Tag: Ocean Life

Natural History / Natural History - 1 year ago

How does sand form?

The giant bumphead parrotfish is an amazing fish that can live to be 40 years old, growing up to four feet long and 100 pounds. They use their large head bumps to literally bump heads during competitive displays, when large numbers of fish aggreg...

Natural History / Natural History - 1 year ago

What are brain corals?

Brain coral in the Dry Tortugas, Florida. The cerebral-looking organisms known as brain corals do not have brains, but they can grow six feet tall and live for up to 900 years! Found in the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, brain corals...

Natural History / Natural History - 1 year ago

Are all fish cold-blooded?

Fisheries biologist Nicholas Wegner of NOAA Fisheries' Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, lead author of the a 2015 research paper that discovered the unique warm-blooded characteristics of the opah (shown here). Not a...

Natural History / Natural History - 1 year ago

What is ocean noise?

Humpback whales swimming underwater. Photo credit: Ed Lyman/NOAA, under NOAA permit #14682 Many marine organisms rely on their ability to hear for their survival. Sound is the most efficient means of communication underwater and is the primary...

Natural History / Natural History - 1 year ago

What is a sea lamprey?

The rasping mouth of the sea lamprey, an infamous Great Lakes invader. Image credit: Ted Lawrence/Great Lakes Fishery Commission Among the most primitive of all vertebrate species, the sea lamprey is a parasitic fish native to the northern and...

Natural History / Natural History - 1 year ago

What is coral spawning?

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Corals are a beautiful and important part of our ocean. But they can't move around the ocean floor. So, how, exactly, do they find m...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is marine telemetry?

Telemetry tags help researchers discover where marine animals are, where they go, and what their environments are like. Marine telemetry interprets into data the movements and behavior of animals as they move through oceans, coastal rivers, es...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What are microplastics?

Microplastics seen during the 2014 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands marine debris removal mission. Plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our ocean and Great Lakes. Plastic debris can come in all shapes and sizes, but those...