Furthering marine research through the peer efforts of scientists and engineers

September 11, 2014
JAMSTEC XPRIZE team with pH instrument
Members of Team HpHS from Japan prepare their pH sensor for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE competition in MBARI's seawater lab.

Carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by humans is causing the oceans to become more acidic. Unfortunately, oceanographers lack instruments that can measure the acidity (pH) of the ocean precisely and continuously for long periods of time. The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a global competition to design robust pH sensors that can accurately and affordably measure ocean acidification. The first two testing phases of the competition are being held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) from September to December of 2014.

Octopus brooding eggs in Monterey Canyon
This octopus spent four and one half years brooding her eggs on a ledge near the bottom of Monterey Canyon, about 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the ocean surface.

July 30, 2014

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators. This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to the young octopuses of having plenty of time to develop within their eggs, and their mother’s ability to survive for years with little or no food.     Read more

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