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September 21, 2014

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2:23 PM | #20: Another Entangled Whale in the Bay
As the Shelagh was returning to home port from our second Roseway Basin voyage, we sighted a right whale in the Bay of Fundy. Even from a distance, we could tell that the blowholes had been injured at some point because the post-blowhole callosity and surrounding area was overwhelmed with cyamids, and the whale was not creating the signature V-shape blow when it exhaled. As soon as we got a
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8:40 AM | mystepstofashion: Prototype of the My Army Parachute Mini...
mystepstofashion: Prototype of the My Army Parachute Mini //SS15 My girl Jen is embarking on her adventure of a lifetime. Follow her first steps to designing and creating her own kick ass fashion line. Not only am I gonna be her biggest fan, but if we can think of a badass nudibranch latin name - she’ll name a dress after it!  Suggestions in the comments, if you will… 
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8:40 AM | mystepstofashion: Prototype of the My Army Parachute Mini...
mystepstofashion: Prototype of the My Army Parachute Mini //SS15 My girl Jen is embarking on her adventure of a lifetime. Follow her first steps to designing and creating her own kick ass fashion line. Not only am I gonna be her biggest fan, but if we can think of a badass nudibranch latin name - she’ll name a dress after it!  Suggestions in the comments, if you will… 

September 20, 2014

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1:35 PM | Is wind power bad for birds?
As promised, I spent some time reviewing the scientific literature on wind farms and their impacts on bird populations. While the details are complex (and I will get to some of them), the short answer to the question, “Does wind power kill birds?” is, “Yes.” The longer answer is, “Yes, and so do all other […]
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8:00 AM | standavis: Manta Ray Manta ray getting cleaned by beccachan
standavis: Manta Ray Manta ray getting cleaned by beccachan
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8:00 AM | standavis: Manta Ray Manta ray getting cleaned by beccachan
standavis: Manta Ray Manta ray getting cleaned by beccachan
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12:00 AM | Population structure and residency patterns of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, at a provisioning site in Cebu, Philippines
Population structure and residency patterns of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, at a provisioning site...
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12:00 AM | Population structure and residency patterns of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, at a provisioning site in Cebu, Philippines
Population structure and residency patterns of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, at a provisioning site...

September 19, 2014

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9:59 PM | #19: Flukes, Flukes and more Flukes
If you an avid reader of our blog then you likely know that we are able to individually identify right whales by using the unique callosity pattern found on the top of their head.  However, in some whale species it's the ventral side of the tail fluke that is used for individual identification.  Example 1: The Sperm Whale Image of a sperm whale taken in 2011 Photo: New England Aquarium
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1:59 PM | ZOMG Whale shark attack!!!! Or not…
So this little gem came across my Google alerts today. The cognitive dissonance between what happens (biologically) in that video, what the two intrepid heroes do, and what’s reported, fills me with dismay for society.  If that seems hyperbolic, bear with me.  Let’s break it down: What the story says Benchley-esque narrative: blah blah “terrifying […]
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1:59 PM | ZOMG Whale shark attack!!!! Or not…
So this little gem came across my Google alerts today. The cognitive dissonance between what happens (biologically) in that video, what the two intrepid heroes do, and what’s reported, fills me with dismay for society.  If that seems hyperbolic, bear with me.  Let’s break it down: What the story says Benchley-esque narrative: blah blah “terrifying […]
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8:00 AM | mothernaturenetwork: Origami-inspired mini-farm thrives without...
mothernaturenetwork: Origami-inspired mini-farm thrives without soil … or waterFuturistic design meets urban gardening with this curious flat-pack greenhouse kit that harnesses seaweed-extracted agar-agar gel as a growing medium. Cool!
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8:00 AM | mothernaturenetwork: Origami-inspired mini-farm thrives without...
mothernaturenetwork: Origami-inspired mini-farm thrives without soil … or waterFuturistic design meets urban gardening with this curious flat-pack greenhouse kit that harnesses seaweed-extracted agar-agar gel as a growing medium. Cool!

