Marine Science in the News: Deep sea cockeyed squid

Survival in the deep sea is no easy feat. With cold temperatures, darkness, infrequent sightings of prey and the constant threat of being ambushed by a predator, deep sea animals have some interesting and highly evolved adaptations. From eyes the size of dinner plates to glow-in-the-dark flashes, it’s no wonder scientists study the strange features of deep sea creatures! Recently, biologists from Duke University examined the mismatched eye size of the “cockeyed” strawberry squid, Histioteuthis heteropsis, a species of deep sea squid that has one normal eye and one giant bulging yellow eye. This small squid lives in the mesopelagic (twilight) zone 200-1000 meters deep, where dim light trickle

Marine Science in the News: Deep sea cockeyed squid

Survival in the deep sea is no easy feat. With cold temperatures, darkness, infrequent sightings of prey and the constant threat of being ambushed by a predator, deep sea animals have some interesting and highly evolved adaptations. From eyes the size of dinner plates to glow-in-the-dark flashes, it’s no wonder scientists study the strange features of deep sea creatures! Recently, biologists from Duke University examined the mismatched eye size of the “cockeyed” strawberry squid, Histioteuthis heteropsis, a species of deep sea squid that has one normal eye and one giant bulging yellow eye. This small squid lives in the mesopelagic (twilight) zone 200-1000 meters deep, where dim light trickle

NGSS and Environmental Learning are Topics for Upcoming Free Teacher Workshop at the Marine Science

In order to help San Francisco Bay Area teachers maneuver through today’s confusing science-education landscape, which includes Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Environmental Literacy and Common Core, the Marine Science Institute (MSI) is hosting its seventh annual, free teacher workshop on Wednesday, March 8 from 4:30-6:30 pm. During this year’s “Ship to Shore – All you need to know and more!” teachers will have the opportunity to: -- Attend mini-workshops focusing on biomimicry and engineering ideas. -- Learn about our marine science programs and their alignment with NGSS. -- Delve deeper into understanding NGSS, particularly engineering standards. --Learn about grants available f

Marine Science in the News: Discovery of a prehistoric marine predator as big as a bus

“Lizard-eating sovereign of the sea” – what a name! While this discovery happened some years ago, we thought it was just too cool not to share! This aptly named 28-foot-long prehistoric sea creature was fully unearthed in Nevada after researchers first spotted it in 1998. The fossil was unusually well-preserved and included the skull, fins and entire vertebral column. Researchers returned to the site in 2010 to dig up the rest of the fossil and more thoroughly examine its large jaw filled with massive sharp teeth. Check out an artist's illustration of the ocean predator below: Thalattoarchon saurophagis is the largest marine reptile ever found. These ocean-dwelling dinosaurs lived about 244

Marine Science in the News: Discovery of a prehistoric marine predator as big as a bus

“Lizard-eating sovereign of the sea” – what a name! While this discovery happened some years ago, we thought it was just too cool not to share! This aptly named 28-foot-long prehistoric sea creature was fully unearthed in Nevada after researchers first spotted it in 1998. The fossil was unusually well-preserved and included the skull, fins and entire vertebral column. Researchers returned to the site in 2010 to dig up the rest of the fossil and more thoroughly examine its large jaw filled with massive sharp teeth. Check out an artist's illustration of the ocean predator below: Thalattoarchon saurophagis is the largest marine reptile ever found. These ocean-dwelling dinosaurs lived about 244

Marine Science Camp: Registration is LIVE

Registration is now LIVE for Marine Science Camp! Register soon to secure your first choice camp weeks. We have amazing, engaging, educational and FUN opportunities for all grades entering kindergarten through 12th. Check out the galleries below showing just a piece of the fun each camp experiences. Plankton Pioneers - entering K-1st grades Wetland Explorers - entering 2nd-5th grades Ocean Explorers - entering 2nd-5th grades Naturalists - returning campers entering 4th-5th grades Underwater Investigators - entering 6th-8th grades Project Discovery - entering 9th-12 grades CLICK HERE to register

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