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Amazing Nature: The lesser-known marine stars
Unless one is genuinely interested in the very wonders of life and its many forms, there is little reason to learn about sea stars and some of their relatives; they are not edible and there are no commercial uses for them, except perhaps as decorations in art projects. I repeat myself in describi...
Mar 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Sea stars: the fish that are not fish
Sea stars are once again the stars of science education in the Ocean Science Discovery Lab as Kodiak’s fifth-grade students learn about how to conduct a scientific experiment, measure and record data, make graphs and discuss their results. I have trained myself to call them “sea stars” although f...
Mar 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Change no worry for jellyfish
There is a saying that goes, “The only constant in life is change.” Animal populations undergo changes and some years are good, others are bad.It has always been so. As scientists and environmentalists sound the alarm over a change in ocean chemistry, there are those who wish to deny the problem ...
Feb 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Pacific cod better off than Atlantic cousins so far
Again and again, I watch mesmerized as the big cod circles the aquarium in the Kodiak Fisheries Technology Center. Every so often, the big fish opens its mouth and takes a gulp as if adjusting its jaws. The telltale barbell on its lower jaw shows off white against the backdrop of marine life in t...
Feb 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Oysters in the classroom
Kodiak Middle School students are busy studying how a change in ocean chemistry has in recent years affected oyster farms along the North Pacific coast. Like all bivalves, oysters begin their life as an egg, which hatches into a small larva that drifts in the water until it settles out, usually o...
Jan 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Arrow worms: clear, sleek predators
If you have read the Amazing Nature column before, chances are this is not the first time you read about plankton and the amazing creatures one can encounter gazing through a microscope at a sample of the community of ocean drifters. Marine plankton samples collected in the spring or early summer...
Dec 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Amazing Nature: Tiny ‘oar-foot crab’ feed the food that feeds Kodiak
Copepods are the most numerous animals in the world Who has ever heard of a copepod? If you have ever studied plankton, the microscopic community of plants and animals that live in the water column of lakes and oceans, you have heard of copepods. They are more numerous even than insects, though t...
Dec 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Greenling, searchers and sushi
A Japanese TV crew travels the world to feature the best sushi restaurants. Where else would they go but to Kodiak, Alaska? To give them a chance to film the source of the prime seafood they were treated to a wildlife and fishing expedition on a sunny and beautiful day in November. Blue skies, sn...
Nov 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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