Our regular Science and the SeaTM radio program presents marine science topics in an engaging two-minute story format. Our script writers gather ideas for the radio program from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute's researchers and from our very popular college class, Introduction to Oceanography, which we teach to hundreds of non-science majors at The University of Texas at Austin every year. Our radio programs are distributed at to commercial and public radio stations across the country.
Ocean creatures use a lot of methods to catch their next meal. Some just swim up and grab it. Others hide in the rocks and wait for it to swim by.
One of the most interesting methods belongs to a homely little shrimp. Although it’s no bigger than your finger, it stuns or kills its prey with an exploding bubble.
Most maps and globes show the landmasses of our planet Earth in great detail. But most of the surface is a blank field of blue: the oceans.
Yet beneath that featureless layer is an exotic world of its own.
Giant mountains and canyons contour the ocean floor; water currents circle the globe; and an array of life from single-celled creatures to the largest animal in history moves through the depths.