marine organisms

Typically measuring ~88 centimeters (but with recordings found up to 104 centimeters), the venomous golden cow-nose rays migrate in groups of up to 10,000 as they make their way towards their summer feeding grounds in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Masterlist of Studyblrs

Hey guys! I have compiled a list of studyblrs and organized them both by year and major (if they’re in university or college). The studyblrs with * by the urls are the ones that I currently follow!

As you can see, this  list has gotten quite long  and for those who don’t know i go to school in Canada meaning I don’t understand how grades work in the UK or other countries so when it comes time that i post this masterlist and I put you in the wrong year please feel free to message me and ill change it to the proper year asap!!

If you reblogged the post with the information and I did not add you, I apologize but I lost track sometimes where I was in the lists and might have skipped you.

Feel free to add what year you are or what you’re studying in the reblogs or tags!! Follow those who are in the same year as you or studying the same subject, or follow anyone if you’re looking for new people to follow.

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anonymous asked:

Hey so a bit of a stupid questions but I dont know where else to find an answer, ive been considering setting up a salt water tank but I have no absolute idea how adding the salt works,, like how much do you put in the water? how do you know when its too much and if your doing a water change do you add salt to the new water before you add it to the tank? also is cycling the tank different or the same? Once again sorry for the stupid questions but i have no clue :(

hello! it’s ok! lots of us start somewhere! and there’s SO much info online it can be hard to really grasp it all at first.

so when you have a saltwater tank you have to add salt to the water.

you would get something like instant ocean salt (or whatever brand you want this is just what i use)

when you first set up an aquarium you add the salt to the water. when you do water changes you also add salt to the water you put into the tank. think of it like an extra water treatment along with dechlorination 

sometimes you’ll notice evaporation from the tank (water level will go down. this happens in freshwater too. the warm water evaporates really readily) when saltwater evaporates it leaves the salt behind so you can top off the tank with (treated) freshwater. (you might also see salt crystals building up on the edges and lid of your tank. just push it back into the tank)

now you can’t just add a random amount of salt and hope for the best. the water needs to have the correct salinity reading. salinity is the concentration of salt in the water (more salt = higher salinity)

you measure salinity with a hydrometer (cheap but less accurate)

or a refractometer (more accurate and more expensive)

fish have different requirements when it comes to salinity. most marine organisms need their salinity to be around 1.020-1.025. some corals like more. the above hydrometer has the most common salinities highlighted in red on the side. 

(the same concept goes for a brackish tank but you would have lower salinity. probably 1.010-1.016 or something)

the 1.0XX numbers are referring to specific gravity. specific gravity is the density of a liquid. in this case the density of salt in the solution. higher numbers indicate higher salinity. (it’s kinda like pH in that you don’t need to know exactly what it means but you do need to make sure the numbers are right and know how to fix it if they aren’t)

when you do water changes for a saltwater tank you:

1) get a bucket (also towels. they’re always good to have around)

2) put water and dechlorinator in bucket 

(or use RO water if you’re fancy)

3) mix in the instant ocean salt 

(there are instructions on the box and online. it’s not always perfect though which we’ll get to in step 5)

*mixing can take a long time! you’re gonna want to wait until the water is clear (if it’s cloudy the salt hasn’t mixed in yet) also check the bottom of the bucket. salt will collect there and mess with your reading if it hasn’t mixed in yet.  

**maybe use a non-white bucket if you have one. it’ll be easier to see when the water is cloudy or when there’s sneaky salt hiding at the bottom

***protip- get a powerhead, drop it in the bucket, turn it on, and let it do the mixing for you while you watch tv or something. 

4) test the water with either a hydrometer or a refractometer
5) determine whether the salinity is good for your tank. 

for example: say you want 1.023

let’s say you test the water and it’s at 1.018. Oh no! That’s too low! 

if the number is too low then the salt is too low. add more salt (for how much you add it’s kinda a guess. you’ll get better at it with experience. or you could look online or something. i just kinda wing it) 

now you mix it again and it clears up and you test it again. it’s now 1.031. Oh no! that’s too high!! 

if the number is too high the salt is too high. add more water. the water will dilute the mixture and lower the salinity. 

you mix again and finally the water is at 1.023! perfect! (although honestly 1.022 and 1.024 would also be fine unless you have really delicate fish. this is just a water change and you’re probably changing like 20% of the water. so the salinity from this change will average with the salinity of the rest of the water in the tank so it really won’t be a big change)

6) dump that water in your tank! 

