Each year, by the light of full moons between May and June, beaches along the U.S. eastern seaboard bear witness to masses of domed, ancient arthropods emerging from the waves. These groups of Limnus Polyphemus coordinate their arduous journey from sea to land. Aggregating under cover of darkness, they plod ashore, filling the beach and … Continue reading Species Highlight: the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab
Far from the heavily stylized, square-tailed fish that we learn in our younger years, fish actually display a plethora of odd shapes. Fins are one of the main drivers behind locomotion in water, whether it be expansive open ocean, sandy bottoms, or rocky reef crevices. But first, lets step back. Fish don’t possess just a … Continue reading Why Fins?
Around this time of year, people often start thinking about a New Year’s resolution — a change in habits or routine that leads to a positive change of some sort — lose 10 pounds, start doing yoga, stop eating chocolate, etc. But imagine what it would be like if everyone made a resolution that was … Continue reading Make the Environment Your New Year’s Resolution
From transportation to cooking on a grill, human activities often impact the surrounding atmosphere. When burning fossil fuels or wood, the combustion results in carbon dioxide molecules being released into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide emissions from human activities have contributed to notable changes in Earth's environment and atmosphere. In great quantities, CO2 acts as a … Continue reading The Carbon Footprint
Poisons have fascinated humanity for centuries, and some of the top contenders for world’s deadliest come from the sea. Killer chemical cocktails have evolved independently throughout the Tree of Life, and serve as fast and effective means to capture prey and evade predation. Poisons can be classified in a variety of ways, including by … Continue reading Game of Poisons
Nitrogen is a critical nutrient for the growth of photosynthetic microscopic marine organisms known as phytoplankton. Just like you and I need a proper balance of vitamins and minerals in our diet, these microscopic organisms need a proper diet of vitamins to grow and survive. In a normal boom-and-bust life cycle of plankton, growth is … Continue reading The delicate nutrient balance on our coasts
Myths and legends abound around our fascination with the deep, a cold, dark, mysterious environment famous for its limited habitability. This environment hardly conjures up feelings of home, but a few organisms have evolved to call it just that, and they often look eerily like the nightmare fuel that first jumps to mind. One such … Continue reading Vampyroteuthis
Future Frogmen’s Glimpse of Our Ocean Conference - 2017 On October 5-6, 2017 the fourth Our Ocean Conference convened in Malta. The European Union (EU) hosted political leaders and some business leaders from more than 100 countries around the world, and announced new and continuing pledges to address ocean related matters. These were in synch … Continue reading Future Frogmen’s Glimpse of Our Ocean Conference – 2017
Stands of giant bladder kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, tower over the sea beds below, swaying with the currents in impressive, underwater scenescape. It is often mistaken for a plant, but is actually a type of algae. Algae have fascinated scientists for centuries, and their specific classifications are still to this day quite controversial. Most textbooks agree … Continue reading Phaeophyta Forest
Of the many species of turtles, the green sea turtle especially intriguing. An article by the Sea Turtle Conservancy describes green sea turtles’ diet, habitat, and other characteristics in detail; you can learn more about these turtles in their article. Typically living around coastlines, this species is often found nesting on shores and can be … Continue reading Green Sea Turtles: Help the Hatchlings!