New York Aquarium Volunteer Dive Team

New York Aquarium Volunteer Dive Team

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If you're looking to get away to a safe resort, I highly recommend the Belize Dive Haven Resort & Marina on Turneffe Atoll. I just spent a week there and it was amazing. The group of 8 divers I was with were the only guests at the resort. Three dives per day including night dives and a trip to the The Great Blue Hole.

2 years ago today. Where does the time go?
regretfully more bad news this Saturday morning, sand dollars in the pacific northwest are heading in the wrong direction...

Many thanks to Joe G. for organizing the NYAVDT Polar Bear Plunge Team! Here's a little video of the event on New Year's Day, 2020:
One of Canyon’s Edge stars was the subject of final Jeopardy tonight.

This came my way. Cant make it but looks interesting.

Posting in case anyone is interested in Ocean Mapping...

Details:
Dive! Dive! Secret Science Club takes the plunge with Ocean Researcher Vicki Ferrini


Mountain ranges longer than the Andes. Trenches alive with extreme animals. Tectonic plates that grind and pull creating earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. The seafloor never fails to surprise and amaze. Yet 80 percent of our ocean floor is still terra incognita. Indeed, there are better maps available of Mars. But that is starting to change ...

Vicki Ferrini studies the ocean - from the bottom of the sea to the emergence of brand-new volcanic islands on the surface. Her goal? Creating a map of the entire ocean floor and understanding the geological processes that create its mind-blowing features. Through ocean scientific expeditions, underwater robotics, data analysis and visualization, Dr. Ferrini is helping to uncover a never-before-seen blue world.

Before & After
--Sample the Deep Blue Sea, a cocktail straight from Davey Jones Locker
--Groove to unsinkable tunes
--Dive into the bottomless Q&A

Vicki Ferrini is an ocean researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and an affiliate professor at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. Her research focuses on using mapping techniques to understand the volcanic and tectonic processes that shape the seafloor. She has been on more than 20 ocean expeditions mapping everything from coastal waters to deep-sea environments. Her research has been featured in the BBC News, Popular Science, Newsweek, and Atlas Obscura.

This undersea edition of Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, July 16, 8PM @ the Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn (between 2nd and 3rd avenues). Subway: F or G to 4th Ave, R to 9th St.

Doors open at 7:30PM. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!
Taking us back to when this big girl wanted to get to know our white shark conservation volunteers, up close and personal.
#africancampus #whiteshark

During the program you will be entering the domain of the great white shark and experiencing what is arguably the greatest predator of all – in its natural environment above and under the water- in a way that only a very privileged few get to do.

Learn more at african-campus.com
Shane and Joe getting ready for a cold dive!
We wanted to share the view our white shark conservation volunteers often see.
Even on one of the worst water visibility days, the white shark comes so close to the cage that you see her clearly.
This video was shot by our past Oceans Research field specialist, Mitch McGrane, during his cage diving experience.
This shark eco-tourism, naturalist and educational program offers a diverse itinerary to suit the expectations of a broad cross-section of participants.
https://www.facebook.com/Africancampuslive/videos/182029056015600/
Learn more at african-campus.com
I’ll be visiting later (for the first time since Shark Wonders opened) this afternoon, maybe 2ish...will any dive team members be around?

The New York Aquarium Volunteer Dive Team is composed of ~100 divers who clean the exhibits, speak with visitors about our animals, educate, and encourage their interest in marine animals and conservation.

Operating as usual

Study finds major brands selling cat food that contain protected sharks 04/29/2022

Study finds major brands selling cat food that contain protected sharks

Study finds major brands selling cat food that contain protected sharks...

Study finds major brands selling cat food that contain protected sharks Shark meat from vulnerable species is being processed into cat food for major brands, according to a new study. Researchers from the National University of Singapore used DNA barcoding technology to analyze 144 samples from 45 cat food products that were produced by 16 different brands in Thailand a...

Timeline photos 04/28/2022

The demand for products such as fins, meat, gill-rakers, oil and cartilage is taking a huge toll on shark, ray, and skate populations. You may be using shark products, and not even know it! Did you know, for example, that:

- Shark oil is used in many cosmetics?
- The fish in fish and chips is often shark meat?
- Shagreen is actually shark and ray skin?

You can help stop the overfishing by eating more sustainably-caught fish and by using substitutes for these products.

