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Tunicates…simple animals with terrific structure No rating results yet

Written by: Sandra Baksh

27
Aug 2017

Taxonomy of species is particularly complex. Many of us know the animal kingdom as divided simply into vertebrates and invertebrates. Phylum Chordata included vertebrates, or those organisms with a backbone or vertebral column, encasing a spinal or nerve cord. However, the Subphylum Urochordata, includes strangely shaped animals called tunicates, which do not have backbones but […]

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Thinking of a full moon…with a Moon Jelly No rating results yet

Written by: Sandra Baksh

07
Aug 2017

Jellyfish are graceful and complex creatures, that fascinate us with their pulsating movements and often colorful, translucent bodies. The Moon Jelly (Aurelia aurita) is a “true” jellyfish in the Class Scyphozoa (Phylum Cnidaria) and is a free-swimming medusa. The translucent bluish dome is conspicuous, as are the four, clover-leaf-shaped reproductive organs. As tempting as it […]

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A Sea Pen in Costa Rica…that does not write 5/5 (1)

Written by: Sandra Baksh

07
Jun 2017

At first, it might look like a feather, leaf or some type of clothing accessory, protruding from the sea floor. If you’re lucky to spot it while diving and have a camera to capture that special image, then this rarely noticed specimen, will have you delving into taxonomy research, as soon as you’re out of […]

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Galápagos Islands, Santa Fé land iguana 5/5 (1)

Written by: Sandra Baksh

10
Mar 2017

Of the three species of land iguana in the Galápagos Islands, the palest, yellowest species (Conolophus pallidus), lives exclusively on the island of Santa Fé. With an estimated endemic population of about 7,000, these iguanas also enjoy the fruit of the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp.), as they fall to the ground. Please rate this […]

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El Capitolio, Havana, Cuba No rating results yet

Written by: Sandra Baksh

10
Mar 2017

El Capitolio (the National Capitol) in Havana, is almost a replica of The Capitol, in Washington, DC, in the United States. It was built over three years and completed in 1929, under the former dictator, Gerardo Machado. It used to be the location of the Cuban Congress until 1959, when The Revolution occurred. It is […]

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Classic cars in Havana, Cuba 5/5 (1)

Written by: Sandra Baksh

10
Mar 2017

“There are probably more vintage cars in Cuba than all of the world,” boasted Andreas Jimenes Castillo. “Too many Americans are asking the locals to sell them the cars and for a lot of money too,” said the marine biologist who works on the Jardines Aggressor I. There was every make and model of American-made […]

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Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras No rating results yet

Written by: Sandra Baksh

10
Mar 2017

Guanaja’s center of activity is on The Cay, which is a compact area, fully surrounded by water, comprising two smaller cays—Hog Cay and Sheen Cay. They have become indistinguishable because so much construction has occurred over the years, to form one huge community where thousands of people now reside, out at sea. It is a […]

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Nature’s neon-colored “nudi” 5/5 (1)

Written by: Sandra Baksh

08
Feb 2016

  For Blue’s current cover (Jan–April 2016 issue), macro-photography in Anilao, Philippines is highlighted. One of the most fascinating attractions there, is the vivid color seen on so many sea slugs (shell-less marine mollusks), especially nudibranchs. Nudibranch (pronounced “noodie-brank”) comes from Greek, meaning “naked gills,” which literally describes their distinct physical appearance. From their flattened […]

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Willemstad’s pastel façades No rating results yet

Written by: Sandra Baksh

18
Jul 2015

  A stroll through Punda, the oldest district of Willemstad, is like taking a walk hundreds of years back in time. It is strange and fascinating to see such well-preserved Dutch architecture in the Caribbean but that is what distinguishes this capital of Curaçao, from so many others in the region. Along the Waterfront, lining Handelskade, the […]

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Malé, the island capital city of Maldives 5/5 (1)

Written by: Sandra Baksh

24
Jun 2015

How many countries have capital cities that are densely populated islands, accessible mainly by ferry or sea planes? Maldives is probably the only one. Its capital city of Malé, is a vibrant economic and administrative center and a transportation hub for many going to luxury resorts in other atolls, boarding tenders for live-aboard dive yachts, […]

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