(always check to make sure the temp is ok. if it’s too hot let it cool off first. if it’s too cold add it slowly)

other info

when you acclimate freshwater fish you generally just float the bag to acclimate for temperature right? (unless they’re really delicate fish and you want to drip acclimate them or smth)

for saltwater fish you sometimes do the same but you want to pay special attention to salinity. at the petstore, ask someone what their tank’s salinity is at. for example, if their tank is at 1.019 and your tank at home is at 1.025 your fish might be stressed out by the sudden change. the fish has to expend more energy to maintain homeostasis in its more concentrated environment. fish can adjust but it takes them a while. best thing to do is to try and adjust your own tank to be of a similar salinity to the store tank (for your first fish). for other fish that you may add later you would quarantine them and slowly (over many days) adjust the salinity to match that of your main tank before you add them. 

cycling is basically the same. put in ammonia. then wait for nitrites then nitrates. 

 if you use any “bacteria in a bottle” to speed up the process make sure to get marine bacteria. freshwater bacteria would probably shrivel up and die in a marine environment. 

also when you test water with testing kits make sure to read your results using the saltwater chart (not the freshwater one)

i hope this helped! feel free to send me another ask if i need to clear something up or answer another question. 

  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata 
  • Class: Arachnida 

This is the Diving Bell spider and is the only spider known to live its entire life under water. It breathes air but it does so by trapping air in a bubble and holding onto it with hairs on its abdomen and legs while underwater. This bubble (bell) permits gas exchange with the surrounding water; taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. The spider will spend most of its time in this bubble and very rarely needs to replenish the air thanks to the gas exchange. 

Another adorable little Pachygrapsus crassipes at Barview Jetty in Garibaldi OR, 30 August 2017. I saw tons of these guys down there, but (understandably) they’d scramble for shelter and wedge themselves into crevices the moment I blundered across them.


Sergeant John Forge:

Sergeant John Forge (Service Number 63492-94758-JF) was a veteran non-commissioned officer and an infantryman in the UNSC Marine Corps. Although he excelled in tactics and combat, his repeated acts of insubordination caused him to receive three demotions, with infractions such as fighting with an officer, (which resulted in 2.4 years in jail time), and striking a superior officer. He sported an ace of spades playing card attached to his left shoulder pauldron, and also carried a combat knife he named “Lucy.”

Early Life:

Born on Earth on May 29, 2501, Forge’s life revolved around the military. His family lineage had been a part of the military for generations, dating as far back as World War II. He joined boot camp at the minimum age 16, where his superiors remarked there was “something special” about him. Forge and his wife fathered a daughter, Lucy Orion “Rion” Forge, around 2525. Although John’s marriage was strained even before the birth of his child, he and Rion would always remain on good terms.

Forge worked a stint as a military policeman on Mars and did some “grunt work” on Epsilon Eridani IV during the Insurrection. However, he hated policing and jumped at the chance to be assigned to Fort Marshall.

Forge was arrested twice during his service. His first arrest was for directly disobeying orders and disorderly conduct. Even though his actions saved four members of his squad, Forge spent a total of 2.4 years in prison, an infraction that removed any chance of moving through Officer Candidate School or even progressing beyond the rank of sergeant.

His second arrest occurred around August 17, 2530. Forge’s then-five-year-old daughter, Rion, and her aunt Jillian were waiting for John in a bar when Lieutenant Prosser started making sexual advances on Jillian. When the lieutenant made a suggestive comment toward Rion, Jillian struck Prosser, prompting him to shove her against a wall. At this point John arrived and confronted the lieutenant. They engaged in a fist fight, with charges brought upon the sergeant. However, Rion proclaimed her father as a hero and all charges were dropped, where he was later reassigned to the UNSC Spirit of Fire by Admiral Preston Cole himself. Spirit of Fire’s commanding officer, Captain James Cutter, came to trust Forge so thoroughly that he granted the sergeant a degree of authority significantly exceeding that afforded by his rank.

