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August 07, 2014

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7:17 PM | A New Inside Anus Found Very Deep
One of the most obscure invertebrates of all of the ocean is the Entoprocta. It doesn’t take a student of Latin to understand that it’s name means “anus inside”.  Sure, it’s unfortunate, and all the well-to-do invertebrate biologist prefer the name Kamptozoa, meaning “curved animals”, but I prefer Entoprocta for the same reason I prefer […]
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4:04 PM | Megalodon: the New Evidence is a fake documentary
So was last year’s “Megalodon: the monster shark lives.”  Both Shark Week specials claim to show evidence that Carcharocles megalodon, the largest predatory shark that ever lived, is still alive. In both cases, the evidence is 100% completely and totally fake. A disclaimer from “the monster shark lives” Video evidence is CGI, images are photoshopped, and […]
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3:59 PM | The Beatles and Kelp
For a blog post somewhere else, I’m trying to re-work the Beatle’s classic Kelp!, er, I mean, Help!. But my first draft got all urchin-y. I love it, though, so I thought I’d post it here. KELP! (from the perspective … Continue reading →
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12:04 PM | The Dark Side of Academia
Dr. Chris Parsons has been involved in whale and dolphin research for over two decades and has been involved in research projects in every continent except Antarctica. Dr. Parsons is an Associate Professor at George Mason University as well as the undergraduate coordinator for their environmental science program. He’s a member of the scientific committee […]
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10:23 AM | #3: Try, Try Again
We were unable to survey yesterday because of rain and fog. But, we are giving it a shot today despite a somewhat foggy forecast. Here we go!
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8:00 AM | indolentjellyfish: this is why I don’t have anything new to...
indolentjellyfish: this is why I don’t have anything new to show lately I’ve been working on an order of hundreds of these.
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8:00 AM | indolentjellyfish: this is why I don’t have anything new to...
indolentjellyfish: this is why I don’t have anything new to show lately I’ve been working on an order of hundreds of these.
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1:00 AM | Surfing Seal Will Make Your Day From IFLS Seals. Making me want...
Surfing Seal Will Make Your Day From IFLS Seals. Making me want to surf since 2014. 
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1:00 AM | Surfing Seal Will Make Your Day From IFLS Seals. Making me want...
Surfing Seal Will Make Your Day From IFLS Seals. Making me want to surf since 2014. 
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12:00 AM | thatfishkid: Day 4 of The Great Giant Sea Bass Count and we...
thatfishkid: Day 4 of The Great Giant Sea Bass Count and we found a pair of Giants at a new site for the summer! 
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12:00 AM | thatfishkid: Day 4 of The Great Giant Sea Bass Count and we...
thatfishkid: Day 4 of The Great Giant Sea Bass Count and we found a pair of Giants at a new site for the summer! 

August 06, 2014

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9:45 PM | 3 Endangered Sea Turtles released from Cape Cod
Along with our partners at the Massachusetts Audubon Society at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, we had a great day releasing endangered sea turtles back into the ocean.  Photo above: New England Aquarium volunteers carry the turtles to the release site in front of a cheering crowd Many of you who follow this blog already know that these turtles stranded back in the fall as the water
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1:23 PM | Eiders we’ve known
Seanetters don’t find all that many banded dead birds, and probably the most common species to be found banded is the Common Eider. Of course, this is one of our top beached birds overall, so the odds are higher than for many species our walkers find only rarely. But not every species is being actively […]
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9:10 AM | UK’s Deep Sea Mountain Life Filmed by Victoria Gill,...
UK’s Deep Sea Mountain Life Filmed by Victoria Gill, BBC Scientists have sent a remotely operated vehicle to film one of the UK’s three undersea mountains, known as seamounts. The Hebrides Terrace Seamount, off the west coast of Scotland, is higher than Ben Nevis, but its peak is 1,000m beneath the surface. Prof J Murray Roberts, from Heriot-Watt University, and his colleagues filmed more than 100 species on its slopes. They published their findings in the open access journal […]
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9:10 AM | UK’s Deep Sea Mountain Life Filmed by Victoria Gill,...
UK’s Deep Sea Mountain Life Filmed by Victoria Gill, BBC Scientists have sent a remotely operated vehicle to film one of the UK’s three undersea mountains, known as seamounts. The Hebrides Terrace Seamount, off the west coast of Scotland, is higher than Ben Nevis, but its peak is 1,000m beneath the surface. Prof J Murray Roberts, from Heriot-Watt University, and his colleagues filmed more than 100 species on its slopes. They published their findings in the open access journal […]
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Florescence by gabedeleon Tube Anemone...
lifeunderthewaves: Florescence by gabedeleon Tube Anemone appears to glow when highlighted by camera strobe.
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Florescence by gabedeleon Tube Anemone...
lifeunderthewaves: Florescence by gabedeleon Tube Anemone appears to glow when highlighted by camera strobe.
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12:15 AM | #2: The Gang's All Here
It seems that everyone is migrating as they should. The research station is buzzing with activity- eight of us have been cleaning the office and house, organizing disentanglement gear, unpacking and testing research equipment, setting up computers and networks, and making sure the boat is fueled and ready to go. Monica takes inventory of our whale disentanglement kit, which accompanies us
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12:00 AM | sciencealert: This prawn-like, deep-sea creature lives at a...
sciencealert: This prawn-like, deep-sea creature lives at a depth of 7 km and measures more than 25 cm in length. Read more and watch a video: http://bit.ly/1pL8Dbm
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12:00 AM | sciencealert: This prawn-like, deep-sea creature lives at a...
sciencealert: This prawn-like, deep-sea creature lives at a depth of 7 km and measures more than 25 cm in length. Read more and watch a video: http://bit.ly/1pL8Dbm

