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You may have known that corals are living animals but did you know that they have a partnership with algae living inside of them? Algae known as zooxanthellae (zo-zan- thel-ay) live in the coral’s tissue. The coral gives the algae protection and nutrients while the algae provide food and oxygen to the coral in return. When two living organisms help each other out like this we call it a symbiotic relationship.
Sea urchins might be using their feet to see! Researchers have found that sea urchins have light receptors on their tube feet - hundreds of tiny suction-like tubes which help them to move around. Next time you are out surfing or tide pooling take a closer look at these amazing creatures - but don’t touch!
If you had to guess what the most abundant organism in the ocean was, would you guess microorganisms? There are about 1 billion cells of bacteria in every liter of seawater. Marine viruses, which generally attack other microscopic organisms, are even more abundant, with about 10 billion in one liter of seawater. Most bacteria and viruses in the ocean are not harmful to humans.
Even though they live in the ocean, dolphins and whales are not fish! They are warm-blooded mammals that breathe air, and feed their calves milk, just like us. In fact, even though they have very smooth skinned bodies, they also have hair. Some shed these hairs when they are born, but others still retain small hairs on their faces.
The mimic octopus is an incredible animal that can impersonate the appearance and movement patterns of a lionfish, crab, jellyfish, and many other animals. However, scientists have recently found a small jawfish whose coloration copies the mimic octopus, mimicking one of the octopus’ arms!
In a recent publication in the journal Conservation Letters, researchers acknowledge the gap between scientific research and conservation practice and discuss ways to close this gap. This gap exists for many reasons. First, conservation efforts are often at much larger scales than scientific studies can reasonably take place and there is limited funding to involve scientific researchers in restoration projects. In addition, funding and personal limits may hinder the ability to conduct long-term monitoring of these restoration projects. Grants available for restoration and conservation often... (more)