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Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

The temperature of the ocean varies at different locations from season to season. The ocean temperatures also depend on the amount of solar energy that is absorbed. Tropical oceans get direct sunlight for a majority of the year causing the water to be continuously warm. For the polar regions, summer is the only time of the year that they receive sunlight, but it is never direct sunlight. Because there is no direct sunlight, the water tends to be colder. For the regions between the tropics and the poles, also known as the temperate regions, varies amongst summer and winter. With the change in...

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Did You Know!

Did You Know!

The textile industry is the world’s highest industrial polluter to all our waters. Keep in mind that when you have chosen a fabric that has not been conservatively processed in a mill, you are adding to the pollution in our waters.  When people hear the word organic, they think that it is healthy and good for the environment. Unfortunately, organic cotton is still a fabric which is 27% synthetic chemicals by weight. They are still put through a mill which returns the untreated, chemically filled waste to our oceans. Animals that live at the bottom of the food chain, such...

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Meet Nemo and Fishy!

Meet Nemo and Fishy!

My goldfish, Nemo and Fishy, recently moved into a larger dwelling.  Why? Because their tank was constantly getting foggy. No matter how much I cleaned it within a few days it was dirty again.  As Nemo and Fishy began to grow, I realized they probably weren’t getting sufficient oxygen because because of the cloudy water. Along with extra food laying in between the stones and waste, the tank was becoming a terrible environment for them. I decided to research how fish are affected by pollution in the ocean. I knew the ocean took up 70% of the planet so I was...

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See the Seaweed!

See the Seaweed!

Seaweed is everywhere in the ocean. Some seaweed is microscopic and some seaweeds are enormous. But most seaweed is medium-sized and comes in colors such as red, green, brown, and black. You will see it washing up on beaches and shorelines everywhere you go. Scientists have classified all seaweeds into different groups based on the pigments, cell structure, and specific traits. There is green algae, which is sea lettuce or ulva; brown algae such as kombu or kelp (ever notice kombucha tea can be brown?!);  red algae, such as dulse and laver, and nori; and blue-green algae, such as spirulina and chlorella (many put spirulina in their smoothies).  Fun fact: Red algae seaweed...

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Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth of July Week Realifer's! Boating is big part of the holiday weekend, so I thought I would talk about how boating can effect our marine life. Many studies have found dozens of unintentional hazards from boating. Even though they are unexpected, you may want to reevaluate how you spend your days on the water.  Water is constantly changing by the occurrence of boats. Studies have shown that waterways with a lot of boat traffic do experience a heavy impact on our marine life. With large vessels, it seems to increase the growth of algae and kick up sediment (Remember what I...

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