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December 17, 2014

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4:13 PM | There is 10,000 times more plastic in the deep sea than in surface waters.
Ocean plastics is one of the most pernicious problems facing the ocean. One-time use plastics, which, ironically, can persist for thousands of years, often find themselves carried downstream, settling on our beaches, our coastlines, and in large aggregations within oceanic gyres. We’re still trying to cope with the extent to which plastics, and particularly microplastics–tiny […]
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1:51 PM | A simple guide to Tropical "cushion stars"! Halityle vs. Culcita spp.!!
From Wikipedia.. they are GREAT! Go give them some money! Today.. a short instructional on tropical "cushion stars" which is a common name I HATE because it just describes so many different types of sea star species..  BUT if any one starfish species COULD be the "rightful" bearer of THIS common name, its the one called Culcita.Why?  Because its name is LITERALLY translated as "pillow or cushion" but for comparison, there's another similar looking beast called Halityle regularis. […]
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1:01 PM | Island views, New England style
Usually, I manage to juggle my SEANET responsibilities amid my teaching ones. These past couple of weeks, as I descended into finals and student hysteria, I had to entirely toggle off you all and this blog. Apologies for that, but I submitted final grades today, and now turn my attention to you all once again. […]
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4:41 AM | Πолярник
I learned a new word this week: полярник, polyarnik, which is Russian and translates roughly as “polar explorer.” This word, along with another set of interesting thoughts on dedication to science and the polar regions, comes from a beautiful photo … Continue reading →
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12:34 AM | These are a few of my favorite species: The magnificent and very large sponge Monorhaphis chuni
Within the glass sponges (Hexactinellids), so called because of scaffolds of silica spicules they form, resides a family of sponges, the Monorhaphididae. Family here is used in taxonomic sense to delineate substantially different types of organisms. Think the differences between cows and giraffes, both artiodactyls but in different families. But in the common meaning of […]
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12:34 AM | These are a few of my favorite species: The magnificent and very large sponge Monorhaphis chuni
Within the glass sponges (Hexactinellids), so called because of scaffolds of silica spicules they form, resides a family of sponges, the Monorhaphididae. Family here is used in taxonomic sense to delineate substantially different types of organisms. Think the differences between cows and giraffes, both artiodactyls but in different families. But in the common meaning of […]

December 16, 2014

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6:09 PM | The scene on Calf Island, Boston Harbor
Usually, I manage to juggle my SEANET responsibilities amid my teaching ones. These past couple of weeks, as I descended into finals and student hysteria, I had to entirely toggle off you all and this blog. Apologies for that, but I submitted final grades today, and now turn my attention to you all once again. […]
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1:28 PM | Missing nudi nerdy diving with @jkc104
Missing nudi nerdy diving with @jkc104
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1:28 PM | Missing nudi nerdy diving with @jkc104
Missing nudi nerdy diving with @jkc104
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11:02 AM | The complex wrath of the Ozone hole over Antarctica
Through its influence on atmospheric circulation, [the ozone hole] has helped to shield the Antarctic continent from much of the effect of global warming over the past half century. (Robinson & Erickson, 2014) That’s not a sentence I expected to read in a scientific paper. Most of us probably don’t think about the ozone hole that much […]
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11:02 AM | The complex wrath of the Ozone hole over Antarctica
Through its influence on atmospheric circulation, [the ozone hole] has helped to shield the Antarctic continent from much of the effect of global warming over the past half century. (Robinson & Erickson, 2014) That’s not a sentence I expected to read in a scientific paper. Most of us probably don’t think about the ozone hole that much […]
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6:43 AM | No Endangered Listing for Dusky Sharks (and That’s a Good Thing)
Though the fisheries news cycle has mostly been taken up by the 15-year anniversary of the Sea Around Us project (and some choice words between researchers), today also marked the official announcement of the 12-month finding on the petition to list dusky sharks on the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  Long story short, the National Marine […]

December 15, 2014

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10:25 PM | 2104 Turtles: Early Morning Transport
As of mid-December, more than 700 turtles have been treated at the Aquarium's Animal Care Center in Quincy. In order to make room for new patients, we've had to transport turtles to many facilities up and down the East Coast and Gulf Coast. This morning, we had a crew of dedicated staff and volunteers on the scene well before the sun came up. Each turtle needs to be gentle scooped up from their
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6:44 PM | Birdbooker Report 349-351
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]

December 14, 2014

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9:16 PM | All Female Bone-Devouring Worms Fancy Dwarf Males, Except One
Our guest post is by Dr. Marah Hardt, a marine scientist and storyteller working to build a sustainable future for people and the sea. She is the Research Co-Director at Future of Fish and currently working on her first book, Sex in the Sea (www.sexinthesea.org). You can follow here on Twitter @Marahh2o. Fifteen years ago we didn’t know they existed. In 2002 […]
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9:16 PM | All Female Bone-Devouring Worms Fancy Dwarf Males, Except One
Our guest post is by Dr. Marah Hardt, a marine scientist and storyteller working to build a sustainable future for people and the sea. She is the Research Co-Director at Future of Fish and currently working on her first book, Sex in the Sea (www.sexinthesea.org). You can follow here on Twitter @Marahh2o. Fifteen years ago we didn’t know they existed. In 2002 […]

