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Celebrating Marine Life

I love penguins and it is a joy to watch them at the New England aquarium – they are at the base of the giant ocean tank that is such a signature feature at the aquarium. This a truly magnificent … Continue reading

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Southern Elephant Seals in the South Shetlands

On the way back from the Antarctic Peninsula we stopped at Livington Island in the South Shetland Islands.  It was a very cold day with bitter winds but worth every second on land.  It is bleak landscape but there are … Continue reading

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Orcas in Antarctica

On a recent trip to the Antarctic Peninsula I was lucky enough to see a pod of Orcas – or Killer Whales –  close to the ship in the entrance to a narrow channel between islands.  The sun was low … Continue reading

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Humpback Whales in the Sea of Cortez

I was lucky enough to spend a few days at Cabo Pulmo on the Sea of Cortez, Baja Peninsula in Mexico. I was on the ocean near the coast on small boats a lot of the time – and in … Continue reading

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Visiting the Antarctic Peninsula

I am getting very excited at the thought of going back to the Antarctic Peninsula at the end of the year.  It is a magical place to visit and. I am posting a short video of the ship going through … Continue reading

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Shrimpfish Choreography

I was watching our Shrimpfish at Birch Aquarium this evening and couldn’t resist posting a short video of them.  I never tire of looking at the way they synchronize with apparent military precision.  Shrimpfish actually choose to swim in a … Continue reading

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Unlikely Ocean Relatives

Not all gelatinous, transparent animals floating in the ocean are jellies.  Some of the most fascinating of these animals are actually tunicates called Salps. This means they are Chordates and are more closely related to me than to jellies!  They … Continue reading

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The Black and White Clownfish Have Eggs Again

Our black and white Ocellaris Clownfish have eggs again and they are such fun to watch. These Clownfish are the same species as the often more familiar orange and white Clownfish as in The movie Finding Nemo. The black and … Continue reading

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Black Jellies

The mysterious Black Jellies are back in the news. These large maroon colored jellies are turning up every Summer on Southern California beaches in recent years. Before 1989 they were rarely seen and were not scientifically described until 1997! This … Continue reading

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Around for 500 Million Years

They are 95% water but jellies –  ancient marine invertebrates – never cease to fascinate me!  These are a few snapshots I took recently of some of the jellies at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. The first photo is a … Continue reading

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