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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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My Manta Ray Encounter

This blog post won second place in the 2016 San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Contest for best blog entry! My Manta Ray Encounter From the back of the boat, I made a giant stride into the black nighttime water. Underwater, … Continue reading

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What is CITES, and how does it affect sharks and rays worldwide?

March madness came early for ocean conservationists yesterday (9am March 11,2013 local time in Thailand) as the twitterverse was abuzz with the hashtags #CITES #CITES4sharks So what is CITES, and how does it affect sharks and rays worldwide? In short, … Continue reading

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Moby the Manta Ray Part 2: How I Am Alike and Different From My Cousins the Sharks

Sharks, rays, and skates are part of a group of fish known as elasmobranchs. There are many ways in which I am the same as my cousins, the sharks and rays. All elasmobranchs do not have any bones. We are … Continue reading

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Moby the Manta Ray: I Am Not a Devilfish! Part 1

Hello, my name is Moby and I am a manta ray (Manta birostris). Despite the unfortunate nickname humans have given me, “devilfish,” I am quite a gentle and graceful giant. My wingspan can be up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) … Continue reading

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