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April 23, 2014

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10:05 PM | Before and After
As we await photos from yesterdays release. I thought I would share some before and after photos of the released turtles. Above is 023 "Frankenberry". When this turtle first arrived we were unsure if the wounds to both eyes were severe enough that the turtle couldn't see. After a few weeks, the turtle started chasing food items through the water column. A stint on eye meds and antibiotics.
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7:30 PM | This is why we can’t have nice things…like the ocean
I asked Professor Chris Parsons to contribute an editorial on the recent announcement by John Kerry for federal funding of a marine conservation conference this summer while ignoring the largest marine conservation conference also occurring this summer. Dr. Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over a decade and has conducted projects in South Africa, India, […]
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7:30 PM | This is why we can’t have nice things…like the ocean
I asked Professor Chris Parsons to contribute an editorial on the recent announcement by John Kerry for federal funding of a marine conservation conference this summer while ignoring the largest marine conservation conference also occurring this summer. Dr. Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over a decade and has conducted projects in South Africa, India, […]
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5:34 PM | What’s happening to the dolphins?
I am saved this week! I had been trying to come up with a blog post for you all, but in my current frenzy of grading exams, presentations and projects in these waning weeks of the semester, I was feeling rather swamped. Luckily, our new and enthusiastic assistant (and now guest blogger), Marissa Jenko, rode to […]
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5:30 AM | Bat Wisdom
Bat Wisdom
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3:52 AM | loudbasstard: Loving our new up-cycled bamboo stands!...
loudbasstard: Loving our new up-cycled bamboo stands! #fortheloveofmusic www.loudbasstard.com fb: loudbasstardtm #loudbasstard #filipino #music #bamboo #wood #recycle #upcycle #cebu #cebuano #philippines #yahoo #travel #travels #manila #davao #giveproject #toms #phonestand #design #green #gopro #goodmorning #brand #global #eco #ecodesign #export #asia #america Love the basstard ethos
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3:37 AM | Watch Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark on Netflix Wednesday at 10 p.m., and tweet along with us!
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, the third installment of the amazing “Mega Shark vs.” series, is now on Netflix streaming! In 2009′s Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, a megaladon and a giant octopus were accidentally released by climate change, which led to a path of destruction around the world… until a scientific team involving Debbie Gibson […]
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12:59 AM | fordivers: Nudibranchs as you’ve never seen it before
fordivers: Nudibranchs as you’ve never seen it before

April 22, 2014

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10:50 PM | Learning about Luidia! 5 Things about The OTHER Sand Star!
Luidia clathrata from the Wikipedia page! thank you!Probably one of the most frequently encountered but unappreciated of starfish is Luidia, a genus of seastar that occurs in tropics all throughout the world. Often times, in shallow-water and seen by MANY but known by few.Some species, such as this Luidia alternata from the Southeast United States were recently mistaken for brittle stars by some, no-doubt, well intentioned but misinformed journalists! (here) Just to clarify: these are NOT […]
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2:28 PM | Does the Octopus Really “Fart” Ink?—and Other Strange Facts [Video]
It’s true that the octopus is super weird. These animals have blue blood and three hearts. And as online personality and humorist Ze Frank points out in his latest video creation, it seems that... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 21, 2014

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9:32 PM | Earth Day treat!
Hi all, It's that time of year again. The cold-stunned turtles are feisty and looking good. Turtles have been off their medications for a while. Some turtles have started diets. Regular exams show no significant findings. The final piece... the temperature off the Florida coast has become warm enough to sustain our rehab patients. It's turtle trek time again.... The three vehicles getting
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4:15 PM | My five favorite responses to the Loch Ness Debunking.
I didn’t expect a throw-away post I made last Friday debunking an alleged image of the Loch Ness Monster to go viral, but this is the internet and these things happen. As you might expect, my inbox, social media accounts, and this website have been inundated with comments about that post, how wrong I must […]
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3:52 PM | Collecting organisms to save their species
 Dr.Prosanta Chakrabarty is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University and an ichthyologist and evolutionary biologist. He is also Curator of Fishes at LSU’s Museum of Natural Science. You can learn more about him from his website www.prosanta.net and follow him on Twitter @LSU_FISH. A recent piece in Science (Minteer et al. 2014) titled “Avoiding (Re)extinction” advocated […]
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12:06 PM | 48. Beneath
In the middle of Sydney Harbour, at Chowder Bay, there’s a dive site underneath and around a long jetty. It’s a marvellous place, gloomy and foreboding, while being so close to the heart of the city and the cacophony of … Continue reading →

April 20, 2014

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3:12 AM | New Dogfish Management Rules Proposed
Earlier this week some new rules were proposed for spiny dogfish management on the east coast.  The changes affect three key parts of the fishery management plan for spiny dogfish: quota set aside for research, essential fish habitat, and the … Continue reading →

