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March 18, 2015

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12:00 AM | creatures-alive: Hangin’ on by Reeflections on Flickr.
creatures-alive: Hangin’ on by Reeflections on Flickr.

March 17, 2015

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8:50 PM | DBQ, part deux
I have feeling so very remiss about SEANET lately, not least because I cannot blog as frequently as I might like during the high teaching season. To partly make up for this, in this second installment of the most recent DBQ, I have labeled photos with orange arrows. This way, it will appear that I […]
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7:52 PM | These Are A Few of Our Favorite Species: Mandarinfish
Coral reefs are synonymous with colorful fish, but in a world teeming with Technicolor extravagance, few fish can rival the psychedelic spectacle of the Mandarinfish. Named after the brightly-dyed silken robes of the imperial Chinese elite, these kaleidoscopic colors could be the swirling pattern of Grace Slick’s flowing dress at Woodstock, the pulsating rainbow light […]
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7:52 PM | These Are A Few of Our Favorite Species: Mandarinfish
Coral reefs are synonymous with colorful fish, but in a world teeming with Technicolor extravagance, few fish can rival the psychedelic spectacle of the Mandarinfish. Named after the brightly-dyed silken robes of the imperial Chinese elite, these kaleidoscopic colors could be the swirling pattern of Grace Slick’s flowing dress at Woodstock, the pulsating rainbow light […]
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2:14 PM | Let’s Get Sea Star Wasted!
  We have ALL had one of THOSE nights. The epic evenings characterized by fun and debauchery, a handful of good friends, and more than enough Kraken Rum to go around. However, in the midst of squid shots and shanties, every once in a while these matters can get a little too crazy. One might […]
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2:14 PM | Let’s Get Sea Star Wasted!
  We have ALL had one of THOSE nights. The epic evenings characterized by fun and debauchery, a handful of good friends, and more than enough Kraken Rum to go around. However, in the midst of squid shots and shanties, every once in a while these matters can get a little too crazy. One might […]
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12:09 PM | sallysnowglobe:GUYS WE (LAMAVE) are super excited to announce...
sallysnowglobe:GUYS WE (LAMAVE) are super excited to announce our indiegogo campaign to crowdfund an incredibly important shark expedition here in the Philippines.CLICK HERE CHECK IT OUT AND SUPPORT IN ANYWAY YOU CAN - SHARE THIS POST, SPREAD THE WORD, DONATE SOME DOLLARS. EVERY BIT COUNTS.“LAMAVE are delighted to announce the launch of our first-ever indiegogo campaign: “Expedition Shark: Discover and Protect Shark Eden”Check it out and join us in an unprecedented […]
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12:09 PM | sallysnowglobe:GUYS WE (LAMAVE) are super excited to announce...
sallysnowglobe:GUYS WE (LAMAVE) are super excited to announce our indiegogo campaign to crowdfund an incredibly important shark expedition here in the Philippines.CLICK HERE CHECK IT OUT AND SUPPORT IN ANYWAY YOU CAN - SHARE THIS POST, SPREAD THE WORD, DONATE SOME DOLLARS. EVERY BIT COUNTS.“LAMAVE are delighted to announce the launch of our first-ever indiegogo campaign: “Expedition Shark: Discover and Protect Shark Eden”Check it out and join us in an unprecedented […]
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5:47 AM | Dipping a Toe in the Confluence
North Carolina is well known for both its distinctive barrier islands (making Pamlico Sound the largest lagoon in the U.S.) and highly productive fisheries.  Both of these features exist in large part because North Carolina sits that the point where two of the largest ocean currents in the Atlantic meet. From the north, the Labrador […]
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1:03 AM | Squid 1, Shark 0
In the South Pacific, hovering over the peaks of seamounts at depths more than one kilometer deep swims a squid. This dark red squid, Idioteuthis cordiformis, well over one meter in length (3.2 feet) hovers here…waiting.   Other species in the whip lash squid family are diminutive with microscopic suckers. These species likely feed by dangling their […]
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1:03 AM | Squid 1, Shark 0
In the South Pacific, hovering over the peaks of seamounts at depths more than one kilometer deep swims a squid. This dark red squid, Idioteuthis cordiformis, well over one meter in length (3.2 feet) hovers here…waiting.   Other species in the whip lash squid family are diminutive with microscopic suckers. These species likely feed by dangling their […]

March 16, 2015

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2:00 PM | Now 100% Solar
The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is the first nonprofit in Maine to go 100% solar. Our photovoltaic systems now generate enough solar energy to meet all of our electricity needs. We've met this goal 2 years ahead of schedule and celebrate the accomplishment on the spring equinox this Friday. Why Go 100% Solar? Reducing carbon emissions is essential for battling climate change. Reducing energy costs will strengthen our science, education, and conservation programs. With dedicated partners, […]

March 15, 2015

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7:08 AM | Outward bound and off to new adventures
While we may be scattered across the country (or at this point across the world), the Deep Sea News crew has got each other’s backs. That’s why I am particularly sad to say goodbye to two members of the team, Al and Rick. I’m in awe of how Al and Rick aren’t afraid to speak their minds, […]
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7:08 AM | Outward bound and off to new adventures
While we may be scattered across the country (or at this point across the world), the Deep Sea News crew has got each other’s backs. That’s why I am particularly sad to say goodbye to two members of the team, Al and Rick. I’m in awe of how Al and Rick aren’t afraid to speak their minds, […]

