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October 29, 2014

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8:08 PM | Interview with the Vampire Blennies
This is our second guest post from ichthyologist, tech diver and all-round good guy Dr. Luiz Rocha at the California Academy of Sciences.  You should follow him on Twitter When you hear “vampires” you usually think “Twilight”, “Vampire Diaries” or “True Blood”. However, a very interesting group of fishes have also taken up the name. […]
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8:08 PM | Interview with the Vampire Blennies
This is our second guest post from ichthyologist, tech diver and all-round good guy Dr. Luiz Rocha at the California Academy of Sciences.  You should follow him on Twitter When you hear “vampires” you usually think “Twilight”, “Vampire Diaries” or “True Blood”. However, a very interesting group of fishes have also taken up the name. […]
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6:56 PM | More large sharks were killed by recreational anglers than commercial fishermen in the U.S. last year
The United States National Marine Fisheries Service just released the 2013 “fisheries of the United States” report. The extremely detailed report contains lots of important information on both recreational and commercial fisheries in U.S. waters, and I recommend giving it a thorough read. I noticed an interesting detail about the U.S. shark fishery, though. In 2013, more large (non-dogfish) sharks […]
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2:44 PM | Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea by Dustin Adamson I died and...
Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea by Dustin Adamson I died and this was my heaven.
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2:44 PM | Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea by Dustin Adamson I died and...
Nudibranchs of Papua New Guinea by Dustin Adamson I died and this was my heaven.
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1:46 PM | The greater good: animal welfare vs. conservation
Andrew Wright is a British marine biologist that has been working on the science-policy boundary around the world for over a decade. His experiences have led him to champion a better communication of science to policy makers and the lay public. His research has included a population viability analysis for the vaquita, sperm whales bioacoustics […]
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1:39 PM | New Octopus Disguise Material for the Human World [Video]
It’s no doubt that, with a repertoire of everything from colorful coral to a poisonous sea snake, the octopus could win any costume contest handily. But while most of us are picking our way... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:11 PM | This baller had a portable karaoke machine, rolling down the...
This baller had a portable karaoke machine, rolling down the street doing his thang. Our waiter took one look at our reaction of awe and shrugged his shoulders saying “This just Vietnam”. I freaking love this place.
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12:11 PM | This baller had a portable karaoke machine, rolling down the...
This baller had a portable karaoke machine, rolling down the street doing his thang. Our waiter took one look at our reaction of awe and shrugged his shoulders saying “This just Vietnam”. I freaking love this place.

October 28, 2014

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10:06 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Anything with an instrument on it
As a physical oceanographer I have a love-hate relationship with sea life. Ocean biology is totally cool….until it interferes with my measurements. I’m looking at you barnacles on my ADCP. But swimming animals that can measure where oceanographers fear to tread, I am ALL OVER THAT. So here’s my favorite species…the ones I can stick instruments/tracking devices […]
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10:06 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Anything with an instrument on it
As a physical oceanographer I have a love-hate relationship with sea life. Ocean biology is totally cool….until it interferes with my measurements. I’m looking at you barnacles on my ADCP. But swimming animals that can measure where oceanographers fear to tread, I am ALL OVER THAT. So here’s my favorite species…the ones I can stick instruments/tracking devices […]
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4:43 PM | Stinkin' Seaweed Makes Tasty Food for Coastal Animals
[php]Most people try to avoid rotting kelp at the beach. The feeling of a floating piece of seaweed wrapping around an ankle is enough to shake even the most steeled swimmer, and then there's the strong smell! But in our research group, we go out of our way to find rotting seaweed at the shore so that we can study how kelp tissues change as they die and decompose.  While this may seem like an odd thing to care about, detached and decomposing kelp blades are actually a very important part […]
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3:56 PM | Dead Bird Quiz answers
Before I launch into the DBQ answers, it’s time to revisit an old quiz. Edward wrote in to say that our conclusion on a bird we featured a while back in this DBQ may have been erroneous. He writes that the bird more closely resembles a Brown Booby than the juvenile cormorant we deemed it to […]
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1:31 PM | Five Invertebrates that would be Terrifying if they were Bigger!
The secret of the big terrifying jaws is #1 below! HALLOWEEN! Every year, I like to use the season's festive theme to try and highlight some cool invertebrate diversity! Last year I did an overview of creepy worms and the year before that, I did an overview of spooky things that echinoderms (my research focus & subject of this blog's love) are known to do. So, note that I actually am using REAL aspects of these animal's biology that make them, creepy, terrifying, spooky, whatever. […]
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12:19 AM | These Are a Few of My Favorite Species: Carnivorous Sponges
Most sponges, inspiration for dish cleaners and mess absorbers, feed by filtering water through those many holes and channels.  Their scientific name, Porifera, literally means pore bearer.  The channels are lined with special cells, chanocytes, each containing a flagellum that continuously beats.  This whirling action by the flagellum filters nutrients and small particles of food […]
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12:19 AM | These Are a Few of My Favorite Species: Carnivorous Sponges
Most sponges, inspiration for dish cleaners and mess absorbers, feed by filtering water through those many holes and channels.  Their scientific name, Porifera, literally means pore bearer.  The channels are lined with special cells, chanocytes, each containing a flagellum that continuously beats.  This whirling action by the flagellum filters nutrients and small particles of food […]

