The Extreme Life of the Sea

Free & Open to Public

Thursday May 1st, 2014
Monterey Boat Works
Hopkins Marine Station

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The ocean teems with life that thrives under difficult situations in unusual environments. This illustrated lecture takes the audience to the absolute limits of the aquatic world -- the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans. It dives into the icy Arctic and boiling hydrothermal vents, and exposes the eternal darkness of the deepest undersea trenches to show how marine life thrives against the odds. It brings to life the sea's most extreme species, and reveals how they succeed across the wide expanse of the world's global ocean. The authors tell the unforgettable stories of some of the most marvelous life forms on Earth, and the challenges they overcome to survive.
Every attendee is given a deep look at the lives of these species. The authors show the audience the world's oldest living species, narrate how flying fish strain to escape their predators, how predatory deep-sea fish use red search lights only they can see to find and attack food, and how at the end of their lives, mother octopus dedicate themselves to raising their young. They also discuss how ocean adaptations can inspire innovative commercial products -- such as fan blades modeled on the flippers of humpback whales -- and how climate change and overfishing could pose the greatest threat yet to our planet's tenacious marine life.

Panarama of Hopkins