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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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2:30 PM | Saving the swimming dead
This is Saltwater Science's first guest post, written by historical ecologists ...
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1:39 PM | Data entry portal is down!
Many of you have found your attempts to enter your surveys online stymied in the past week or so. I have also noticed this, and it appears that something is amiss with the server that usually dishes up our website. I am trying to track down the problem and have it remedied, but until I […]
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12:01 PM | Coelopleurus! The most gorgeous urchin you never heard of!
This week, I thought I'd share some gorgeous sea urchin love! Behold Coelopleurus! What's that? You've never HEARD of Coelopleurus??  Well, that's about right, I suppose. Its a distinctive looking enough species but it lives in slightly deeper water than is typical for most casual SCUBA divers or vacationing snorkelers..Described by Louis Agassiz in 1840, Coelopleurus is a genus in the family Arbaciidae. There are about 14 known species. Eleven living species and four fossils. […]
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3:53 AM | 5 Ways to Support Coral Conservation Without Getting Wet
5 Ways to Support Coral Conservation Without Getting Wet: Scuba divers can support marine and coral...
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3:53 AM | 5 Ways to Support Coral Conservation Without Getting Wet
5 Ways to Support Coral Conservation Without Getting Wet: Scuba divers can support marine and coral...

October 21, 2014

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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Sargassimfish/Sargassum Frogfish...
mean-guign-photography: Sargassimfish/Sargassum Frogfish (Histrio histrio) - Atmosphere Resorts House Reef, Dauin, Philippines One of our boat crew found this little guy nearly washed up on shore while unloading tanks, so they put it in a container with a clump of sargassum and brought it to me to identify it. i grabbed my camera and swam it out to deeper water, releasing it near some sargassum that was heading off in the strong current towards Apo Island. 
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Sargassimfish/Sargassum Frogfish...
mean-guign-photography: Sargassimfish/Sargassum Frogfish (Histrio histrio) - Atmosphere Resorts House Reef, Dauin, Philippines One of our boat crew found this little guy nearly washed up on shore while unloading tanks, so they put it in a container with a clump of sargassum and brought it to me to identify it. i grabbed my camera and swam it out to deeper water, releasing it near some sargassum that was heading off in the strong current towards Apo Island. 
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7:14 AM | Shark says you should stop illegal fishing
Shark says you should stop illegal fishing 👌 @annaoposa #savePHseas #malapascualove
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7:14 AM | Shark says you should stop illegal fishing
Shark says you should stop illegal fishing 👌 @annaoposa #savePHseas #malapascualove
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion...
mean-guign-photography: Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion polymnus) - Dauin, Philippines the next generation…so many eyeballs!
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion...
mean-guign-photography: Saddleback Anemonefish (Amphiprion polymnus) - Dauin, Philippines the next generation…so many eyeballs!

October 20, 2014

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2:59 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Pig Butt Worm
This species bring a whole new meaning to butt face. It’s Latin name even means butt face.  I jest… it actually means resembling a pig’s rump. Chaetopterus pugaporcinus is a polychaete and like other worms it has segments.  Some of the segments are just a little bit inflated, i.e. this worm is all about the […]
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2:59 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Pig Butt Worm
This species bring a whole new meaning to butt face. It’s Latin name even means butt face.  I jest… it actually means resembling a pig’s rump. Chaetopterus pugaporcinus is a polychaete and like other worms it has segments.  Some of the segments are just a little bit inflated, i.e. this worm is all about the […]
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Nudibranch (Halgerda sp.) - Dauin,...
mean-guign-photography: Nudibranch (Halgerda sp.) - Dauin, Philippines I totally saw this species mid boom-boom the other day. Let’s hear it for simultaneous hermaphratism! 
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8:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Nudibranch (Halgerda sp.) - Dauin,...
mean-guign-photography: Nudibranch (Halgerda sp.) - Dauin, Philippines I totally saw this species mid boom-boom the other day. Let’s hear it for simultaneous hermaphratism! 
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Bluespotted Stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii)...
mean-guign-photography: Bluespotted Stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii) - Lembeh, Indonesia
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Bluespotted Stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii)...
mean-guign-photography: Bluespotted Stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii) - Lembeh, Indonesia

October 19, 2014

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11:41 PM | Is your toddler really smarter than a chimpanzee?
It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s not clear that young children are any more intelligent than chimpanzees. Check out my latest article over at BBC Earth where I try to figure out if my toddler is smarter than a chimpanzee
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11:41 PM | Is your toddler really smarter than a chimpanzee? (BBC Earth)
It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s not clear that young children are any more intelligent than chimpanzees. Check out my latest article over at BBC Earth where I try to figure out if my toddler is smarter than a chimpanzee
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11:33 PM | Top 4 dolphin science discoveries you might have missed this year
If you follow along with dolphin science news, you probably know about a recent study showing that whale and dolphin (cetacean) pelvic bones, which were once considered ‘evolutionary leftovers’, are now thought to be a vital component of their sexual reproduction equipment. Scientists discovered that bigger pelvic bones in cetaceans correspond to bigger testicles, and also [&hellip
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