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FOOD WEBS

Food webs are an important part of the oceanic ecosystems.


August 28, 2002
'BOWCAM Returns'
"Our opportunity came last night to test the new BOWCAM lens as we drifted on the moon lit waters of the Indian Ocean and the results were immediate. As we watched, a tight ball of small fish rose to the surface attracted by the halogen light we had placed over the bow; the squid were quick to follow."
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July 12, 2002
'Sperm Whales & Orcas'
"Our thoughts drifted back to the sperm whales we had left only hours ago. Sperm whales are sometimes attacked and killed by Orcas, although the size of mature sperm whale bulls, and the communal defence by healthy groups of females or young males usually keep them safe from predation. We hope they are still moving quickly and that they are now too far away to be detected by the orcas."
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July 5, 2002
'Architeuthis - The Giant Squid'
"Most of us have a perception of this creature, that was born of the many legends and myths that have so long surrounded it. However, the truth about this animal may be quite different. Inaccurate information regarding the giant squid is often found in popular literature. So what do scientists really know about this creature? "
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June 30, 2002
'Legends of the Deep'
"Today a whale abruptly fluked and I noticed something floating just below the surface about 20 meters away. "It's a squid!" - yelled Chris from the bow. We scooped it up in our net, laid it out on the deck and found it to be a large fin, 21 inches (55 centimeters) long. It was the fin of a very large squid. Was this a fin from a species of Giant Squid?"
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June 25, 2002
'Life Rafts'
"The ocean far from shore, oceanic islands and subsurface seamounts, is a very exposed and dangerous place to live; there are few hiding places. Perversely, marine life can sometimes take advantage of certain types of human refuse. If the object floats, it becomes a shelter for larvae and juvenile fish while they are growing up in the ocean."
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April 11, 2002
'Who is Watching Whom?'
"We were heading toward a sperm whale blow almost 1500 meters away, when at 400 meters off the starboard bow we spotted a hoard of pilot whales porpoising at top speed toward Odyssey. These animals were spread over 180 degrees and our estimates put their number at over 150 animals."
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November 30, 2001
'Intertidal Forests'
"Very little is actually known about mangroves and their forest ecosystem. We know that they are an integral component of the marine environment. However, the mangrove ecosystem is different from adjacent systems, such as coral reefs and the open ocean, but is critically linked to and totally dependant upon them."
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November 2, 2001
'Ocean or 'Toxic Soup'?'
"Today, the contamination from persistent man-made chemicals is a pervasive global problem that urgently demands a global solution. These contaminants are found in all of the world's oceans..."
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August 7, 2001
'The Toxicant Build-up'
"The terms toxicants and toxins both refer to toxic substances. But toxins are natural products such as the ones found in poisonous mushrooms, or in a snakes' venom. Toxicants are man-made products, artificial products introduced into the environment due to human activity; examples are industrial waste products and pesticides."
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March 7, 2003
'Whales and the Food Chain'
"From the clear waters of the equatorial Indian Ocean to the cold, turbid waters of the Northern Atlantic, I have had the opportunity to study whales in two different environments. Here aboard the Odyssey, our focus is on studying the sperm whale, toothed whales that prey primarily on squid. At first glance, these two places appear as though they could not be more different. They literally lie on opposite sides of the planet at vastly different latitudes. However, similarities exist between these two areas."
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