October 27, 2014

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2:39 PM | Gooood moooorrnnniing Viet Nam! You’re crazy and I love...
Gooood moooorrnnniing Viet Nam! You’re crazy and I love you already!
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2:39 PM | Gooood moooorrnnniing Viet Nam! You’re crazy and I love...
Gooood moooorrnnniing Viet Nam! You’re crazy and I love you already!

October 26, 2014

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9:12 PM | These Are a Few of My Favorite Species: Spotted Porcupine Fish
As scientific mariners, we spend an inordinate amount of shore time on sleezy docks and seedy piers around the world, from the gritty shipyards of Callao, to the bustling ports of Capetown, and the rowdy embarcaderos of Barbados. These landings provide a chance to shake off the sea legs on tierra firma, and sample the […]
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9:12 PM | These Are a Few of My Favorite Species: Spotted Porcupine Fish
As scientific mariners, we spend an inordinate amount of shore time on sleezy docks and seedy piers around the world, from the gritty shipyards of Callao, to the bustling ports of Capetown, and the rowdy embarcaderos of Barbados. These landings provide a chance to shake off the sea legs on tierra firma, and sample the […]

October 24, 2014

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10:07 PM | Is Smell the Key To an Octopus’s Heart?
We know that octopuses have awesome visual systems and super-sensitive suckers. We have even learned that they can hear. But little scientific attention has been paid to their sense of smell. And new... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:45 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: Sarah Porter edition
First off, the SEANET data entry site is back online! Huzzah! Thank you all for your patience; you should be all set now to enter surveys again. Let’s celebrate with a Dead Bird Quiz.   Both these birds were found by volunteer Sarah Porter in April in Massachusetts. What do you think everyone? Bird A: […]
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1:19 PM | Building robots in Papua New Guinea: update from #ROV2PNG
Hello from the warm, sunny island of Nago, home of the National Fisheries College field station and staging ground for Marine Ecology via Remote Observation, part of the Marine Science Short Course. My team and I arrived in Port Morseby on Friday, where we met with Jamie on her way home and and caught up […]
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1:00 PM | Your life on earth
Your life on earth: How you and the world have changed since you were born Put your life into...
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1:00 PM | Your life on earth
Your life on earth: How you and the world have changed since you were born Put your life into...
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10:33 AM | Shark vs. CTD. Shark 1, CTD 0.
There is a common saying amongst oceanographers, “if you put something in the water, there is no guarantee you will get it back.” I’ve been in that situation before and it sucks. Unlike these guys, I’ve never had to actively fight the ocean to get an instrument back. What appears to be just ordinary shark fishing is actually an […]
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10:33 AM | Shark vs. CTD. Shark 1, CTD 0.
There is a common saying amongst oceanographers, “if you put something in the water, there is no guarantee you will get it back.” I’ve been in that situation before and it sucks. Unlike these guys, I’ve never had to actively fight the ocean to get an instrument back. What appears to be just ordinary shark fishing is actually an […]

October 23, 2014

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12:42 PM | A Case for Anonymous Open Review
I recently reviewed a manuscript for the pioneering journal PeerJ. This presented me with a quandary. PeerJ’s experiment in open reviewing is nicely outlined in their recent post, and includes two steps: reviewers can sign their reports, and authors can publish the review history alongside their accepted paper. My quandary was this: I love the second idea, and think it is an important step forward in opening up the peer review process; but I don’t like to sign my reviews.... Read […]

October 22, 2014

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7:35 PM | These are a Few of My Favorite Species: Pistol Shrimp
My dream day includes Clint Eastwood and I drinking bourbon, smoking cigars, and watching The Outlaw Josey Wales. At one of the most memorable moments in the film, Clint as Josey Wales states “Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?” Shortly after projectile shenanigans ensue. Like Josey, Pistol Shrimp (Family Alpheidae), are entering guns […]
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7:35 PM | These are a Few of My Favorite Species: Pistol Shrimp
My dream day includes Clint Eastwood and I drinking bourbon, smoking cigars, and watching The Outlaw Josey Wales. At one of the most memorable moments in the film, Clint as Josey Wales states “Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?” Shortly after projectile shenanigans ensue. Like Josey, Pistol Shrimp (Family Alpheidae), are entering guns […]
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