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December 09, 2014

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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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9:46 PM | Announcement for the 15th International Echinoderm Conference in Mexico!!
Coming up Next year is the 15th International Echinoderm Conference to be held in Playa del Carmen Mexico!The official IEC website for this conference is here:  http://www.icmyl.unam.mx/15iec/Twitter: https://twitter.com/@15iecFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/15IECThe conference theme will be: “Echinoderms: from molecules to continents”.The IEC is held about every 3 years, and rotate around the world. The last one (the 14th IEC) was held in Brussels, Belgium. […]
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3:26 PM | Andrew’s five favorite “new” ocean blogs
Several years ago, the ocean blogosphere experienced a moment which can only be described as a Great Convergence. Numerous popular independent blogs, either seeking refuge from The Event, looking for a broader audience, or undergoing life transitions that made it impossible to maintain the high volume of new content, merged under the aegis of the Southern […]
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3:20 PM | Get Off The Altar
Last week, the New York Times Magazine published a show-stopping piece by Veronique Greenwood about her great-great aunt, Marguerite Perey. Perey worked in the Paris lab of M. and Mme. Curie, where she discovered the element now known as Francium. … Continue reading →

December 08, 2014

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2:00 PM | Wells Reserve Hosts Workshop on "Blue Carbon" Science
WELLS, Maine, December 8, 2014 — Scientists from around New England met at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve on December 5 for a workshop focused on “blue carbon” science and policy. For the first time, scientists from throughout the region gathered to share research results, identify gaps in knowledge, and plan future collaborations involving carbon in coastal habitats. The term “blue carbon” refers to the ability of salt marshes, seagrass meadows, […]

December 06, 2014

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2:00 PM | Winter Wonder Wander
The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 12/7/2014. My family likes to takes walks, particularly in the fall and winter. Given the calories we’re consuming lately, and the long nights given over to reading and TV, we’re trying to grab every opportunity we can to stretch our legs and lungs outside. While golf may be a great way to spoil a long walk, as the saying goes, fortunately there’s nothing like the scientific method to […]
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1:43 PM | Bahamas 2014 - Creole Wrasse Rodeo
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 trip participant Dave Waller. creole wrasse, Clepticus parrae Creole wrasses are beautiful
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2:16 AM | Water, canned food, candles, matches, chargers, torches. Bolting...
Water, canned food, candles, matches, chargers, torches. Bolting down the hatches for big fat Ruby (Hagupit). Not going to get to your questions for a while guys! 
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2:16 AM | Water, canned food, candles, matches, chargers, torches. Bolting...
Water, canned food, candles, matches, chargers, torches. Bolting down the hatches for big fat Ruby (Hagupit). Not going to get to your questions for a while guys! 

December 05, 2014

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4:16 PM | Excellent progress in SenseOCEAN
The first annual, FP7 funded, SenseOCEAN project meeting shows excellent progress on the development of technologies that will enable the real time acquisition and processing of biogeochemical ocean data from a greater range of platforms than ever before.This four year project, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), saw world leading SME’s and research organisations from across Europe come together in the Technical University of Graz, Austria, in order to discuss progress on the […]
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3:49 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Desmarestia
This is acid. This is your seaweed on acid. Sulphuric acid to be exact. A highly corrosive substance, also known as oil of vitriol, H2SO4 is one of those ‘strong acids’ essentially meaning that yes, I actually wear gloves/goggles/lab coat/body armor (if available) when I am using it for legitimate fear of it getting on […]
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3:49 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Desmarestia
This is acid. This is your seaweed on acid. Sulphuric acid to be exact. A highly corrosive substance, also known as oil of vitriol, H2SO4 is one of those ‘strong acids’ essentially meaning that yes, I actually wear gloves/goggles/lab coat/body armor (if available) when I am using it for legitimate fear of it getting on […]
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3:10 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Hermit crabs without shells
Hermit crabs are generally awesome. They use snail shells, and sometime shells of other mollsucs, to protect their non-skeletonized squishy backends. Some are even adapted to live in burrows coral, wood, and old worm tubes, again to keep those soft rear ends protected. But one group of hermit crabs does something colossally different and it […]
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3:10 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: Hermit crabs without shells
Hermit crabs are generally awesome. They use snail shells, and sometime shells of other mollsucs, to protect their non-skeletonized squishy backends. Some are even adapted to live in burrows coral, wood, and old worm tubes, again to keep those soft rear ends protected. But one group of hermit crabs does something colossally different and it […]
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6:02 AM | Super storm Hagupit off Philippines
Super storm Hagupit off Philippines: Here we go again…
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6:02 AM | Super storm Hagupit off Philippines
Super storm Hagupit off Philippines: Here we go again…
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12:00 AM | wtfevolution: Evolution may have gotten a little too into the...
wtfevolution: Evolution may have gotten a little too into the detailing on the Port Jackson shark. It’s a fish, not a Baroque cathedral, okay? Source: Flickr / John Turnbull / licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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12:00 AM | wtfevolution: Evolution may have gotten a little too into the...
wtfevolution: Evolution may have gotten a little too into the detailing on the Port Jackson shark. It’s a fish, not a Baroque cathedral, okay? Source: Flickr / John Turnbull / licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

