Author Archives: Philip

Whales are more than good looking, they’re good eating!

As I’ve said to several of you, you don’t have to decide between being an invert person or a mammal lover; you can be both!  Just study whale falls.  I find them absolutely amazing.   Almost immediately upon sinking, hagfish … Continue reading

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Mollusc Art – Phil

Now that Jessica has stolen my thunder by doing a great job of describing the crystalline sac and crystalline style, that fabulous organ in some mollusks that spins around in the sac, I none-the-less have to acknowledge her ability as … Continue reading

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Zonation: the obvious and not so obvious

Heading out at O-dark hundred, the Marine Bio 250 class made it all the way past the dreaded  ‘McCatchins’ without losing anybody arriving at  Cattle Pass ready to learn about zonation in the San Juans.  Turns out Cattle Pass is … Continue reading

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Gumboot reproduction and dispersal

For those that wonder what it looks like for and invertebrate to spray its gametes into the water, the following photo is of a gumboot chiton doing just that.  On this particular dive several years ago I saw several doing … Continue reading

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False Bay Lab by Phil Green

We descended on False Bay at 2030 on October 6, 2009 ready to harass the local worm population. Instead of exploring on my own, I decided to follow the visiting expert, Kelly.  It’s always fun to see someone who has … Continue reading

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Sea otter with innkeeper worm

For those that haven’t seen one, this is what an innkeeper worm looks like and hence Emily’s description.  I once asked Kozloff if they they occurred in the San Juans and he said he thought they did in False Bay. … Continue reading

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“Look at your fish!”

When a student went to study under the famous scientist Louis Agassiz, Agassiz tried to get him to describe his fish: “Oh, look at your fish!” he said, and left me again to my own devices. In a little more … Continue reading

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More on tides

For those interested in more info on tides, check out the following NOAA website. http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/tides/tides01_intro.html One of the pages has a fun animation showing the tides changing during a lunar day. Question for Emily and others: This article refers to … Continue reading

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Sucia Island Trip

On Friday we will be heading to the Sucia Island group. What makes this group of islands interesting is their geology. From the web I got the following info “ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES Physical features Sucia island’s geologic formations are stunning for … Continue reading

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