This year, I finally made it to the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) Open House, held April 20 – 21st, 2013.
From the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories About Us page: (link to website here):
History – Since establishment in 1966, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) has grown an international reputation for excellence in marine science research and education, and is the second oldest marine lab on Monterey Bay.
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) administers the Master of Science in marine science program for California State Universities in northern and central California, and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in both education and research. An outfitted marine operations department, active research diving program and state of the art equipment allow for cutting edge research in a wide variety of disciplines including: marine ecology; the biology of marine plants, invertebrates, fishes, turtles, birds and mammals; oceanography and marine geology; chemistry and biogeochemistry…
…The lab is situated in an excellent location for the study of the marine world. The Monterey Submarine Canyon, the largest such feature on the west coast of North America, begins within a few hundred meters of the Moss Landing harbor and the MLML research fleet. To the east of MLML is the Elkhorn Slough, the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay, and an important site for shorebirds and fishes. To the north and south are sand dunes, sandy beaches, and extensive kelp forest habitats along the rocky shoreline. Some of the most productive kelp forests and intertidal areas can be found in this region. MLML also is located between two large upwelling centers, which provide nutrients that stimulate an incredible amount of productivity but also provide a wealth of opportunities to study coastal oceanic processes.
My intention was to walk the new MLML coastal boardwalk, take a quick walk around the facilities and return with my grandchildren. Schedules did not allow for the return, so I am eager to visit again next year with my grandsons.
Below are the photos using the new WordPress gallery format. More details next year!
And oh, despite everything else to learn about the world of marine science, if you are curious and want to learn more about the “internet famous” blob fish, visit the fish index blog, here or click on the photo.
A deep-sea fish, the blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania. Though rarely seen by humans, it is internet famous perhaps due to its rather unique (or familiar?) face. Just Google “blob fish” and check out the images for yourself…
Related article – Santa Cruz Sentinel: More than 2,000 visit Moss Landing labs
And for more on MLML, visit the Moss Landing Marine Labs’ blog – The Drop In and Drop-in to the “real-life tales” of graduate students at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California, and find out what being a marine biologist (or chemist or geologist or physicist…) is all about!