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How Many Grad Students Does it Take to Dissect a Fish?

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab For a fish as big as a mahi-mahi, getting the inside scoop can be a team effort.  Students from an MLML Ichthyology class dissected this fine specimen to study everything from the digestive system to … Continue reading

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Baby Black Cod

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab. Sablefish, also known as Black Cod, are enjoying a boom in price as the in-demand fish of the hour.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guide currently ranks them as “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative,” … Continue reading

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Saying Thanks to Dr. Kenneth Coale

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab My very first class as a shiny and eager new student at MLML, in that distant year of 2008, was Chemical Oceanography with Dr. Kenneth Coale.  That class not only kicked of my graduate path … Continue reading

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The Stargazer Fish – a Pretty Name, If Not a Pretty Face

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab It might not be one of the the shiniest stars of the deep sea, but the stargazer fish certainly has some unique adaptations.  With eyes on top of its head (the source of that romantic … Continue reading

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Pinned to the Bottom of the Sea

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab I’ll admit, the prospect of spending ten days at sea aboard a 60 foot fishing vessel to do a fish survey had me a bit nervous.  The conditions in sunny southern California are nothing to … Continue reading

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Moss Landing, Our Port of Call

It’s relatively easy to orient yourself back to Moss Landing from anywhere in Monterey Bay, as long as you can catch a clear glimpse of our iconic smoke stacks.  MLML students can take in this unique ocean-side view of the town … Continue reading

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Eyes on the Pies

As the school year winds to a close, Moss Landing students get ready to unleash their post-finals jubilation on the time-honored Lab Olympics.  These contestants from last year have survived a pie-eating contest, one of may challenges facing the would-be … Continue reading

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