Reclamation of Harvest:

In February 2531, Spirit of Fire was sent to assist the crippled Marathon-class heavy cruiser UNSC Prophecy in the Epsilon Indi system. Captain Cutter ordered the Prophecy’s navigation database and survivors to be recovered, sending Forge and multiple Marine fireteams on board the vessel while Spirit of Fire engaged several Covenant ships. Forge’s Pelican dropship was hit by enemy fire and crash landed on the Prophecy’s hull. Forge and Team Lima breached and boarded the Prophecy, whereupon they were attacked by Kig-Yar Rangers. Forge’s ankle was broken during the engagement. With the guidance of Serina, Spirit of Fire’s AI, he was able to find the a terminal to recover the ship’s black box and wipe its navigation core while the rest of Team Lima rescued the ship’s survivors. Serina warned Forge that the Prophecy’s AI may “act peculiar” due to high radiation levels.

Upon scanning his retina to gain access to the terminal, Forge was halted by the ship’s AI, FitzGibbon, who explained he could not allow him to enter due to the latter’s poor service record. Forge reminded the AI of the Cole Protocol, stating that he was aboard the vessel to ensure the protocol would not to be violated. FitzGibbon then reluctantly allowed Forge into the terminal room and enabled radiation repair routines. Forge purged the navigation database and returned to the Pelicans as FitzGibbon activated Prophecy’s self-destruct sequence, which soon scuttled the ship. After the Marines and Forge escaped with the survivors, they were taken to Spirit of Fire’s medical bay. When Forge asked how the survivors were doing, Serina told him that they would all soon die due to all of them suffering extensive radiation poisoning. Forge was angered by the AI’s indifference towards the survivors and comforted them in their final moments, believing that even if they would soon be dead, they were still people and so deserved better.

Forge was sent to the surface of Harvest on his first mission to scout out Covenant activity in the northern polar region of the planet. He drove through Quadrant 4 to find a battalion of Sangheili that an AV-14 Hornet squadron had spotted earlier. Reporting the Covenant activity to his superiors, as to how the aliens had found a a Forerunner structure buried within the ice, he returned to the overrun UNSC Alpha Base, and helped organize scattered Marine units along the way. Forge and his rag-tag assault force were able to retake Alpha Base a short-time later. Before the Relic was demolished by the Covenant, the Forerunner site is captured by Forge and Marine forces. Professor Ellen Anders was then sent to the planet’s surface to personally investigate the relic, and Forge reluctantly escorted her inside.[14] He was present when Anders activated a Forerunner holographic projection of a star map, and protected her when they were ambushed by a team of Sangheili warriors. Spirit of Fire then evacuated most of her ground troops, including Forge, and set course for Arcadia, a UNSC colony planet to which the star map had pointed.[12]


After arriving at Arcadia, Forge was among the first UNSC troops to set foot in the besieged capital of Pirth City, where he aided the evacuation of civilians aboard three cargo vessels. When the civilian transports took off, Forge and his men abandoned the besieged city and fell back to the outskirts. There, he took part in the destruction of a nearby Covenant base, assisted by Spartan teams Red and Omega. He also participated in the battle to destroy a Covenant energy dome which was protecting an unfinished Type-29 Scarab. After a short battle, the UNSC forces succeeded in destroying the Scarab. While he and Anders were surveying the area, Arbiter Ripa ‘Moramee ambushed them. Forge was swiftly defeated and was about to be killed, until Anders stopped the Arbiter by agreeing to go with him without incident. After Spartan Red Team’s unsuccessful attempt to stop the Arbiter from escaping, they immediately retreated back to the Spirit of Fire. Spirit of Fire then made a slipspace jump in pursuit of 'Moramee’s retreating vessel.

Shield world:

After Spartan Jerome-092 recommended destroying 'Moramee’s ship and killing Anders rather than let classified information fall into Covenant hands, Forge confronted the Spartan. The altercation resulted in a broken chair, a seal malfunction on a bulkhead and a stern interruption from Serina. From then on, Forge and Jerome always ate together in the mess hall.

Upon arriving at a mysterious planet, Forge was sent to the planet’s surface, where he and his forces encountered the Flood. It was soon discovered that the world was not a planet at all, but a Forerunner shield world. Immediately following this revelation, Forge was put in charge of the evacuation of the Spirit’s ground troops and the decontamination of Flood from the ship’s dorsal surface. By chance, he came upon the recently escaped Ellen Anders in the shield world’s interior and escorted her back to the Spirit of Fire.

