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You may have known that corals are living animals but did you know that they have a partnership with algae living inside of them? Algae known as zooxanthellae (zo-zan- thel-ay) live in the coral’s tissue. The coral gives the algae protection and nutrients while the algae provide food and oxygen to the coral in return. When two living organisms help each other out like this we call it a symbiotic relationship.
In the ocean, as on land, elements are constantly being cycled through different animals. An important player in this cycling process is bacteria. Bacteria can take organic matter, such as a fish carcass, and break it down to some of the essential compounds required for life. Bacteria sometimes get a dirty reputation, but they’re actually nature’s recyclers!
Sea urchins might be using their feet to see! Researchers have found that sea urchins have light receptors on their tube feet - hundreds of tiny suction-like tubes which help them to move around. Next time you are out surfing or tide pooling take a closer look at these amazing creatures - but don’t touch!
Satellites orbiting thousands of miles above the earth’s surface are used to monitor some of the tiniest organisms in the ocean. Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that use the green pigment chlorophyll and the sun’s energy to produce food. NASA satellites can detect this green variation in the ocean’s color, which scientists use to estimate changes in the population of phytoplankton.
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.
Photo: iNaturalist Observation is the foundation of scientifically studying the natural world. Citizen science programs allow anyone who is interested to record observations and learn about the natural world while contributing to research and conservation of important organisms and environments. Here are a few citizen science programs that allow volunteers to participate in data collection and observation of the marine environment. There are many citizen science programs out there, so check out other programs in your local community to learn how you can get involved! 1. iNaturalist:... (more)