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    Grateloupia turuturu an Invasive Seaweed in Eastern Long Island Sound investigation into slowing its spread Introduction Long Island Sound is a complex and unique environment because of its glacial history and properties as an estuary. It has the capability to be a powerhouse for primary production, unfortunately, the sound has fallen victim to invasive species. Grateloupia turuturu is one such species, tormenting the natural flow of life in the coastal waters of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and…

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    Introduction. Sharks have been around for hundreds of millions of years Subclass Elasmobranchii: Sharks and Rays are classified in the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Chondrichthyes(Greek, chondr- 'cartilage', ichthys 'fish'), and Class Elasmobranchii. Elasmobranchs are fish which all share one main characteristic: cartilaginous skeletons. There are over 1,000 species of elasmobranchs ranginging from great white sharks, to spotted rays to sawfish to skates. Sharks and rays are the…

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    Snorkeling Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii Honolua Bay is a part of Honolua-Mokuleia Marine Conservation District. It is an incredible spot with a breathtaking underwater world and picturesque landscapes around. Honolua Maui is adored by snorkelers from all corners of the world for its amazing formations of corals, a plethora of colorful fish including famed Humuhumunukunukuapuaa and Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles. Honolua Bay Map Honolua Bay is quite big. The water may be accessed from the beach, by…

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    Crown Of Thorns

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    The Crown of Thorns starfish (Acanthaster Planci) Anjali Barnes 2016 Ms. Lee 9X Acanthaster planci Introduction The Crown of Thorns starfish, or Acanthaster Planci, is one of the largest threats to the Great Barrier Reef. The starfish, also known as COTS, can have up to 21 arms, each with hundreds of toxic spines. They move by expanding and contracting these feet, and feed on hard coral. Abiotic features are non-living or physical factors and can have a large effect on the Great Barrier Reef…

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    If you had to take a bet on which animal would survive the longest, which organism would you bet on? The squid has very good attacking and escaping methods, along with reproducing. The worm has adapted well because of its digestive and reproductive abilities. Squids have also lived longer than segmented worms by millions of years. They have found ways to adapt to their specific environment such as underground and deep in the ocean. The squid is the most successful organism against the worm…

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    Coral Reef Decline

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    The article “Forecasted Coral Reef Decline in Marine Biodiversity Hotspots under Climate Change” examines the suitability of habitats for coral reef development and growth concerning mainly the factor of thermal tolerance. Coral reefs are home to many species and these habitats are key for maintaining biodiversity, yet under climate change this highly diverse system is very vulnerable, especially to changing sea surface temperatures. A slight increase in sea surface temperature can lead to mass…

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    Coelenterata - Characteristics of coelenterata are as follows: Coelenterata are creatures that live in the sea although there are some who live in fresh water.Coelenterata included in the class of diploblastik. Exterior body composition has epidermal cells and in the inner layer of gastrodermis. Coelenterata have a difference compared to the porifera where although equally hollow but coelenterata has only one hole for all activities such as eating and as a disposal. Another feature is on the…

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    Shelldon Clamsworth is a coral farmer, that lives on the outskirts of the Grand Reef. Coral farmers harvest coral, a valued resource in the reef, for King Shellington. The life of a coral farmer is hard, not only harvesting coral, but fighting to survive the brutal currents on the outskirts of the reef, and the creatures that lurk there. Not a day goes by that Shelldon has to fight off some sort of crab or fish. Shelldon had the appearance that most coral farmers did, rugged, with bland colors…

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    Lemna Case Study

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    Lemna is a free- floating aquatic plant from the duckweed family, that consists of small, individual thalli (Tkalec et.al, 2001). Lemna are small, fast growing plants and they develop dense mats on ponds, especially when enough light and nutrients are available (Gérard et.al, 2014). Salt is the most toxic substance, as it causes an inhibition of plant growth and a decrease in nutrient uptake (Chang et.al, 2012). Salt stress induces the production of abscisic acid (ABA), a plant stress hormone,…

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    Scales are the exoskeleton covering of the fishes found in most of the cartilaginous and bony fishes which provide protection to the body. Scales are small, thin, cornified, calcareous or bony plates which fit closely together or overlap. Scales are complex derivatives of the integument and are derived from the mesenchymal cells of the dermis. They vary greatly in size, shape, structure, and extent, ranging from rigid armour plates in fishes such as shrimp fishes and box fishes, to microscopic…

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