Tide-Pool

We had a field trip to the beach for marine bio. The teacher told us that we had to stay with in the tide pool area. We were supposed to identify the organisms in the pools. There were some big rocks were the waves crashed and the teacher set them as the boundaries of how far we could go. A group of like 6 girls decided to climb the rocks and take pictures of the sea otters that were swimming on the other side. One of the girls dropped her phone into the water and she decided to dive after it. She was all scratched from the rocks when the beach guard guys got her out of the water. We weren’t allowed any more field trips after that.

FIVE ADORABLE/PRECIOUS THINGS

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ONE.  guzma has always struggled with dyslexia, and in recent years it’s gotten worse from brain damage. because of this, he has never enjoyed reading. even so, since he was very small, (here’s the actual cute part) the very hungry caterpie has always been his favorite book. he still likes to read it sometimes—or rather, he especially likes for plumeria to read it to him sometimes.

TWO.  (another one that isn’t so cute at first) the ugliest scar on guzma’s entire body was acquired by wiping the fuck out in a rocky tide pool while chasing a wimpod when he was about thirteen, severely slicing open his leg enough to tear muscle, putting him on crutches for awhile. when he was finally able to run again, he went back to chase wimpod. the one he had initially been chasing recognized him, and feeling remorseful, it approached him all on its own. that wimpod was champ, his golispod.

THREE.  this boi can sleep absolutely anywhere. not only that, but he can stay asleep anywhere as well, no matter the noise or uncomfortable surface he’s on or position he’s in. if he sits or lies down and lets his eyes close for too long, he’s a goner. if you’re close to him and he feels safe, you can gently scratch his head and he’ll be out even faster. additionally, he’s notorious for snoring, drooling, hogging blankets, and sprawling his arms and legs all over the place. he doesn’t toss and turn, though. when he sleeps, it’s deep sleep.

FOUR.  he may be big, bad, and tough. he may act like he’s the shit. but when someone is gushing about him to others or even in private? he turns into a fidgety, blushing mess while he tries to hide the dopiest smile. it’s hard for him to believe it when anyone genuinely speaks of him positively for more than about fifteen seconds. it’s also hard for him to accept them with a verbal thank you, though he usually won’t try to deny whatever is being said.

FIVE.  he dearly loves all bugs and does not think any less of the tiny, weak, and adorable ones as opposed to their fully-evolved forms. the sixth space in his party is reserved for catching, training, and releasing baby bug pokemon because it’s tough for them out in the wild. he loves to talk to kids interested in bug pokemon and happily teaches them whatever they want to learn. he will also try to beat down anybody who ever claims bug pokemon are weak.

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There’s a whole world to discover in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary tidepools! 

These are giant green anemones, which can often be spotted in the rocky tidepools lining the sanctuary. Their brilliant green color comes from symbiotic algae that live within their tissues! 

(Photo: Shawn Sheltren/NPS)

Curious Sea Otter Drains Monterey Bay

A sea otter floats outside of the Monterey Bay Aquarium with a large drain plug on its belly. Photo: AP—Aquarium Press

MONTEREY, CA — Monterey Bay Aquarium staff arriving to work early this morning were greeted with a shocking view: a fully drained Monterey Bay.

“Our first thought was: ‘Did we forget to the turn the pumps off last night?’” recalled systems operator Tara Lattrop. “But then we noticed our furry visitor.”

Indeed, floating in the Aquarium’s Great Tide Pool basin was a resting sea otter with what appeared to be the bay’s drain plug.

Satellite images of the water draining from the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon after its drain plug was pulled. Images: JPL — Just Pictures of Liquid

“We periodically drop the water level to do general maintenance on the bay’s rock-work,” stated local marine technician Tad Keng. “Looks like this particular otter decided to ignore the “Paws Off” sign.”

Though officials were initially skeptical that the otter had acted unassisted, and were investigating a guilty-looking dolphin, video surfaced from local diver Joseph Platco that pulled the plug on that theory.

“Divers use the drain plug as a way to navigate back from deeper dives,” Joseph explained. “Out of nowhere, this otter swoops in and takes off with the plug!”

Though he had to end his dive early because of lack of ocean, he was thrilled by the encounter. “I can legitimately say that was the most otterly pawesome dive I’ve ever done.”

But for many visitors expecting to spend the day with an ocean view, the otter’s antics were less appreciated.

“I’ve always said otters are glorified sea weasels, and this just proves it yet again,” said Red Abalowne, a Mendocino local visiting family in Monterey. “They’re not cuddly, that’s one little big lie. Their popularity is way overblown—leave it to an otter for this kind of shameless self-plug.”

“Sea otters need to eat about a quarter of their weight in food every day,” countered sea otter specialist Sendrine Hasan. “As a result, they’re very curious and dextrous—to a hungry otter, this was just plug and play.”

Despite the initial surprise, Aquarium staff took the event in stride.

“It’s another interpretive moment!” mused science interpreter James Kovel. “We’re having a unique opportunity to witness the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon, which is as deep as the Grand Canyon and usually covered by a mile of seawater.”

“Not only that,” he continued, “but this is a great visual representation of what the planet will look like when the global ocean vaporizes from the Sun’s inevitable expansion during the Apocalypse of the Solar System. Kids love this stuff.”

Guest experience supervisor Kirt MacKay and diver Patrik Anderson setting up to refill the bay from Aquarium storage. Photo: AP—Aquarium Press.

After trading the plug for a piece of kelp and plugging the bay back in, Aquarium staff started refilling the basin from their emergency seawater storage tanks. They expect Monterey Bay to be completely full by tomorrow, Sunday April 2.