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April 09, 2014

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9:26 AM | Tambalang: The Seaweed Farmers of Caluya by Sally Snow and Steve...
Tambalang: The Seaweed Farmers of Caluya by Sally Snow and Steve De Neef Check out this short documentary by Sally and Steve on the recovery of seaweed farming communities on some remote Philippine islands after Typhoon Haiyan. You can check out relief aid at the facebook page Operation Seaweed Caluya. NB. If you guys ever wrote saying you think my life was cool. I am jealous of Sally’s… follow her adventures here: sallysnowglobe.com
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8:00 AM | mothernaturenetwork: 5 places already feeling the effects of...
mothernaturenetwork: 5 places already feeling the effects of climate changeClimate change forecasts tend to focus on how the world will look in a century, but some places need evaluation now.
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12:00 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Jelly for Breakfast by nickmurphyphotos A...
lifeunderthewaves: Jelly for Breakfast by nickmurphyphotos A sea turtle enjoys a jellyfish snack.

April 08, 2014

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10:30 PM | What are the DEEPEST known echinoderms??
                     The depth of the ocean has been in the news a lot lately. Here's Virgin Oceanic planning to send someone down to the bottom,  as well as this excellent infographic from the Washington Post about how deep a challenge MH370's recovery might be..  and of course 2012 was James Cameron's big dive in the Marianas Trench!Image from NPRThe other day this came up in conversation "Blah, blah... but its not like […]
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2:03 PM | MH370 and the proverbial haystack.
When does an analogy become useless?  How about when it’s less exaggerated than the actual facts being analogized?  Take the oft-used “needle in a haystack” analogy.  That one has been trotted out many times during CNN’s intensive coverage of the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.  So much so that […]
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2:03 PM | MH370 and the proverbial haystack.
When does an analogy become useless?  How about when it’s less exaggerated than the actual facts being analogized?  Take the oft-used “needle in a haystack” analogy.  That one has been trotted out many times during CNN’s intensive coverage of the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.  So much so that […]
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3:53 AM | A day at the beach with a pair of Oarfish
When I think of vacations to Mexico, I think margaritas and lounging at the beach. But last month in Baja California, this group of tourists got a surprise of the unusual kind. Not one, but TWO Oarfish trying to strand themselves on the beach. Thankfully these were tourists of the ordinary kind and they came equipped […]
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3:53 AM | A day at the beach with a pair of Oarfish
When I think of vacations to Mexico, I think margaritas and lounging at the beach. But last month in Baja California, this group of tourists got a surprise of the unusual kind. Not one, but TWO Oarfish trying to strand themselves on the beach. Thankfully these were tourists of the ordinary kind and they came equipped […]

April 07, 2014

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8:06 PM | Distracted by abstracts: Tips for writing a good abstract for a scientific conference
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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12:00 AM | realmonstrosities: Spirula spirula is a small, deep sea...
realmonstrosities: Spirula spirula is a small, deep sea cephalopod related to squid and cuttlefish. Their most unique feature is their spiralling shell which is so strong and buoyant that they often wash up on beaches, perhaps after drifting for miles on currents. They also have a light-emitting photophore on their back end. Since their shell is so buoyant that they typically swim in a vertical position with their tentacles dangling beneath them, they’re basically wearing a light-up hat […]

April 05, 2014

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10:47 PM | Sea lion stranded
A lone sea lion on a busy Monterey Bay beach is in serious, and potentially dangerous, trouble. It’s also a sad sight. When they’re sick, malnourished or injured, sea lions will haul out onto land to rest, recouperate or die. When one chooses … Continue reading →
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11:54 AM | Feeling Cold? Snuggle Up To A Sea Lion
When they're out of the ocean, California sea lions hang out - technically "ha...

April 04, 2014

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10:38 AM | 47. Sanctuary Update
Above is a ‘Blue Groper’ peering at us from Cabbage Tree Bay, the marine reserve near Sydney where a lot of the animals on this website live. A few months ago I wrote a post about the state government’s plan … Continue reading →

