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August 01, 2014

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8:00 AM | My interview for notable University of Plymouth alumni
My interview for notable University of Plymouth alumni: Check out my interview about careers in...
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8:00 AM | My interview for notable University of Plymouth alumni
My interview for notable University of Plymouth alumni: Check out my interview about careers in...

July 31, 2014

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10:10 PM | Connecting the Town and Gown: Cooperative Extension
Over the last few months, I’ve seen a few efforts proposed to better connect universities to local community research needs. While whole practices and skill sets around participatory action research, community-based research, etc., exist, these don’t quite meet the need these recent proposals attempt to address. These proposals are not talking one faculty research program implementing […]
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4:17 PM | It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…
As those of you who follow me on Twitter have probably already noticed, this week I’m at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, an annual meeting of fish and reptile researchers that includes the American Elasmobranch Society.  It’s a great way to meet up with fellow shark, ray, and chimera junkies and check out […]
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3:12 PM | Octopus Eggs Need Helpful Bacteria To Stay Healthy, Too
We’re just learning how important certain microbes can be to our own health. They can help us digest foods and protect us from harmful invaders. New research suggests that certain bacteria are... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:29 PM | Seabird research loses a pioneer
On July 19th, David S. Lee died of a fast moving form of ALS. I met Dave a few times, only briefly, but he was a major force in the field, and his loss is an acute one with impacts far beyond his home turf down south. John Gerwin, Research Curator for Ornithology at the […]
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9:32 AM | Vampire Squid from E/V Nautilus in the Gulf of...
Vampire Squid from E/V Nautilus in the Gulf of Mexico "Here’s video of the vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) encountered by Nautilus Live on June 27, 2014, in the Gulf of Mexico. This deep-sea cephalopod gets its name because of its deep color and red eyes, not because it feeds on blood.” Original post.
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9:32 AM | Vampire Squid from E/V Nautilus in the Gulf of...
Vampire Squid from E/V Nautilus in the Gulf of Mexico "Here’s video of the vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) encountered by Nautilus Live on June 27, 2014, in the Gulf of Mexico. This deep-sea cephalopod gets its name because of its deep color and red eyes, not because it feeds on blood.” Original post.
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6:49 AM | blondeisawesome: A wave viewed from underwater
blondeisawesome: A wave viewed from underwater
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6:49 AM | blondeisawesome: A wave viewed from underwater
blondeisawesome: A wave viewed from underwater

July 30, 2014

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5:55 PM | Thirty Days to Submission: How I Made a Video for Ocean180
[php]How do you explain a scientific paper in three minutes or less? What if you were being judged by a bunch of middle-schoolers in classrooms around the world… and you only had a month to do it? The video above is what I came up with, with help from planetary scientist, science communicator, and science historian Meg Rosenburg. That music! That voice! Those… diatoms?? You might ask what we were thinking, making an epic film about microbes. The truth is, it was an […]
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11:23 AM | The Rotulidae: Strangest of the Sand Dollars
Leave it to echinoderms to take even the best known of animals, like a sand dollar, and make it even STRANGER than you could have thought!!But first things first. Sand dollars are highly modified SEA URCHINS that live on sandy bottoms, mostly in shallow tropical to temperate water places. Please make a note of it. (or go read this post here!)Most sand dollars are either kind of disc-shaped such as this Pacific Dendraster excentricus.              […]
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8:00 AM | wakatobidiveresort: To survive, marine creatures have developed...
wakatobidiveresort: To survive, marine creatures have developed myriad different techniques and anti–predation tactics, and have created numerous physical and behavioral modifications in order to protect themselves, their nest, their territory, their mate or their young. (Photograph: Claus Meyer)
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8:00 AM | wakatobidiveresort: To survive, marine creatures have developed...
wakatobidiveresort: To survive, marine creatures have developed myriad different techniques and anti–predation tactics, and have created numerous physical and behavioral modifications in order to protect themselves, their nest, their territory, their mate or their young. (Photograph: Claus Meyer)
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12:00 AM | Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought: Enter through gills
Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought: Enter through gills:...
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12:00 AM | Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought: Enter through gills
Microplastics worse for crabs and other marine life than previously thought: Enter through gills:...

