Archive for the 'Marine Life' Category

06
Sep
13

An interactive Renaissance map filled with strange and wonderful monsters

Renaissance Map with Sea Monsters

This is simply too cool… visit Slate’s article to experience the interactive Sea Monster Renaissance Map.

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12
Jan
13

Swim with whale sharks

Baja Mexico

A sightseeing tour at Esperanza in Baja takes guests underwater to get chummy with whale sharks and other marine life. (Esperanza, an Auberge Resort)

12
Jul
12

International Whale Shark Day

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Whale Shark Day, on August 30th, has become a very popular event for visitors. Tours operate under very strict guidelines to protect the species within their natural habitat. Clients who have snorkeled next to these giants of the ocean say it is a tremendous, once in a lifetime experience.

11
Feb
12

Supergiant’ shrimplike creatures found off New Zealand

Mmmmm — tasty. Just kidding.

An expedition to one of the deepest places in the ocean has discovered one of the most enigmatic creatures in the deep sea – the ‘supergiant’ amphipod. Amphipods are a type of crustacean which are particularly common in the deep sea and are found in greater numbers the deeper you explore.  Typically deep sea amphipods are 2 to 3 centimetres long with the exception of the slightly larger ‘giant’ amphipod found in Antarctica which grows to 10cm. But scientists have discovered a ‘supergiant’ amphipod in waters north of New Zealand which dwarfs the Antarctic ‘giant’. The newly captured specimen measures 28 cm – nearly ten times that of ‘normal’ amphipods. A ‘supergiant’ estimated at 34cm was also caught on film.

‘Supergiant’ is a term coined by American scientists in the early 1980s after a few large specimens were caught off the Hawaiian Islands.   Despite a few infrequent findings in the 1970s, the supergiant amphipod has not been reported since and has faded into the realms of rare and mysterious deep sea creatures, until now. These new sightings and specimens captured represent both the biggest whole specimen of supergiant ever caught and the deepest point these have ever been found.

Article by Oceanlab
Video on CNN

11
Dec
10

The Silent Evolution Exhibit now open in Cancun

The Silent Evolution” is now open to the public.  The artificial reef exhibit, located off the coast of Mexico in Cancun,  is part of the world’s largest underwater museum.  It features 400 life size underwater sculptures based on real people by artist Jason de Caires Taylor. Snorkeling and scuba diving tours are available with trained professionals but anyone can swim amongst the sculptures for free. Visitors can also see the exhibit from the surface. The exhibit is attracting swarming Gray Angel fish which were scarce in the area prior to the exhibit’s installation. The sculptures are located near existing reefs and encourage new growth, helping to preserve natural corals and develop different species.

Movie of another exhibit by Taylor located in Grenada, West Indies

15
Jul
10

Australian scientists discover bizarre prehistoric deep-sea creatures

Australian scientists have discovered bizarre prehistoric sea life hundreds of metres below the Great Barrier Reef, in an unprecedented mission to document species under threat from ocean warming.




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