Animating the Sea: Motion, Light and Eyes

Faculty: Ruth Hayes, M.F.A., and Pauline Yu, Ph.D.

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Habitats

Habitats provide food, shelter, and a place to reproduce, giving organisms the ability to continue thriving. An organism’s habitat is important to its evolutionary history, as well as how it lives, feeds, and reproduces. The organism is also greatly impacted by the ecology and ecological relationships that their habitat hosts. For example, some organisms rely on a symbiotic relationship for survival. Others have limited prey options, or need to adapt to the light levels in order to see or be seen. Habitats include the open ocean, the deep sea, coastal and rocky shores, and coral reefs.

Beluga Whale Delphinapterus leucas

Beluga whales are a sub-arctic and arctic cetacean of the family, Monodontidae, also known as white whales.  They are adapted to life in the arctic and are most likely to be found in the shallow coastal waters of the Arctic… Continue Reading →

Black Seadevil (Melanocetus)

This deep sea fish is from the family Melanocetidae in the order Lophiiforms (anglerfish), commonly referred to as black seadevils. “Melanos” deriving from the Greek word for black and “cetus” meaning whale or sea monster. There is only one known… Continue Reading →

Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

The Balaenoptera Musculus, also known as, the Blue Whale is the biggest species of animals to ever live. Not only is it the largest creature, it is also the loudest creature on earth, being louder than a jet engine, and measuring up to 100 ft long and 200 tons, this certainly is a fascinating creature

Bobbit Worm Eunice Aphroditois

by Natalie Pogar The Bobbit Worm, although rumored to have been named after an unfortunate event in the 90’s, is true to have bear-trap jaws and a surreal looking iridescent body. With the Bobbit Worm’s length being 1-3 metres, its… Continue Reading →

Coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae & L. menadoensis)

By Kayleigh Faur The ocean is a big part of our planet, so much of it is unexplored. There seems to be more knowledge about space than what’s hidden in the depths of the sea. Gradually we have been able… Continue Reading →

Common Clownfish (Ocellaris amphiprion)

Mollie Fain The organism I have been researching is the Ocellaris Amphiprion which is commonly known as the False or Common Clownfish. It is a fish that lives in coral reefs and shallow lagoons, in general they are found in… Continue Reading →

Copepods (Copepoda)

Copepods are marine creatures that live in the deep of the ocean. In the first scene you see a Copepod moving to the ocean floor to dig in the ground and look for food. The Copepod uses its legs to… Continue Reading →

Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus)

By Ellen O. Umwelt The surface light is out and the above is calm.  The push and pull are there, but not strong, easy enough for a young to swim without too much effort from its birther.  Shallows are a… Continue Reading →

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

✦ By L.C. ✦          The harbor seal’s scientific name is  phoca vitulina, which means “calf-like seal”, this most likely being due to their neotenic appearance; namely, they have huge eyes for seeing in the dark, and… Continue Reading →

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Copyright 2020 R. Rain© *essay work still in progress* Taxonomy:Kingdom: Animalia, Pylum: Chordata, Subphylum: Vertebrata, Class: Mammalia, Order: Carnivora, Infraorder: Pinnipedia, Family: Phocidae, Genus: Phoca, Species: vitulina The Harbor Seal, also known as the Pacific harbor seal or common seal,… Continue Reading →