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explainers-nysci:

All around the world, oceans glow and trees sparkle because of Bioluminescence, the production of light by living organisms. 
Bioluminescent creatures have a chemical reaction in their body that creates light. The chemical Luciferin (a substrate) reacts with Luciferase (an enzyme) to create a by-product called Oxyluciferin. or as we see it; Light.
In this gif, Aequorea victoria/Crystal Jellies thrive in deep sea.
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explainers-nysci:

All around the world, oceans glow and trees sparkle because of Bioluminescence, the production of light by living organisms. 

Bioluminescent creatures have a chemical reaction in their body that creates light. The chemical Luciferin (a substrate) reacts with Luciferase (an enzyme) to create a by-product called Oxyluciferin. or as we see it; Light.

In this gifAequorea victoria/Crystal Jellies thrive in deep sea.

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trynottodrown

trynottodrown:

Basking Shark Facts

Kingdom:Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Chondrichthyes

Order:Lamniformes

Family:Cetorhinidae

Genus:Cetorhinus

Common Name:Basking Shark

Scientific Name:Cetorhinus Maximus

Origin:Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Diet:Carnivore

Size (L):6m - 12m (20ft - 39ft)

Water Type:Salt

Optimum pH Level:5 - 7

Life Span:20 - 100 years

Conservation Status:Threatened

Colour:Grey, Black, Brown

Skin Type:Smooth

Favourite Food:Fish

Habitat:Temperate waters along continental shelves

Average Clutch Size:6

Main Prey:Fish, Plankton, Invertebrates

Predators:Sharks, Humans, Killer Whales

Distinctive Features:Enormous mouth and large body size

petewentzfanclub asked:

hi! this summer I volunteered at the aquarium of the pacific and it was the first time I actually thought of marine biology as something interesting that I wanted to learn more about and after tracking the marine biology tag on here your blog is my new favorite thing ever

I’m glad you enjoy it!! image

I am actually doing work at Blue Cavern tank over at AoP. You can catch me sitting on the bridge overlooking the tank every other week or so! Come say hi and we can talk about the ocean and other fun things about fishes! petewentzfanclub

Today @kelpqueso and I did our final survey of the summer. We’ve had three awesome months of field season this summer an have seen more giant sea bass than most will in their entire life. Couldn’t have asked for a better buddy to show me the ropes and teaching me how to be a successful field biologist. We will be doing surveys during the fall and winter to help make for a more well rounded project, and continue to look for courting and mating behaviors throughout the next month. But summer is over and it’s time to analyze some data!

Today @kelpqueso and I did our final survey of the summer. We’ve had three awesome months of field season this summer an have seen more giant sea bass than most will in their entire life. Couldn’t have asked for a better buddy to show me the ropes and teaching me how to be a successful field biologist. We will be doing surveys during the fall and winter to help make for a more well rounded project, and continue to look for courting and mating behaviors throughout the next month. But summer is over and it’s time to analyze some data!

Today’s dive featured two huge schools Yellowtail.

The first school was made up of about 40 fish corralling a bunch juvenile blacksmith into a ball (that we were in the middle of) and the second school had between 100-200 fish and they were swimming in circles around us until they finally decided to leave.

@kelpqueso getting close to the lady giant
Today while doing transects, we noticed an aggregation of 6-10 giants all in the same area, but they were separated into pairs. some were circling, others were nudging, but in all cases it was only 2 fish. Fish sex was on the cusp but sadly we ran out of air and tanks…

@kelpqueso getting close to the lady giant

Today while doing transects, we noticed an aggregation of 6-10 giants all in the same area, but they were separated into pairs. some were circling, others were nudging, but in all cases it was only 2 fish. Fish sex was on the cusp but sadly we ran out of air and tanks…

trynottodrown

trynottodrown:

