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Wrasses: the Smartest Fish?
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,430. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
Wrasses are a large and diverse family, and seem to be everywhere. They are quick and colorful. Perhaps some of the most vibrant colors on our reefs belong to the family of wrasses. Worldwide there are over five hundred species of wrasse. Here we have about twenty. Most species are carnivorous, feeding on small crustaceans.
This Goat Is a Hero
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
Classified as a “nuclear” species, goatfish truly play a leadership role. Other species are attracted to the substratum-disturbing foraging. And when several goatfish are involved in the fray, the groupies increase in number and diversity. Goatfish groups attract up to six follower species. While many of the follower species eat the same food, the goatfish don’t seem to mind.
All Puffed Up
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
Puffers are a group of fish I like to shoot, especially the big ones. They have a shy, jovial personality. At least they always look like they are smiling. Puffers are related to boxfish, and are also toxic, but in a different way. I found references to two toxins, tetrodotoxin (TTX) and saxitoxin (STX), which are nerve agents. They are chemically distinct, but act on the nervous system similarly.
A Whale of a Good Time (Maybe)
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
As I stood on the boat with my morning coffee and watched the people pile in the boats and head out to the whale sharks, my immediate reaction was “we are in a whale shark theme park”. I believe it’s become more about the peso than the whale shark. I can’t blame them for developing the tourism business, but is there a balance that can be reached? This has spawned a great deal of controversy.
Let's Wake Up an Eel and Go Hunting
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
While the majority of observations during the day are while eels are resting or on a cleaning station, a few times I have seen an eel coupled with a grouper. The first time I saw it was on the Winch Hole. A graysby came to a stop on a pile of rubble, and a goldentail came out from its lair. At first they just sort of looked at each other, then came cheek to cheek, touched, and took off together.
Hogfish Heaven?
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
Hogfish got their name because they root around the sea floor, like a hog roots around the barnyard. I have been following the size limit discussions for the last several years, and to me the essential point is this: if we don’t increase the size limit and let them grow another year or two, the chances of maintaining a sustainable fishery may be a huge issue in the future.
Cleaning Stations: the Ultimate Hygiene System
Series: Marine Life. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling
Cleaning stations are an essential element in reef ecology. All three parties - cleaners, clients and parasites - are part of a big matrix that runs the gamut from mutually beneficial to intrusive or harmful.
Diving the Spiegel Grove... Wreck or Reef?
Series: Wreck. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology
The Spiegel Grove has a wealth of opportunity for great diving. It’s just plain fun, sprinkled with a bit of a challenge at times.
Yellow Stingray Population Declines in the Keys - What Does it Mean?
Series: Marine Life. Price: Free! Words: 2,660. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling
One topic that caught my eye was a study about the changes in the population of yellow stingrays in various parts of the Caribbean.  The Florida Keys had the largest decline, while Jamaica had an increase. Why is that significant? Why should we care about yellow stingrays?
Aquarius Habitat is Unique in the World
Series: Sanctuary Science. Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Scuba & Snorkeling
There literally is no other place like this on earth. As a dive site, it’s sensational since the animals that live underneath and around the habitat are used to divers. But more important things take place there than being an incredible dive site. Everything from testing the newest technology to training astronauts is within the purview of Aquarius Reef Base.
Ocean Life: Further Journeys Into The Abyss
Series: Ocean Life, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 11,520. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Earth Sciences / Oceanography
Follow recent expeditions exploring undersea volcanic vents in the Cayman Trough, including the first manned mission to the deepest known vents, more than three miles down on the ocean floor, in search of new species and the future of our own.
Ocean life: expeditions and essays exploring the abyss
Series: Ocean Life, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 17,860. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Life Sciences / Marine Biology, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Earth Sciences / Oceanography
Follow recent scientific expeditions exploring volcanic vents on the ocean floor, where hot mineral-rich water nourishes lush colonies of deep-sea creatures, with articles about the search for new species of marine life in previously unseen parts of our planet.

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