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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 | 12 12 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 | 25 25 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 | 31 31 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 | 27 27 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 | 83 83 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 | 95 95 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 | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Students meet giant pacific octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab
Students meet Giant Pacific Octopus at Ocean Science Discovery Lab Spring is an exciting time on land as well as in the ocean and along its shores. It’s a time to bundle up and take the kids out to explore the excitement of the waking of life and the birth of a new summer. Seaweeds, plankton, small boneless animals and fishes, and large marine mammals all are part of this cycle of life, which gets reenergized ever...
Mar 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Ecosystems are large and small and found in unlikely places
What is an ecosystem? Is it large like the entire worldwide ocean or small like a drop of water? What factors are at work in ecosystems? How are the organisms in marine ecosystems connected? Ask any sixth-grade student in Kodiak this year about marine ecosystems and they should have some of these answers for you. During the past three weeks, sea urchins, kelp, crabs, sea stars, snails and hermit crabs have visited...
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Jellyfish Apocalypse: Causes, Problems and Opportunities
Once every year for the last 17 years students from all over the state have flocked to Seward to compete in the annual Tsunami Bowl Ocean Science competition. This year, 20 teams from 17 high schools will try to win the honor to represent Alaska in the National Ocean Science Bowl next month in Seattle, not to mention some attractive scholarship prizes. No matter where they place, however, each student will have wo...
Feb 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
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