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The SODA Project (no calories, all marine science)

MLML researchers recently participated in a collaborative research project orchestrated by the Office of Naval Research to study stratified ocean dynamics in the Arctic (SODA). Two seas were examined for this project, the Beaufort and Chukchi seas; with the MLML team … Continue reading

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Tales from the Field in Antarctica: Post 2

  Dr. Valerie Loeb is an adjunct professor at Moss Landing Marine Labs. Currently, she functions as an independent Antarctic ecosystem research scientist collaborating with Jarrod Santora of UC Santa Cruz. In April, she headed out to sea with a … Continue reading

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Taking to the High Seas on the R/V Point Sur

by Angela Szesciorka, Vertebrate Ecology Lab Last Monday, I bussed it to Santa Barbara then hopped a train to San Diego. One night in a hotel and an overpriced taxi ride later, and I was laying eyes on the R/V Point … Continue reading

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Sea Slug: A Little Drop of Sunshine

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab Sea slugs, or nudibranchs, are some of my favorite marine animals.  While an undergraduate at UC Davis, I participated in the awesome summer program at Bodega Marine Laboratory and did a research project on these … Continue reading

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The Littlest Lingcod

The little whippersnapper was too tiny to tag, but definitely deserves some points for biting a big hook!  This young lingcod was caught during a marine protected area survey at Año Nuevo as part of the California Collaborative Fisheries Research … Continue reading

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Bottle It Up: Taking Genetic Samples at Sea

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab Field surveys are often a collection blitz for scientists – we spend a brief, intense period of time out in nature gathering up samples to analyze back at the lab during  the rest of the … Continue reading

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Flapjack Devilfish

This octopus out of water is a strange sight, but it sheds a little light on the common name of the Flapjack Octopus, also known as the Flapjack Devilfish.  These squishy deep-dwelling creatures are the flattest species of octopuses.  You … Continue reading

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Two Left Feet from the Deep

Anyone uncertain about the scope of the human footprint in the ocean just needs to do a deepsea trawl off the coast of southern California.   During a government fish survey, we pulled up everything from weather instruments, army helmets … Continue reading

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Slime Star

Don’t let that unassuming lumpy appearance fool you – like a pesky little brother, this cushion star (Pteraster tesselatus) is loaded with snot and can fire at will.   Any good scientist knows that mucous makes the world go round, and … Continue reading

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Whip it Good

Don’t get too excited, cowboys – cracking this sea whip would harm the fragile animal.  That’s right, this is a photo of an animal – or many animals, actually.  Sea whips are a type of deep-sea coral, and the “whip” … Continue reading

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