April 03, 2014

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6:47 PM | What are those whales doing in Cape Cod Bay?
It's been a bumpy transition from winter, but solid signs of spring are finally here: geese have been spotted flying northward, crocuses are popping out of the ground, and right whales are feeding in Cape Cod Bay! Skim feeding in Cape Cod Bay! Photo: Amy Knowlton The Bay has recently been hosting our beloved creatures as it does every spring, and it will continue to do so for several more
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5:48 PM | How Lil Wayne the NYC Octopus Will Help Scientists Understand the Brain
BROOKLYN—It wasn’t hard to name Lil Wayne. He actually volunteered to take the rapper’s moniker. On April 2, Frank Grasso, director of the Biomemetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab at... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:40 PM | Why do beluga whales have love handles?
Beluga whales and advanced aircraft may have something in common, and it’s all thanks to love handles. In humans, love handles are deposits of fat over the hips and waist. Belugas also have midline paunches, and for a long time no one payed any attention to these loafs. “People initially thought the abdominal fat came […]
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4:40 PM | Why do beluga whales have love handles?
Beluga whales and advanced aircraft may have something in common, and it’s all thanks to love handles. In humans, love handles are deposits of fat over the hips and waist. Belugas also have midline paunches, and for a long time no one payed any attention to these loafs. “People initially thought the abdominal fat came […]
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7:53 AM | Media stuff you shouldn’t miss
A new series will be premiering on PBS on April 9th called “Inside Animal Minds.” I will make my television debut as a talking head on all three episodes, which will also feature footage of the Dolphin Communication Project‘s research with wild Atlantic spotted dolphins near Bimini, The Bahamas. Judging from the video teaser, it [&hellip
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12:12 AM | Zissou my Ocean
It’s springtime, and just like the phytoplankton in the seas, the internet is blooming with some serious love for “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” The data suggest the bloom is triggered by the recent release of a new Wes Anderson film, but clearly more research and funding is needed. In the meantime, check out […]
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12:12 AM | Zissou my Ocean
It’s springtime, and just like the phytoplankton in the seas, the internet is blooming with some serious love for “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” The data suggest the bloom is triggered by the recent release of a new Wes Anderson film, but clearly more research and funding is needed. In the meantime, check out […]
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12:00 AM | Slow Life of Corals and Sponges by Daniel Stoupin”To make...
Slow Life of Corals and Sponges by Daniel Stoupin”To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking).”

April 02, 2014

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5:13 PM | How many ducks is a normal amount of ducks?
After independent beach walker Doug McNair raised the alarm about an increased number of White-winged Scoter carcasses on Cape Cod this winter, I felt even more drive to work up some of our data from that area. With a particular eye toward the annual counts of scoters and Common Eiders from month to month, I […]
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12:20 PM | Deep sea sharks: Do they survive?
Brendan Talwar is a graduate student at the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab studying Ecology and Evolution. Hispast experiences in diverse marine ecosystems have led to his current research interests in deep sea fisheries management. His thesis work will take place in the Gulf of Mexico and Exuma Sound while working closely with collaborators […]
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8:00 AM | griseus: These are Humboldt Penguins, Adult and chick...
griseus: These are Humboldt Penguins, Adult and chick hatching (Spheniscus humboldti) at Pinguino de Humboldt Reserve, Northern Chile. footage by centrocientifico CEAZA
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12:00 AM | skunkbear: The mighty Tremoctopus. Behold! And here’s some...
skunkbear: The mighty Tremoctopus. Behold! And here’s some folks reacting to the blanket octopus (on what appears to be a Japanese game show?):

April 01, 2014

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1:48 PM | Actual Sharknado off of Cape Hatteras
North Carolina’s weather has never been what you’d call predictable, especially off of Cape Hatteras (all those shipwrecks have to come from somewhere).  That said, what I saw yesterday while tagging sharks off of Hatteras takes the cake.  During what … Continue reading →
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10:49 AM | EVERYTHING there is to know about land and freshwater echinoderms!!!!
(Happy April First! based on an old joke by Alex Kerr!-used with apologies)
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10:00 AM | Smithsonian Stunt Turns Ocean Hall into Living Aquarium
[php]Natural History Museum transforms Ocean Hall into live aquarium for World Oceans Day The National Museum of Natural History is celebrating World Oceans Day this year with a splash. On June 8th, the museum will be transforming its flagship 23,000 square foot Ocean Hall into a fully functioning saltwater aquarium. The 150,000 gallon aquarium will feature more than 2,000 live species, many of which have model counterparts already on display in the hall. This is an exclusive opportunity that […]
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9:30 AM | How to protect yourself from Zombie Dolphins without violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act
They rise from the deep with gnashing teeth and hissing blowholes. They stagger through the shallows, hunting for human flesh, piercing the air with their high pitched moan. They are dead but not dead. They are Zombie Dolphins. And you can’t fight them, because they are protected. The Marine Mammal Protection Act is an impressive […]
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