April 19, 2014

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7:31 PM | Beyond the Plunder: The Misunderstood Life of Pirates
Buccaneers, Charlatans, Marauders, and Swashbucklers. Throughout the centuries, our booty-hoarding friends have been branded by many rather dubious labels. Yet seldom does the average gangplank groupie stop to appreciate the secret identities of some of history’s most illustrious “privateers.” Maintaining a blatant disregard for authority and indifference in adhering to traditional country borders, pirates were […]
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7:31 PM | Beyond the Plunder: The Misunderstood Life of Pirates
Buccaneers, Charlatans, Marauders, and Swashbucklers. Throughout the centuries, our booty-hoarding friends have been branded by many rather dubious labels. Yet seldom does the average gangplank groupie stop to appreciate the secret identities of some of history’s most illustrious “privateers.” Maintaining a blatant disregard for authority and indifference in adhering to traditional country borders, pirates were […]

April 18, 2014

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4:37 PM | Fun Science Friday – First Female Penis
Happy Fun Science Friday. You did not mistakenly read the title, today we bring you the discovery of the first female penis in the animal kingdom. Yoshizawa, from Hokkaido University in Japan, and his team of researchers documented this phenomenon of sexual role reversal in 4 species of rather unassuming insects in Brazil’s Peruaçu River Valley. […]
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4:04 PM | No, we didn’t find the Loch Ness Monster with Apple Maps
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good debunking-random-monster-sighting post. The ready availability of global satellite image databases is a powerful tool for exploration and monitoring but has also led to a boom in pseudoscience “discoveries” by people not familiar with how these images are produced or just willing to suspend disbelief for their […]
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8:00 AM | atheisttime: like us on facebook :)
atheisttime: like us on facebook :)
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12:00 AM | terramarproject: This week we’re appreciating reefs around the...
terramarproject: This week we’re appreciating reefs around the world. Our photo of the day is this beautiful photo of the Red Sea taken by Theresa Guise 

April 17, 2014

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6:51 PM | Bahamas: Collecting fish as a team
Aquarium staff recently returned from an expedition to the Bahamas. They'll be sharing pictures and stories from their time exploring the turquoise blue waters of Caribbean—complete with pictures, video, conservation notes and a taste of life on board a working boat.  This post about a beach seine and copper sweeper roundup comes to us from Austin, who normally cares for the shorebirds on
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12:00 AM | Two As One - Bunaken Island, Indonesia - © Jim Patterson |...
Two As One - Bunaken Island, Indonesia - © Jim Patterson | ᶹᶥᶳᶸᵃᶩᶳ

April 16, 2014

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11:12 PM | Threatened staghorn coral invades Fort Lauderdale!
Last week I was visiting FIU and talking with Lionfish guru Zack Judd when the topic of the Acropora range shift came up.  He and Laura Bhatti wanted to take me to do something fun on my last day in Miami.  So we decided on snorkeling off the beach on the world famous Fort Lauderdale strip […]
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4:49 PM | White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus)
What simplicity and gentleness this scene sings. As children, we are often told that we have outgrown something. A toy or a book that is no longer suitable, because we are too old for […]
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2:26 PM | When sponges take over
Below is a guest post by UNC student Kati Moore: Overfishing, pollution, and most of all, climate change, are destroying corals, causing the collapse of ecosystems and fishing industries around the world. “Corals are the backbone of the entire ecosystem,” said Emily Darling, a marine and climate change researcher at the University of North Carolina […]
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2:06 AM | Watching Brittle Stars Bioturbate! Amazing brittle star burrowing videos!
Today, a cool assortment of unusual videos of brittle stars digging themselves into the sediment!hmm.. yes, I know that doesn't sound all that special but brittle stars are some of the most abundant animals on the planet. In some settings, such as the deep-sea they are thought to comprise an incredible amount of biomass.  As I've written about before, the Amphiuridae, which often make their home in sediment and hiding in mud are among the most diverse groups of brittle stars.For the topic […]

April 15, 2014

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4:22 PM | Interview with Abel Valdivia about lionfish and biotic resistance
I LOVE this interview PeerJ just posted (and excerpted below) with Bruno lab PhD student Abel Valdivia about our new paper on lionfish and biotic resistance.   PJ: What were your motivations for undertaking this research? AV: The invasion of lionfish into the Caribbean basin over the past ten years provides a unique possibility to study marine […]
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3:52 PM | Bahamas: From Miami to Bimini, our first dives
Aquarium staff recently returned from an expedition to the Bahamas. They'll be sharing pictures and stories from their time exploring the turquoise blue waters of Caribbean—complete with pictures, video, conservation notes and a taste of life on board a working boat.  This post comes to us from Austin, who normally cares for the shorebirds on Central Wharf. Drawbridges up, the Coral Reef II
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12:17 PM | Peek-a-boo, octopus sees you!
Peek-a-boo, octopus sees you!
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