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Two weeks ago, my fellow labmate Jessica Jang and I headed to Newport, Oregon to learn how to survive the high seas in preparation for some trawls in which we will be participating later on this year. The FRAMD trawls … Continue reading
The Marine Ecology class embarked on a seafaring adventure last Monday on the Moss Landing research vessel the Point Sur to observe the biota of the Monterey Bay. The class was joined by members from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, MBARI … Continue reading
By Diane Wyse, Physical Oceanography Lab In the spirit of sharing exciting new student research during Shark Week, we caught up with MLML and Pacific Shark Research Center graduate student Paul Clerkin. During the spring semester of his first year … Continue reading
by Angela Szesciorka, Vertebrate Ecology Lab Classes at Moss Landing Marine Labs involve a lot of field trips, and this semester is no exception. On November 7, 2011 the marine ecology students ventured seaward to explore the ocean benthos. The students … Continue reading
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
by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab This bright white crustacean is a squat lobster pulled from the deep during a government fishing survey in southern California. Squat lobsters aren’t actually lobsters at all (they’re more closely related to porcelain crabs and … Continue reading
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
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
MLML graduate Heather Hawk uses her muscles and puts some oomph into bringing in the catch. Just another day in class at Moss Landing Marine Labs.