Forge was then put in charge of the strike team that would deliver the Spirit’s Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine to the Apex Site; the SFTE had been rigged as a bomb to destroy the shield world and deny its armada of Forerunner dreadnoughts to the Covenant. Atop the Apex, he once again faced 'Moramee in battle, while the Spartans of Red Team eliminated the Arbiter’s comrades. Although Forge was nearly killed, he overcame his foe at the last minute by tricking the Arbiter to look him in the eye, and then stabbing him in the neck with his prized combat knife, “Lucy”. He then picked up the Arbiter’s energy sword and drove it through the Sangheili’s stomach, killing him. As Alice-130 rolled the Arbiter’s corpse off the platform, Jerome examined the engine, realizing that it had been damaged in the fight.

When it became clear that the damaged slipspace drive would have to be detonated manually, Forge realized that the Spartans would play a far greater role in the war than he ever could. He volunteered to take the FTL drive into the shield world’s artificial star. Forge gave the Spirit’s crew the time they needed to escape the hollow planet and then detonated the drive, sacrificing his own life, but dealing the Covenant a massive blow in the process.


Spirit of Fire was declared lost with all hands on February 10, 2534, though many bereaved family members refused to accept the official statement. On his deathbed, Forge’s father encouraged Rion to keep up the search for the truth regarding the ship’s disappearance. Rion spent the ensuing years seeking closure for her father’s disappearance, eventually becoming a scavenger. In January 2557, she followed a series of leads that pointed to the log buoy Spirit of Fire had dropped at Arcadia, which in turn took her to the remains of Shield World 0459. There she encountered what remained of the former caretaker of the facility, a fragmentary ancilla she later dubbed “Little Bit”, which provided her the trajectory Spirit of Fire had followed when escaping the shield world.

This Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look at the Museum in fall of 1942: This image shows glass blower Herman O. Mueller and photographer Charles H. Coles looking at a model of a radiolarian—a single-celled marine organism. When viewed under a microscope, their glassy (silica) skeletons reveal unimaginably intricate, often perfectly symmetrical geometric forms. It took Mueller roughly four months, from research to heating, blowing, and bending the glass to complete each scientifically accurate model—and he made around 1,000 in 40 years. Look for some of his creations on the Museum’s Spectrum of Life wall in the Hall of Biodiversity.


Reporter/Superhero AU

Clarice Fong is a reporter for eXtra eXtra, John Proudstar is a mutant superhero by the name of Thunderbird. His identity is the best kept secret and Clarice is determined to find out who’s underneath the mask.

In the scrappy reporter’s pursuit for answers, she encounters the kind John Proudstar, an ex Marine who runs an organization for mutants that need help in this anti-mutant world.

What are scientists up to in your national marine sanctuaries?

In Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, researchers are kicking off an expedition to explore the sanctuary’s deep-sea ecosystems!

Using a remotely operated vehicle, scientists from Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will explore the sanctuary’s deep-water ecosystems. Photo: Charleston Lab

Located off the coast of Southern California, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary protects remarkable biodiversity, productive ecosystems, and sensitive species and habitats. But more than a quarter of this ocean treasure remains unmapped and little-explored. This month, a research expedition will change that.

Throughout April and May, a team of NOAA-led researchers will explore the sanctuary’s deep seafloor environment. Deep-sea environments like those in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary provide nurseries and habitat for commercially-important species such as lobster, squid, and sea urchins. Some deep coral reefs may also produce chemicals that could be key to the next generation of medicines. However, these habitats are under threat. The two-week cruise on board the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada will shine a light on how these ecosystems are impacted by a variety of stresses facing them, such as ocean acidification.

When we burn fossil fuels like oil and gas, we release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When the ocean absorbs this carbon dioxide, chemical reactions occur that reduce seawater pH and the amounts of available calcium carbonate minerals. This is known as ocean acidification. Calcium carbonate minerals are the building blocks for the skeletons and shells of many marine organisms, including deep-sea corals.

Lophelia pertusa (white coral at left and lower-right) is a deep-sea coral that is sensitive to ocean acidification. Photo: NOAA

2014 survey results indicate that corals in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are already experiencing effects from ocean acidification, and waters in this area are projected to become even more acidic. Corals support extensive fish and invertebrate populations, including commercially-fished species, so it is important to monitor the potentially harmful effects ocean acidification has on deep-sea corals. Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the ocean acidification team will collect samples of Lophelia pertusa, a stony reef-building deep-sea coral found in the sanctuary. Researchers will also monitor water chemistry in and around reefs to help measure local effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions and to assess this ecosystem’s overall vulnerability to ocean acidification.

