Monday, July 30, 2012

MBARI

That stands for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and it is located at Moss Landing some miles up the road from the aquarium in Monterey.  As the name suggests, they do research in the very deep Monterey Bay, using remotely operated vehicles, or ROV's.  The descriptions are from the MBARI website.


This fangtooth was photographed by MBARI's ROV Ventana about 2,600 feet below the surface of Monterey Bay. Although it looks fierce, this fish is only about five inches long. Like many deep-sea predators, it may drift in the darkness for weeks at a time, waiting for prey to swim by.  Its oversized mouth and teeth help it grab and hold onto fish and squid almost as large as itself. These unique adaptations and feeding strategies appear to be quite successful, because the fangtooth is found in deep waters around the world.



 Apolemia is a large midwater colonial jelly that is fairly common in Monterey Bay. Its tail consists of thousands of stinging cells, which form a living driftnet that can stretch up to nearly 100 feet long. The long tail is pulled slowly through the water by pulsing motions of the "head" section. This one was photographed by MBARI's remotely operated vehicle Tiburon at a depth of about 3400 feet. 
     
"Big red" is the nickname that MBARI marine biologists gave to this startlingly large jellyfish, which grows over 3 feet in diameter. After determining that it was an entirely new species of jelly, they named it Tiburonia granrojo after MBARI's remotely operated vehicle Tiburon. It lives deep below the ocean’s surface, at depths of 2,000 to 4,800 feet. "Big red" has since been observed in deep waters off the west coast of North America, Baja California, Hawaii, and Japan. It uses its four to seven fleshy "feeding arms" instead of stinging tentacles to capture food.



Somehow I managed to not pick up the text on this one.  I do recall that it is called Barrel Eyes because of its ability to rotate its eyes.  It is also somewhat transparent.



MBARI researchers have discovered many new species of gelatinous organisms, and shows how important they are in marine food webs. Many other animals, such as this lobate ctenophore, had yet to be given scientific names.


Humor --

On anniversaries, the wise husband always forgets the past--but never the present.

A foolish husband says to his wife, "Honey, you stick to the washin', ironin', cookin', and scrubbin'. No wife of mine is gonna work."

The bonds of matrimony are a good investment only when the interest is kept up.

Many girls like to marry a military man; he can cook, sew, and make beds, is in good health--and he's already used to taking orders.

Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.



1 comment:

  1. Cost a little bread to photo all those jellies.

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