August 05, 2014

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9:53 PM | Before Computers! Deep-Sea Starfish Plates from circa 1919!
Something a little different today! There have been some plates from old 20th Century starfish & other echinoderm monographs in storage in and around our lab space and they are just gorgeous!  I've shared some of these before (several years ago here) But there are MANY of them....Most of these hail from the Philippines Starfish monograph written in 1919, which covers primarily deep-sea starfishes (download this via Biodiversity Heritage Library here) described by Walter K. Fisher […]
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9:49 PM | This hero octopus mom sits on her eggs for four and a half YEARS!
Even the clingiest helicopter parents ain’t got nothin’ on Graneledone boreopacifica, a deep-sea octopus that spends four and a half years sitting atop her eggs. Without a break. Or a meal. Until she literally drops dead. Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute were able to observe a [&hellip
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Fish Photography by marinepix underwater,...
lifeunderthewaves: Fish Photography by marinepix underwater, diver, scuba, diving, fish, camera, photographer, bat, batfish, school, shoal, blue, animals, surface, silver, queuing, posing, hovering,nauticam, canon, 550D
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Fish Photography by marinepix underwater,...
lifeunderthewaves: Fish Photography by marinepix underwater, diver, scuba, diving, fish, camera, photographer, bat, batfish, school, shoal, blue, animals, surface, silver, queuing, posing, hovering,nauticam, canon, 550D

August 04, 2014

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3:08 PM | By-the-Wind Sailors Washing Up on US West Coast Beaches
By-the wind sailors, also known by their scientific name Velella velella, have been washing up by the thousands along the West Coast of the United States. They have been found from Monterey, California all the way up the coast to Oregon. What are Velella? They are distantly related to jellies as both are cnidarians. Velella […]
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Around by TommiKokkola Featherstar at...
lifeunderthewaves: Around by TommiKokkola Featherstar at Tubbataha reefs national park, Philippines
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8:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Around by TommiKokkola Featherstar at...
lifeunderthewaves: Around by TommiKokkola Featherstar at Tubbataha reefs national park, Philippines
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7:00 AM | shelbysbutt: aanubis: ungrammaticholiday: yggdrasilly: christ...
shelbysbutt: aanubis: ungrammaticholiday: yggdrasilly: christmasblogger: Penguin falls down resulting in best sound ever [x] oh my god NOOOOOOO they all gasped like OHHH IM CRYING IM PHYSICALLY CRYING HE FALLS AND THERE ALL LIKE WHAAAAWHOA U OK BRO AND HE GETS UP LIKE *SIGH* YEAH ITS FINE
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7:00 AM | shelbysbutt: aanubis: ungrammaticholiday: yggdrasilly: christ...
shelbysbutt: aanubis: ungrammaticholiday: yggdrasilly: christmasblogger: Penguin falls down resulting in best sound ever [x] oh my god NOOOOOOO they all gasped like OHHH IM CRYING IM PHYSICALLY CRYING HE FALLS AND THERE ALL LIKE WHAAAAWHOA U OK BRO AND HE GETS UP LIKE *SIGH* YEAH ITS FINE
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2:13 AM | vambrace: VAMBRACE’S SUPER SQUID SQUAD SQUIVEAWAY!! You may...
vambrace: VAMBRACE’S SUPER SQUID SQUAD SQUIVEAWAY!! You may have seen these delightful squid pillows before and thought, “I sure would like one of those, but I have no money!” Well I have good news for you! You can win a FREE or DISCOUNTED squid! How you ask? Let me give you some details! WHAT: There are three prize packages available! GRAND PRIZE: One person will win the one-and-only Hodge Q. Podge (picture 1), made from the quilt I fashioned out of leftovers from […]
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