The blue whale is the largest vertebrate to ever have lived – believed to be bigger, even, than the largest dinosaurs. But how did they get that way? Whales and their ancestors weren’t always ocean-dwelling creatures. In fact, their closest living relatives aren’t even marine species. Believe it or not, it’s the hippopotamus! But whales … More The Tale of the Whale: How did they get so big?
Given that the federal appropriations process is picking up steam, we here at Kraken thought it might be a good idea review the appropriations process, and to revisit the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget proposal and discuss what it could mean for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Before diving right in, let … More Funding the future of our oceans
You guys! Did you know it was World Sea Turtle Day today?! These reptiles have roamed the Earth for millions of years, so I guess it’s only fitting that they get their own special day. World Sea Turtle Day is meant to bring attention to turtles and tortoises, and encourage you to learn more about … More World Sea Turtle Day 2017
It can be easy to get lost in all the hundreds of national and global holidays (especially ones like Strawberry Ice Cream Day, National Napping Day, and Hot Sauce Day), but we want to make sure you don’t miss one that is near and dear to our hearts here at Kraken and Friends…World Oceans Day! … More Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet: World Oceans Day
Here at Kraken, we talk about the environment a lot. But today, we don’t want to only talk about it. We want our readers to experience it. So this World Environment Day, take a moment to step away from your computers and phones. Appreciate the world around you. Connect with nature. And if you need … More Connect with Nature – It’s World Environment Day!
Shannon Hulst Jarbeau is a Certified Floodplain Manager with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension / Woods Hole Sea Grant, and recipient of the 2017 James Lee Witt Local Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management from the national Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). She provides technical assistance on floodplain and coastal management issues, with a … More Guest Blog: What’s the Deal with Sea Level Rise?
I’m about to tell you a secret. I hate snakes and worms. No, actually, hate isn’t a strong enough term. I passionately abhor them. Rationally, as a biologist, I understand their important role in ecosystems. But irrationally, there’s something about a creature with no appendages that really disgusts me. That being said, there are some … More The Weird and Wonderful World of Marine Worms