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Giantism evolves in Ocean Depth and Cold
I have never heard of Werner Herzog before. However, when I was looking for a fitting quote to start this article with, it was his quote I found best suited: “What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” I do not usually refer to any ocean ...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Microbeads in toothpaste and skin care entering ocean food chains
While caring citizens may know not to leave trash and plastics behind in nature, what they probably don’t know is that using toothpaste may actually add to plastics pollution in the ocean. The reason? Most toothpastes and many skin care products contain microbeads. Microbeads are so small that th...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nasal drift an important part of whale evolution
Many people, including myself, are mesmerized and fascinated by the sight of marine mammals. The behavior of the sea lions on their “home dock” in the Kodiak harbor seems almost human when they are lazily lounging in the sun, barking indignantly at the youngsters that jump wet and cold out of the...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Snailfishes and lumpsuckers like to just stay put
We had a great week last week. Twelve students from St. Mary’s school engaged in a week of Marine Science. Field trips combined with science lessons and art activities in the Ocean Science Discovery Lab made for a busy, fun-filled week with lots of learning and discovery. It was the best time for...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Tidepools are filled with young animals in spring
It is finally undeniable that spring has sprung in Kodiak. The warm temperatures of the last weekend kissed even the last winter sleepiness out of nature’s ambassadors of the new season. Usually, it’s the flowers and perhaps some trees and bushes that announce spring with their first blooms or te...
May 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Whales follow spring in the ocean
The calendar claims that spring has come. Outside I notice some swollen buds on trees and bushes and new green blades of grass. However, cold winds and rain still hit my face and my hands are freezing after I have taken my dog for her evening walk around the block. I have childhood memories, wher...
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Eating fish is fast and feast
Once again the store shelves are stocked with sweets and chocolates, trinkets and colorful decorations, flowers and little bunnies. Have you ever asked yourself what the bunny and the little chick have to do with the Christian celebration of Easter? The answer may surprise you. The bunny and eggs...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Students meet giant pacific octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab
Students meet Giant Pacific Octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab Spring is an exciting time on land as well as in the ocean and along its shores. It’s a time to bundle up and take the kids out to explore the excitement of the waking of life and the birth of a new summer. Seaweeds, plankton, sma...
Mar 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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