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Ocean Food Web Plays Key Role In The Global Carbon Cycle
2014-03-12 10:39:50

University of California - Santa Barbara Nothing dies of old age in the ocean. Everything gets eaten and all that remains of anything is waste. But that waste is pure gold to oceanographer David Siegel, director of the Earth Research Institute at UC Santa Barbara. In a study of the ocean's role in the global carbon cycle, Siegel and his colleagues used those nuggets to their advantage. They incorporated the lifecycle of phytoplankton and zooplankton — small, often microscopic animals...

Where Did All The Codfish Go?
2014-02-27 13:44:10

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa The mega-decline in cod and other fisheries across the North Atlantic Ocean threatens the livelihood of fishermen and communities in New England and Atlantic Canada. One suspect in the disappearance of cod and other groundfish is the food source for their young: a planktonic copepod crustacean, no larger than a grain of rice. Recent changes in local copepod populations have co-occurred with declines in fisheries elsewhere, such as the collapse of the cod...

UW graduate student Katherine Heal
2014-02-25 06:38:00

Hannah Hickey, University of Washington The phrase, 'Eat your vitamins,' applies to marine animals just like humans. Many vitamins, including B-12, are elusive in the ocean environment. University of Washington researchers used new tools to measure and track B-12 vitamins in the ocean. Once believed to be manufactured only by marine bacteria, the new results show that a whole different class of organism, archaea, can supply this essential vitamin. The results were presented Feb. 24 at...

2014-01-03 15:17:43

Fluctuation 'adds insult to injury' for marine creatures A new Duke University-led study has documented dramatic, natural short-term increases in the acidity of a North Carolina estuary. "The natural short-term variability in acidity we observed over the course of one year exceeds 100-year global predictions for the ocean as a whole and may already be exerting added pressure on some of the estuary's organisms, particularly shelled organisms that are especially susceptible to changes in...

2013-12-05 23:20:32

HealthAvenger.com releases a review of Oceans Alive, a Marine Phytoplankton supplement that promises to trigger the development of new cells by providing the body with over a hundred essential nutrients and trace minerals. Houston, TX (PRWEB) December 05, 2013 Oceans Alive, touted as a superfood made from marine phytoplankton, specifically the strain known as NannochloropsisGaditona, which contains balanced levels of enzymes, fatty acids, amino acids, minerals, and pigments has caught the...

Scientists Find Rapid Warming Threatens Rich Seafloor Communities
2013-12-04 10:09:25

University of Hawaii at Manoa Deep inside the dramatic subpolar fjords of Antarctica, researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa have discovered an unexpected abundance and diversity at the seafloor. During a recent expedition, UH scientists for the first time studied the seafloor communities of glacier dominated fjords along the west Antarctic Peninsula, a region undergoing very rapid climate warming. The scientists expected to find impoverished seafloor communities highly...

2013-11-06 23:00:06

Shane Michaels releases a review of Oceans Alive by Ian Clark, one of the top selling super foods on the Internet that contains hundreds of essential nutrients and more than 92 trace minerals. Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) November 06, 2013 Oceans Alive, a marine phytoplankton super food that aims at providing health benefits such as increased energy, improved digestion, the ability to fortify one's immune system and is specifically designed to give people hundreds of essential nutrients and...

Ancient Climate Change Evidence From Fossilized Plankton
2013-10-26 05:41:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Climate change dating as far back as hundreds of million years ago was recorded in the shells of ancient oceanic plankton, according to new research published in the journal Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters. Typically, scientists analyze polar ice in search of information about the planet’s temperature and atmosphere, but the oldest Antarctic ice core records only date back to approximately 800,000 years ago. In the new...

Jellyfish Numbers Shifting Climate Patterns
2013-10-24 15:47:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every month, 8 to 12 days after each full moon, Waikiki Beach is invaded by large numbers of box jellyfish. After witnessing the phenomenon countless times, Honolulu lifeguard Landy Blair, in conjunction with researchers at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, started tracking the numbers of jellyfish that invade the beach with each cycle. Over 170 full moons after they began, the team’s published findings in the latest issue of PLOS...

Tiny Sea Creatures Headed For Extinction, Could Take Local Fisheries With Them
2013-10-18 09:46:54

Deakin University A species of one of the world’s tiniest creatures, ocean plankton, is heading for extinction as it struggles to adapt to changes in sea temperature. And it may take local fisheries with it. Research led by Deakin University (Warrnambool, Australia) and Swansea University (UK) has found that a species of cold water plankton in the North Atlantic, that is a vital food source for fish such as cod and hake, is in decline as the oceans warm. This will put pressure on the...


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Mediterranean feather star, Antedon mediterranea
2013-05-18 06:26:42

The Mediterranean feather star is a filter feeder that obtains food by straining suspended matter and food particles from water. The star has a stalk that has up to forty tendrils, (threadlike organs) which help the star cling to hard surfaces. The “body” of the star is called a calyx and is shaped like a small cup. This calyx is surrounded by feathery pinnules bearing arms. These arms are quite unique in the fact that they can regenerate if one should get broken off; these arms extend to...

Chilean Sea Urchin, Loxechinus albus
2013-01-28 14:52:23

Image Caption: Chilean Sea Urchin, Loxechinus albus. Credit: Dentren/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) The Chilean sea urchin (Loxechinus albus) is a species that can be found along the coastlines of Chile and Peru. It is typically found in shallow waters at or below the tide level, buried in sand or lying just on top of it. This species is often associated with Macrocystis pyrifera, a type of kelp. It is most often found in more open spaces. The Chilean sea urchin can reach an average width of...

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2009-06-19 13:00:04

The White-spotted jellyfish is also known as the Australian spotted jellyfish (Phyllorhiza punctata). The jellyfish feeds primarily on assorted snail species and thrives in the southwestern Pacific. The bell of the White-spotted jellyfish averages 17-19 inches in diameter but there had been a maximum reported size of 24 inches. However, on Sunset Beach in North Carolina in October, 2007, a White-spotted jellyfish was found on the shore measuring in at 28 inches, perhaps the largest to...

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2007-03-26 13:57:44

The Tarakihi or Jackass morwong, Nemadactylus macropterus, is a morwong of the genus Nemadactylus found off the coast of southern Australia, the Atlantic coast of South America, and all around New Zealand to depths of about 1312.34 ft (400 m). Its length is between 11.81 and 23.62 in (30 and 60 cm). The Tarakihi is similar to the Porae but with a silver body color and a distinctive black saddle immediately behind the head. Their diet is similar to that of the Porae but also with a wide...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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