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Cutest sea creatures

After I looked at which marine animals give me goosebumps , it is time to explore the opposite. Let's check out the cuties of the oceans: 1) Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis): Apart from Dumbo being one of my favorite cartoons ever, this octopus is nothing short of beautiful. Looking at the video (see below) its movements are so elegant and remind me of a small baby. If I was a shark I would leave this possible meal in peace! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXrzpisJ9pI   2. Continue reading →

Where are you studying?

Good Evening MOOCers! I hope you are looking forward to next week, it will be different to last week, but hopefully with the same great level of discussion as we had last week. Next week is all about circulation, tides and the effect of the earth spinning. As before, each of the facilitators will be online for around an hour a day to help guide you through the content, and answer any queries you might have. Continue reading →

Ocean Quotes 6: Dave Barry

This quote is from Dave Barry, a writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. “There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent. Continue reading →

The ROV team effort that stopped the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – Gulf of Mexico 2010

On 20 April 2010, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry took place in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. This blowout event on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig resulted with a total oil discharge of 4.9 million barrels, from the well that flowed for 87 days, until it was capped on 15 July 2010, after several failed attempts. Continue reading →

Ocean Quotes 5: John F. Kennedy

Great words from a greater man: "And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came. " President John F. Continue reading →

Scariest sea creatures

1. Blobfish Looks harmless, but I do not know what I would do if I found a "brain" swimming next to me... 2. Frilled shark Look at those teeth. And the killer look! 3. Giant squid Just compare the size of the scientists and that of the squid. It's called giant for a good reason. The fact that the pic is black and white makes it even more terrifying (like a Hitchcock movie) 4. Vipefish Thought to put the angler fish, but looking at that picture I changed my mind. 5. Continue reading →

The analogy between corals morphology and the “Theory of Everything – The E8 Geometry”

The Theory of Everything Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that possibly answers all the big questions. The E8 theory attempts to describe all known fundamental interactions in physics and to stand as a possible theory of everything. Garret elegantly highlights the analogy between the morphology of coral polyps and the E8 theory. I encourage you to see Garrett's talk in TED about the E8 theory. Continue reading →

Ocean Quotes 4: James Cameron

This quote is from a very inspiring person. James Cameron is a film producer (Titanic, The Abyss), and a deep-sea explorer. On March 7, 2012, Cameron took the DeepSea Challenger submersible to the bottom of the New Britain Trench in a five-mile-deep solo dive. " I do an awful lot of scuba diving. I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean. I live next to the ocean". James Cameron Click on the image to learn a bit more about James Cameron DeepSea challenge project. Continue reading →

Your Word Cloud!

Good Evening MOOCers! Just a quick update tonight, so far we have had over 500 words submitted in the "What does the ocean mean to you?" activity, it is fair to say that the most enjoyable aspect of facilitating this course so far has been the overwhelming response on the Padlet walls, we have each really enjoyed looking at the nearly 1000 pictures you have uploaded or shared with us, and it has really made it clear that the ocean means something special and unique to all of us. Continue reading →