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There are very few things in the world that aren't beneficial to some lifeform. Even if you were to, say, spill a mixture of persistent broad-spectrum poisons on an area that killed off 99.9% of all species there, the remaining 0.1% that did survive would benefit from the lack of competition. The "great garbage patch" is hardly so extreme a phenomenon, but ...


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In the case of whales, I always thought that it was something to do with the fact that they rely upon buoyancy to support their weight and this seems to support that view: When whales, including small whales or dolphins become stranded on beaches they suffer from the pressure of their own weight on their organs,in the water they are weightless. They ...


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The link you give doesn't mention limbs sticking out of the body wall, but only vestigial hind limb elements. Many whales do retain pelves and femora, as this page at the Bergen Museum shows. Given the variation in limb development across vertebrates, it would not be surprising to find more distal elements (but I would be very surprised if they extended past ...


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Here there are spectrograms from Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Killer whales (Orcinus orca) and False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens). Here there are spectrograms for Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and from Sperm whales (Physeter catodon or Physeter marcocephalus) Here there are spectrograms from Blue whale, Fin whale and Minke ...


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Dolphins can hear above 110 kHz, and produce vocalizations in this range. Clicking has evolved in proposes and sperm whales and is predominantly above 100 kHz (to avoid being heard by killer whales). It's a bit subjective, of course: if you do a frequency decomposition of a click, it will always have some component with very high frequency. That dolphins ...


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Asterosaponins are the class of compounds - they have a cholesterol like organic core. Apparently, these saponins make pore-forming complexes with Δ5-sterols of cell membranes, and so are deadly to all usual kind of life, including bacteria and fungi. Quote: Starfish and sea cucumber cell membranes are resistant to their own saponines due to the ...


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I'm not sure that all phytoplankton perform the same type of photosynthesis. Originally, people thought that they all performed C4, on the basis of genome sequencing, which revealed the presence of genes important for C4 photosynthesis. However, experiments on individual species seemed to indicate that the phytoplankton were performing multiple types of ...


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The mechanisms of osmoregulation is different for sharks (and other elasmobranch fishes) and teleost fishes. In Elasmobranchs the body osmolarity is maintained equal to the seawater by Na⁺ Cl⁻ and urea. Toxicity because of high concentrations of urea (strong chaotrope) is counteracted by high levels of trimethylamine oxide (TMAO). So, the elasmobranchs do ...


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This advice is America-centric; graduate programs in other countries may be different, especially in regards to assigned course work, etc. But this should more-or-less be solid. Also, I'm assuming you're interested in a PhD. I don't know if what you're looking for is a proper field, but that doesn't matter. Ideally, grad school is where you do research on ...


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Viruses hijack the hosts translational machinery, forcing the host to downregulate translation of other proteins in favor of viral proteins. Your cells will eventually lyse, but in the meantime they would not be producing the enzymes required to make whatever product it is you're trying to get, likely resulting in low yields that are contaminated with virus. ...


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There is a number of reported cases of marine species reaching new locations through "hitchhiking" in recent times. However, it seems harder to find reports of species actually becoming established in a new location through this. The following articles describe examples of species transported with ocean debris: In an early study on the dispersal of ...


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A research paper that recently came out suggests that deep-sea life does have a circadian rhythm, but it is regulated much differently than it is by us surface dwellers. We see light, we eat and digest, and the suprachiasmatic nucleus in the brain (our "biological" clock) keeps track of it and eventually establishes a rhythm of the circadian variety. Most ...


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To add some detail to Christian H's answer, while fish tend to move from side to side (lateral undulation), the land ancestors of marine mammals had their limbs under them and so their spines were adapted to up and down movement (dorsoventral undulation). Hence, vertical tails in the former and horizontal in the latter (the wikipedia article on fins gives ...


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My first question would be is there any external indication of them such as air holes or anything else that you can assess from the surface? I would think that if there is, you could use transects and a quadrat. If you need to dive for them you can obviously make a weighted quadrat by filling pvc pipe with sand and gluing it together. Then take an area ...


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This is the one I've heard of - Its a sealed acrylic globe that contains algae and brine shrimp. There are quite a few references in the bibliography here to previous systems. Of course, it needs sunlight, but all the elements are recycled. Its really closed and has reasonable endurance. The basic commercial version of his closed world -- sold under ...


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How about marine reptiles? Sea snakes have a paddle-like tail, so perhaps you would claim that as a fin, but maybe marine iguanas would qualify? And, of course, sea turtles.


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This post is pretty well written and seems to say that the evolutionary forces that produce shell color like this is not known. There are suggestions that the color is camoflage or the result of metabolic byproducts or that the pigments serve to strengthen the shell. Its hard to believe some of these theories given that some shells do fine without coloring ...


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It is more efficient to use fins than feet, hooves, or other similar body parts. It is the same reason that you can swim faster while wearing flippers. Having a larger surface area allows animals to push against more water, so that they have more force when swimming. Here is a picture of the bones in a dolphin fin. They are extremely similar to the bones in ...


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Some wires crossed here. Most algae are C3, in other words they use the Calvin cycle to fix CO2. Another way of saying it is that RUBISCO (Ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase) is dorectly responsible for CO2 fixation. There is some evidence (disputed) that some diatoms use a form of the C4 pathway in which CO2 is initially fixed as a 4-carbon compound ...


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This method is commonly practiced. Atleast I see the people working with zebrafish transgenics using it. When you shear the genomic DNA or do a restriction digestion, you are likely to get fragments of different sizes. It is highly probable that the two (or more) locations harboring a copy of the DNA element are a part of fragments with different sizes. So ...


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Alexander's advice is excellent in the general case, but since I faced a very similar problem when I applied to grad schools last year, I wanted to offer my perspective on this specific union of fields. Many people (including me) believe that this intersection is about to be a really important field - ecologists are starting to recognize the need for ...


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According to the MarineBio conservation society, the fastest marine mammal is the Common Dolphin, with a top speed of 64 km/h. That places it just above the Zebra on the Wikipedia list of fastest mammals. (I wasn't able to find a primary source for this immediately, so take it with a pinch of salt.)


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A virus has to infect the cell, take over the cell machinery to make more virus, and then is might lyse the cell. And then you have to wait for more virus to do that again to more cells, and you have to keep the algae alive all that time. Chemical or mechanical shearing would be much faster, and you don't have to run the risk of virus floating around and ...


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According to the Marine Species Identification portal, the presence of these thorns is variable. They also vary in size, shape, and the presence of polygonal frames. I don't think there is anything about the imaging process described that would result in the uniform loss of spines (unless the sieve/microsplitter broke them all, but I think that would be a ...


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If by 'fishery' you mean "amount of fish caught", the answer is a qualified no. Sweden's catch has been stable or perhaps slightly increasing since a low in 2005, but the catch is still much lower than a decade ago (Statistics Sweden). This is presumably due in large part to the quotas set on Total Allowable Catch for various sea regions. If by 'fishery' ...


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To quote the PI from the BBC article: But, Dr Dabiri explained, the jellyfish were unlikely to be the "primary ocean mixers". "Crustaceans - like copepods and krill - are likely the primary biogenic mixers, because there are so many of them," he explained. "But much of the open ocean is like desert," he added, "and the density of these animals is ...


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Yes there are several published sources (with photos) of whales born with protruding vestigial legs. http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace/bitstream/handle/2246/4849/N0009.pdf;jsessionid=55D6453968F5461B1B6BFF8D53C81F16?sequence=1 Modern Right Whales have rudimentary legs--completely inside their bodies. "approaching the inquiry with the most skeptical ...



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