Ocean Life


Geodynamics Seminar

Changing Climate and Marine Fisheries – Challenges and Opportunities Jon Hare, NEFSC Sponsored by: Academic Programs Office – Carriage House

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Round Up the Unusual Suspects

Round Up the Unusual Suspects

A variety of genetic techniques are advancing ocean scientists’ ability to identify which organisms live where in the vast ocean twilight zone and to find previously unknown species.

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Sharks & Other Fish

Fish serve important ecological and economic functions. Ecologically, they are both predator and prey, providing food for other animals, and serve to keep the numbers of prey species in check, many of which could destroy important ecosystems such as coral reefs and mangroves if their numbers are allowed to grow.

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Shellfish

An aquatic animal, such as a mollusk or crustacean, that has a shell or shell-like exoskeleton.

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Phytoplankton

What are Phytoplankton? Phytoplankton are mostly microscopic, single-celled photosynthetic organisms that live suspended in water. Like land plants, they take…

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Marine Mammals

Marine mammals are warm-blooded vertebrates (animals with a backbone) that bear live young and nourish them with milk as land…

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Life at Vents & Seeps

What is Life at Vents and Seeps? Hydrothermal vents and cold seeps are places where chemical-rich fluids emanate from the…

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Microbial Life

Microbial life can be found throughout the ocean, from rocks and sediments beneath the seafloor, across the vast stretches of open water, to intertidal and surf zones.

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Ocean Life

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Incredible diversity exists in the ocean, from microscopic organisms to the largest animals on Earth.

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Coral

Many people think of coral as hard, rock-like formations that attract abundant, diverse marine life. In fact, corals are themselves…

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Shark Facts

Nurse shark

What are they? Sharks are elasmobranchs, a group of animals that includes rays and skates, whose members have a skeleton…

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Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Vibrio parahaemolyticus

(Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Vibrio parahaemolyticus (V. parahaemolyticus or Vibrio p.) is a bacterium in…

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Seal Facts

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What are they? Seals are pinnipeds, a group of animals with three separate families—phocidae (eared seals), otaridae (non-eared seals), and…

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Plankton, By Any Other Name

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Scientists usually divide plankton into three groups that align with major divisions of life. The plant-like organisms are phytoplankton (from…

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Deep-sea Corals

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When most people think of corals, they think od the big interconnected structures such as the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. But deep in the ocean much smaller coral formations lie past the point where light penetrates.

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A DISCO in the Ocean

A DISCO in the Ocean

To investigate coral bleaching, WHOI scientists figure out a novel way to take direct measurements in the ocean of superoxide, a key molecule that vanishes almost as soon as it is made.

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