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I did the whole write to a scientist thing about the role the bacteria play in the ecosystem around the underwater vents. I wondered about how the packet we got said that since there is no light and every other food chain on the planet starts with sunlight, how the bacteria play a role in making everything work. “However at deep sea vents, where the… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on December 1, 2008 at 6:55pm — No Comments

Save Something

Save Something

Chapter 12 of the enchanted braid was kind of a follow up to chapter 11. In chapter 11 Osha explained to us how the different practices of destructive fishing had taken its toll on the reefs in the thousand islands region of the Philippines. Chapter 11 explained the social problems of why it is so hard to save the coral reefs in the area. The only way to really save a reef fishery is to get the fishermen to honestly care.

Great things are never done by just… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on November 3, 2008 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Living on Destruction

Living on destruction

“There are only two threats to coral reefs: the needy and the greedy.”—Thomas Goreau, Global Coral Reef Alliance. This is the most devastating braid of this tapestry. When people are desperate to survive and there is a way to meet the needs of a family or village then every precaution is bypassed by many fishermen in Indonesia.

The beauty of the coral reefs near Ujungpandang is more like a… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on October 20, 2008 at 4:42pm — 2 Comments

Progress killed Beauty

Progress Killed Beauty

Jakarta is the super-city of the thousand islands Indonesia. Jakarta is located on the island of Java and it is home to over 10 MILLION people. This megatrapolis has towering skyscrapers, luxury hotels, and huge shopping malls. You can see business men in the finest of tailored suits strolling down the sidewalk while the traffic roars in the streets. The so called “Golden Triangle” this is the… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on October 6, 2008 at 8:22am — 2 Comments



The way Osha starts out the chapter was really nice. He really is an artist when it comes to painting an image. To tell you the truth I never even thought twice about sea turtles, I mean who cares… It’s a turtle. How until now could I have possibly known all the mystery, danger, and sheer strangeness that happens in a sea turtles life?

There is so much that we really don’t know about sea turtles, but besides the point sea turtles is a lame name. I agree with Osha that… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on September 15, 2008 at 9:11am — No Comments

lqtm(laugh quietly to myself) reef fish...

Chapter 7&8

Well Timmy baby corals are born when a mommy coral loves herself very much. She loves herself so much that she makes the baby all on her own. She makes both the eggs and the sperm to reproduce. Sometimes if the timing is just right her and all her friends will all make babies at the same times.

That was my little take on coral spawning. I always found plant and now reproduction kinda weird. I know that that’s how its been for millennia but the thought of… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on August 12, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

the city-like reefs, the swampy mangroves and, the annoying sea grass


You have been driving for about 45 minutes to where your parents have decided to vacation. You look off to the side of the rode and see “Gotham city limits.” Around you there is lots of fields and lots of sun, a pretty place you think to yourself. The drive continues, the further you go the darker it gets. The car stops.

You have reached the river around Gothams inner city. No big deal, you just take the ferry across. The water is polluted though, form all the use it… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on July 30, 2008 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment


HEY EVERYONE!!! Good work on all the blogs lately. I don't know about you but I have been having a BLAST reading The Enchanted Braid. For those of you who have read the chapter about how Osha finds that ancient coral in iowa and want to see what he was talking about, Mr. Nash and I got a hold of some pics.

I hope you guys enjoy the sweet pics!!! I cant think of a way I can possibly thank Osha enough for such and amazing piece of…


Added by Torin McKinley on July 17, 2008 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Look out Bear Grills... Coral Knows how to survive!

Chapter 4

“The environment is the theater and evolution the play”-G. Evelyn Hutchinson. I enjoyed this quote because it reminded me of one of my favorite little quotes from Shakespeare, All the worlds a stage (As you Like it). This quote sets the stage very well for this chapter because it was about how the coral acts out its existence in the environment.

I don’t remember the flood of 93’ all that well considering the fact that I was two, but my parents talk about it…


Added by Torin McKinley on July 7, 2008 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Chapter 3 Charles Darwin is one awesome dude! He made many right on theories about all different examples of life. He also made a great contribution to the theory of how coral was formed or how it i…

Chapter 3

Charles Darwin is one awesome dude! He made many right on theories about all different examples of life. He also made a great contribution to the theory of how coral was formed or how it is still growing I should say.

This chapter was ok… I wish that Osha would have went into a lot more detail about Darwin’s theory on coral reef formations. I also wanted Osha to explain how he felt about his theory. That… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on June 27, 2008 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

the first look at the enchanted braid

Chapter 2

I honestly hope that every chapter will be as good as this one. I loved how he started to give you insight on the whole enchanted braid concept. Osha started to reveal the mysteries of the coral reef and how it is interlocked with the rest of the world.

“What would the ocean be like without them? It’s impossible to say, for coral reefs are the very soul of the sea.” This was a good sentence to sum up the chapter, because it told you how the coral reefs were so… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on June 20, 2008 at 10:53pm — 2 Comments

The Enchanted Braid chapter 1

Chapter 1

The only way to describe your encounter with The Coral Reef is awe. Your brain stops racing from thing to thing and you just slow down and your actually thankful for beauty. The reef is something so much more then anything tangible on this earth. A coral reef is one of the few things that still knocks you on your butt and makes you say, “wow that’s amazing!”

This book is very well written and gives… Continue

Added by Torin McKinley on June 12, 2008 at 11:54pm — 5 Comments

Super fish

what would make a super fish?

