Unexpectedly social manta rays swim in friendly circles

Report by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA On most images and video footage the manta rays appear to be solitary animals gliding gracefully in the great depths of the oceans.  Video obtained by drones reveal a lot more social interaction between manta rays.  Perhaps the mantas need to feel outside Read More…

Can sea pickles glow? Alaskan fisherman all say, Yes.

Reporting by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA. The crystal-like appearance of these sea creatures caught my eye in the National Geographic report linked below.   The article details the unexpected appearance of the normally rare creatures in the East Pacific where even Alaskan salmon fisherman ran into huge masses of Read More…

Ocean current changes are modeled for climate change

Report by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artists, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA. Ocean currents have long fascinated me, because of the unbelievably huge size of these current, and because of the tremendous effect these currents have on land climate.  The historical evolution of the ocean currents have lead to the picture  we see today.  Because Read More…

Blobs and sea squirts and larvae, oh my!!!

Reported by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA. When you live on the coast you just never know when you’ll run into something news worthy.  How about the discovery (or re-discovery) of floating blobs in the ocean near Monterey Bay.  The national Geographic Magazine wrote about this, and below you can Read More…

How can a shark be also a water bunny? Just read on!

Report by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL 62035, USA. OK, so animals and plants can get many names as people at different locales call the by different names. Not sure why one group of sharks got actually three very different sounding names.  Perhaps, because they are rarely seen or caught, and each Read More…

Super old sharks of the Arctic Ocean

Brought to you by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL USA. The research report Many large animals have long lifespans, like the Galapagos tortoises, leatherback sea turtles, elephants, whales, so what about sharks?  Most of the time growth rates (growth of the entire shark in length) are used to estimate the age of sharks caught. Read More…