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Diving to the Deepest Part of our Ocean

Diving to the Deepest Part of our Ocean

Those of you who have attended my cruise line lectures, will have heard me speak of the fact that only two men have ever been to the deepest part of the Ocean – the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific.   The Mariana Trench is located in the Pacific...
Teddy Harris

Teddy Harris

Teddy Harris is a small bear that the Rotary Club of Dover, UK had as their mascot in 2009.    The bear was taken on holiday by Club members and his travels were able to raise charitable funds of over £500 that year.   In this photo Teddy Harris has been equipped with...
Gorgonian Fans

Gorgonian Fans

These are Hydrozoans rather than corals, but they are still animals !   Their structure is stunning and they can grow to enormous sizes – taking up to 500 years to grow to the size of the individual in this photo. © Photographer: Chris...
Sponges

Sponges

Sponges are the earliest multicelled animals on Earth.   Sponges are simple organisms with a jelly-like structure on either side of cortex tissue layer which has spikes of sharp glass-like structures made from calcium carbonate, so if you touch a sponge be prepared to...
Soft Coral

Soft Coral

In this photo you can see the individual coral polyps which are of course individual animals which live in a community on the soft coral structure.    The coral polyps have tentacles to filter food, and just one opening to a simple gut structure – the opening acts as...