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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 airbor...
Sep 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 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 ha...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 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 t...
Aug 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Giantism evolves in Ocean Depth and Cold
I have never heard of Werner Herzog before. However, when I was looking for a fitting quote to start this article with, it was his quote I found best suited: “What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” I do not usually refer to any ocean ...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 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 th...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 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...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Snailfishes and lumpsuckers like to just stay put
We had a great week last week. Twelve students from St. Mary’s school engaged in a week of Marine Science. Field trips combined with science lessons and art activities in the Ocean Science Discovery Lab made for a busy, fun-filled week with lots of learning and discovery. It was the best time for...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 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 te...
May 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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