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On the outside, green turtles are usually some combination of brown, black and grey in color, with yellow accents. They are called “green” turtles because their internal fat tissue is green due to their herbivorous diet.
Did you know that cold water is denser than hot water? Cold water sinks down and warm water rises up. These properties cause many of the large scale ocean currents as cold water in higher latitudes sinks to the bottom of the ocean and then moves toward the equator.
If you could take all of the bigger organisms of the ocean (whales, sharks, fish, squid) and add up their total weight, and then took all of the microscopic organisms (like plankton) in the ocean and added up their total weight, which one would weigh more? You might be surprised to hear that the microscopic organisms weigh over 40 times more than all other organisms in the ocean combined!
The largest mountain on earth is actually in the state of Hawaiʻi! When measured from the floor of the ocean, Mauna Kea is over 3,000 feet taller than Mount Everest.
Scientists in Canada got a surprise while doing studies on human forensics. To look at how bodies decompose, they tossed pig carcasses into so called "dead zones", areas of low oxygen in the ocean. However, much to their surprise, sharks, lobsters, and other scavengers risked going into these suffocating conditions and ate their experiment!
Image: Figure 4 of Schlundt et al. (2019) Studying the microscopic world is a challenging task and requires the use of innovative visualization and genomic tools to understand the role and function of the diverse microbial players in an ecosystem. Using culturing, staining, and sequencing methods, researchers can gain a more detailed view of the microbial world. Recently, detailed in a study published in the journal Molecular Ecology Resources, researchers developed a new method called CLASI-FISH (“combinatorial labeling and spectral imaging fluorescence in situ hybridization”) to... (more)