Tag: Ocean Life

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

How do sea turtles hatch?

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Watch sea turtle hatchlings journey to the ocean during the 2013 nesting season in Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida. This video w...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is ocean etiquette?

Remember to keep a safe distance when viewing wildlife in or out of the ocean. Wildlife viewing is a popular recreation activity, but it is important to know how to interact with ocean wildlife so that you can make the right decisions. Irresp...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What are barnacles?

Those aren't dragon claws—they're gooseneck barnacles! These filter feeders are found in the rocky tide pools of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Their shells are made up of multiple white plates that help protect them from predators and...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is a Portuguese Man o’ War?

The Portuguese man o’ war is recognized by its balloon-like float, which may be blue, violet, or pink and rises up to six inches above the water line. Image credit: Elizabeth Condon, National Science Foundation The Portuguese man o’ war, (Phys...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is a nautilus?

Writers, artists, and engineers have long marveled at the nautilus’s beauty and swimming abilities. The chambered or pearly nautilus is a cephalopod (a type of mollusk)—a distant cousin to squids, octopi, and cuttlefish. Unlike its color-chang...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is a platypus?

Sometimes known as a duck-billed platypus, this curious mammal combines the characteristics of many different species in one. The platypus is a duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed, egg-laying aquatic creature native to Australia. If its a...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is spat?

Once oyster larvae attach to a surface, such as other oyster shells, they are known as spat (shown in inset image). As generation after generation of spat grow into adult oysters, they form dense clusters known as oyster reefs or beds. Oysters...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is the Census of Marine Life?

A school of spadefish in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, located off the coast of Georgia. A search of the OBIS-USA website, a product of the Census of Marine Life, shows over 3,300 records of species found in and near this sanctuary. T...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is aquaculture?

VIDEO: What is aquaculture? Here's what you need to know in less than a minute. Transcript As the demand for seafood has increased, technology has made it possible to grow food in coastal marine waters and the open ocean. Aquaculture is a me...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

Do fish sleep?

A Pacific sand lance, shown here, employs a unique strategy of burrowing into sand to rest and conserve energy, and to avoid predation. The nature of fish "sleep" is an area of active research. While fish do not sleep in the same way that land...

Natural History / Natural History - 4 years ago

What is a whale fall?

A whale fall community, including bacteria mats, clams in the sediments, crabs, worms, and a variety of other invertebrates. The 35-ton gray whale carcass originally settled on the seafloor at 1,674 meters depth in 1998. This photo was taken six...