September 18, 2014

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11:51 PM | Are dolphins cleverer than dogs? (BBC Earth)
I penned an article titled Are Dolphins Cleverer than Dogs for the newly launched BBC site, BBC Earth. There are some great articles on this site – it’s worth checking out!
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5:25 PM | Go forth and plunder some trash for International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday
Worried about plastic in the ocean? Then get off your rumpus this weekend and do something about it! It’s International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 20. You and a trash bag and a bunch of your friends can spend a day at the beach making it trash free. Because believe you me, right now that beach […]
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5:25 PM | Go forth and plunder some trash for International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday
Worried about plastic in the ocean? Then get off your rumpus this weekend and do something about it! It’s International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 20. You and a trash bag and a bunch of your friends can spend a day at the beach making it trash free. Because believe you me, right now that beach […]

September 17, 2014

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8:14 PM | So what might Scottish independence mean for marine conservation ?
A Scottish otter (which lives in the marine environment) As the referendum for Scotland leaving the United Kingdom (which besides Scotland current includes Northern Ireland and Wales in addition to England, although you would be forgiven from all the media coverage to think that it only included the former and latter) approaches, I’ve been asked […]
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1:57 PM | Bigger than just conservation: The WWF Pacific Shark Heritage Program
Ian Campbell has spent his entire career employed across the spectrum of fisheries science and policy, working as a marine surveyor, a fisheries observer and writing fisheries policy for the UK & European governments. He even spent several years as a commercial diver working on oil rigs and for the film industry. Ian is currently […]
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12:34 PM | Five Surprising Points about Discovering New Species & Taxonomy
Austin H. Clark, first curator of echinoderms at the Smithsonian's NMNH. Also, butterfly enthusiast.This week, a post about my broader field.. TAXONOMY, evolution and the discovery of new species! Many of you may or may not realize that, although I am widely studied in echinoderms, my *actual* research focuses on starfish, specifically the diversity of starfish, including the description of new species and how they "fit" into the evolutionary classification of the echinoderms and all other […]
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4:44 AM | The oceans are full of our plastic – here’s what we can do about it
Originally posted on News @ CSIRO:Parts of Australia’s coastline are littered with plastic rubbish, which finds its way into the oceans. By Britta Denise Hardesty, CSIRO and Chris Wilcox, CSIRO By 2050, 95% of seabirds will have plastic in their gut. That is just one finding from our national marine debris research project, the largest…

September 16, 2014

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1:01 PM | Naming Contest Winners: Meet manta rays Sylvia and Eugenie!
The Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) recently provided funding so researchers with the Manta Trust could tag manta rays in the Pacific Ocean. The researchers invited Aquarium fans to help them name two of those tagged rays. Thanks to everyone who submitted names on our Facebook page. We have a winner! Find out more about the names, the winners and the program in these statements
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) -...
mean-guign-photography: Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) - Siquijor Island, Philippines
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) -...
mean-guign-photography: Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) - Siquijor Island, Philippines

September 15, 2014

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6:46 PM | A Natural Eye: Delaware official sees science and art in state’s coastline
  Tony Pratt’s career in science began because of a love for the outdoors. And yet, the more he climbed up through management, the less time he spent outside. Pratt runs the Shoreline and Waterway Management section of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which oversees regulation of coastal construction, dredging projects and […]
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6:42 PM | What it’s Like to SCUBA Dive: Part I
I have returned from a SCUBA diving trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, and I am inspired to share the joy of diving with those that may never learn to dive. PADI, a leading SCUBA diving organization that certifies divers, has certified over 23 million SCUBA divers. That means (assuming most of the certifications […]
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3:46 PM | Grouper Selfie
Recently, there was a copyright uproar about the ownership of a monkey selfie. That is, who owned the copyright of photographs of Indonesian macaques taken by themselves after borrowing a photographer’s camera. Here’s what one of the monkey selfies looks like:   What the media frenzy ignored was how useful a monkey selfie, or a […]
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2:17 PM | Shark Conservation Module for Zoox Last week the team and I ran...
Shark Conservation Module for Zoox Last week the team and I ran through the new shark conservation module I wrote as one of the Zoox Training Modules. Not only is shark conservation a major sector in the marine conservation industry, but it also serves as a great case study to examine how international policy trickles down to national and grass roots levels. On top of that we run through the opportunities and challenges that ecotourism presents as an alternative to direct […]
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2:17 PM | Shark Conservation Module for Zoox Last week the team and I ran...
Shark Conservation Module for Zoox Last week the team and I ran through the new shark conservation module I wrote as one of the Zoox Training Modules. Not only is shark conservation a major sector in the marine conservation industry, but it also serves as a great case study to examine how international policy trickles down to national and grass roots levels. On top of that we run through the opportunities and challenges that ecotourism presents as an alternative to direct […]
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12:35 PM | You know you love your job when...
…you actually looked forward to a Monday.
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12:35 PM | You know you love your job when...
…you actually looked forward to a Monday.
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