Countdown to 2013 Pacific Expedition!

Posted Fri, Aug 16, 2013 by Ben Enticknap to alexandra cousteau, cousteau, expedition, explore, fathoms deep, oregon, pacific expedition 2013

Colorful basket stars and sea anemones radiate life offshore Port Orford, Oregon. © Oceana  

Anticipation and excitement is building as Oceana’s U.S. West Coast staff prepares for seven days at sea exploring and filming largely undocumented coral and sponge colonies off the coast of Oregon!

We will be deploying a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) along offshore banks and canyons containing rocky reefs and soft substrates at depths up to 1,300 feet. Some of these areas, including North Heceta Bank and Siletz Hotspot have not previously been explored with an ROV. During the expedition we hope to capture footage of glass sponges, gorgonian corals, black corals, sea whips, and more.

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Fact of the Day: Greenland Shark

Posted Tue, Jul 13, 2010 by MollyH to arctic, atlantic, explore, Fact of the Day, greenland shark, sharks

The Greenland shark is a cold water shark, living in the northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans.  Its flesh is poisonous to humans if eaten fresh. 

Check out our full list of creatures and come back tomorrow for another random fact!  

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Fact of the Day: Whale Sharks

Posted Thu, Jul 8, 2010 by MollyH to explore, Fact of the Day, shark week, sharks, whale sharks

In honor of Shark Week, which is just a few short weeks away, my first “Fact of the Day” post will be about -- you guessed it -- sharks!

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world. These sharks grow up to 65 feet (20 meters) long and their mouths are 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide.

And here’s a bonus fact: whale sharks have the thickest skin of any animal in the world at up to 4 inches thick.

Curious for more? Be sure to come back tomorrow for another exciting fact or check out Oceana.org/Explore and do some investigating on your own!

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