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Explore the Museum’s Digital Special Collections for #ThrowbackThursday. English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse advocated studying living organisms in their natural habitats. He spent eight years observing marine communities on the British coastline, and also in aquariums that he constructed at home. Gosse is famous for coining the term “aquarium.” His handbook on how to make and maintain aquariums set off a Victorian craze for collecting and keeping live marine organisms at home. Gosse recommended the ancient wrasse as a species hardy enough for amateur aquariums. Its natural behavior is to lurk under rock ledges, as pictured here.


Marine aliens by Adolf Schaller, from Terence Dickinson’s Extraterrestrials: A Field Guide For Earthlings. Convergence is a big theme here, environmental pressures dictating superficial similarities to terrestrial forms.


anonymous asked:

paladins college au?

*puts on sunglasses* LET’S DO THIS. Also, @mal-dambra. -Mod Inara (by the way, I don’t actually know how colleges work exactly and had to google a lot of this stuff, so some info might be inaccurate)

Makoa: The old professor teaching Marine Biology. He owns a massive saltwater aquarium at home. He often takes his students to the local Marine Life Rescue Organization, where a green turtle he personally rescued years ago currently lives. Makoa is well-known as one of the wisest and most knowledgable professors on campus, and most of his students don’t have a problem seeking him for advice for their studies. All the students do need to know one special rule though, Don’t ever challenge Professor Makoa when he’s angry.

Fernando: A former Fine Arts student himself, Fernando now works as an artist’s model at his former university. He doesn’t mind holding some really extravagant poses for long periods of time, and he loves chatting with the artists (when they feel comfortable with it). He sometimes flirts with his fellow artist models for fun. He cosplays during his free time, and he makes all his own armor and props. Also takes up salsa dancing.

Ruckus: Real name Russel. Dropped out of a geology major to get into Robotic Engineering. He’s a really eccentric person, and honestly a huge Sci-Fi geek. His dormmate and partner for the majority of his projects is a reserved dude named Bart. They nicknamed each other Ruckus and Bolt respectively, Ruckus due to his tendency to be loud-mouthed, and Bolt with his immense interests in electrical systems. They argue a lot, but are surprisingly close friends.

Barik: Head of the Engineering department, and a professor specifically for the Mechanical Engineering branch. His personal inventions and projects are often made to help those with disabilities and such, his motivation being his own struggles as a little person. Absolutely no one can deny his genius when it comes to how the stuff works, and he’s won a few awards for it but wants to continue teaching so that hopefully, he would be able to directly encourage more people to do the same with their inventions. He’s rather brash and really direct with both his praise and critiques, but is overall a pretty fun person to be around.

Ash: A Sports Management student, she takes every aspect of her studies very seriously. She’s pretty popular and known to be a strong leader figure in general. She’s also the president of the university’s rugby (For Americans: football) team, which is somewhat ironic to those who know her personally, as she’s someone who likes her personal space, a lot. She’s not huge on social events, but does enjoy the vacation/celebration parties her friends and teammates like to organize, provided they aren’t too wild. There’s a rumour going around that basically anyone attracted to girls has a crush on her. @Mod Ash :3

Torvald: The elderly head librarian at the university, and everyone affectionately calls him Grandpa Torvald. He is very healthy and energetic for his age, and loves chatting with the students and staff if they need any help finding material for their projects. He has a side interest in inventing things, and hangs out with Barik a lot. He gets extremely excited when one of his own inventions, no matter how “insignificant” it is.

Inara: One of the most well-known professors on campus, Inara teaches in Environmental Studies and always encourages her students to be mindful of nature. She has a few rock gardens at home, and collects stones and fossils as a hobby, with enough knowledge of it to help out students and even fellow professors in the Geology departments. She volunteers at an environmental organization called Mother Earth’s Grace frequently. Occasionally, students come to her to talk about personal troubles, and she would always take the time to listen and try to give them advice.

