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Expedition Photo of the Day: Oh, I didn't see you there!

Posted Wed, Aug 25, 2010 by tmarshall to flatfish, oceana gulf expedition, photo of the day

flatfish

© Oceana/Eduardo Sorensen

This camouflaged flatfish looks up at an Oceana diver from the sea floor off the coast of Panama City, FL.

Flatfish are an order of fish that, like their name suggests, are relatively flat. Their eyes are on one side of their head, with some species "left facing", some "right facing", and others can face either way.

Be sure to check out all our footage from the expedition – photos, videos, blogs - updated every day!


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Expedition Photo of the Day: Oil on the Horizon

Posted Tue, Aug 24, 2010 by tmarshall to ban offshore drilling, oceana gulf expedition, photo of the day

oil rig on the horizon at sunset

© Oceana/Eduardo Sorensen

My other photos of the day have been cool underwater creatures. But today, my focus is something you can see above the waves. This beautiful photo is marred by that pesky oil rig in the distance, otherwise breaking up a fantastic sunset.

It is no surprise that as an ocean conservation group, we are against offshore drilling. Our expedition will continue for several more weeks, looking for how the BP drilling diaster has affected the area. But we are also working to make sure that an event like this never happens again.


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Expedition Photo of the Day: Mystical Anemone

Posted Thu, Aug 19, 2010 by tmarshall to anemone, oceana gulf expedition, panama city, photo of the day

anemone from research expedition

© Oceana/Eduardo Sorensen

Nope, this isn't an alien specimen. Related to corals and jellyfish, anemones are predatory creatures who use poisons in their tentacles to capture and immoblize their prey. Anemonefish, or clownfish, are not affected by anemone toxins and find shelter in their tentacles.

This translucent beauty was spotted during Oceana's research expedition off the coast of Panama City, Florida.

Be sure to check out all our footage from the expedition – photos, videos, blogs - updated every day!


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Expedition Photo of the Day: Arrow Crab

Posted Wed, Aug 18, 2010 by tmarshall to arrow crab, diving, oceana gulf expedition, panama city, photo of the day

Arrow crab off coast of Panama City Florida

© Oceana/Eduardo Sorensen

These nocturnal crabs resemble underwater daddy long-legs, with purple-tipped limbs up to three times the length of their abdomens. Despite their gangly appearance, they are surprisingly agile.

This feasting crustacean was captured on film on our oil spill research expedition off the coast of Panama City, Florida.


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Expedition Photo of the Day: Inquisitive Blenny

Posted Tue, Aug 17, 2010 by tmarshall to blenny, diving, florida middle grounds, gulf expedition, photo of the day

blenny in gulf of mexico

© Oceana/Eduardo Sorensen

With all the great footage we’re getting from our research vessel in the Gulf, I wanted to highlight some of my  favorite photos with a new daily feature.

This inquisitive blenny sticks his head out in the Florida Middle Grounds off the West Florida Shelf in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, roughly 100 miles from shore. Like all blennies, it has a long body, a single long dorsal fin, and peg-like pelvic fins, which it uses to prop itself up.

Be sure to check out all our footage from the expedition – photos, videos, blogs - updated every day!


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