a large edible marine gastropod with an ear-shaped shell
She arrived in dress consisting of a traditional cedar hat, adorned with feathers,
shells and feathers, and a red poncho.Seattle Times (Feb 11, 2020)
primitive chlorophyll-containing aquatic organisms
Exposure to prolonged heat causes the reef-building animals to temporarily evict their zooxanthellae, symbiotic
which the corals shelter in exchange for food.Washington Post (Apr 6, 2020)
Alga means "seaweed" in Latin.
a fisherman who uses a hook and line
The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday will consider emergency closures of some California rivers, streams and lakes at the request of local officials concerned that visiting
might spread the virus.Washington Times (Apr 15, 2020)
A fish hook used to be known as an
angle. This makes sense when you know that early hooks weren't the curved shapes we know today; they were often much more triangular, like a check mark or the Vocabulary.com logo.
operating or living or growing in water
Aqua is Latin for water. You'll see it in related words, like
Aquamarine — which means "ocean blue" — is the name of a semiprecious gem with a bright blue-green color.
marine crustacean with feathery food-catching appendages
Longstanding scientific biases mean that the genomes of uncharismatic creatures — such as
, scorpions and diatoms — are less likely to be sequenced and identifiable, even if they are vulnerable to extinction.New York Times (Feb 24, 2020)
The birds also are found in salt,
and freshwater marshes in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean but are “rare and irregular” throughout their range, according to the suit.Washington Times (Mar 21, 2020)
Brackish water occurs where fresh rivers flow into the salty ocean. Some species have evolved to live in these environments, thriving in water that's less salty than the ocean.
Brack is a Dutch word for "useless."
water containing salts
Brine is a Dutch word for salty water. It can refer to the ocean, or to salted water that you might marinate a chicken in.
large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs
While the study looked at all
– dolphins, porpoises and whales – the vast majority being caught were dolphins.The Guardian (Mar 2, 2020)
Whales, dolphins, and orca are all
Cetus means "whale" in Latin; it coms from the Greek
an edible tropical marine mollusk or its large spiral shell
When I was a child, years before I ever waded into the Atlantic surf, I pressed a
shell to my ear and heard the ocean.Washington Post (Apr 2, 2020)
a very small ocean creature that often forms reefs
It was also one of the reef’s worst mass bleaching episodes in terms of intensity, second only to 2016, which killed half of all shallow-water
on the northern Great Barrier Reef.Washington Post (Apr 6, 2020)
mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body
and fish unlucky enough to swim into this curtain of tentacles are paralyzed and reeled up to the body of the colony.The Guardian (Apr 15, 2020)
Lobsters, crab, and shrimp are all
Crust you see there is in fact from the same Latin word, meaning "hard shell," that we use when we talk about pizza or pie
organ allowing aquatic animals to obtain oxygen from water
Ultimately, it’s a game of patience, clearing a path through the more favored parts of the fish to an area just below the
.Los Angeles Times (Mar 3, 2020)
Gill is of Scandinavian origin.
large brown seaweeds having fluted leathery fronds
The researchers identified nine components that are key to rebuilding the oceans: salt marshes, mangroves, seagrasses, coral reefs,
, oyster reefs, fisheries, megafauna and the deep ocean.BBC (Apr 1, 2020)
of or relating to a coastal or shore region
Littus means "shore" or "coast" in Latin, and
littoralis means "coastal."
brine-cured salmon that is lightly smoked
If you've ever had smoked salmon on your bagel, that's
Laks is Yiddish, from
lahs, the Old High German word for "salmon." You may also see
gravlax; this is a Scandinavian word meaning "buried salmon" because the fish was often brined and buried to keep it cook during fermentation. Appropriately for something buried, the
gravlax comes from the same root as
of or relating to the sea
Meanwhile, talk of “the Blob” returned as global ocean temperatures rose to the warmest on record, continuing a decadelong trend, and die-offs continued in
ecosystems in the eastern Pacific.Los Angeles Times (Apr 16, 2020)
relating to, occurring in, or living in the open ocean
Illegal fishing is common, they said, confirming reports of the widespread targeting of small
fish or “saiko” by trawlers, an illegal trade revealed by the Environmental Justice Foundation this year.The Guardian (Nov 16, 2019)
Pelagos is Greek for "sea."
Pelagic is sort of the opposite of
littoral; it refers to creatures that live in the deep ocean. away from the coasts.
of or relating to fish
Piscis is "fish" in Latin. If you're a
Pisces, that should look familiar.
aggregate of small organisms that float or drift in water
Climate change is already acting as a cruel catalyst, warming the whales’ habitat, causing currents to shift and altering the distribution of
the whales depend on.The Guardian (Apr 17, 2020)
shrimp-like crustacean often used as food
Sitting down for dinner, a fisherman walked in carrying a crate of wriggling giant red
, the speciality of these waters.The Guardian (Mar 28, 2020)
Prawns are essentially great big shrimp. The origin of the word is unknown, but possibly Germanic.
Sal is "salt" in Latin, so
saline means "salty."
a rigid plate forming part of the body covering of animals
In the dream the fish wiggled and wiggled, their rainbow
flickering in the sun.Miracle's Boys
cold rice and vinegar topped or rolled with raw fish
Sushi actually refers to the rice — seasoned with vinegar and sometimes a little sugar — that raw fish is wrapped in or served on top of in this hugely popular Japanese tradition. Raw fish without rice is known as
angle with a hook and line drawn through the water
trolling means fishing with a lure or bait dragged through the water, often behind a boat. It also has an unrelated meaning: a supernatural monster, and more recently a bad actor on the internet who abuse people to stifle debate or spread misinformation.