December 04, 2014

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7:20 PM | I bet James Bond never had to put up with this … why are there so many “experts” on biological issues?
In the film Notting Hill, the character Max (Tim McInnerny) turns around in his car to face the passengers squabbling about the route to take, tells them to shut up because he’ll decide the route, and exclaims: “I bet James Bond never had to put up with this $%&#!” This is something to which many […]
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2:45 PM | Seals use signals from acoustic tags to find fish
Michelle Jewell is a Zoologist specialized in predator/prey behaivour and the Scientific Communicator for EDNA Interactive.  She has spent the past 4 years studying the behaviour of white sharks and Cape fur seals at Geyser Rock, ‘Shark Alley’, South Africa.   Anyone who has worked with seals knows they are crafty critters that will always find the easiest […]
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2:00 PM | What is "Blue Carbon"?
It sounds cool: Blue carbon. Have you heard of it? What does it make you think? "I have no idea." "Blank." "Blue makes me think sky. Something to do with clear skies?" "Sounds like a gun thing. Makes me think of guns." "Is it a greenhouse emission?" Okay, we're all over the place here. No doubt we need a clearer definition. Let's ask a Wells Reserve staffer. "It's salt marshes sequestering carbon." Yes! Annie FTW! What is Blue Carbon? The kind of blue carbon we have in mind has been defined […]
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2:00 PM | A Year of Field Trips to the Estuary
Wow! What a year 2014 has been. Our education staff and volunteer docents have been busy in all seasons, and in all weather, providing awesome hands-on, field-based programs here at the Reserve-- and it's been a blast! Every year, teachers from all over Maine, New Hampshire, and beyond get in touch with me to plan exciting outings to our estuary for their students. We offer a variety of guided programs, and most classes participate in our Exploring Estuaries, Microscopic Marvels, and Wild […]
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1:51 PM | Journal Club: Do pufferfishes hold their breath when inflated?
SUMMARY: A newly-published study by a team of Australian scientists reveals that inflated pufferfish do not hold their breath, that they continue to obtain oxygen across their gills as usual. The researchers also found that even though inflated pufferfish consume as much as five times more oxygen than when they are resting, they do not compensate for their increased energetic demands by absorbing oxygen through their skin. Bloat, the porcupine pufferfish from the 2003 comedy, Finding Nemo When […]

McGee G.E. & Clark T.D. (2014). All puffed out: do pufferfish hold their breath while inflated?, Biology Latters, 10 (12) DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0823

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8:00 AM | wtfevolution: "Hey, this is basically fish-shaped, right?" "Um…...
wtfevolution: "Hey, this is basically fish-shaped, right?" "Um… I guess so? What’s with the horns?" "I’m going for kind of a surrealist thing." "Hm. I don’t know, evolution. It looks weird." "That’s sort of the point." "I don’t think anyone’s going to get it." "Look, if people don’t ‘get’ the longhorn cowfish, so be it. All truly great art is misunderstood, right?" "Just keep telling yourself that." Source: Wikimedia Commons / H. […]
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8:00 AM | wtfevolution: "Hey, this is basically fish-shaped, right?" "Um…...
wtfevolution: "Hey, this is basically fish-shaped, right?" "Um… I guess so? What’s with the horns?" "I’m going for kind of a surrealist thing." "Hm. I don’t know, evolution. It looks weird." "That’s sort of the point." "I don’t think anyone’s going to get it." "Look, if people don’t ‘get’ the longhorn cowfish, so be it. All truly great art is misunderstood, right?" "Just keep telling yourself that." Source: Wikimedia Commons / H. […]

December 03, 2014

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11:36 PM | I want to be a marine biologist! I'm a junior in high school right now, so I'm pushing to figure out where I'm going for college. Did you get your bachelor's in marine bio? Or did you wait until grad school for that degree? Thank you!
I did it for my BSc - check out my about section :)
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11:36 PM | I want to be a marine biologist! I'm a junior in high school right now, so I'm pushing to figure out where I'm going for college. Did you get your bachelor's in marine bio? Or did you wait until grad school for that degree? Thank you!
I did it for my BSc - check out my about section :)
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8:53 PM | Sponsor a Right Whale: Calvin
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: Calvin. When asked to talk about the challenges that North Atlantic right whales face, our team often
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