December 12, 2014

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10:03 PM | Sponsor a Right Whale: Piper
Sponsoring a right whale through the New England Aquarium supports the critical research we're doing to protect this endangered species. This holiday season, give a sponsorship! It's a gift that gives back to our blue planet. Today's post introduces one of the whales available for sponsorship: Piper. Piper is named for a small scar on her left flank. With some imagination the scar looks like
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6:02 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Cell Hijack!
Happy Fun Science FRIEDay!! This week we bring you work from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where they discovered a new method to “hijack” cells. Think about it, if we could make our own cells do our bidding, we could reprogram them to do all sorts of wonderful things for us, such […]
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5:48 PM | Not Another Film About Penguins
I am currently experiencing mild-to-moderate Antarctica envy. In addition to the continuing STRES cruise, some friends from the Lynch Lab are on their way south as well, to study various aspects of Pygoscelis penguin populations. So last night I watched … Continue reading →
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5:15 PM | Epic Science Raps of History – A teaser
It all started on a perfect San Diego summer night, Taco Tuesday to be exact (For those of you who don’t live in the local area, all things good in the world happen at Taco Tuesday). My friend and colleague from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Levi Lewis, had called a meeting of the science rap braintrust, […]
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5:15 PM | Epic Science Raps of History – A teaser
It all started on a perfect San Diego summer night, Taco Tuesday to be exact (For those of you who don’t live in the local area, all things good in the world happen at Taco Tuesday). My friend and colleague from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Levi Lewis, had called a meeting of the science rap braintrust, […]
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2:33 PM | What Jaws Teaches Us About Scientists and the Future of Shark Bite Politics
Dr. Christopher Neff is a Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Government at the University of Sydney. He completed the first PhD on the “Politics of Shark Attacks” and has been published in Marine Policy, Coastal Management and the Journal of Homosexuality.  Jaws is a great horror movie. Personally, it’s one of my […]
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1:17 PM | It's all about team work!
You might have wondered... With nearly 750 sick sea turtles admitted to our Quincy Animal Care Center since mid November, how are we able to function and provide care to these animals? Well, here is your answer... Team work! NEAQ staff and interns working side by side with our colleagues from Virginia Aquarium visiting to help treat endangered sea turtles . We have discussed

December 11, 2014

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9:45 PM | Bahamas 2014: Divers Down!
Aquarium divers have just returned from a trip to the Bahamas to collect fish destined for the Giant Ocean Tank. Over the next couple posts, they'll share pictures and information about interesting fish and explain what it takes to transport fish from the Bahamas to Boston. Today's post comes from staff diver Chris Bauernfeind (video by Don Campbell). So what does it take to get 11 divers into
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4:08 PM | Book Review: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly is a mermaid book. There are spells, tails, fancy clothing, houses underwater, animals as pets, and anemones as beds. This blurb from the inside cover perfectly sums up the book: “Serafina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromar, has been raised with the expectation—and burden—that she will someday become ruler of […]

December 10, 2014

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10:18 PM | MCAF Update: Where are those manta rays?
The Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) recently provided funding that allowed researchers with the Manta Trust to tag manta rays in the Pacific Ocean. Our Facebook community helped name the two females—Sylvia and Eugenie! This post follows up on Sylvia and Eugenie's whereabouts, thanks to the data from those satellite tags. Our online naming contest was a great success, and ever
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10:02 PM | 2014 Turtles: Some snapshot of our patients
Just when we thought this year's stranding season couldn't get any bigger, any more massive, we get another shipment of 40 cold-stunned sea turtles (that happened on Monday). The volunteers in Wellfleet are doing still putting in long hours and long walks looking for stranded turtles. And here at the Animal Care Center, we are managing with the help of volunteers and seasoned staff to diagnose,
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1:45 PM | Gifts for the ocean lover: For kids of all ages edition
Still looking for that perfect gift for a certain little one? I have to admit I am the aunt that likes to wrap up books (yes, and usually one of these ocean-themed children’s books). However, in the spirit of the giving during the holiday season, and in watching little eyes twinkle, it’s fun to also […]

December 09, 2014

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10:52 PM | Follow the S.T.R.E.S. Cruise in Antarctica
Speaking of end-of-semester stress…there happens to a better kind going on right now, as well: the Seasonal Trophic Roles of Euphausia superba (S.T.R.E.S) Cruise. My lab’s Fearless Leader is currently aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer in Antarctica, on a … Continue reading →
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10:13 PM | WHAT is going ON HERE? A galloping herd of urchin! CRAZY Maretia planulata heart urchin aggregation!
Every once in awhile, I think that I might finally have run out of stuff to share with people and THEN something magic happens. Some fantastic new video or pic pops up and WOO! The diversity of echinoderms and the infinite resourcefulness of the Internet pop out of nowhere with some magic NEW biology to share!!Case in point is this video, which was shot by "Dive Yos" showing various cool inverts spotted during a dive in Bali. The video was posted 2 months ago...It starts with a few typical […]
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