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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!

April 14, 2014

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5:43 PM | Dead Bird Quiz answers
I’m never quite certain whether I favor the DBQs that result in lively debate as to species, or the ones that end quickly in a clear and general consensus. This particular DBQ falls into that latter category, which means I feel much more confident about the accuracy of the i.d. Both Wouter and Mary Wright […]
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5:32 AM | I want to go into marine biomedicine do you know of any schools that have that certain subject/degree or would i have to go to med school first? And how would the job work? Could I be out in the field or would I have to be in a lab? Thanks!
Biomedicine isn’t really my bag, baby. Can any followers pitch in here and help out?
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5:31 AM | Nerdibranchs!
Damn that’s good. Well done.
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3:19 AM | Hello! I'm a senior in college and am starting to feel quite lost. I'm interested in marine science, but I can't seem to pin down any specific area of interest. I seem to be more successful at finding things I don't like. With a field this broad, it is rather difficult to find a focus by process of elimination. However, it is also a large field to just start wandering aimlessly in search of undiscovered passion. Could you provide any advice/insight?
I think determining the things you don’t want to do is an excellent start! Don’t knock...
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3:16 AM | Just wanted to let you know I'm a nudibranch nerd as well :)
Nudi nerds unite!
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12:12 AM | Point Lobos in spring
I can never get enough of Point Lobos. This is a quick posting of my shots from this morning’s cool spring walk. Not much ocean and rocky coast drama. Just a few close looks at what’s blooming.     Tagged: California coast
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12:00 AM | hibrid56: some of my favorite sharks
hibrid56: some of my favorite sharks

April 12, 2014

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7:15 PM | Scrippsia bell jelly
Jelly blobs on the beach are a travesty, like this one I found recently among wave-tossed seagrasses on Del Monte Beach. Lifeless on the sand, such jellies are void of their pulsating grace, intricate structures and delicate colors. Yet I always watch for them. For … Continue reading →
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3:51 PM | Tiger Sorubim (Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum)
O, Facebook. That tar-pit of humanity. Drawing in every speck of dirt and whimsy blowing by, sucking us in and draining our mortal life. A dark, mirror pond of selfies, foodstuff, engagement […]
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1:19 AM | Cape Cod Bay Update
Our colleagues at the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown, MA (http://www.coastalstudies.org/) have been very busy in the last few weeks as their annual spring right whale surveys continue in and around Cape Cod Bay. In recent days CCS has reported seeing as many as 100 right whales in the Bay! Most of the whales are feeding at or just below the surface on the high concentrations of

April 10, 2014

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7:51 PM | Guest Post: Cuttlefish by Grant Stirton
The Cuttlefish There’s one cryptic reef dweller, whose superior intelligence, curiosity and charisma has always captured my heart. With over 120 species worldwide, the cuttlefish is both an adaptable and resourceful predator. They belong to the taxonomic class of Cephalopods and their morphology is closely related to octopus and squid. I’ve been fortunate enough to […]
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4:26 PM | This sea slugs is like a cross between a dinosaur, a jellyfish, and a watermelon
As someone who can be a bit awkward a times, I’ve decided the sea slug Melibe will be my new power animal. I’m clumsy, constantly bumping into things, equally bad at all sports, and catch roughly 2% of things that are tossed to me. I don’t exactly always feel like I fit in. I can’t […]
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4:26 PM | This sea slug is like a cross between a dinosaur, a jellyfish, and a watermelon
As someone who can be a bit awkward a times, I’ve decided the sea slug Melibe will be my new power animal. I’m clumsy, constantly bumping into things, equally bad at all sports, and catch roughly 2% of things that are tossed to me. I don’t exactly always feel like I fit in. I can’t […]
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2:23 PM | Bye, Bye Biscuits
Biscuits gets hefted out of her tank in preparation for her transport. Caring for a 200-poung loggerhead turtle wasn't easy. Every time the Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Team staff had to do an exam or procedure on Biscuits, they needed five or six people to lift her out of her tank and move her to the clinic. Getting Biscuits on her way back to the ocean was a team effort, too: Rescue

April 09, 2014

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6:55 PM | Bahamas: Wildlife encounters in Miami
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. March 20 – 21, 2014 We got off the
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5:05 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: just wings! edition
One from the north, and one from the south for you, my dear Seanetters. Bird A was found in March in North Carolina by Gil Grant. Bird B, by Dennis Minsky in Massachusetts this month. Dennis, I am also pleased to announce, has just found his 300th dead bird for SEANET! Would we were all […]
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4:03 PM | Help the producers of SharkNado 2 support our shark conservation research!
Last fall, I received an e-mail from a representative of one of my favorite companies: the Asylum, the film studio that brought you such cinematic masterpieces as “MegaShark vs. Giant Octopus,” “MegaShark vs. Crocosaurus,” and, of course, “SharkNado.” Following the spectacular success of SharkNado, they were interested in supporting shark science and conservation. After months […]
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