Amazing! This baby octopus just hatched.
The tube feet of a sea star are part of a spectacular vascular system, sucking water out of each foot to create a suction and pushing water into each to release the suction. They are fascinating to watch, and so strong! (Video by the New England Aquarium)
Wonderful to see the New England Aquarium chose a blue lobster for their First Night ice sculpture to ring in the 2018 New Year. It’s the perfect compliment to our blue lobster story, Something’s Tugging on My Claw!
Mike just taught me how to tie a bowline knot. I learned about these knots when doing research for my new book “Bay State Skye.” (due to be released in May, 2018) They’re used by fishermen to tie their boats to pylons because once tied, the loop doesn’t tighten. Mike learned how to tie bowline knots in the Boy Scouts. It’s really fun once you get the hang of it. Grab a piece of rope and give it a try!
Alex has made her life’s ambition to draw illustrations of ocean life in an effort to “get the public excited and engaged in (marine) science in hopes that it will inspire a desire to learn more and become better informed.” I couldn’t have said it better myself! This is why I’ve written and will continue writing fun and informative illustrated children’s books about marine life. Take a listen. (Video by BBC Earth)
A visually stunning clip of life beneath the sea! Sit back, relax, and take this short ocean voyage complements of BBC Earth.
Tybee Island Marine Science Center took a photo of a turtle eclipsing the sun… how clever. This really illustrates how important it is for marine life swimming near the water’s surface to have white or light undersides that blend with the light shining into the water. Light bellies help them to camouflage their bodies from predators looking up from below. Course this turtle’s lightly colored belly is no match for the shadow he created by eclipsing the sun!
A great big thank you to Rick Page of Classic Taxidermy in Middleton for preserving Loki’s shell. Loki was the model lobster for my book, “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” I let Loki go last year and hopefully he’s happy back in the waters off Cape Ann, and we have his shed shell to remember him by. If you’d like to see Loki being released, just follow this link and scroll down to the last video: http://janicepetrie.com/seatales-videos/
Did you know that the crusher claw of a lobster can be found on either the left or right side of a lobster? Since this is the lobster’s dominant claw, if the lobster’s crusher is on its right side, it’s considered a right handed lobster. Pictured are two lobsters that dropped their crusher claws to escape danger, just like the blue lobster in “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” They are in the process of growing new crusher claws back. One is left handed, the other right handed. Can you tell which one is which?
(Answer: The male lobster pictured on the left is right handed; the female lobster pictured on the right is left handed.)
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