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Taking a closer look at shark skin.

Believe it or not, a shark’s mouth isn’t the only place it has teeth!

Audio Posted: March 29, 2010 | Running time: 1:20

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Nate Jaros

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Sea Jellies in Aquariums: The Next Frontier

Nate Jaros received his Bachelors Degree in Biology and Environmental Science form Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2002, Jaros began working as an aquarist at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and found his specialty in the area of jelly culture. He accepted his position at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach in 2005. For over two years now he has successfully filled the Aquarium of the Pacific's exhibits with cultured jellies, and has sent many jellies to other aquariums.

Audio Posted: March 3, 2010 | Running time: 4:13

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A Shark’s Sixth Sense  buttonLink

Sharks unique ability to sense electrical impulses in the water.

Besides hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing, and feeling the world around them, sharks are adapted with a sixth sense that allows them to use electroreceptors called Ampullae de Lorenzini. Learn more about this rare ability that aids sharks in the skilled predation of their prey.

Audio Posted: August 25, 2009 | Running time: 1:14

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A Toothy Situation  buttonLink

Taking a closer look at shark teeth

The very body part that makes sharks so intimidating is also what makes sharks so fascinating: teeth! From sharks that filter their food instead of biting to sharks that have jaws much like a nutcracker, you can learn a tremendous amount about a shark just by looking at its teeth.

Audio Posted: July 6, 2009 | Running time: 1:29

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Sibling Rivalry  buttonLink

Sand tiger sharks get a jump start on predation.

Sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning in the case of sand tiger shark reproduction. Discover how these embryonic sharks become experienced predators even before they are born.

Audio Posted: June 15, 2009 | Running time: 1:47

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Cascade  buttonLink

The complex relationships between predators

Sea otters, bald eagles, and orcas are all Alaskan marine predators. These three very different species are linked through a complex series of relationships that reach across ecosystems and species.

Audio Posted: May 18, 2009 | Running time: 3:21

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Cleaning Symbiosis - Do Cheaters Prosper?  buttonLink

Are cleaner fish tempted to bite their clients?

Parasites may be harmful to living organisms. A relationship called the cleaning symbiosis describes how some animals, the cleaners, remove parasites from other animals, the clients. Because of the close interaction between cleaner and client, a question arises: instead of picking off parasites, do cleaners ever bite their clients instead?

Audio Posted: April 1, 2009 | Running time: 3:59

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Julie Hagelin

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Crested Auklets

Dr. Julie Hagelin’s research has shown that in addition to their senses of sight and sound, some birds also use a sense of smell to communicate with others and to attract mates. She explains how studies of Crested Auklets at the Aquarium of the Pacific and at a breeding site in western Alaska have led her to say: “The bird nose knows”. Dr Hagelin is an assistant professor at Swarthmore College where she teaches classes in animal behavior, behavioral ecology, and general biology.

Audio Posted: March 6, 2009 | Running time: 2:28

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Living Camouflage  buttonLink

How some crabs avoid their predators

Some species of crabs utilize novel forms of camouflage, covering their shells with other living organisms to fool their predators.

Audio Posted: February 18, 2009 | Running time: 4:44

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Steller Visions  buttonLink

Georg Steller and the vanishing species which bear his name

The Gulf of California is home to a diverse assemblage of wildlife. This diversity is a reflection of the Gulf's distinctive geography. Impacts to wildlife from a variety of sources threaten many of the rare and endangered species that make the Gulf their home.

Audio Posted: February 1, 2009 | Running time: 5:44

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Goldeneye  buttonLink

Sea ducks drink seawater with help from a special gland

The Common Goldeneye spends part of its year on freshwater lakes, and part on the coastal ocean. Like other sea ducks, they have an adaptation that allows them to drink saltwater safely.

Audio Posted: December 14, 2008 | Running time: 3:23

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Forests for Fish  buttonLink

Mangrove forests are essential for thriving fisheries

Mangrove forests are a feature of tropical coastlines. In addition to protecting shorelines from erosion and waves, they support a thriving population of fish and invertebrates. The loss of mangrove forests to deforestation and development bodes poorly for shoreline protection and fisheries.

Audio Posted: October 28, 2008 | Running time: 3:16

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The Six Senses of Sharks  buttonLink

Sharks have the same five senses as humans – plus one more!

Check out our "kid friendly" podcast that's all about sharks! This exclusive podcast includes terms that people of all ages can understand. You'll learn how sharks use their senses of hearing, smell, touch, taste, and sight. They also have a sixth sense, the ability to sense electricity.

Audio Posted: August 15, 2008 | Running time: 2:25

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The Grunion Return  buttonLink

The diminutive fish returns to the beaches of Southern California

Each year grunion return to the sandy beaches of Southern California to lay their eggs. This unusual spectacle is readily observable during a walk on the beach, provided you’re willing to stay up late enough.

Audio Posted: July 1, 2008 | Running time: 3:50

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