July 29, 2014

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8:00 AM | whatthefauna: Bobtail squid are tiny nocturnal cephalopods that...
whatthefauna: Bobtail squid are tiny nocturnal cephalopods that only reach about 2 inches long. In the daytime, they use their tentacles to bury themselves under the sand and remain undisturbed. Here is an awesome video of one burying itself. Image credit: Alexius Sutandio
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8:00 AM | whatthefauna: Bobtail squid are tiny nocturnal cephalopods that...
whatthefauna: Bobtail squid are tiny nocturnal cephalopods that only reach about 2 inches long. In the daytime, they use their tentacles to bury themselves under the sand and remain undisturbed. Here is an awesome video of one burying itself. Image credit: Alexius Sutandio
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12:45 AM | About those lionfish
We’ve been monitoring the situation surrounding a south Florida lionfish study that’s been blowing up the headlines thanks to a feel-good story about a young student’s science fair project and a subsequent controversy surrounding a former grad student who feels slighted for having his name left out of the research. We decided not to comment […]
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12:00 AM | asapscience: “A large school of mobula rays fades into the...
asapscience: “A large school of mobula rays fades into the waters of Baja, Mexico. “The rays were moving quite fast and it was hard enough keeping up with them from the surface, let alone diving down to take a closer look,” writes photographer Eduardo Lopez Negrete. Mobula rays are often referred to as flying rays due to their fondness for breaching.” — the 2014 National Geographic Traveller Photo ContestLet’s also keep in mind that a mobula ray […]
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12:00 AM | asapscience: “A large school of mobula rays fades into the...
asapscience: “A large school of mobula rays fades into the waters of Baja, Mexico. “The rays were moving quite fast and it was hard enough keeping up with them from the surface, let alone diving down to take a closer look,” writes photographer Eduardo Lopez Negrete. Mobula rays are often referred to as flying rays due to their fondness for breaching.” — the 2014 National Geographic Traveller Photo ContestLet’s also keep in mind that a mobula ray […]

July 28, 2014

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9:00 AM | Busting Ocean Myths: This anglerfish is not as kink as you think.
The claim: Deep-sea Anglerfish have parasitic dwarf males that fuse to their mates and become nothing more than wibbly gonads hanging off of the much larger female.  Who said it: Well, pretty much everyone. This Oatmeal Comic, Ze Frank, me. Status: Sometimes true, sometimes false. I’d like you to meet a very dear friend of mine. […]
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8:00 AM | ornithoscelidaphiliac: commissions take me much longer than...
ornithoscelidaphiliac: commissions take me much longer than they used to, here is a seahorse drawing i just finished!
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8:00 AM | ornithoscelidaphiliac: commissions take me much longer than...
ornithoscelidaphiliac: commissions take me much longer than they used to, here is a seahorse drawing i just finished!
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1:52 AM | artandsciencejournal: Home Sweet Home Usually plastic and the...
Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with acrylic / φ250mm / each of 6) Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with acrylic / φ250mm / each of 6) Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with […]
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1:52 AM | artandsciencejournal: Home Sweet Home Usually plastic and the...
Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with acrylic / φ250mm / each of 6) Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with acrylic / φ250mm / each of 6) Aki Inomata, Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs? 2010-2013 video (9min.41sec. / NTSC 16:9) photo(lanbda print with […]

July 27, 2014

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10:41 PM | Marine Science Short Course Training
Are you a science student with an interest in marine biology? Do you want to spend part of your holidays on an island learning a little bit more about marine biology? If you are, then this just might be the … Continue reading →
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8:20 PM | Seal is on the beach- Who to call!
Please note: It is normal for seals to rest out of the water! Guest Bloggers and in-house volunteers Emily and Melissa were the main contributers to this blog. It is summertime in New England, which means more interactions between seals and people as the beaches fill up with swimmers and sunbathers.  Harbor seals and gray seals are our year-round, native species, and they will rest on the
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5:45 PM | Busting Ocean Myths: How many containers are really lost at sea?
The Claim: 10,000 containers are lost at sea every year. Who said it: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Slashdot, Yahoo News, NOAA, me, and many others. 10,000 is one of those numbers that’s big enough to be surprising, but not so huge to inspire immediate incredulity. The worldwide shipping industry is enormous and containers do […]
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9:29 AM | thelovelyseas: Barracudas _ Shark reef 2012 by Pietro Formis on...
thelovelyseas: Barracudas _ Shark reef 2012 by Pietro Formis on Flickr.
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