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AMAZING NATURE: Climate changes witnessed firsthand by experienced sailors
We can study climate change and look at convincing data collections of changing sea surface temperatures and we think that we get it. Most of us know that one of the effects are stronger and more frequent storms and changes in wind patterns. However, while I don’t doubt this information to be tru...
Aug 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Old Harbor Summer Camp with Ocean Science
Remember those summer days at camp when so much was happening all in one week that it all became a blurr in ones head? Actually, my first summer camp on the beach was in High School and unfortunately it had nothing to do with Marine Science. The only planned activities there were soccer games, wh...
Aug 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: A summer day with whales and wonders
Visitors stream to Alaska every summer to share in the wonders of our amazing ocean bounty and wildlife sights. This is a very special summer for me because my parents are here. They bravely embarked on a very long trip flying from Germany across the North Atlantic Ocean, over Greenland and Canad...
Jul 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Skates are indicators of ocean diversity
One of my favorite places to be at a low tide is the wide sandy beach that stretches from the mouth of Buskin River down to the old military roads behind Boy Scout Lake. I love the view, the seals that often stick their heads out of the waves to spy on me, and the way the dark basalt and light pu...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Famine for California sea lions
The news from California are drab. Apparently, the marine mammal rescue centers are flooded with starving sea lion pups and every day more arrive. Experts and volunteers are working overtime and the Sausolito Marine Mammal Rescue Center is begging for donations to help feed the large number of un...
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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AMAZING NATURE: Kodiak students enjoy mud flats and deep sea
It was a busy week. This year during the first week of May the Kodiak Ocean Science Discovery Program went out of town for five days of marine science curriculum. The target was the five students in the Port Lions Middle School as well as 11 students from St. Mary’s School in Kodiak. It was a gre...
May 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Conciousness and Hunger Response in Sea Stars
This week during a class discussion about sea stars and their biology a teacher asked me the question how sea stars, which have no brain, know that they are hungry. Though it is a seemingly simple question, it actually sent me on an odyssee of reading articles about animal consciousness. Now, aft...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Real-life sea dragons worthy of fantasy
I have recently taken up a new hobby. I had a collection of plain wooden stools, chairs and a small table, and had the idea to paint them each with the image of a sea creature. Around the legs of the stools I usually paint ranking seaweeds and the top is the canvas for whatever sea creature I hav...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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