March 13, 2015

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8:25 PM | A Tragic End for a Favorite Whale, Snowball
On June 29th, 2014, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) was conducting their right whale aerial surveys north of George’s Bank when they came on an aggregation of 20 or more right whales. In amongst these whales was a right whale entangled in fishing gear and in extremely poor health. Rope wrapped across the top of the head, embedding itself there. Line lodged in the baleen exited the
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2:24 PM | Does this ROV belong to you?
Jacob Levenson (@JacobLevenson) drew my attention to an expected discovery on a Belizean beach yesterday…a car-sized, remotely operated vehicle (ROV).   The ROV was found on Hol Chan Marine Reserve on a reef in front of Ambergris Caye. It measures almost 12 feet long by 6.6 feet wide and 7 feet high.  Both Andrew Thaler (@SFriedScientist) and I managed […]
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2:24 PM | Does this ROV belong to you?
Jacob Levenson (@JacobLevenson) drew my attention to an expected discovery on a Belizean beach yesterday…a car-sized, remotely operated vehicle (ROV).   The ROV was found on Hol Chan Marine Reserve on a reef in front of Ambergris Caye. It measures almost 12 feet long by 6.6 feet wide and 7 feet high.  Both Andrew Thaler (@SFriedScientist) and I managed […]
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7:38 AM | A Fond Friday Farewell
Parting is always such sweet sorrow. Although we have a tinge of sadness this week at DSN, sometimes we’re powerless to halt change. In this case, we must console ourselves with cocktails and wave our friends off into the sunset. Rick and Al have left the nest. But a loss for DSN means a big […]
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7:38 AM | A Fond Friday Farewell
Parting is always such sweet sorrow. Although we have a tinge of sadness this week at DSN, sometimes we’re powerless to halt change. In this case, we must console ourselves with cocktails and wave our friends off into the sunset. Rick and Al have left the nest. But a loss for DSN means a big […]
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4:29 AM | Maryland moves closer to banning microbeads
Reported on the Baltimore Sun’s B’More Green  blog, “Consumer products such as toothpaste and cosmetic scrubs containing tiny plastic “microbeads” could be banned from store shelves in Maryland after 2018 under a bill unanimously approved Thursday by the state Senate”. These means that if the bill passes the House, “Maryland will be the second state […]

March 12, 2015

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11:11 PM | DBQ answers
Occasionally, I feel daunted when writing up these supposedly correct DBQ answers. Actually, most of the time I feel daunted. I am hardly an expert birder, and while my confidence in identifying our bread and butter dead bird species–loons, herring gulls, scoters–is high, when it comes to rarities, I often stumble. I was feeling additionally […]
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4:42 AM | sallysnowglobe: We found a giant fish head in the market the...
sallysnowglobe: We found a giant fish head in the market the other day!! The fishermen say it weighed 35kg!!! Anyone know what it is? The eye is very big and the bottom jaw protrudes beyond the front. Reminded me of a type of barracuda…but so far we only have the local local name. Any thoughts #oceanlovers ? #philippines #fishmarket #questiontime #doyouknow
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4:42 AM | sallysnowglobe: We found a giant fish head in the market the...
sallysnowglobe: We found a giant fish head in the market the other day!! The fishermen say it weighed 35kg!!! Anyone know what it is? The eye is very big and the bottom jaw protrudes beyond the front. Reminded me of a type of barracuda…but so far we only have the local local name. Any thoughts #oceanlovers ? #philippines #fishmarket #questiontime #doyouknow
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3:57 AM | Bad spring for California sea lions
It looks like another bad spring for sea lions, especially in Southern California, although we’re also seeing some signs along the Central California coast. This spring thousands of sea lions, mostly youngsters, that are weak and undernourished are showing up on … Continue reading →
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12:21 AM | Sea star wasting: A recovery?
I never thought I’d be thrilled to see a few sea stars (starfish). But after nearly two years of bad news regarding sea star wasting syndrome (they literally melt into oblivion), there’s some good news. First, scientists know the cause … Continue reading →

March 11, 2015

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6:47 PM | The Animals of the Musashi Battleship
On November 1st, 1940 the Imperial Japanese Navy launched the Yamato Class Battleship the Musahsi. She and her sister ship, Yamato, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed.  The Musahsi was lost on October 24th 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf during World War II. On March 2nd, an expedition lead by Microsoft cofounder, Paul Allen, […]
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6:47 PM | The Animals of the Musashi Battleship
On November 1st, 1940 the Imperial Japanese Navy launched the Yamato Class Battleship the Musahsi. She and her sister ship, Yamato, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed.  The Musahsi was lost on October 24th 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf during World War II. On March 2nd, an expedition lead by Microsoft cofounder, Paul Allen, […]
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6:02 PM | Keeping An Ear Out For Whale Evolution
[php]Large whales are notoriously hard to study. Except when rising to breathe, they swim beneath the ocean's surface out of human sight, which makes it difficult to find and track them. They often live far from land, beyond human reach, and can be quite shy if people do approach. Even if scientists could catch up with them, large whales are too big to capture for study at sea or in captivity. Modern technologies, like GPS trackers, ...
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3:11 AM | The Life, and Death, of Jairo
Every year female hawksbill, loggerhead, green, and the massive leatherback sea turtle come to nest on the Atlantic coastline of Costa Rica, each female returning to her home beach after a year of feeding in the open ocean. During the 1960s, the nearly every green turtle nesting in this region was taken to export for […]
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3:11 AM | The Life, and Death, of Jairo
Every year female hawksbill, loggerhead, green, and the massive leatherback sea turtle come to nest on the Atlantic coastline of Costa Rica, each female returning to her home beach after a year of feeding in the open ocean. During the 1960s, the nearly every green turtle nesting in this region was taken to export for […]
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