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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.
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.
Did you know that some sharks can live in freshwater? The bull shark is able to withstand changes in salinity and swim from the ocean into freshwater rivers.
Bioluminescence is light produced by an organism from chemical reactions in its own body. Fireflies are common land examples, but the deep ocean is full of bioluminescent plankton, jellyfish, shrimp, squid, and fish. You may see them off the bow of your boat at night or even sometimes along the beach shoreline in the waves.
Ocean acidification happens when increased carbon dioxide in the air dissolves into the ocean. The excess carbon dioxide lowers the pH of our oceans, making them more acidic. This becomes a threat for sensitive animals like corals and shellfish because it reduces their ability to build calcium carbonate skeletons.
Photo: SECORE Synchrony of reproduction is an important strategy used by both terrestrial and marine organisms to maximize their reproductive success. Depending on the ecological context, synchronization of reproduction may offer advantages in increasing fertilization success, reducing predation through “swarming”, and ability to locate mates. Timing of reproduction and large reproductive events in a population is dependent on the “clock” set by environmental cues, such as temperature, chemical cues, irradiance, lunar cycles, tides, wind or current patterns, and timing of... (more)