Cleaner shrimp and moray eels share a mutually beneficial relationship. The shrimp picks algae and parasites off the skin of the eel, enjoying a free meal while keeping the moray eel healthy.
Image: Natalie Bondarenko
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Whalentine into our lives thanks to the kind generosity of my friend Steve Allen. Steve was the mastermind behind the now famous Asha puppet who features in the cool TED Ed video "why are blue whales so enormous" (Google it!). While Steve and I have never met, we have become friends thanks to my absolutely phenomenal doppelgänger that caused much muppet envy the world over. He is a great supporter of my work and now the work of @oceanswellorg my new non-profit. If you have any skills or in kind contributions you would like to make to Oceanswell whether it's your ability to plot graphs or build databases or create videos, please do get in touch! Also, you may have noticed I've gone a little quiet on my personal social media - that's because we are totally ramping up on our Oceanswell accounts. In case you have missed out our last few videos and posts please head over to @oceanswellorg on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and join in the adventure! Thanks to all of you ho have already made the switch! Photo credit Meghan Callon.
Here are some spiffy mushrooms I found the other day. I think these are some sort of Amanita sp. but I'm not very confident in my mushroom identification. Mushrooms like these are the reproductive stage in the fungus life cycle. The mushroom grows from the conjugation of hyphae under the soil. The hyphae are the filaments of the fungus under ground. Most of the fungus is in the soil decomposing organic matter. The gills you can see in the second picture are where spores are produced through meiosis. These spore will be released and blown by the wind until they land and germinate growing new hyphae into the soil. With out decomposes like this, our soil would be poor and we would be swimming in waste. #ozarks#mushrooms#biodiversity#biology#science#life
I'm relaxing at the lake night fishing again. Whether I catch anything or not, it's a great way to unwind and enjoy nature. Granted I don't like the mosquitoes, but the air and sounds of the water, breeze, and crickets out here plus the stars and night skies are just so refreshing! Did you know that Fishing Makes You A Better Person (According To new report released by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the Outdoor Foundation)? 1. Fishing can keep you physically fit.
2. Fish are an excellent source of nutrition.
3. Eating fish could help you live longer.
4. Fishing may reduce stress. In a country where 80 percent of us report feeling even more stressed or equally stressed each year and only 37 percent of us actually think we’re doing a good job at managing it, finding a way to relax is vital to our mental and physical health.
5. The sport may decrease symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
6. Fishing helps you unplug and enjoy nature. (Reference: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5754408)