Author Archives: Cherilyn Jose

Ocean Animals and the Mirror Self Recognition Test

With recent news that the cleaner wrasse might have mirror self-recognition (MSR), I thought I’d write about the ocean animals that have MSR. Bottlenose dolphins and killer whales have MSR for certain. Possible mirror self-recognition ocean animals include manta rays … Continue reading

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10 Fabulous Facts About the Sea Cucumber

1. Sea cucumbers are not a vegetable, but an invertebrate (animal without a backbone). They are like a squishy leather-like terrestrial cucumber with a mouth on one end and an anus on the other. They breathe through their anus. 2. … Continue reading

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What Is Bioluminescence and Why Do So Many Deep-Sea Animals Have It?

What is bioluminescence? Bio = biological, or life, Lumen = light (unit) Bioluminescence is the biochemical emission of light by living organisms such as deep-sea fishes. It produces the “glow-in-the-dark” look of certain animals such as fireflies and the “fireworks” … Continue reading

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10 Fun Facts About the Opah Fish, or Moonfish

1. The opah, or moonfish, is a fully warm-blooded, deep-diving flat and round fish. 2. The opah has a silvery gray body, red fins and mouth, and white spots all over. 3. Opah average 100 pounds (but can weigh up … Continue reading

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Interview With Dr. Deni Ramirez Macias, Whale Shark Researcher

Dr. Deni Ramirez Macias is a whale shark researcher based out of the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez), Mexico. She is the director of Whale Shark Mexico (Tiburon Ballena Mexico). She started the whale shark research program in 2003 … Continue reading

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10 Cool Facts About Polar Bears

1. A polar bear’s skin (under its white fur) is actually black to help keep it warm. A polar bear’s white hairs are hollow to help it float while swimming. 2. A polar bear can growl, roar, chuff, hiss, whimper … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club is an adult fiction novel about a love triangle between a shark-obsessed woman, her childhood love, and the newfound love in her life. It is chock full of facts about the ocean’s inhabitants and is reverent to … Continue reading

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10 Not-So-Scary Facts About Tiger Sharks

1. A tiger shark’s stripes fade as he gets older. 2. Tiger sharks are the second most dangerous sharks to humans (after great white sharks) 3. Tiger sharks eat a variety of animals, including sea turtles (their teeth can crack … Continue reading

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10 Cool Facts about Narwhals

1. Narwhals are often called the “Unicorns of the Sea” because of their tusk, which is actually a long tooth. 2. Most male narwhals have a tusk, while only some females have one. Some narwhals even have two tusks! Their … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Review: On Kiki’s Reef by Carol L. Malnor and illustrated by Trina L. Hunner

On Kiki’s Reef (Dawn Publications, 2014) is a delightful children’s picture book about the life cycle of a sea turtle. Along the way, Kiki meets animals on a coral reef. This book is aimed at lower elementary school grades (4-8 … Continue reading

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Blue-Green Bacteria (Prochlorococcus) are Most Abundant Photosynthesizing Biomass on Earth

That’s right, a bacterium called Prochlorococcus marinus, is the most plentiful photosynthesizing biomass on Earth. There are a billion billion billion (or trillion trillion) Prochlorococci in all the world’s oceans. It’s not a plant (though it has chlorophyll like them), … Continue reading

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European Eel Life Cycle

Hi, I’m a European eel. I was born in the Sargasso Sea. The Sargasso Sea is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, due east of Bermuda. I use the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate, a sixth sense of sorts. When … Continue reading

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Plastic Bits are Food? An Anchovy’s Perspective…

Anchovies can smell plastic pieces in the ocean and mistake them for food. Plastic bits or food-they all smell the same to me. Hi, I’m Annie, and I’m an anchovy. You may have seen my colleagues in a tin can … Continue reading

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10 Fabulous Facts About the Blue Footed Booby

The blue footed what? The blue-footed booby is a marine bird. Don’t miss the blue footed booby mating dance video link below! Here are 10 Fabulous Facts About the Blue Footed Booby: 1. The male shows off his blue feet … Continue reading

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10 Amazing Facts About Great White Sharks

1. Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the oceans. 2. The great white shark’s scientific name Carcharodon carcharias means ragged tooth. 3. The largest great white sharks recorded were over 20 feet long (6.1 m) and weighed … Continue reading

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