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What are spring and neap tides?

April 28, 2017

A spring tide—popularly known as a “King Tide”—refers to the ‘springing forth’ of the tide during new and full moon. A neap tide—seven days after a spring tide—refers to a period of moderate tides when […]

What is Ocean Acidification?

April 27, 2017

Ocean acidification refers to a reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended period of time, caused primarily by uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. For more than 200 years, or […]

Why is shark skin so rough?

April 26, 2017

By Blaise Jones Shark skin is often described as feeling like sandpaper, but in actuality it’d be more appropriate to say that sandpaper feels like shark skin. After all, humans used shark skin as sandpaper […]

What is a seiche?

April 25, 2017

A seiche is a standing wave oscillating in a body of water. If you have observed water sloshing back and forth in a swimming pool, bathtub, or cup of water, you may have witnessed a […]

Which cetacean is a “Common Rorqual”?

April 25, 2017

  Known by nicknames like Razorback, Finback, and Common Rorqual, the Fin Whale is the second largest animal in the world. Growing up to 85 feet (26 m) in the Southern Hemisphere and 75 feet […]

Why do we name tropical storms and hurricanes?

April 24, 2017

Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year. Over […]

Why do turtles eat plastic?

April 24, 2017

By Stacey Venzel Aquatic turtles are used to chomping at things floating through the water, which they expect to be food. It wasn’t until humans came along that turtles have had to be careful about […]

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