Marine biology: where science meets art!
And now it is time to speak a little bit about our study subject!
Marine biology is one of the most wonderful scientific subjects because it investigates beautiful living organisms in a very peculiar environment.
It is not too exaggerated to say that the marine organisms are some of the most fantastic and incredible living been that exist on Earth!
Don't you believe it?
Ok, come with me and let’s have a look to few marine organisms!
What do you say about the magnificent Bryozoarian Neptunes’ lace, which looks like an orange elegant piece of hand embroidery, patiently woven by an old lady coming from the previous century?
Or what to say about the incredibly funny octopus, which is living in our seas moving from rock to rock, camouflaging and changing colour according to the environment and to its mood?
Even the fertile fantasy of Jules Verne could have never created such incredible living been!
Are you now convinced?
This wonderful discipline studies those and many other organisms, interesting as well.
Following Wikipedia, Marine biology is the branch of Biology that studies and classifies species based on the environment where they live, rather than their taxonomy. This environment includes oceans, seas and brackish waters, like lagoons and estuaries.
Like Biology, it examines the structure, the function, the growth, the origin, the evolution, the distribution and the classification of marine living been.
This subject covers a wide range of organisms, starting from the microscopic phytoplankton and zooplankton, ending to the biggest animals ever lived on Earth, which belong to the group of Cetaceans.
In traditional Biology the living organisms are divided in three wide groups, also called kingdoms. The Animal kingdom is investigated by a discipline called Zoology; the Vegetal kingdom (including Plants, Algae and Mushrooms) is studied by the Botany and the kingdom of Monera or micro-organisms, is studied by the Microbiology.
In the marine environment obviously, we can find both animals, vegetal and micro-organisms, so it does exist a
a Marine Botany and a Marine Microbiology.
So, let’s start a trip to discover the beautiful inhabitants of the sea!
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