The “eyes” have it!

Published May 08, 2008

Seahorses and sight: Seahorse eyes do not work in unison like human eyes do, so these fish can actually see in two different directions at the same time. With eyes moving independently of each other (one looking in front, one looking behind), the animal has a full 360-degree picture of its surroundings! Because of their forward-facing position on the animal’s head, scientists believe that seahorse eyes enable binocular vision (which humans and many other species share). This type of vision is used to locate prey and assist with the small crustaceans that make up the bulk of their diet.
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Jellies in petri dish Welcome to the Jelly Jungle

Deep inside the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) building, the National Aquarium runs a little-known lab. Here we carry out the propagation of jellies, many of which later end up on exhibit in Jellies Invasion. Read on for a peek into the process!

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Cold stunned turtle Cold Stunning: Where, How and Why?

Picture this: You’ve just spent a wonderful, late summer week on Cape Cod, swimming in the ocean and enjoying the sunshine with friends and family. As fall sets in, you know it’s time to head home. You get on the highway, but something strange happens … despite driving for hours, you end up back where you started. You feel sluggish, confused and exhausted. If you were a turtle, you just might be cold-stunned.

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