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November 28, 2014

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1:08 PM | Rare Octopuses Get Their Close-Up
There are some 300 known species of octopus. From the huge giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) to the tiny poisonous blue-ringed octopus (genus Hapalochlaena), from the shallow-water mimic... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:08 AM | The best shakes come equipped with thresher sharks. #fact
The best shakes come equipped with thresher sharks. #fact

November 27, 2014

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4:02 AM | Ocean Things to Be Thankful For: Megalodon is Dead, but We Still Have Sharks (and Whales)
This time of year, it’s appropriate to think of things to be thankful for.  This being an ocean-focused blog, I’d like to share something ocean-related that I’m thankful for, and hopefully spread a little Ocean Optimism in the process.  What I’m thankful for is that Carcharocles megalodon is extinct.  This may not seem like cause […]

November 26, 2014

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7:27 PM | 2014 Turtles: Unprecedented Transport
Since we are in the midst of an unprecedented sea turtle stranding season, we rely on partners to help with the long rehabilitation phase in the recovery of cold-stunned sea turtles. Once we stabilize their health here in Quincy, many turtles are carefully transported to other rescue facilities up and down the East Coast for rehab—a long process that can take months. Most of the turtles
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4:09 PM | Bahamas 2014: Leaving Miami
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 about setting out toward Bahamas comes from Chris. After 3 days of boat prep and awaiting the arrival of our
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3:55 PM | Ocean things we’re thankful for, West Coast Edition
As some of you know (especially if you follow us on OpenExplorer), Amy and I have once again made the vast, continent-spanning migration from the Pacific to Atlantic coast, this time settling down in rural Virginia. While we enjoyed our time out in the weirdly foggy, impossibly dry San Francisco Bay Area, we also learn […]

November 25, 2014

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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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8:59 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: Mainers only edition
In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought you would all probably be longing for a DBQ. So here are two birds found by Mainers in October: Bird A: Bird B: Neither of them are turkeys, by way of a hint.
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6:52 PM | 2014 Turtles: Partners in Rescue
We are in the midst of an unprecedented sea turtle stranding season right now. We've treated more than 400 turtles so far this year, that's double previous records. A green sea turtle during its intake exam at the Aquarium's Animal Care Facility But we couldn't help so many turtles without a strong network of support. First, our partners at Mass. Audubon at Wellfleet Bay organize volunteers
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4:08 PM | Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie
Despite that the blurb from this fiction book makes it sound like it is about mermaids, it isn’t truly. It is a tale of humans living underwater once the air “Above” got too polluted. It is also a story about sisterhood and friendship. The book even ventures into religious territory with the people “Above” and […]
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2:08 PM | Soft Octopus Escape—and Paperback Octopus! Release [Video]
Octopuses long ago shed their ancestors’ protective shells in favor of a slinkier, floppier, softer existence. They were perhaps never meant to be held down by hard covers. In fact, many... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:14 AM | The Funky Octopuses of Paris Pt. 2!!
Bonjour! Greetings to everyone from Paris! My apologies for the brief silence. Trips do not always go as planned and my laptop decided it had other plans a couple of weeks ago. "Technical difficulties"..  Ah well.. C'est la vie!As I am trying to get stuff done before my return to the United States, I thought I would offer a follow up to my artsy octopus post from last year (here)As a bit of contrast, here was a hyper awesome (and realistic) brass octopus at the gates to the Institute […]
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3:29 AM | Hi. What would animal fat floating in the ocean and then beached smell like? Thank you.
…………….bad? If nothing had eaten it already. 
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3:29 AM | Hi. What would animal fat floating in the ocean and then beached smell like? Thank you.
…………….bad? If nothing had eaten it already. 