Drogoz: A Herpetology student struggling with student loans. A lot of people accuse him of being greedy and hoarding his money, but in reality he just wants to save up enough as soon as possible to get out of those college debts. (SAVE HIM.) Is a huge nerd when it comes to anything related to dragons, and in spite of his financial state he has a pet bearded dragon he named Pogoz. He loves the little guy, and would punch anyone who makes fun of his little dragon.

Bomb King: A Chemical Engineering student who simply goes by B.K, he was suspended at least twice for his more…explosive projects during classes. He’s often called a pyromaniac by his peers, but he doesn’t particularly care. He does actually take safety very seriously, so he knows his little experiments won’t actually harm anyone, and in reality most of his professors know this too. It’s just that he tends to cause a lot of disruptions.

Cassie: First year student in a Zoology. She loves animals, especially birds, and keeps her pet Greenwing Macaw, Zigs, in her dorm room (it’s technically not allowed, but Zigs is very well-behaved and her roommate Kinessa doesn’t mind all that much). She’s a rich kid who’s friendly to everyone and loves parties, especially those on the beach. She sometimes adopts a stereotypical valley-girl accent to mess with people as a joke, or when she wants to annoy someone who makes fun of her.

Lian: Another rich kid, but with attitude. Her family has very high expectations of her, and she takes those expectations to heart. She’s aiming for a degree in International Relations and takes her studies very, very seriously. She tends to be bossy and demanding in group projects, which results in her not being very well-liked in her classes. However she’s the president of the debate club as well as vice president of the shooting club (with air rifles mind y’all) and is well-respected for her skills in those departments. She has a reputation to uphold, but her guilty pleasure is watching random Japanese anime, and her favourite characters are often the noble girls with the obnoxious laugh.

Kinessa: Cassie’s roommate and a Business student, but she doesn’t actually give much thought to her studies. Was held back in high school due to a few disciplinary issues, thus about two years older than Cassie despite them both being first years. She has an interest in firearms and is the president of the shooting club. She likes watching movies of military stories, and has at one point considered joining the army herself, but decided against it, mostly due to her uncle, Strix. 

Sha Lin: The resident playboy who doesn’t actually date anyone, and a student majoring in World History. He enjoys learning for the most part, but there are certain classes which put him to sleep. He’s also that person who refuses to sleep early and regrets it the next morning, as he is in no way a morning person. He survives on coffee and energy drinks. He absolutely hates exams with every fibre of his being but does study a lot for them. He’s in the archery club and considered to be one of their best, but has refused the position of leadership. Has plans to travel the world and visit major historical places of interest someday.

Viktor: He’d hoped to attend college in his youth, but was unable to, and ended up in the army forces. Now a retired soldier, he has decided to pursue a degree in Government Studies despite knowing how challenging the whole thing would be, especially as a much older student compared to his peers. However, he plans to take the lessons he learned during his time in the army and apply them to his studies, and has no intention of backing out regardless.

Tyra: A Archaeology student who absolutely loves the outdoors and exploring new places. Part of the reason she decided to pursue such a degree was due to the hopes of one day exploring new places with challenging terrain. She is also a well-trained survivalist, and thoroughly enjoys hiking and camping, especially in mountainous areas. It’s a well-known rumour that she fought a bear and won, which was how she got that bear skin she hung on the wall of her dorm room, but in reality she just bought the fake skin off a random pawn shop one day cuz she thought it was cool. 

Willo: Everyone thinks she’s not supposed to be there cuz she’s too young. She’s actually a child prodigy, and is among the top of her classes. She’s pursuing a degree in Botany and dreams of one day founding a botanical garden and being able to take care of all the flowers growing there. She’s a bit of a prankster, and usually gets away with her pranks by playing the “just a kid” card. This evil prick. 

Evie: Currently putting off going to college for the time being and enjoying some time out of high school. She does visit her local university frequently, mostly for the crazy-good ice cream cafe they had there, but she does wonder if there would be something she’d like to study there. 

Skye: She’s one of the most notable students in Fashion Design, as well as a pretty notorious student on her own. She’s a little older than most of the other studies, as she took a few years off to work before attending college, and she likes flirting with many of the other students and even the staff, provided they were within her own age range. She has some interest in chemistry and botany, and some say that she once used that knowledge to poison someone who did something bad to her. This rumour was actually true, except that the “poison” was actually just terrible coffee and the guy was just being overly-dramatic. 

