Gayle Van Leer: Mysterious Jelly-like Creature at La Jolla Shores

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A Remarkable Video by WeiWei Gao: 2 Octopuses Fighting

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Wrestling Octopus at the Shores from Weiwei Gao on Vimeo.

Octo Changing Colors and Fleeing

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Note the little Sand Dab on the right, trying to get in on the act.

© 2014 Michael Bear

National Geographic Documentary [Full Length]: The Sharks of Pitcairn Island

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Due to its remoteness, this is one of the few areas in the world where the shark population is healthy.

Go Pro: Go Blue: Do What You Can Now–BEFORE We Reach the Tipping Point!

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Video Credit: Chris Cilfone

Video: Our 2014 Blue Shark Dive w/Dolphins Racing the Boat Back

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Many thanks to Diego Bouvet Parada for this video

Michael Bear: Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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“In the bad old days of ivory tower academia, only scientists with white coats and Ph.Ds were considered qualified to gather and interpret scientific data—and, God forbid you should suggest otherwise.”

Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Ocean Sanctuaries ‘Wildbook’ is Live for Logging Sevengill Shark Encounters

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Wildbook is now live.

Many thanks to developer Jason Holmberg and Barbara Lloyd for their assistance is setting it up.

You can still go to Sevengill Shark Sightings.org and click on the link given there, to report an encounter and upload photos and or go directly to:


–Go to Participate–>Report Encounter on top menu bar.

Nothing else has changed.

The Android app will still take you to Sevengill Shark Sightings.org

Please note: from now on, however, only encounters accompanied by a clear photo will be considered ‘confirmed.’

We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

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We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

From the Hopi Elders

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

Here are the things that must be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.

Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves!
For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona, Hopi Nation



San Diego Dorid (Diaulula sandiegensis)

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Watch as it retracts its branchial plume

© 2014 Michael Bear