Cape Clasp Journal

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The Moon Jelly gets its name from their short tentacles and translucent moon-like bell. (A jellyfish’s bell is the portion of their bodies that contract and relax to help them move through the water.) With these tentacles, they deliver a sting to their prey (mostly zooplankton and mollusks), through their tentacles and can sting humans. But don’t worry, the sting is only a mild discomfort...

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This past July, we spoke with Danni Washington, one of the co-founders of Big Blue & You (one of our nonprofit partners) on the importance of making waves. With four different initiatives, Big Blue & You is educating the next generation on how to use arts, science, and media as weapons of change in the name of conservation.

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Manta rays are one of the most unique and eye-catching animals on planet earth. They also happen to be related to another popular ocean creature… sharks! Due to the relation to their toothy cousins (and to the stingray) people can mistake Don’t fret though, because manta rays don’t actually  pose any threat to humans! Let’s quell some of those unwarranted fears with 10 fun facts about these majestic ocean creatures.

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When people hear the expression "mermaid's purse", they may, naturally, visualize a type of fashion accessory used by these legendary half-woman, half-fish creatures. In reality though, mermaid's purses are actually the egg cases of sharks and skates (flat fish that are very similar to manta rays, but with no spine and a fleshier tail). We know what you’re thinking; “C’mon Cape Clasp, not all sharks lay eggs!”, and you’re right! 

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Although hammerhead sharks may be one of the ocean’s greatest predators, they’re also one of the most funny-looking predators too. Like the name suggests, their hammer-shaped heads look clunky and awkward  – but how do their head shapes help them survive in the deep blue?