November 24, 2014

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8:00 PM | Six surprising reasons to be thankful for the sea
The oceans provides us with most of the oxygen we breath, much of the food we eat, and even all the water we drink, which has passed countless times through the seas. There’s no shortage of reasons to be grateful for our blue planet, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to appreciate some of the […]
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8:00 PM | Six surprising reasons to be thankful for the sea
The oceans provides us with most of the oxygen we breath, much of the food we eat, and even all the water we drink, which has passed countless times through the seas. There’s no shortage of reasons to be grateful for our blue planet, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to appreciate some of the […]

November 22, 2014

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1:30 PM | Bahamas 2014: Preparing the Boat / Miami Weather
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 about prepararing for the big trip comes from Jackie. Tuesday, November 14th, was a day of preparation. I

November 21, 2014

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10:39 PM | How the tides affect breaking waves
In a previous post , I explained how breaking waves work and how wind interacts...
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9:23 PM | SAFS design
My octopus design was chosen by students and staff for the 2014-15 school of aquatic and fishery science sweater! I wanted to create something from the marine world that was eye catching and fun. I stumbled across a similar design online while searching for inspiration, and decided to add a few of my own touches. I initially drew the tentacles with pen and paper, then scanned it into my computer and ed [...]
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7:55 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Death Star
Happy Fun Science FRIEDay! While Ebola wreaks havoc on Homo sapiens in the terrestrial world, there has been an even more virulent disease causing the destruction of a marine animal, the sea star. Today we talk about this deadly condition impacting sea star populations and the recent discovery of just what is causing this affliction.   […]
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1:01 PM | 16 awesome ocean songs
Whether you are on a boat trip or cruise and want some appropriate songs, or whether you just want to imagine that you are out at sea whilst in the office or lab, we have some tunes for you. Below … Continue reading →
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10:27 AM | It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your...
It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your partners in conservation! Dennis is doing incredible work in Malapascua and I’m honoured to support him in protecting the island’s reefs. After years of friendship we’ve both grown into the conservation professionals that can work together and achieve some really great outputs. Today was a big day. The dream discussed over many years and beers - forming multi-stakeholder partnerships to regulate and protect […]
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10:27 AM | It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your...
It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your partners in conservation! Dennis is doing incredible work in Malapascua and I’m honoured to support him in protecting the island’s reefs. After years of friendship we’ve both grown into the conservation professionals that can work together and achieve some really great outputs. Today was a big day. The dream discussed over many years and beers - forming multi-stakeholder partnerships to regulate and protect […]

November 20, 2014

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11:45 PM | RIP, Mike Nichols
I just heard that Mike Nichols, the great film director, has died. While perhaps best known for his masterpiece The Graduate, we should not forget his other masterpiece: Yes, Day of the Dolphin, the movie where George C. Scott teaches … Continue reading →
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9:23 PM | These are a few of my favourite species: sarcastic fringehead
Most submissions to the “These are a few of my favourite species” series are interesting, to be sure.  Cute, even.  You got your fuzzy faced seals and your pretty nudibranchs and such.  They’re…nice.  But the rest of the DSNers can take a hike cos mine’s a bona fide winner.  While your nudibranch is gradually oozing […]
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9:23 PM | These are a few of my favourite species: sarcastic fringehead
Most submissions to the “These are a few of my favourite species” series are interesting, to be sure.  Cute, even.  You got your fuzzy faced seals and your pretty nudibranchs and such.  They’re…nice.  But the rest of the DSNers can take a hike cos mine’s a bona fide winner.  While your nudibranch is gradually oozing […]
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5:39 PM | 2014 Turtles: In the trenches
It's looking to be another busy sea turtle season. We'll be posting updates and snapshots of the action here on this blog. This post is an overview of what happens during these early days of a very busy time for us. After a busy weekend of sea turtle strandings, the number of sea turtles arriving for care is not letting up. More than 40 turtles arrived at our doorstep on Wednesday. That's
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5:38 PM | News flash: citizen scientists are trainable
Not to be smug about it, but SEANET has been doing citizen science since before citizen science was cool. Or at least, since before it was widely accepted as a viable and valid method of collecting large scale data sets. For a long time, the critique from the science establishment was that lay people without […]
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5:03 PM | How the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV and won a national competition
I cannot wait to see Underwater Dreams narrated by Michael Peña, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio.  The story is how sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV to compete in a national competition. Despite being poor kids with no resources, and starting off with no knowledge of how to build an ROV, they won beating […]
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