Added by Torin McKinley on June 5, 2008 at 12:25pm — 12 Comments







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Island Time

Living on Island TimeThe first couple of days were spent waiting on this and on that and it truly felt like a year had gone by.  The first day was spent waking up early and driving to KCI airport where after about an hour or so of waiting we finally got on the plane that took us to Florida.  I sat in the very back of the plane with Zach and McCabe and I learned a valuable lesson from Zach when you get your free drinks on the airplane "always ask for the can".  The next morning we split into…See More
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I woke up early and went to meet everyone at the library. Once we got our passports and tickets we all headed to the airport. We took a flight to Ft. Lauderdale.  Once there we all we out to eat and I had a Mahi-Mahi sandwich and tried some oyster, steamed clam, and calamari.  I think out of those 3 I will only have the calamari again.  Then we got our rooms and got the information for the plane trip to Andros.  We had the rest of the night to ourselves and I went swimming and hung out in some…See More
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Loving the Bahamas!

I have known that I wanted to this program for a long time now. My brother did it back in 2003. I saw how much fun he was having learning the fish and then going out on the sail boats and seeing them in person. I saw what he brought back from the trip and it all sounded like so much fun i just had to try and go. So here I am! I took the class and went on the trip.Day 1 I couldn't sleep, I had to be up at 4:30 in the morning so we could meet at the library and and be at the air port around 6:20…See More
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Time of my life!

Plane ride to Andros     My group got here 2nd and right once we got to Forefar we ate lunch and then got in the water.  I was ready to get right in and I saw so many fish.  Shelby Mills and I went snorkeling together.  The first fish we saw was a Beaugregory Juvenile.   Then we saw a sea slug.  It had orange and blue stripes going down its back.  Then we also saw an adult Beaugregory.  The next fish was a cocoa Damselfish.  This fish has a blue color on top ends and a dark spot on the upper…See More
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Aye, Mon! (a.k.a. My Bahamian Experience/Greatest Week of 2013)

Where do I even begin? Or better rephrased, how do I start telling the tale of the most intriguing adventure I've ever gone on in my short 17 years of life? The most obvious answer would be to start with Day 1, which is only logical, but once you've started reading my account, I think you'll understand why I didn't know where to begin. Day 1- Friday, March 21st, Saint Joseph to Ft. Lauderdale Boy, I definitely wished I was a morning person that day. We met at a parking lot at East Hill's mall…See More
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The Bahamian Experience

Everything about the Bahamas was pretty much perfect. The weather, the people, the lifestyle, the water, the air, the night sky, and the people. Did I say people twice? Heck yes I did because the people truly were some of the coolest people ever.They were some of the most down to earth and friendly people I have ever met. There was even a statue of a pair of hands shaking to really reinforce the fact that they were very friendly people.The first day that we spent on the island I played some…See More
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Under the Sun-2013

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013Yesterday we arrived at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to begin our adventure miles from home. Around 12:30 PM, 7 of us loaded a small plane with a pilot named Eddie (I got to be co-pilot!) and we set flight over the ocean. The ocean is simply breathtaking and magnificent. Looking the 5,000 feet down to the shades of blue wasn't full of much to look at but I couldn't take my eyes off of it. I was looking for something to strike my eye, to jump out of the water...SOMETHING!…See More
Apr 15, 2013
Rylee Hanlan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Although this chapter wasn't my favorite that I've read so far, I did learn some new and interesting things.. Like what Christmas tree worms are! And just how important sea grass is to the ocean. The reflection strategy that I used for…"
Mar 18, 2013
Jaycen LeeAnn Wilson replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"I made my key note about how everything is part of one. It's kind of like the lion king to me. Everything has to do with something. Or it's some disney movie like that. I loved this chapter, I think it was my favorite so far. I love how he…"
Mar 18, 2013
MacKinzie Lillian Conard replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"This book never fails to amaze me! I have always thought of a coral reef as being its own "island" because it is so diverse and strong by itself. However, Davidson very quickly points out that coral reefs are a small strand in a large…"
Mar 18, 2013
Rylee Hanlan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"I thought the same thing when I was reading, and came across the term " Christmas tree worms" I google imaged it and thought they were pretty neat as well!"
Mar 18, 2013
Shelby Mills replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Yet again, the seas continue to amaze me in their ability to support each other even when they get no appreciation. One thing in particular that I thought was simply spectacular about this chapter were the Thalassia and their development of mature…"
Mar 18, 2013
Lindsay Doolan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Everything you write about in these discussion's are so creative and I really enjoy reading them. They are usually the first thing I read because it opens my mind about what I want to base mine off of. Great job! Also your Sci-poe last time was…"
Mar 17, 2013
Lindsay Doolan replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Okay, mine might seem boring because it is only talking about one thing. The Thalassia Testudinum a sea grass, but i found this story or part of this chapter really interesting. I thought it was beautiful how the 'parent' "bathes the…"
Mar 17, 2013
McCabe Davis replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Rise of Corals & The Heart of Lightness
"I think Shelby did a great job on his sypo. It explains how important the tropics are and how much the sun affects the life of diversity there."
Mar 17, 2013
McCabe Davis replied to Sean Nash's discussion The Outer Strands
"Mangroves, sea grass, and coral reefs. I never would have thought that these things would be interconnected so deeply. A braid within a braid. This chapter talks about how these three components are all connected and what roles they play. The only…"
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Coral Patchwork

"I truly enjoy the intricacy of this shot.   I love how when one looks closely many colors can be found within this single image.  One of my all time favorite quotes is "Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint you…"
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