Archive for February, 2011

Saving Sharks

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

You won’t find sharks in the tidepools at FMR, but as top predators they are important to the overall health of the oceans. And, like so many denizens of the deep these days, they are in trouble due to overfishing.

KQED’s QUEST has a great short  video (under 12 minutes) that highlights research being done on great white sharks in the Farallon Islands and has great information on why sharks around the world need our protection.

And the Monterey Bay Aquarium has more information on shark conservation, including support for a new bill that could become California law, on their web site.

The reserve is beautiful in any weather

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

In cold, wet, blustery, wintry weather, it’s tempting to curl up on the couch and lose yourself in TV or the Internet. Here’s a nice quote about cycles and seasons from Rachel Carson, author of The Edge of the Sea and Silent Spring:

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.

— Rachel Carson

Amazing View of a Bat Star’s Stomach

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

During a recent visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium I was treated to the remarkable sight of a bat star’s (Asterina miniata) stomach in action! On display in the Deep Reefs tank, the star had used its tube feet to pick up a small silver bait fish leftover from a recent feeding.

Bat star eating a fish

Bat star eating a fish