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Snorkeling

You don’t have to leave the planet to experience an alien world. Nature is always full of strange, otherworldly creatures and places that just exceed all imagination, and inspire mythes and legends all around the world. I first experienced something so alien when I was in elementary school. My parents were fortunate enough to afford …

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Reusable Bags

Plastic bags can be extremely convenient, but they are also very harmful to the environment. Plastic bags are easy to get and are often times free. You can use them for lots of things, like for storage and transportation. Going to the beach and want to bring lunch? Throw it in a plastic bag from …

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Manchones Reef

Isla Mujeres is more than just a beautiful island where you can snorkel to see whale sharks. Around the island are a few reefs, including the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere—but I’ll get to that later. Today, I’m going to talk about Manchones Reef and its underwater art gallery! From either Cancun or …

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Portuguese man-o-war

Domain: Eukarya Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Cnidaria Class: Hydrozoa Order: Siphonophorae Family: Physaliidae Genus: Physalia Species: Physalia physalis It’s summer time, the time of year I get to listen to the “jellyfish invasion.” Now, don’t get me wrong; jellies are increasing in number, and there are concerns about their large populations. However, Portuguese man-o-wars are not …

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Mushroom Coral

Domain: Eukarya Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Cnidaria Class: Anthozoa Order: Scleractinia Family: Fungiidae Genus: Fungia Species: Fungia scruposa Do you know what gets my attention? An old article about a species of coral that was documented eating jellyfish. But I’ll get to that later; first, I want to introduce you to Fungia scruposa, or the mushroom …

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Upwelling

When I talked about the Gulf of Guinea, I mentioned that it was a site of coastal upwelling. There are different kinds of upwelling, depending on how the process occurs. Upwelling can occur off the coast or in the open ocean. Today, I’m going to give a general overview of upwelling. Upwelling is a process …

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Little Tunny

Domain: Eukarya Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Osteichthyes Order: Perciforms Family: Scombridae Genus: Euthynnus Species: Euthynnus alletteratus My husband loves to eat tuna. If he could have it every day, I think he would! Little tunny, or little tuna, is a common species of tuna found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic …

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Reusable Water Bottles

Reusable water bottles are a growing trend that is getting a lot of attention. Everywhere, companies and organizations are promoting their reusable water bottles, and they are becoming cheaper and easier to find. And with the growing popularity, more and more unique designs are being introduced to make them more versatile. Your average name brand …

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Common Names

I’ve mentioned for a while now that I have a love/hate relationship with common names. They’re great to use in conversations with people outside of the science community, and they’re typically a lot easier to say too. Not everyone will know the scientific name of organisms. Honestly, I don’t know all the scientific names of …

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Also known as the Island of Women, Isla Mujeres is a five-mile-long island located off of the Yucatán Peninsula. It was once a fishing village, but now it has a booming tourist economy because of whale sharks. In the early 2000s, local fishermen reported seeing large congregations of whale sharks in the Afuera, which is …

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