Androxus: Dropped out of college halfway through his second year, but a few years later returned to work there as a night guard, considering he already knew the place well and knew his way around a fight. He’s very quiet and the other guards are wary of him, but he doesn’t intend to bother them as long as they don’t bother him.

Buck: He’s a yoga instructor in an on-campus fitness centre. He’s a lot louder than most people would expect, but he knows how to be patient with his students and colleagues. He’s a fairly religious Buddhist, and was allowed to set up a small shrine in the studio, which he prays at for prosperity everyday. 

Maeve: Hasn’t started college yet, due to a really bad financial situation and being homeless. She isn’t really sure she even wants to get into college though, as she doesn’t particularly see any fulfilling futures for herself just yet. She hasn’t given up on the idea yet though. 

Zhin: A really notorious problem student, with a small band of delinquents at his side. He doesn’t really do anything particularly serious, but definitely has a severe attitude problem with every one of his professors and many of his classmates. He’s technically a student in International Relations along with Lian, but he hardly shows up to classes. Has been threatened with expulsion several times, but he doesn’t care much. 

Lex: He has dreamed of becoming a police officer as a kid, but eventually decided to pursue a degree in Law and become a court prosecutor, feeling that it would be more fulfilling to do so. He’s a really serious student, and actively tries his best to participate wholeheartedly in every class. He’s a bit of a sci-fi nerd when he isn’t studying, and has a thing for surfing. 

Mal’Damba: That one creepy Medical Science professor with a ton of wild rumours surrounding him, one of the most well-known rumours being him secretly being possessed by some evil demonic spirit. Students staying late in any of the school of medicine’s buildings literally pray they don’t run into him at night. In truth Mal’Damba is just super skinny due to a mild metabolism issue and doesn’t get a lot of sleep thanks to his pet snakes being noisy jerks at night (he won’t move them from his room though, he loves them too much despite everything). He runs on several cups of coffee everyday. Someone save this man.

Pip: An overly-enthusiastic Chemical Engineering student, a year below B.K. He’s easily fascinated with chemical reactions in general and always asks a ton of questions. Some of his professors have literally had to ask him to give them a break from answering his questions. He likes studying a little more than most, and likes to work on pretty much all of his projects as soon as possible. Whenever he has any problems he either seeks out his professors or tries to find them in the library. Luckily for him, Torvald loves excitable students like him. Pip has a little fennec fox plushie he cuddles to sleep, which helps him deal with being away from home. 

Grover: The head caretaker of the campus greenhouse and gardens. He’s a very quiet and gentle person, and is often visited by Inara, Willo, and Grohk. Whenever students have classes while he was caring for the plants, he likes to teach them a few more trivial details about the plants, or maybe tell the students some interesting experiences he has had in the gardens, such as the time he fell asleep under one of the larger trees and was awoken when a chick fell from the tree onto his lap. 

Grohk: A student in Environmental Science, Grohk has a love of nature almost rivalling that of Inara. He loves to visit gardens, and has a particular fondness of thunderstorms. He volunteers at Mother Earth’s Grace along with his professor Inara, though not as often. He sometimes struggles in classes due to a minor speech problem, but other than that he’s pretty happy with his college life so far. That being said, he tends to stress out quite a bit when his projects’ deadlines and exams start coming up.

Seris: She’s the head nurse at the infirmary located in the school of medicine. She’s a very quiet and mysterious person, who pretty much only ever spoke when necessary. Some people are scared of being treated by her as she is visually impaired, but Seris has never made a mistake with her treatments in the infirmary, especially when her assistant Ying is there to help. 

Ying: A recent Medical Science graduate, Ying is currently an intern assistant nurse at the infirmary at her former school. She’s still new, but has a lot of fun helping the patients. She also enjoys working with Seris and has a lot of respect for her. Ying is very outgoing and friendly, and when she’s not working at the infirmary she’s out volunteering at an orphanage. She carries around a small antique mirror everywhere, which she considers to be her lucky charm. 

Jenos: A professor in Astronomy & Space Sciences, he’s kinda that professor that gets on everyone’s nerves due his more arrogant side. He’s good at what he does when he teaches, and is fair with his grading, though he has a bad habit of making dumb comments about his students or colleagues to their faces. He genuinely enjoys his work though, finding joy in thinking about the mysteries of space and the stars. He likes to go stargazing on his own every now and again.

