Author Archives: Cherilyn Jose

Manta Rays Have Social Lives!

Hee, hee. Did you know manta rays have a social life? I know because I AM a manta ray. My name is Molly. Humans have only studied manta rays in depth (probably) for decades. Before we were admired for being … Continue reading

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Interview with Shark Scientist Melissa Cristina Marquez

Melissa Cristina Marquez is a Marine Biologist, Wildlife Educator, TV Presenter, TEDx speaker, Podcast Host & Author from Sydney, Australia. Tell me more about Fins United Initiative-how you got started, what you do, and how people can get involved-what are … Continue reading

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Interview with Shark Researcher Kristian Parton

This blog post is an interview with Kristian Parton, from the University of Exeter who is studying the effects of plastic pollution on sharks. He’s @KjParton on Twitter What are some of the threats to sharks today? KP- Blimey, where … Continue reading

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Meet Deep Blue—the Largest Great White Shark Ever Filmed

The following is about Deep Blue, a Great White Shark most recently filmed in the Hawaiian Islands in January of 2019. She is estimated to be 20 feet long, weigh 2.5 tons, and to be 50 years old. She’ll keep … Continue reading

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Wisdom the Albatross Has Hatched a New Chick!

Hello, I’m Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross. I have exciting news! My chick has just hatched after about 2 months of incubation. My life partner, Akeakamai, and I have alternated sitting on the egg and feeding out at sea. The average … Continue reading

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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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