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August 29, 2014

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7:24 PM | Common Octopus Proves Uncommonly Difficult to Define
The seemingly ubiquitous common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is our platonic octopus ideal. Even if Plato didn’t write about it, Aristotle did. And since then, it has been the most widely studied... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:16 PM | The official anthology of Rick Ross rapping about crustaceans
I generally bow to Dr. M and Alex when it comes to rap music knowledge, but I’m just going to add this little factlet to the DSN vaults. Rick Ross, raps about crustaceans. A LOT*. And after reading all these lyrics, I’m positive there is a special place in his stomach for all arthropods. What does this dude do […]
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1:16 PM | The official anthology of Rick Ross rapping about crustaceans
I generally bow to Dr. M and Alex when it comes to rap music knowledge, but I’m just going to add this little factlet to the DSN vaults. Rick Ross, raps about crustaceans. A LOT*. And after reading all these lyrics, I’m positive there is a special place in his stomach for all arthropods. What does this dude do […]
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11:04 AM | About a Blog
In his early collection of miscellaneous writing Paperweight, Stephen Fry includes a column from The Listener called Absolutely Nothing At All, about… writing a column. He prefaces it in the book with the excuse, “Journalist friends tell me that columnists are allowed to write one column of this nature once in their lives.” On the assumption that bloggers get the same allowance, here we go… * I’ve had this post largely worked out in my head for several weeks. […]

August 28, 2014

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6:07 PM | Throwback Thursday: The Birth of @WhySharksMatter
Today we celebrate the 30th birthday of David Shiffman, but the entity known as WhySharksMatter was born on an entirely different day. On January 26, 2009, David officially joined Southern Fried Science and assumed the handle that would soon become the most prolific shark conservation activist online. Here, for posterity, is the original chatlog where […]
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7:09 AM | Ocean acidification and policy failure
Originally posted on Ocean acidification:The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) invites everyone to a free public lecture as part of the Sustainability in the Anthropocene series. Event date: Wednesday, 10 September 2014 Event time: 1-2pm Event location: Theatre C, Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne Ocean acidification is potentially one of the most pervasive…
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2:42 AM | annaoposa: "WE ARE NOT MEAT," declares shark street art in...
annaoposa: "WE ARE NOT MEAT," declares shark street art in Cebu. 👊 Thank you to our friends at Dolphins Love Freedom for this! ❤ Photo from one of my personal heroes, AG Saño. #savephseas #philippines Proud of you Cebu! 
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2:42 AM | annaoposa: "WE ARE NOT MEAT," declares shark street art in...
annaoposa: "WE ARE NOT MEAT," declares shark street art in Cebu. 👊 Thank you to our friends at Dolphins Love Freedom for this! ❤ Photo from one of my personal heroes, AG Saño. #savephseas #philippines Proud of you Cebu! 
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2:15 AM | Every Post is a Comeback Post
So I had originally intended to have a mini-blitz of material posted during Shark Week involving some of the topics that slip under the Shark Week radar, but for some reason technical difficulties arose that prevented me from successfully posting.  Also, in the middle of that I attended the annual AFS meeting in Quebec, which […]

August 27, 2014

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9:33 PM | My 25 Favorite Things For Ocean Field Work
I am particular about my set of gear and equipment that I take when I am out at sea. Much time spent was spent on trial and error research and development of my sea kit. The items below reflect advice from my scientific mentors and advice about tools from my father and father-in-law, one an […]
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9:33 PM | My 25 Favorite Things For Ocean Field Work
I am particular about my set of gear and equipment that I take when I am out at sea. Much time spent was spent on trial and error research and development of my sea kit. The items below reflect advice from my scientific mentors and advice about tools from my father and father-in-law, one an […]
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6:57 PM | #11: The Birds of the Bay
Since its my first time in Lubec for the Bay of Fundy field season, I was pretty excited for what sightings were in store for me! Although I’ve already had experience with right whales, mainly flying aerial surveys, I was excited to see the whales from a different perspective. I was also interested to see the different kinds of birds that lived in the waters of the Bay of Fundy. Many of the
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3:52 PM | Dumbo Octopus Gives Rare View [Video]
New, stunning video from a deep-sea vehicle reveals a rare view of the Dumbo octopus. Don’t let the name fool you—the Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis) is no dummy. And those protrusions on the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:48 PM | Giant Deep Sea Amoebas! Meet the Xenophyophores!!
So, following up with all of the NOAA deep-sea Okeanos Explorer stuff, I've found that I am just FASCINATED by these things called Xenophyophores!! The name means "Bearer of foreign bodies".But what are they? To put it they simply, they are giant, deep-sea amoebas that live in large, sediment "houses" called "tests" (similar to the way that echinoderm skeletons are also known as tests).Footnote on the classificaiton: a quick survey of the various Protist classifications tells me that even […]

