with individuals reaching sizes of 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) long and weighing around 60 kilograms (130 lbs). Due to its size K. grebneffi was likely able to dive deeper and swim longer than modern penguins, however like modern penguins K. grebneffi most likely feed on fish and squid. During the late Oligocene the “new zealand” area was mostly ocean with rocky outcrops, which likely provided safe breeding grounds and easy access to food for K. grebneffi
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Image: Chris Gaskin

Synanceia by eligodesign Synanceia is a genus of fish of the family Synanceiidae, the Stonefishes, whose members are venomous, dangerous, and even fatal to humans. It is one of the most venomous fish currently known in the world. They are found in the coastal regions of Indo-Pacific oceans as well as off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean.

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