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The mimic octopus is an incredible animal that can impersonate the appearance and movement patterns of a lionfish, crab, jellyfish, and many other animals. However, scientists have recently found a small jawfish whose coloration copies the mimic octopus, mimicking one of the octopus’ arms!
Ocean phytoplankton produce at least half of the oxygen that we breathe. Though small in size they are able to produce as much oxygen as all of the land plants on earth combined. While trees and plants usually get all the credit for our oxygen, we actually should be thanking our marine plankton!
Ground breaking scientific research has found that the hole in the ozone layer caused by the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) is actually driving a change in the wind patterns and the current patterns around the South Pole. It’s important to remember that activities we do and the products that we use on a daily basis can have a drastic effect on our planet.
New research shows that global climate change will affect the distribution of phytoplankton. Under warmer conditions, phytoplankton are expected to migrate away from the tropics and shift towards the cooler polar waters, which means we will have less diversity of phytoplankton around the tropics, which could also reduce fish diversity, impacting millions of people that rely on this food resource.
What’s the longest mountain range on Earth? Nope it’s not the Andes! The Mid-Ocean Ridge is a long connected series of underwater mountains that crisscross the globe like the seams on a baseball. This long mountain range is found in all of the world’s oceans and is made up of oceanic crust or rock that is 200 million years old.
Photo: E/V Nautilus Recently, the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, operated by the Ocean Explorer Trust, discovered a community of organisms consuming a baleen whale carcass on the Davidson Seamount in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary at a depth of 3,240 m. Unlike many other discoveries of whale falls in the ocean, crew on the Nautilus found this relatively recent fall in a mid-stage of ecological succession, providing an exciting look into life in the deep sea. Whale falls are importance influxes of nutrients and energy to the deep sea. This pulse in food availability becomes... (more)