New Release: Sea Turtles Resource Collection

    Sea turtles are a key part of marine ecosystems worldwide, but they face many threats today. Explore a collection of NOAA webinars, a virtual reality dive, lesson plans, videos, posters, web stories, and more to gain a deeper understanding of sea turtle species and NOAA’s efforts within the sanctuary system to protect them and limit the threats they face.

    nereid worms (Alitta sp.) prowling the tidal mudflats

    nereids and other predatory polychaete worms (such as bobbit worms) are related to earthworms but have a more complex brain, leg-like parapodia, eyes, antennae, and sharp retractable jaws for grasping prey. I think of them as marine centipedes.

    normally they stay out of sight buried in the mud, so I was a bit surprised to see these ones crawling out in the open, various smaller invertebrates scrambling out of the way to avoid becoming the worms’ next meal.

    (PEI, Canada, 7/29/22)

    Dangerously low oxygen levels are killing Dungeness crabs off the Pacific Northwest Coast, including NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Scientists are undertaking a collaborative project to understand the impacts and relationships of the multiple stressors involved in order to shape the future of ocean science and fisheries management in the region.

    Read about this project here:

    Another beautiful day in #Squidtember

    Whiplash squid are one of the more commonly found squid in the deep sea, but their anatomy is far from common. Their tentacles are totally different from other squid. Typically, squid tentacles are long and rubbery, with suction cups and often hooks on the clubs. In whiplash squid, they have suction cups all along the limb which makes them super sticky!

    This video is from NOAA, and try as I might it wouldn't let me add it by embedding the youtube video- here's the OG.

    What do you see in this photo? 🔬

    Students across the nation in all 50 states looked up at their class projector screen this year and witnessed what some describe as “alien-like life decked out in discoware grooving across the dance floor!”

    While kids have access to a lot of interesting content these days, it's not often a student can watch microscopic life magnified and projected over the internet by plankton experts. The featured plankton was collected from surface waters just off of San Francisco, and shared nationwide as part of the celebration of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System’s 50th anniversary.

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    What's going on in this clip?

    This tiny free-swimming jellyfish larva is called an ephyra. As it feeds and grows it will develop the stinging tentacles of an adult jellyfish. Visual description: Translucent, microscopic living organism pulses several times.

    Credit: Janai Southworth/NOAA/NMSF