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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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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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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 Interesting Facts About the Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish

The fish so nice they named it twice! 1. Mola mola are known because of their unusual shape: an upright flattened disk, tapered top and bottom fins between body and tail, and small black eyes halfway between its small pectoral … Continue reading

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The Real Animals (and Fish!) of Finding Dory

Finding Dory came out until June 17, 2016. The following was a sneak preview with some corrections now that the movie is out. Dory is back! Her Mom’s name is Jenny and her Dad’s name is Charlie. She is a … Continue reading

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Sex in the Sea: Uncovering the Mating Behavior of the Giant Sea Bass

Brian Clark is a graduate student at California State University Northridge. He is currently crowdfunding his research project “Sex in the Sea: Uncovering the Mating Behavior of the Giant Sea Bass” Here is more from Brian (aka JR) Clark: The … Continue reading

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The Fastest, Heaviest, Largest, Longest, & Oldest Ocean Animals

Now that the Winter Olympics are over, I thought I’d list some record-breaking ocean animals: 1. The fastest fish in the ocean is a sailfish clocked at 68.18 mph (miles per hour)or 109.73 kph (kilometers per hour). 2. The fastest … Continue reading

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Lionfish: An Introduced Species Gone Awry

From Lionfish POV: Psst, humans. First they capture lionfish for their home aquariums and we are considered deadly beauties. Then a few aquarists let us go (accidentally or on purpose) in the Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans and poof! We have … Continue reading

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The Real Fish from Finding Nemo

The Tank Gang from Finding Nemo includes the following common aquarium fish: Coral, Marlin, and Nemo = Ocellaris or False Percula Clownfish, Clown Anemonefish In a home aquarium, clownfish are much easier to take care of than the anemones! The … Continue reading

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