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Amazing Nature: Monkeyface pricklebacks and glob sculpin: uglies on the fish line
Sometimes life becomes so busy that it feels like a contra dance where one thing follows another just like the dancers in a line. It seems like fall is a time in Kodiak where many people are engaged in these dances, juggling many different tasks and taking care of work, play and volunteer business. As I am thinking about the last two weeks searching for something that would be of interest for an article, many seri...
Oct 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Ocean shows signs of planet transition
The view out of my office window shows a quiet ocean engulfed in a tranquility that seems impossible to rock as if it had been stable for millions of years. Yet I know from experience how the sound of a boat slicing through the surface water or the sharp whine of a floatplane trying to get airborne can tear apart this serene image in seconds. Not only the way we use the ocean changes, but the environment beneath t...
Sep 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Squid swim backwards in a changing world
Heraclitus said, “the only thing that is constant is change”. He was a wise man. Every person that has sailed the oceans during the last decades has observed many changes first hand. Some of these changes seem alarming and have direct effects on fishermen’s bank accounts, and yet those changes have always been around. After all, we still call it fishing, not simply catching and it has always been recognized as an ...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Limiting factors decide what grows in the ocean
The last entry in my dive logbook was on August first, 1997. This August, seventeen years later, I signed up for a Scuba refresher class and I am looking forward to getting my face wet again. Diving is the only way to truly appreciate marine life in its natural habitat. Besides, I really missed the feel of suspension in space while floating weightless through the underwater scenery with all sound blocked or muffle...
Aug 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Microbeads in toothpaste and skin care entering ocean food chains
While caring citizens may know not to leave trash and plastics behind in nature, what they probably don’t know is that using toothpaste may actually add to plastics pollution in the ocean. The reason? Most toothpastes and many skin care products contain microbeads. Microbeads are so small that they pass through the filters in the sewage treatment plants and because they are made of polymer plastic, there are no ba...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nasal drift an important part of whale evolution
Many people, including myself, are mesmerized and fascinated by the sight of marine mammals. The behavior of the sea lions on their “home dock” in the Kodiak harbor seems almost human when they are lazily lounging in the sun, barking indignantly at the youngsters that jump wet and cold out of the water to crawl across their sunwarmed bodies in search of a good place to snuggle. Similarly the sea otter, when he flo...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Finwhales and Humpbacks feeding in Kodiak
There are those days in Kodiak, where there is no place in the world I would rather be. This spring had many great and beautiful days; I could feel the sunshine on my face and the beach is never more than 10 minutes away. Last week, however, took the crown for experiences that make up for any number of cold and glum days in the office. When the cruise ship was in on Tuesday, I was out for a wildlife tour to tell t...
Jun 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Tidepools are filled with young animals in spring
It is finally undeniable that spring has sprung in Kodiak. The warm temperatures of the last weekend kissed even the last winter sleepiness out of nature’s ambassadors of the new season. Usually, it’s the flowers and perhaps some trees and bushes that announce spring with their first blooms or tender new green shoots. However, yesterday on a rocky beach we witnessed signs of springtime under every rock. While hard...
May 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Whales follow spring in the ocean
The calendar claims that spring has come. Outside I notice some swollen buds on trees and bushes and new green blades of grass. However, cold winds and rain still hit my face and my hands are freezing after I have taken my dog for her evening walk around the block. I have childhood memories, where spring literally sprang into life and within a few days everything went from winter brown to bright green speckled wit...
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Eating fish is fast and feast
Once again the store shelves are stocked with sweets and chocolates, trinkets and colorful decorations, flowers and little bunnies. Have you ever asked yourself what the bunny and the little chick have to do with the Christian celebration of Easter? The answer may surprise you. The bunny and eggs are symbols of fertility and are remnants of the Pagan spring fertility celebrations rather than the Christian celebrat...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend
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