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The air above the ocean is intricately connected to the ocean floor miles below. Carbon dioxide dissolves into the surface of the ocean from the atmosphere and phytoplankton use the carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. Other organisms at the surface eat the phytoplankton and when they die they sink down towards the sea floor. Creatures living in the deep sea depend on this falling matter for food.
Microbes might be too small to see, but they can certainly make a big impact! After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, microbes cleaned up 120,000 metric tons of the methane in the oil! However, they do not eat some of the more toxic components of the oil, which still remain in the environment. Have you thanked a microbe today?
Can you imagining putting a person in a time capsule and then opening it up 80 million years later to discover that they’re still alive? Scientists have found a bacterial colony buried 100 feet deep in the Pacific Ocean floor that hasn’t received light, oxygen, or food for over 80 million years, and they’re still alive! A very slow metabolism and dividing to make identical copies of themselves allow these bacteria to survive for so long.
Nudibranchs are a type of sea slug whose name means “naked gill” and they have some crazy ways of living. They come in many shapes and colors and can be found both in reefs and sandy ocean floors. One kind of nudibranch can eat a toxic sponge and store the poison in its own body, giving it a new defense mechanism. Another type farms algae within its body and uses the algae to make food for itself from the sun.
Hawaiʻian fishponds or loko iʻa, are a sophisticated method for raising a steady source of food that is accessible during storms and high surf when fishing can be dangerous. Perpetuating traditional fishpond practices is important to create more sustainable food resources in Hawaiʻi and ensure that such advanced cultural knowledge is not lost
Photo: Scripps Institute of Oceanography Researchers at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (UC San Diego) have created an innovative new tool that blends robotic technology with oceanography to answer questions about one of the ocean’s most abundant life forms – plankton. Planktonic organisms serve many important functions in the ocean, including fueling ocean food webs and cycling essential nutrients. However, there are still much to be discovered about their movement, dispersal, and impacts on larger organisms and ecosystems. Studying the movement of individual plankton has... (more)