More than 100,000 sharks are killed EVERY WEEK for their fins. Today is #SharkDay and we are turning the tide to protect sharks. . Join us? http://bit.ly/18C8VLE
Then share this truth with the world!

Study finds sharks are vanishing, and that's a "crisis" for humans - CBS News 04/26/2022

Study finds sharks are vanishing, and that's a "crisis" for humans - CBS News

Sharks are vanishing, and that's a "crisis" for us...

Study finds sharks are vanishing, and that's a "crisis" for humans - CBS News Unprecedented global research project uses a simple tool to paint a grim picture of the vital ocean predators' numbers.

Shark evolution: a 450 million year timeline 04/24/2022

Shark evolution: a 450 million year timeline

Sharks have been around for hundreds of millions of years but many species are in trouble today...

Shark evolution: a 450 million year timeline Evolving before trees and weathering five mass extinctions, sharks are true survivors.

Manta Rays Use Tiny Fish to Help Them Stay Clean 04/22/2022

Manta Rays Use Tiny Fish to Help Them Stay Clean

Wrasses pick off parasites and help rays stay clean...

Manta Rays Use Tiny Fish to Help Them Stay Clean Wrasse perform a vital cleaning function for other fish, by ridding their bodies of dead cells and parasites. Their biggest customers--literally and figuratively--are the massive manta rays.

'Predator of the deep' or gentle giant? 04/20/2022

'Predator of the deep' or gentle giant?

A giant manta ray...

'Predator of the deep' or gentle giant? The giant manta ray could be a "predator of the deep" preying on other fish, say scientists.

NYA Sharks & Rays 04/19/2022

Ray teeth tend to be flattened and comb-like which allows them to crush their favorite prey, typically, molluscs and crustaceans.

Ray & Shark Teeth. Photo by V. Lee.
Ray teeth tend to be flattened and comb-like which allows them to crush their favorite prey, typically, molluscs and crustaceans. The photo shows six cownose ray teeth beside two pointed sand tiger shark teeth for comparison. We find many ray & shark teeth in the NYA exhibits which have naturally been shed as they have become worn or broken.

Newly described pocket shark likely glows in the dark 04/18/2022

Newly described pocket shark likely glows in the dark

We know so much and yet so very little...

Newly described pocket shark likely glows in the dark In 2010, researchers surveying the eastern Gulf of Mexico to study what s***m whales eat, collected numerous animals from the ocean’s depths. While examining the collection in 2013, Mark Grace of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered a small shark among the specimen...

Gorgeous Pictures of Sharks, Predators of the Sea 04/16/2022

Gorgeous Pictures of Sharks, Predators of the Sea

Here are 30 beautiful pictures of sharks from Nat. Geo. How many species can you name without looking at the captions?

Gorgeous Pictures of Sharks, Predators of the Sea From angelsharks to zebra sharks, a tour of fantastic fishes from around the globe.

NYA Sharks & Rays 04/14/2022

Unlike most fish, which use external fertilization, all sharks utilize internal fertilization. Males have a pair of “claspers” (s*x organs which are modified pelvic fins) on their underbelly, which can be turned forward and inserted into a female's "cloaca". Sharks employ one of three gestation methods, namely:

1. Oviparity (“egg-laying”) – Eggs are laid by the female which develop outside her body. The eggs contain yolk and provide nourishment to the growing embryo. Shark and ray eggs are often charmingly called “mermaid's purses”. These can be quite large and have corkscrew or other elaborate shapes and filaments which are used to anchor the eggs to plants or rocks in the substrate. Horn sharks and white-spotted bamboo sharks, for example, reproduce in this way.

2. Ovoviviparity (“egg & live-bearing”) – Fertilized eggs develop within the female but the embryo gains no nutritional substances from the female. As a result, once the egg yolk runs out, young must eat other eggs or one another to survive - this phenomenon is known as “uterine cannibalism”. Great white sharks, sawsharks, makos, threshers, nurse sharks, tiger sharks, and sand tiger sharks use this gestation method.

3. Viviparity (“live-bearing”) – Shark embryo develops inside the body of the female from which it gains nourishment through a complex yolk-sac placenta. The female then gives birth to live offspring. All hammerhead and requiem sharks are viviparous (except the tiger shark, which is ovoviviparous).

Sharks reach s*xual maturity slowly and have few young. In addition, as predators, their actual numbers are comparatively small. As a result, when we overfish them or wastefully kill them as catch by-product, it greatly threatens their chances of survival.

