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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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What a Butterball

There’s just something mouthwateringly adorable about this little butterfish, caught during a shallower NMFS trawl in Southern California.  The Pacific pompano (Peprilus simillimus), is “a very-mild, good eating fish,” says the Pier Fishing in California website, “but only the largest … Continue reading

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The Rocks Have Eyes

These brown box crabs might easily get mistaken for rocks – but the “holes” they form in the joints of their claws makes them unmistakably distinct from other crab species.  These specimens of Lopholithodes foraminatus were collected aboard a NMFS … Continue reading

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Lips in a Fiesty Fishy Shade of Pink

Bold black and gold stripes with flashy pink lips – treefish certainly aren’t shy about their appearance.  They even give rock greenling a run for their money.   These highly distinctive rockfish are sometime visitors to Monterey Bay, though are more … Continue reading

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How to Find a Dead Whale

by Nate Jones, Vertebrate Ecology Lab STUNNING, isn’t it?     The magnificent power, the grace,  the vigor of truly giant life.  BUT, where do whales go when they die?? And, what about all those seals, sea lions, dolphins … … Continue reading

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