A diver sedates a shark by flipping it upside down to remove a hook protruding from its mouth. Friends Cameron Nimmo and Randy Jordan have made it their mission to help sharks that have been pierced with fishing hooks and remove them from their mouths, noses, and bodies. The hooks are often left in the sharks after being caught and released by fishermen. The pair, who go by the name Shark Addicts, came across a 6ft Silky shark while swimming off the coast of Jupiter in Florida, USA earlier this month. During the encounter Randy gently turns the shark upside down while Cameron removes the hook. Randy, who also runs Emerald Charter boat tours, says on average about 75 percent of the ten to twenty sharks they encounter have hooks in them. The pair hope their videos will raise awareness about sharks’ precarious position in the ecosystem and show that humans pose more of a threat to them than they do to us. Videographer / Director: Candid, Producer: Samantha Grillo, Editor: Joshua Douglas.`

trynottodrown
lifeofafuturemarinebiologist:

Hello! Just a heads up that the Western Australia Shark Cull is still on-going! WA’s state government has proposed to extend their catch-and-kill policies to national authorities, in which EPA (Environmenal Protection Agency) is currently reviewing.
Sharks are an important part of our environment and are extremely crucial to the ocean’s ecosystems! Please spread the word that this is STILL on-going, it’s not over yet, and we need to stop them!
Here are some things you can do to help!
Petitions You Can Sign:
i. / ii. / iii. / iv.
What you can do:
i. Write to WA government officials! Let them know that you are displeased with the cull and express your concerns! If you aren’t from Australia, send them an email anyways—state that you will not visit Australia or will have no interest in doing so until they lift the ban. 
WA believes that the shark cull will not deter people from visiting—in fact, they believe that it will encourage more people to visit! Let them know that this is not true!
People you can write to:
The Honorable Colin James Barnett, Premier of Western Australia
 24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower
197 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
Australia
Telephone: +61 8 6552-5000 / Fax: (08) 6552-5001
Email: wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au
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The Honorable W. R. Marmion, Minister for Environment
29th Floor, Allendale
Perth, WA 6000
Australia
Telephone: +61 8 6552-6800 / Fax: (08) 6552-6801
e-Mail: Minister.Marmion@dpc.wa.gov.au
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ii. Educate yourself and others! Not a lot of people are aware of this issue as they should be—if people side with the issue, don’t be angry with them! Ask why, they’re most likely misinformed and unaware that sharks aren’t actually that dangerous to humans! Hopefully they will listen and agree with you then.
That’s all I have for now, I think! If you have any other recommendations or suggestions, please feel free to add on! Thanks for reading!

lifeofafuturemarinebiologist:

Hello! Just a heads up that the Western Australia Shark Cull is still on-going! WA’s state government has proposed to extend their catch-and-kill policies to national authorities, in which EPA (Environmenal Protection Agency) is currently reviewing.

Sharks are an important part of our environment and are extremely crucial to the ocean’s ecosystems! Please spread the word that this is STILL on-going, it’s not over yet, and we need to stop them!

Here are some things you can do to help!

Petitions You Can Sign:

i. / ii. / iii. / iv.

What you can do:

i. Write to WA government officials! Let them know that you are displeased with the cull and express your concerns! If you aren’t from Australia, send them an email anyways—state that you will not visit Australia or will have no interest in doing so until they lift the ban. 

WA believes that the shark cull will not deter people from visiting—in fact, they believe that it will encourage more people to visit! Let them know that this is not true!

People you can write to:

The Honorable Colin James Barnett, Premier of Western Australia

 24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower

197 St Georges Terrace

Perth, WA 6000

Australia

Telephone: +61 8 6552-5000 / Fax: (08) 6552-5001

Email: wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au

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The Honorable W. R. Marmion, Minister for Environment

29th Floor, Allendale

Perth, WA 6000

Australia

Telephone: +61 8 6552-6800 / Fax: (08) 6552-6801

e-Mail: Minister.Marmion@dpc.wa.gov.au

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ii. Educate yourself and others! Not a lot of people are aware of this issue as they should be—if people side with the issue, don’t be angry with them! Ask why, they’re most likely misinformed and unaware that sharks aren’t actually that dangerous to humans! Hopefully they will listen and agree with you then.

That’s all I have for now, I think! If you have any other recommendations or suggestions, please feel free to add on! Thanks for reading!