Shark Egg. Photo by V. Lee.
Shark and ray eggs are often charmingly called “mermaid’s purses”. These can be quite large and have corkscrew or other elaborate shapes and filaments which are used to anchor the eggs to plants or rocks in the substrate. The photo shows an egg with filaments from a white-spotted bamboo shark. The yellow oval in the center is yolk and provides nourishment for the young shark.

Famously Huge Great White Shark, ‘Deep Blue,’ Feasts on Dead S***m Whale in Hawaii 04/12/2022

Famously Huge Great White Shark, ‘Deep Blue,’ Feasts on Dead S***m Whale in Hawaii

Great white shark feasting on a dead s***m whale...

Famously Huge Great White Shark, ‘Deep Blue,’ Feasts on Dead S***m Whale in Hawaii Shark experts were thrilled to see the iconic shark in Hawaii this week.

Photos from New York Aquarium Volunteer Dive Team's post 04/10/2022

Photos from New York Aquarium Volunteer Dive Team's post

Thresher sharks stun prey with tail slaps 04/10/2022

Thresher sharks stun prey with tail slaps

Check out this fantastic footage of a thresher shark using its tail as a whip to stun prey...

Thresher sharks stun prey with tail slaps Thresher sharks use overhead "tail-slaps" to hunt sardines, stunning and eating several fish at a time, research reveals.

04/10/2022

20220409 - Good morning from the Jurassic/Cretaceous New York Aquarium!

Bird vs Shark | Trials Of Life | BBC Earth 04/07/2022

Bird vs Shark | Trials Of Life | BBC Earth

Different species of sharks feed on different prey, including fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, reptiles, sea birds, and marine mammals. Hammerheads eat fishes & stingrays, sand tigers and threshers eat fishes, bulls eat fishes & other sharks, wobbegongs eat shrimp and other crustaceans, tigers eat sea turtles & sea birds, and great whites eat sea lions & other marine mammals. However, the world's largest sharks, the whale and basking sharks, feed on plankton. Sharks have sophisticated senses and specialized teeth to help them find and capture prey...

Bird vs Shark | Trials Of Life | BBC Earth The sky is dangerous enough, but can these chicks survive learning to fly in shark infested water?Subscribe to BBC Earth for more amazing animal videos - htt...

Whale shark glides past divers 04/06/2022

Whale shark glides past divers

A magnificent whale shark and its entourage to help you over your hump day...

Whale shark glides past divers Video shows a massive whale shark gliding past divers off the Florida coast.

World Map 04/05/2022

World Map

Despite their overall notoriety, only 25 of 355 shark species are known to have attacked humans. In addition, according to the FLMNH International Shark Attack File, there have been just 2,777 confirmed, unprovoked shark attacks worldwide in 434 years (1580-2014) while humans kill 2,854 sharks every 15 minutes or 100 million sharks annually! They genuinely probably have more to fear from us than we have from them!

World Map Confirmed Unprovoked Shark Attacks (1580-Present)

12 Things Sharks Do Better Than Everyone Else 04/03/2022

12 Things Sharks Do Better Than Everyone Else

In recognition of sharks this month, we would like to share some of the wonder of these extraordinary predators with you, the threats to them, and some of the efforts that have been made to protect them. Here are some things sharks do better than everyone else...

12 Things Sharks Do Better Than Everyone Else They're the coolest fish on earth. Sharks are coming to Brooklyn in 2016. Become a part of New York history and help build the new virtual shimmer wall at the New York Aquarium today!

NYA OWS Coral Tunnel 04/01/2022

The divers are learning about sharks and rays this month, why they are important, some of the key threats they face, and what is being done to protect and conserve them. The NYA Ocean Wonders: Sharks! building is dedicated to them and is home to some 18 different species of sharks and rays. When you first walk in, you will see the Coral Tunnel exhibit which houses a variety of tropical reef fish including whitetip sharks, blacktip sharks, wobbegongs, and a beautiful zebra shark. The wobbegongs are well-camouflaged so take your time looking for them hidden in the coral structures...

They DO exist! :-) One of our wobbegong sharks decided to break cover yesterday and sit by the window in the Coral Tunnel for all to see. The word "wobbegong" is thought to come from an Australian aboriginal word meaning "shaggy beard" referring to the growths around the mouths of some of them. [Photo by D. Bachteler]

03/31/2022

And finally on penguins this month...

