Creature Feature: Slowpoke sea star causes speedy reactions

It may be a slowpoke among sea stars, but the leather star has its own unique traits -- namely smelling like garlic and the amazing response it elicits from various sea anemones -- making it a fascinating marine creature. Read more about the leather star in the Creature Feature file below. (Note: Sea stars are commonly called starfish. However, sea stars are not fish at all. The sea star is an echinoderm, and is closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars. Remember when talking about sea stars call them sea stars.) Denise Mohsenin serves as the link between Marine Science Institute and the education community. She enjoys helping schools and teachers bring marine science and environmental

Marine Science in the News: Glow party in Monterey Bay

The number and diversity of glowing animals in the deep sea is undoubtedly large, but until recently little work has been done documenting the numbers of light-producing animals at different depths. You would think that these glowing, or bioluminescent, animals would be easy to spot in an area of otherwise total darkness, however many animals can glow faintly and very few cameras are sensitive enough to capture this glow. An additional issue lies in that many marine animals glow for only small periods of time since producing this light is energetically costly and may draw the attention of predators. In a new study, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) showed that three-quarte

Marine Science in the News: Glow party in Monterey Bay

The number and diversity of glowing animals in the deep sea is undoubtedly large, but until recently little work has been done documenting the numbers of light-producing animals at different depths. You would think that these glowing, or bioluminescent, animals would be easy to spot in an area of otherwise total darkness, however many animals can glow faintly and very few cameras are sensitive enough to capture this glow. An additional issue lies in that many marine animals glow for only small periods of time since producing this light is energetically costly and may draw the attention of predators. In a new study, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) showed that three-quarte

Bring Earth Day to Your Classroom With Educational, Engaging and Fun Activities

In anticipation of this year’s sure-to-be-historic Earth Day, with a theme of environmental and climate literacy, here are some fun, educational activities perfect for the classroom. In particular, I’d like to highlight one of my favorite Marine Science Institute’s pre- and post-program activities we share with teachers. Earth Day is April 22. But first, here’s a quick history lesson. In 1970, both Earth Day and the Marine Science Institute were founded in response to growing concern for the environment, and (for MSI) the issue of water resources in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, Earth Day is observed in 192 countries. The Marine Science Institute educates over 56,000 people yearly about

Marine Science Camp: Interns and Volunteers

We have just over two months until the start of summer camp! Activities and curriculum are built, field trip planning is underway and staff is hired. The pieces are coming together but we still need a key component: dedicated camp interns and volunteers! Our Marine Science Camp interns and volunteers play a vital role in the success of summer camp by helping the staff ensure that campers have the best week of the summer. Interns and volunteers will have great experiences with their peers and a chance to grow their marine science knowledge, leadership skills and increase their capacity as a role model. Click the opportunities below to learn more and apply: Marine Science Camp Management Inter

Marine Science Camp: Interns and Volunteers

We have just over two months until the start of summer camp! Activities and curriculum are built, field trip planning is underway and staff is hired. The pieces are coming together but we still need a key component: dedicated camp interns and volunteers! Our Marine Science Camp interns and volunteers play a vital role in the success of summer camp by helping the staff ensure that campers have the best week of the summer. Interns and volunteers will have great experiences with their peers and a chance to grow their marine science knowledge, leadership skills and increase their capacity as a role model. Click the opportunities below to learn more and apply: Marine Science Camp Management Inter

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