Animating the Sea: Motion, Light and Eyes

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

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Predator/Prey

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 →

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 →

Committing Identity Theft with the Mimic Octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus

by M.B. Physiology The Mimic Octopus is a master of camouflage. They grow to about 60 centimeters long (2 feet), and their natural skin pattern consists of beige and brown bands, although they often display dark brown and white bands… 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 →

Emperor and Little Blue Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) and (Eudyptula minor)

By: Jay White Most of the time when someone is asked to imagine a penguin, they could think of a very basic concept; black body, white belly, flipper-like wings, a funny little waddle, and the ability to slide on their… Continue Reading →

Glowing Shrimp Acanthephyra Purpurea

Within the depths of the ocean,  resides many different forms of life some that appears to be almost alien by comparison. Through evolution these creatures have developed an interesting defense mechanism for fighting off predators. When threatened this type of… 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 →

Killer Whale (orcinus orca)

Introduction Have you ever wondered why there is an underlying respect for the orca in the food chain? Why do we, as a human’s, see orcas as a non-threatening mammal? But if you were a sea animal, you would be… Continue Reading →

Moon Snail (Naticidae)

The Naticidae, more commonly known as the moon snail, belongs to the class Gastropoda and the order Littorinimorpha. Gastropods are a class of animals containing snails, slugs, limpets, and sea hares. There is a large variety in shape, size, and… Continue Reading →

Octopus Light Sensing Apparatus

By Mary Paiten Madsen There are several key things that are fascinating about how octopuses see the world. Their eyes do not have corneas, relying on other features to protect and hold the iris in place. Despite being notorious for… Continue Reading →

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