Category Archives: Cool Creatures

What’s in a Name? Part I: The Race to Ninja Lantershark.

The Ninja Lanternshark (Etmopterus benchleyi) by Vicky Vásquez     On December 21st, 2015, another ‘Lost Shark’ was officially found by the Pacific Shark Research Center (PSRC). PSRC is one of the world’s leading labs in chondrichthyan taxonomy research and I … Continue reading

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Seeking new species of Ghost Shark

White Sharks, Manta Rays and Tiger Sharks are easily identifiable to most, but there are more than 1,200 species of sharks, skates, rays and chimaeras, collectively called Chondrichthyans, known to science. For my Master’s thesis I study a unique group of … Continue reading

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Tiny Giants

 By Heather Fulton-Bennett, Phycology Lab The Monterey Bay Aquarium recently welcomed a new Giant Sea Bass (Stereolepis gigas) to their Kelp Gardens exhibit. Unlike its name, this new addition isn’t so giant – barely 4 inches long! Giant sea bass are … Continue reading

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Halloween’s Most Festive Ocean Creatures!

  Vicky Vásquez is a graduate student with the Pacific Shark Research Center and serves as Deputy Director of the Ocean Research Foundation.     Just in time for All Hallow’s Eve here’s a line-up of the ocean’s most festive … Continue reading

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What’s inside a Mermaid Purse? (Part 1)

Have you ever come across a strange peculiar object that looks like a dried out husk along the beach? Believe it or not, they’re not driftwood or anything plant related, but are egg cases!

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Happy World Oceans Day!

Happy World Oceans Day!   Every June 8th, marine and citizen scientists around the globe spread the word about celebrating our oceans and taking action to protect the diversity of life within. We are celebrating World Oceans Day on the island of Tetiaroa … Continue reading

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How well do you know your Batoids?

When people think of sharks, they think of the majestic White (Carcharodon carcharias), the sleek Blue (Prionace glauca), or the fast Shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus).   What is a Ray? However, many people do not know that sharks have other relatives. … Continue reading

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