August 26, 2014

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9:21 PM | No way is that a Manta in the Kelp Forest…
Yes…yes it is.   This video was just taken off of San Clemente Island by spearfisherman Carter Jessop (used with permission). This is his account of the miraculous interaction: “The real excitement of the trip came on the second afternoon at the island. We were diving a spot with strong wind and current and I […]
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9:21 PM | No way is that a Manta in the Kelp Forest…
Yes…yes it is.   This video was just taken off of San Clemente Island by spearfisherman Carter Jessop (used with permission). This is his account of the miraculous interaction: “The real excitement of the trip came on the second afternoon at the island. We were diving a spot with strong wind and current and I […]
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1:27 PM | Shark Week 2014: documentary reviews, tweets, and media coverage
I was out of town during Shark Week, so I DVRed the 13 Shark Week 2014 documentaries and watched them in one weekend. Below are my tweets, and the conversations I had with followers, from that time.
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1:26 PM | #10: Where did they go??
Dan and Bill looking for whales in glassy sea. Photo: Marilyn Marx Sunday was a stunningly beautiful day out in the Bay of Fundy--a glass calm sea state and excellent visibility. With the three vessels mentioned in our last blog: Nereid, Callisto and Selkie we did an extensive survey. We could see for miles and found humpbacks, fin whales, molas, dolphins and basking sharks, but no right
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12:08 PM | Review of Mission Blue Documentary about Dr. Sylvia Earle
On August 15, 2014, Netflix began streaming a biographical documentary on Dr. Sylvia Earle called “Mission Blue.” Sylvia is the pre-eminent oceanographer of our time. She has logged over 7,000 hours underwater, and even walked beneath the ocean untethered to 1,250 feet! She is often called “Her Deepness.” I have admired Sylvia for most of […]

August 25, 2014

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3:07 PM | A little unexpected Monday Morning Zen with a Portuguese Man-of-War
It’s monday morning and I’m dragging a little. You might be too. But this gorgeous video of Portuguese Man-o-War by Aaron Ansarov (via National Geographic) reminded me of all the amazing things and processes that remain to be studied in the ocean. And that just perked me right up! Ansarov is a retired U.S. Navy combat photographer, who […]
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3:07 PM | A little unexpected Monday Morning Zen with a Portuguese Man-of-War
It’s monday morning and I’m dragging a little. You might be too. But this gorgeous video of Portuguese Man-o-War by Aaron Ansarov (via National Geographic) reminded me of all the amazing things and processes that remain to be studied in the ocean. And that just perked me right up! Ansarov is a retired U.S. Navy combat photographer, who […]
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8:00 AM | climateadaptation: Remember this invention? 19 year-old student...
climateadaptation: Remember this invention? 19 year-old student proposed this design to clean up plastics in the oceans. The idea was picked up by TED, and green blogs exploded with glee. I criticized the project as ineffective buffoonery and likely illegal. And several others also panned the invention as foolish and naive. Well, now the student is back with a revised version of the plastic’s clean up machine. He’s partnered with some serious engineers and PR and he formed a new […]
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8:00 AM | climateadaptation: Remember this invention? 19 year-old student...
climateadaptation: Remember this invention? 19 year-old student proposed this design to clean up plastics in the oceans. The idea was picked up by TED, and green blogs exploded with glee. I criticized the project as ineffective buffoonery and likely illegal. And several others also panned the invention as foolish and naive. Well, now the student is back with a revised version of the plastic’s clean up machine. He’s partnered with some serious engineers and PR and he formed a new […]
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12:00 AM | Nets that save fish: Ocean bycatch isn’t inevitable — it’s a...
Nets that save fish: Ocean bycatch isn’t inevitable — it’s a design challenge. Technology, you’re doing it right. 
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12:00 AM | Nets that save fish: Ocean bycatch isn’t inevitable — it’s a...
Nets that save fish: Ocean bycatch isn’t inevitable — it’s a design challenge. Technology, you’re doing it right. 
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