Strix: Kinessa’s uncle, and an old friend of Viktor’s from their shared time in the army. Unlike Viktor, he chose a simpler life after the military, and instead crafts small trinkets to sell. He does visit the college often though, sometimes to visit Viktor, sometimes to check in on Kinessa as he lives closest to the institute within their family. Kinessa and him don’t particularly get along due to a serious disagreement regarding Kinessa’s initial plan to become a soldier at one point. 

On Tashigi’s Future Role

So, I posted this before but it was choppy so here’s a more organized post. This was inspired by the recent Zou/WCI chapters, with the introduction of Swordsmen like Cracker, Amande, Pedro, and Smoothie.

As I said before, this is the way I see things as of right now:

  1. Swords are increasingly becoming part of the One Piece narrative/plot, especially with Wano nearing 
  2. Tashigi was established as this character who’s main focus is the reclamation of swords from bad people, all the way in Loguetown where her dream was explicitly stated 
  3. As noted in the panel above, Tashigi promised to 1) train harder, 2) travel the world, 3) retrieve all famed swords from criminals 4) vowed to risk her very life to accomplish this. Tashigi’s speciality is swords, but not just any swords, famed swords from bad people ( swords + bad people is a common combination nowadays: Amande, cracker, Smoothie, etc.) - which is why when meitos are mentioned, Tashigi comes into mind in the same way Robin is tied to poneglyphs and Nami to navigation
  4.  Tashigi is a rarity - a female swordsman (one with haki, too) – but slowly but surely these strong female swordsmen are entering the plot (and Oda loves pairing up females with females during fights lol). and Oda said Tashigi will soar. as I said before, swords are now becoming a main plot line. Tashigi is the most reoccurring non-SH alongside smoker, and her role has always been “clouded in mystery” - i.e mainly ambiguous. what is she gonna do? what purpose is she going to serve that will establish her in a unique manner (of course, being a marine captain, woman, and swordman with haki is something exceptional)

It’s annoying seeing Tashigi being treated like fodder (i.e Punk Hazard). But Oda does more than that: he singles her out during arcs, gives her development, and takes it away. He gives her exclusive focus in a cumulative pattern: In Loguetown she was introduced and immediately connected to Zoro, to whom she presented her dream to. In Alabasta Smoker put her in charge, and she was faced with a choice of capturing the SHs and letting Crocodile win, or helping the SHs. In Punk Hazard she sacrificed herself for her crew three times: against Vergo, nearly getting consumed by the gas before her crewmates physically took her to safety, and against Monet. She’s named after a bird that can’t fly. Oda said, “just because they can’t fly now doesn’t mean they never will”. Her name is thus metaphorical; meaning that Tashigi is bound to soar in time. Tashigi’s constant failures aren’t meant to be comedic, they’re meant to complexify her. The fact that a character like Tashigi has been developed and moulded into this deep character with many elements (flaws, dreams, fears, etc.) tells us that she’s important. She wasn’t introduced so early and reintroduced for nothing. What made Tashigi so intent on reclaiming swords from bad guys? What triggered this will? Why did she join the marines? Again, her past is a mystery but the things she says allude to an interesting and possibly chaotic past. There’s also her strange connection to Kuina and Zoro and possibly Wano. To reiterate;

he singles her out during arcs, gives her development, and takes it away

Most of the marines, save the big-shots, are nameless. When it came to Tashigi, Oda made sure to 1) present her dream right from the beginning, 2) establish a connection to the SHs, 3) present her persistent weaknesses 4) clearly illustrate her unique sense of justice that’s distinct from that of the marines as an organization, and 5) isolate her and give her special focus, ergo, Oda has made her into more than a plain antagonist or comedic relief: there’s complexity in the way he presents Tashigi. All the times she cried over her failures, for instance. That alone makes me sure Oda intends something for Tashigi.

Overall, Oda is conveniently introducing swords as this significant plot device (the way devil fruits are) and it’s the perfect thing for Tashigi - the perfect thing to bring her forward, perfect thing to reaffirm her dream, perfect thing to give her character development and tie her more intimately to the plot (esp with wano nearing). swords are a mystery. swordsmen are a mystery; Tashigi, Zoro, Mihawk, Cavendish, Cracker, Amande, Wano, Kuina, etc.