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Mermaid Minute #6: Barnacles (Watch Video)

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In this new series on Scubaverse.com we are sharing Linden Wolbert’s video series ‘Mermaid Minute’.

The “Mermaid Minute” is an ocean educational web series for children.  Each action-packed episode explores one subject, creature or habitat about our oceans for 60 seconds.

Professional Mermaid Linden Wolbert is a real mermaid whose passion is educating children about the wonders of our oceans, swimming safety and ocean conservation as well as exploration and inspiring our world’s youngest ocean ambassadors.


This is Episode #6 of the Mermaid Minute, the only ocean education web series hosted by a mermaid!

Barnacles are small, shelled creatures called CRUSTACEANS. They’re related to crabs, lobster and shrimp. As babies, barnacles are larvae that resemble their crustacean relatives. But then as adults, they stick themselves on to hard surfaces like rocks, boats, or even a whale! They create a protective cone around them made out of calcium. That’s the same thing your bones, teeth and coral reefs are made of! Barnacles’ feathery little legs filter the water for food like tiny nets. They eat plankton and other small organisms that float by their home. Barnacles can spend up to half of their lives OUTSIDE of the water! Like in a tide pool, where the tide rises and falls. Gooseneck barnacles are considered a delicacy in certain parts of the world, and are actually harvested for FOOD! The do sort of look like geese! And that’s a BARNACLE in a Mermaid Minute! I’m Mermaid Linden, and I’ll see you next time, my little Sea Fans!!

See and learn more about Mermaid Linden here: www.mermaidsinmotion.com

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Linden Wolbert is a professional mermaid, freediver and children’s ocean educator who travels around the world diving with amazing creatures and sharing the magic through self-produced videos, educational talks and live performances in schools, aquariums, conventions and museums. Linden has completed over 800 dives and has officiated countless freediving national and world records as an AIDA International freediving judge. Linden has a Bachelor of Science in Film and Environmental Science from Emerson College and is a PADI Master SCUBA Diver.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Andy Forster of Dive Project Cornwall

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Gemma and Ian chat to Andy Forster.  Andy is the Project Director at Dive Project Cornwall.  He tells us about his own passion for diving as well as how Dive Project Cornwall is going to educate and inspire many youngsters over the coming year.

Have a listen here:

Find out more at www.diveprojectcornwall.co.uk


Find more podcast episodes and information at the new www.thebigscuba.com  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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Coral Spawning Predictions for Curacao and the Southern Caribbean

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The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has released its 2022 annual coral spawning prediction calendar for Curacao and the south Caribbean.  This calendar plays a central role in studying the reproductive biology of Caribbean corals and guiding coral restoration efforts for the southern Dutch Caribbean islands.

Based on these predictions, researchers are able to harvest coral gametes that are reared to larvae that can be used to cultivate future coral colonies.

Coral spawning is a miraculous event where entire coral colonies, prompted by the lunar cycle, sunset time and water temperature, release gametes (eggs and sperm) simultaneously. Gametes of one species fertilize another to become fertilized embryos that settle on the ocean floor after days to weeks.

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As divers, being able to witness a spawning event is a unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scene as the entire reef becomes engulfed in a blizzard of future corals.

Each year, the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) releases a calendar to predict when each species of coral is expected to spawn. During these events, researchers from CARMABI, in collaboration with Reef Renewal Bonaire and Reef Renewal Curaçao, also collect gametes to be used to grow new corals in a laboratory setting.

Photo credit = CARMABI

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