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Photo of the Day ~ Flamboyant Cuttlefish

The Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Metasepia pfefferi, also known as Pfeffer’s flamboyant cuttlefish, is a species of cuttlefish occurring in tropical Indo-Pacific waters.  This particular fellow lives in Mission Blue’s Coral Sea Hope Spot, at Tubbataha Reef,  a coral reef atoll and a Natural Marine Park in the Sulu Sea, Philippines. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993, the huge atoll has been under protective management for twenty years. Recently it has been discovered that the Flamboyant Cuttlefish’s muscles contain a highly toxic compound that is yet to be identified. Research by Mark Norman with the Museum Victoria in Queensland, Australia, has shown the toxin to be as lethal as that of a fellow cephalopod, the Blue-ringed octopus. Another interesting thing about this animal is that it walks as often or even more than it swims. …
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Photo of the Day ~ Nudibranch Feast

A nudibranch, Flabellina nobilis: Coryphella nobilis feeding on a hydroid Tubularia indivisa in the chilly waters off Norway this spring. The nudibranchs chow down on these hydroids by climbing up the stalks and munching down on the business end of the cnidarian! Location: Gulen, Norway Photo (c) Alexander Mustard…
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Featured Video ~ Sylvia Earle on the Ross Sea

On July 11th, CCAMLR, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources will meet in Bremerhaven, Germany to again debate the fate of the Ross Sea. Let the world know you are watching, and send a message to the countries who may stand in the way against Antarctic protections by following this link. Click on one of the countries that is still on the fence, and send an email (which the Antarctic Ocean Alliance has done for you!) It’s easy & quick and so important! In this video, Mission Blue teams up with Biotherm and the Antarctic Ocean Alliance to speak out in support of our Ross Sea Hope Spot. You can make your voice heard too! We’ll be posting more in the next weeks about how you can help.…
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Deep Explorers Honored at the Aquarium of the Pacific

An Interview with Sylvia Earle from Andrew M Cohen on Vimeo.  Congratulations to Her Deepness, who was honored in June at the Aquarium of the Pacific Ocean Conservation Awards.  The Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, California is highlighting Ocean Exploration programs this summer and also debuting a new Wonders of the Deep gallery. Dr. Earle was one of 3 honorees, along with fellow ocean explorers Walter Munk and Captain Don Walsh in this year’s Gala. Musical Score by Eddie Freeman & Marta Victoria of Icarus Music  …
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Photo of the Day – Who’s in my burrow?

By Lazaro Ruda, The Living Sea A fun follow-up from recent video of a jawfish with a surprise visitor (http://vimeo.com/67434232)! While the camera was busy recording a long stream of video, I was distracted by a second eel just a couple of feet away.  Much to my surprise, the second eel followed in the footstep of the first and attempted to enter the jawfish’s burrow. At first, the jawfish pushed the eel away with its head; the same behavior as with the first eel in the video. The eel was reluctant to give in and eventually made its way in. The jawfish retreated under the sand, too. Within seconds all three reemerged from the burrow and stayed together enjoying the cramped space for a few minutes before both eels eventually exited again.…
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Photo of the Day ~ Goblin Shark

Technically known as Mitsukurina owstoni, the Goblin Shark is the only remaining representative of the Mitsukurinidae family of sharks, a family that originated at least 125 million years ago. Hence, goblin sharks are often referred to as living fossils.The Goblin shark has only been encountered a few times and very little is known about it. What is known is that it is a slow moving deep sea shark that lives at depths of 1200m/4000ft in seas around the world. Goblin sharks have been observed in the western Indian Ocean, western Pacific Ocean and most of the Atlantic.  They are known for their strange specialized “catapulting” jaws, which almost looks like there is something that lives inside of the sharks mouth that explodes outward to catch prey before returning back into the mouth (video below.) FeaturePhoto (c) Hungarian Snow…
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Video of the Day ~ Mission Blue Cocos Expedition

Surrounded by deep waters and strong currents, Cocos Island has long been admired by scuba divers for its wealth of marine life. Large pelagic species are very abundant in the cool productive waters surrounding Cocos and divers often see large schools of hammerhead sharks, dolphin, tuna, and schools of snapper. Jacques Cousteau visited Cocos several times and raved about its incredible beauty. Cocos Island was declared a National Park by the Costa Rican government in 1978 and in 1997, UNESCO designated Cocos a world heritage site. In 2002, the surrounding waters were included under that protection. Despite its status as one of the most important marine conservation sites in the world, Cocos is still under pressure from illegal poaching of sharks, tuna, and other marine species.…
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Photo of the Day ~ The Mysterious Oarfish!

Louisiana State University marine biologists have just released video shot from an ROV in 2009 showing a shimmering giant oarfish, regalecus glesne, in it’s natural habitat, 1,475 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Reported to be the longest bony fish alive, the giant oarfish has a ribbon-like body and has been reliably documented to grow to 25 feet in length, although specimens up to 56 feet long have been reported. These strange ribbon-like creatures live at extreme ocean depths as much as 3,280 feet below the surface, and are found worldwide in all tropical and temperate oceans. Until now, it was believed that a swimming oarfish would ‘row’ with its pelvic fins in a circular motion, hence the common name.…
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Celebrating Pulmo Marine Park’s 18th Year!

A Mobula Ray jumps for joy celebrating not only World Oceans Week, but also the 18th Anniversary of her home, Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, located within Mission Blue’s Gulf of California Hope Spot. This jewel of the East Cape region of Baja California Sur stretches five miles from the northernmost tip, Pulmo Point to the southernmost tip, Los Frailes. Surrounded by undeveloped desert and a stunning mountain range, the pristine beaches of Cabo Pulmo Park give way to a shallow bay that cradles one of three living reefs in North America. A shining example to the world of what marine protection can do, Cabo Pulmo remains under threat.  Development threats to Cabo Pulmo remain, so at Mission Blue, we’re keeping a close eye along with our local partners on the region. …
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Photo of the Day ~ Hairy Squat Lobster

This incredibly beautiful little creature is a Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani.) It lives on Giant Barrel Sponges and is remarkably colored, with an intense pink body, purple spots, and bright yellow hairs that protrude in all directions. There are always more surprises to be discovered in the ocean! by Anna and Ned Deloach www.BlennyWatcher.com…
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