Post Published: Friday, July 12th, 2013

Earth is rightly referred to by many as “the big blue marble”. Around 71 of her surface is covered by water, mostly held within the five major oceans whose waves surge and slow with tidal forces and currents rooted in the planet’s cosmic positioning.
The Pacific ocean is the largest, covering approximately 28 of the earth’s surface. At the bottom of this water-world sits the Mariana Trench, housing the deepest place on the planet at a most inhospitable 35,827 feet below the surface. Also within its borders lies the infamous “Ring of Fire”, Continue Reading »

Post Published: Saturday, May 18th, 2013

The Great Barrier Reef is a massive coral reef system located off of the Australian coast. The area is full of life with many sea plants, sea snakes and fish. Much of the area is a national park, and it has also been declared a World Heritage Site. Six species of sea turtle make their home in the reef.

The green turtle is an endangered species that spends most of its life at sea. They only come to shore Continue Reading »

Post Published: Sunday, March 24th, 2013

There are more poisonous creatures than plants in the ocean. Despite the fact that a number of the poisonous sea creatures look like plants, including crown of thorn starfish; hydroids, which look like feathery plants; stinging corals and stinging anemones, which look like fir trees, those are all animals or fish.

However, there are two plants in the ocean that are poisonous, although they don’t look much like people expect plants to resemble. Blue-Green algae and Red Tide, which are both cyanobacteria, are part of the algae family.

Heavy concentrations of blue-green algae can Continue Reading »

Post Published: Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The field of marine biology offers a fun and challenging experience to anyone who has a passion for wildlife. You may think that a degree is required, but it’s actually not. Anyone who studies marine wildlife to learn is a marine biologist. This area of study is very important to the conservation of species and their ocean ecosystems.

Roughly 71 of the earth is covered by seawater, this makes marine biology a crucial study for the benefit of our entire world. Since the world’s ocean depths are so vast, only about one tenth Continue Reading »

Post Published: Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Bottlenose Dolphins are one of the most commonly recognized types of dolphins. These beautiful animals typically live in groups that are referred to as pods. The size of these pods can vary tremendously.

These dolphins are grey in color. This grey coloring can be present in shades of varying degrees from dark to light grey and can sometimes appear almost white on their undersides. They can average anywhere from 6 to 13 feet in height and weigh in at 300-1000 pounds. Males are typically Continue Reading »

Post Published: Sunday, August 21st, 2011

The bottlenose dolphin is one of the most common known members of ocean dolphins. Since their diets consist primarily of school fish, bottlenose dolphins are effected by environmental hazards that effect their food source as well as themselves. So when there are large oil spills, like one that happened in the Gulf Coast, it isn’t just the plants or small fish that are effected, it is all the marine life in the area. Bottlenose dolphins are also effected by the chemical perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, as it messes with their immune system. Cadmium Continue Reading »

Post Published: Saturday, August 20th, 2011

The one, rare species of penguin that lives on the Galapagos Islands is fittingly called the Galapagos Penguin. It’s the only penguin that’s indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere. Most live on the coasts of Fernandina and Isabel Islands. They live in raucous colonies near the shore, and dive off the coastal waters to catch fish and shellfish.

The Galapagos Penguin is about 19 inches high and weighs about five and half pounds, with males Continue Reading »

Post Published: Friday, July 22nd, 2011

So your kids have developed a newfound interest in the ocean and you’d like to do all you can to encourage their creativity. Here are a few suggestions for things you can do to keep them wondering about the possibilities of marine life!
Get them on the web: Get a subscription to DSL or wildblue deals internet and download some fun and educational oceanic games. You can play together and Continue Reading »

Post Published: Monday, June 20th, 2011

Sharks are mysterious creatures for many reasons including the fact that they live under water and their whereabouts are often unknown. Another reason is because media attention has made sharks seem like vicious animals to the likes of which no one would want to encounter. Believe it or not there are a lot of things about sharks that we may believe to be true but in fact they are not. To illustrate, here are the top five common myths about sharks:

1) Sharks hunt human beings

There is no Continue Reading »

Post Published: Friday, May 27th, 2011

Many species of shark live in the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Maine in the U.S. down the coast to Florida.
Most eat other fish and are predatory, meaning they search for food. Many are also considered opportunistic. If they come across an injured fish, they will eat that or scavenge another predator’s kill.

The most common species in the Atlantic are the hammerheads, the sandtiger, the bull shark, the small blacktip shark, tiger shark, and sandbar sharks. Most do not come close Continue Reading »

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