Sustainable Choices for Healthy Oceans

Health of the oceans If the Oceans were to go to the doctors for a physical, they would be told that they are overheated, acidifying, and full of trash; but this isn’t a new diagnosis. On a global scale, the ocean surface (upper ~250 ft) has warmed by about 0.2 degrees fahrenheit every 10 years from 1971-2010 (IPCC ). Since the early 1800s, the oceans … Continue reading Sustainable Choices for Healthy Oceans

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

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

MLK Day in Lynn

By: Lisa Wu This past Monday, January 15th, the city of Lynn came together to celebrate its 7th annual Martin Luther King Jr. day of service. After a presentation about Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, participants were invited to join different activities. Volunteers from the Marine Science Center (MSC) hosted a table in the Lynn Museum and talked … Continue reading MLK Day in Lynn

Striped Bass – the Ultimate Predator, Gamefish, and Meal

Every year, millions of beach-goers swim in the same waters as one of New England’s top predators. No, it’s not the infamous White Shark and no, it wouldn’t (and couldn’t) ever harm a person. I’m talking about the voracious, elusive, and delicious Striped Bass.  The cousin of White Perch and White Bass, Striped Bass can grow to over 4 feet in length and are considered … Continue reading Striped Bass – the Ultimate Predator, Gamefish, and Meal

Greetings from Palmer Station, Antarctica!

Hello there! My name is Laura, I’m an undergrad from Bill Detrich’s lab at the MSC and I’m writing this by a cozy fire at a research station in Antarctica. We are doing a lot of different research here- most of which focuses on fish embryos and fish sampling. Even though the days vary so much here, I’m going to outline a typical day at … Continue reading Greetings from Palmer Station, Antarctica!

Roses Are Red, Lobsters Are…?

(Cross-posted from Ocean Genome Legacy news) This Valentine’s Day, Ocean Genome Legacy is saying “be mine” to some rare and colorful samples of New England’s favorite crustacean, the American lobster. You know that cooked lobsters are bright red, and you may know that most live lobsters are greenish-black. But have you ever seen a lobster that’s blue, orange, or two-toned, with one color on the … Continue reading Roses Are Red, Lobsters Are…?