03/30/2022

Penguin Chick Swimming Lesson

Spellbinding new 'selfie' video captures penguin feasting on giant sardine ball 03/30/2022

Spellbinding new 'selfie' video captures penguin feasting on giant sardine ball

A gentoo penguin's eye view on a hunt for sardines...

Spellbinding new 'selfie' video captures penguin feasting on giant sardine ball The video was released for Penguin Awareness Day.

Antarctic Penguin P**p Emits Laughing Gas - EcoWatch 03/28/2022

Antarctic Penguin P**p Emits Laughing Gas - EcoWatch

Penguin p**p is no laughing matter ;-)

Antarctic Penguin P**p Emits Laughing Gas - EcoWatch A colony of king penguins in Antarctica emit so much nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, in their p**p that researchers went a little "cuckoo," while studying them. The study looked at the effects of a king penguin colony's activity on soil greenhouse gas fluxes in South Georgia, an island just north of...

03/27/2022

20220326 - Some naturally-shed teeth from our sandbar and sand tiger sharks in the Canyon's Edge Exhibit...

03/27/2022

20220326 - Divers Bridget T. and Daniel B. vacuuming in the Canyon's Edge Exhibit...

Gentoo penguins are four species, not one 03/27/2022

Gentoo penguins are four species, not one

Gentoo penguins are four species, not one...

Gentoo penguins are four species, not one Counting the birds as four species will help conservation efforts, and threats from climate change.

Every Penguin in the World Comes from Earth's Lost 8th Continent 03/26/2022

Every Penguin in the World Comes from Earth's Lost 8th Continent

Penguins and Earth's Lost Eighth Continent...

Every Penguin in the World Comes from Earth's Lost 8th Continent Zealandia sank into the sea 60 million years ago, but its legacy lives on.

Penguin and seal p**p powers life in Antarctica, study finds 03/25/2022

Penguin and seal p**p powers life in Antarctica, study finds

P**p power...

Penguin and seal p**p powers life in Antarctica, study finds In the extremely cold, seemingly barren Antarctic continent, p**p powers life. Literally. Where colonies of penguins and elephant seals aggregate, their droppings, rich in nitrogen, enrich the soil and support thriving communities of mosses, lichens and invertebrates, a new study has found. It’s n...

03/22/2022

Penguins don’t have teeth but instead spines on their palates and tongues called "papillae". These face backwards into their throats which makes it more difficult for fish prey to escape.

03/21/2022

Penguin Eating Fish

The Falklands penguins that would not explode 03/20/2022

The Falklands penguins that would not explode

Interesting read about war, conservation, and Magellanic penguins...

The Falklands penguins that would not explode The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands 35 years ago have been a blessing for penguins, which are not big enough to trigger explosions. But now the time has come for their home to be demined.

03/19/2022

Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise – Desert Penguins

Magellanic penguins are found in Patagonian deserts...

The dogs that protect little penguins 03/17/2022

The dogs that protect little penguins

Endangered little penguins in southern Australia are guarded by sheep dogs...

The dogs that protect little penguins When foxes nearly wiped out a colony of little penguins, a sheepdog saved the day.

03/16/2022

Here is a short video of little penguins to help you over your hump day...

A New Zealand Penguin, Hard to Spot, Is Harder to Preserve (Published 2016) 03/15/2022

A New Zealand Penguin, Hard to Spot, Is Harder to Preserve (Published 2016)

While many of us might think of penguins living in the icy wilderness of the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic, they are also found in southern Africa, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. The rare yellow-eyed penguin lives in the impenetrable forest hills that hug New Zealand’s South Island beaches...

A New Zealand Penguin, Hard to Spot, Is Harder to Preserve (Published 2016) The shy yellow-eyed penguin, threatened by human endeavors, natural predators and hot weather, faces extinction despite conservation efforts.

About Us

The New York Aquarium Volunteer Dive Team is composed of ~100 divers split into smaller teams that work on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays.

People from many walks of life volunteer including dive instructors, doctors, firemen, nurses, and teachers.

The team is chartered to perform several tasks including cleaning the exhibits and speaking with our visitors about the animals.

Cleaning the exhibits involves diving in most of the tanks. It is a wonderful experience but it can also be cold and hard work especially in winter when the water temperature is 40°F and air temperature is well below freezing.

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