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So I’m 17 and I’m still thinking about what job I want to do for my future. I know that I want to do something around marine biology but I don’t know what yet and I haven’t found that much info on the net regarding this field. I’m also really attracted by the really deep sea and the abyss as I find it fascinating but again there’s even less informations regarding this specific area. Do any of you guys here have any idea, suggestions or links (jobs or anything really) that could help me define what I want to do more precisely? Sorry if I’m not clear btw
Haven’t seen other copepods photos that looks like this one, but the tail and the “egg sacs” makes me suspect it is. Specimen is from Baja California, Mexico. Thank you!
TLDR: What are some niche things you wished you had known, asked, or considered before deciding the specific branch of animals you wanted to study?
I’m in my second year of college with one more year left. I hope to transfer some of my credits after and take marine biology with a focus on ethology somewhere in BC or elsewhere on the west coast. Originally I was considering cetology. However, I’m starting to get the feeling jobs will be more competitive because of how popular it is. So I’m looking at all the other options while I still have time. And I’m wondering what branch or species specific information you wished you had when making a decision on the branch of animal you wanted to study?
it’s a pretty well known fact of how remoras and cobias will swim amongst whale sharks, along with lots of other sharks, but i’ve noticed in a lot of pictures of the sharks that plenty of other fish will school alongside whale sharks as well. but i haven’t been able to find any info online about what kinds of fish do this. do any of y’all know?
I have a bachelors degree and thought I was interested in studying pinnipeds. However I’m terrified to commit to a masters program if I may end up hating the work. Any way to get experience in studying marine mammals without a masters?
I’m holidaying on a Greek island called Thassos and swimming/snorkelling daily in the stretch of sea (Thracian, I believe) between the island and Kavala on mainland Greece.
I’m seeing loads of cool fish and would love to know what I’m looking at. However, when I Google anything related to this I’m only getting results of what fish I can expect to eat in the island’s restaurants, haha!
If anyone could list what fish I’d expect to be seeing so I can make a checklist and tick off what I’ve seen then that would be hugely appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Hey I see some places selling blue roe from “wild scampi” from Australia and I was just wondering if it’s Metanephrops australiensis or some other crustacean?
A few weeks ago, I was on an expedition in Mer d‘Iroise in France filming Seals and Birds. We were also accompanied by a group of dolphins. When I was back home and looked through some of the photos, I found one dolphin with a very unique marking on the dorsal fin. What is that?
I am completely lost on what I will get my Master's in or if I will get it at all. I haven't really looked into it before now so I don't even know where to start. Sooo if some people could leave where they went (US and International are okay) or what they got their degree and maybe some other advice I would appreciate it a lot!
We successfully hatched some Sepia officianalis at my lab! They are no larger than my fingernail (my phone couldn’t even focus!)
I love the ocean and am studying to be a marine biologist however I have thalassophobia, specifically of bodies of water where I can’t see the bottom. So I just wanted to know how common this is and if any of you have gotten over it at least partially
Hi all, I recently read Soul of an Octopus, and one of the things I most enjoyed in the book was researching the marine species the author describes. One species on which I, surprisingly, cannot find a single resource is called Baltemia. She describes it as looking like a rubbery plant, but it is actually a mollusk.
I’m quite shocked that the internet isn’t turning up even a single picture or article discussing it. In fact, the only results I’ve seen that contain the word “baltemia” are excerpts from the book.
Do any of the experts here have any ideas on how I can learn more and/or see a picture of one?
Hey, I just got offered a job as an at sea monitor for fisheries in the New England area and was wondering if anyone had some experience in the field and could share their experience? This is my first job offer in the field since I graduated college in May. This would be a huge lifestyle change for me and am just unsure if this is a good move or if I should see if I can find other opportunities. Though at the moment, I have not heard any responses to any emails or applications I have sent to other organizations. I was wondering if anyone had worked in this field before and where it has led them in their career. My ideal job would be working in animal or coral husbandry but I’m not sure if this job will provide me with the proper experience that will eventually lead me to those positions. I don’t really want to do sea monitoring for a long time as it is very demanding as I would have to be at sea for days to two weeks at a time and they said I would practically be on call to go to ports whenever needed. If anyone has input, it would be greatly appreciated.
Was just wondering if it's feasible.
I know that sharks actually vomit up their stomachs when they do so, but how in the world doesn't their stomach get caught on their teeth? Wouldn't it be dangerous for them to vomit?
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the acquisition of this shell. It was found empty on the seafloor.
I found this shell at the seafloor near Zut, Croatia at a depth of about 4 meters. The shell was found turned over, but only the outside (depicted in the picture above) was covered in a thin layer of algae. I can't tell if the red coloration it has now is a result of these dried out algae, or of it is its natural color. The inside is mostly white, apart from a faint red hue.
The shell is rather thin, light and brittle. Even when I found it, one of the more prominent spikes (on the left side of the picture) was already noticeably missing.
Also, the picture doesn't accurately resembles the condition in which I found the shell, as it unfortunately broke during transport. I glued it back together as best I could, but some lines of glue and chipped edges remain.
I am by no means an expert, but judging by the "feel" of it, I would assume this to be the shell of some sort of crab. Futhermore, I googled sea shell species in Croatia, and tried to compare mine to them, but I couldn't find a match.
I'd be grateful if someone could help me precisely identify this thing, as it will be a gift for someone, and I would love to be able to tell a little bit about it.