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Feature story — 16 December 2003:
Of pingos and pockmarks

In mid-September, while Monterey Bay basked in late summer beach weather, MBARI geologist Charlie Paull stood shivering at the base of a low hill, several hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle and about a dozen miles from anywhere.

^Marauding polar bears were just one of the challenges MBARI researchers faced during their month-long research in the Canadian Arctic.

 
Feature story — 6 October 2003:
Employees brave highways before exploring the sea

In the spirit of California Rideshare Week, MBARI employees celebrated six years of vanpooling and hundreds of gallons of gas saved by bicycling to work.

^Some of MBARI's vanpoolers and bicycle commuters gather for a group photo to celebrate alternative transportation at MBARI. Photo: Todd Walsh (c) 2003 MBARI

 
News Release — 3 September 2003:
Nurseries in the deep sea

Exploring a deep-sea ridge off Northern California, scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have discovered a unique undersea nursery, where groups of fish and octopus brood their eggs, like chickens on their nests. This is the first time that marine biologists have directly observed any deep-sea fish brooding its eggs.

^Three octopus (Graneledone sp.) brood their eggs on a rock outcrop along the Mendocino Escarpment, offshore of Northern California.

 
News Release — 12 August 2003:
Oceanographers converge on Monterey Bay

Oceanographers from more than a dozen prestigious research institutions have converged on Monterey Bay this month to examine the bay as never before, collaborating in a unique research experiment. They have come together as part of the Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network (AOSN) program, funded by the Office of Naval Research.

^ The Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network (AOSN) Monterey 2003 Field Experiment involves several ships and dozens of floating, diving, and flying oceanographic instruments.

 
News Release — 5 May 2003:
Big red jelly surprises scientists

In photographs, it looks like a big red spaceship cruising the ocean depths. But it’s actually a new species of jelly that was discovered and described by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. MBARI scientists published their research on this unusual animal in a recent online version of the journal Marine Biology.

^At up to a meter (over three feet) across, Tiburonia granrojo moves through the deep ocean like a big red space ship.

 
News Release — 10 January 2003:
From sardines to anchovies and back in 50 years

In the late 1930s, California's sardines supported the biggest fishery in the western hemisphere, with more than half a million tons of fish caught each year. By the mid-1950s, the sardines had virtually disappeared. Although fishing pressure may have played a part in this process, new research published in the current issue of Science indicates that the sardines' demise was part of a 50-year cycle that affects not just California, but the entire Pacific Ocean.

^This highly simplified graph shows how the Pacific Ocean has alternated between “sardine regime” and “anchovy regime” over the past 70 years.

 
Last updated: Apr. 22, 2009