Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 4

For their fourth and final dive day in Cozumel, Mexico, OGL divers took a fast boat and headed to Cozumel’s wild north coast. There they encountered not only the strong swells and high currents that the north coast is famous for, but also a completely different fauna and reef structure than is typically seen by recreational divers in the more placid waters to the south. … Continue reading Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 4

Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 3

On the third day of the Cozumel Expedition, OGL divers explored two new dive sites on deep walls. Moderate currents gently guided the divers past vast expanses of coral and sponge.  Highlights from the dive included green moray eels (Gymnothorax funebris), a massive Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus)with alarge school of bluestiped grunt (Haemulon sciurus) in tow, Christmas tree worms, (Spirobranchus giganteus) and bearded fireworms, (Hermodice … Continue reading Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 3

Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 2

On the second day of OGL’s scouting trip in Mexico, divers explored the breathtaking biodiversity at two locations along Cozumel’s coral reef. Surveys of fish and coral abundance at both sites revealed a variety of corals unparalleled elsewhere in the region. The first dive was on Palencar Reef and took divers through a network of cave-like structures. These revealed four species of black corals and … Continue reading Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 2

Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 1

A team of divers from the MSC and the Ocean Genome Legacy are in Cozumel, Mexico this week scoping future research and teaching opportunities for MSC students and scientists. OGL Director, Dr. Dan Distel, is joined by Dive Safety Officer, Liz Magee, undergrad marine biology major, Jaxon Derow, and OGL Board Member, Carol Horvitz. Below are photos from the first day of diving. Continue reading Dispatch from the field – OGL expedition to Cozumel, Part 1

Mysterious marine creatures washed up by storm

I was cleaning up storm debris in Nahant the other day with some coworkers and other community members, and we came across these bizarre creatures in a mass of algae that had been washed up onto the sidewalk. None of us had seen anything like them before. I am a fan of invertebrate zoology, and my initial thought was that these were peanut worms (phylum … Continue reading Mysterious marine creatures washed up by storm

The Easternmost Scavenger Hunt!

A few weeks ago, the Three Seas students headed to Lubec, Maine, the easternmost point in the continental United States. Part of their coursework for the Marine Invertebrate Zoology ad Marine Botany course involved the annual Cobscook Bay intertidal scavenger hunt. Students were given 2 hours to find as many invertebrates and algae, then spent the next 4 hours identifying them. The 5 groups collected and identified more … Continue reading The Easternmost Scavenger Hunt!

Celebrating Biodiversity with Bioblitzes – Coast to Coast

(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy News) In the past year, Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL) has been recruiting people from all walks of life to help document and preserve the deep offerings of our oceans. On September 10, you can too! OGL co-hosted Bioblitzes across the country with citizen scientists and future leaders in marine biology. These biodiversity-themed events provide opportunities for folks to explore, identify, … Continue reading Celebrating Biodiversity with Bioblitzes – Coast to Coast