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November 11, 2014

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6:55 PM | Project Puffin 7: Razorbill feeding study
Earlier this summer, aquarists Austin Brayton and Jackie Anderson camped on a remote island in Maine to assist with Project Puffin, an Audubon Society project designed to restore populations of these clownish little seabirds. In this post, Austin introduces us to other seabirds (besides puffins)  also studied with Project Puffin on Seal Island. June 24, 2014  Matinicus Rock, Razorbill feeding

November 10, 2014

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9:14 PM | That Is Master Alex To You
It is with great joy that I announce that DSN’s Alex Warneke has successfully defended her Master’s thesis at San Diego State University on the effects of copper pollution on seaweed inducible defenses.  Give her love in the comments below
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9:14 PM | That Is Master Alex To You
It is with great joy that I announce that DSN’s Alex Warneke has successfully defended her Master’s thesis at San Diego State University on the effects of copper pollution on seaweed inducible defenses.  Give her love in the comments below
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4:08 PM | 10 Awesome Facts About Cuttlefish
1. Cuttlefish are cephalopods, not fish. Cephalopods include octopus, squid and nautilus. 2. Cuttlefish, along with most cephalopods, are the ocean’s most intelligent invertebrates. 3. Cuttlebone, found in the body of a cuttlefish, is used by pet birds to get calcium. 4. Cuttlefish have green-blue blood and 3 hearts! 5. A cuttlefish’s camouflage is so […]
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3:15 PM | Newly-build robots face many sea trials: an update from #ROV2PNG
Note: we’re home after an exceptional 3 weeks of work in Papua New Guinea. Sadly, the course was so intense that we weren’t able to produce updates during the program. Instead, please accept these time-shifted updates from #ROV2PNG. With a week of robot building behind us, it’s time to put our robots, and our newly […]
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2:46 PM | 2014 Turtles: So It Begins!
So it begins. Our 2014 Cape Cod Bay cold-stun season appears to be starting with a bang! In the past two days we have admitted nine live Kemp's ridley sea turtles which brings our total to eleven turtles in house. Read the recent media release announcing the start of the 2014 cold-stun season. NEST-14-011-Lk Entrance Photo Here is an update on the four brought up yesterday and the two that
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1:16 PM | Watch Outbreak Wednesday at 8 and tweet along with public health experts!
Much of the public panic about the current ebola situation can be contact traced to the 1995 movie “Outbreak.” This fictional movie is based on the supposedly true story “the Hot Zone” by Richard Preston , though an important new analysis by infectious disease researcher Dr. Tara Smith shows that the Hot Zone has some major factual […]
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9:37 AM | Filming sights of Sydney for Agence des aires marines protégées
I’ve been showing one of the Agence des aires marines protégées (French Agency for Marine Protected Areas) video team around Sydney over the past few days, filming at the Sydney Fish Market, Bondi Beach, Circular Quay and marine-focused touristy spots. Perfect weekend for it and the trip across to Taronga Zoo (pictured) provided some great […]

November 09, 2014

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6:53 PM | Dogfish Stick Around in Back Sound and the Importance of Observations
This past week my latest paper, published in F1000 Research as part of their Elasmobranch Biology and Conservation collection, officially passed peer review.  This paper summarizes data collected from some spiny dogfish captured during the Back and Core Sound shark survey that seemed to be hanging around in the area a lot later (and in […]
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3:07 PM | Project Puffin 6: Puffin grubbing
Earlier this summer, aquarists Austin Brayton and Jackie Anderson camped on a remote island in Maine to assist with Project Puffin, an Audubon Society project designed to restore populations of these clownish little seabirds. In this post, Austin introduces us to other seabirds (besides puffins)  also studied with Project Puffin on Seal Island. June 21, 2014  Razorbills (and Puffins) Despite
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11:35 AM | These Are A Few of My Favorite Specie: Carrier Shells
The carrier shells of the family Xenophoridae are the most remarkable bunch of snails.  Both their common name and their Latin name give away their uniqueness.  Xenophoridae in Latin actually translates to foreign carrying.  A carrier shell will cement stones, other shells, sponges, and other debris to its shell.  The individual pieces of foreign matter […]
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11:35 AM | These Are A Few of My Favorite Specie: Carrier Shells
The carrier shells of the family Xenophoridae are the most remarkable bunch of snails.  Both their common name and their Latin name give away their uniqueness.  Xenophoridae in Latin actually translates to foreign carrying.  A carrier shell will cement stones, other shells, sponges, and other debris to its shell.  The individual pieces of foreign matter […]

November 08, 2014

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5:05 PM | Project Puffin 5: Checking razorbills and puffins
Earlier this summer, aquarists Austin Brayton and Jackie Anderson camped on a remote island in Maine to assist with Project Puffin, an Audubon Society project designed to restore populations of these clownish little seabirds. In this post, we join Jackie on Seal Island to check on razorbill and puffin burrows. June 20, 2014  Meanwhile on Matinicus Rock, checking on razorbills and puffins Today

November 07, 2014

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9:53 PM | The field guides are finished!
It is with no small degree of personal pride that I officially announce the completion of the Field Guide to Beached Birds of the Southeastern United States by me, Sarah Courchesne. Of our initial print run of 720 books, 500 will go directly to our funder, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, for distribution to […]
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3:34 PM | Mistaken Octopus Sex Identity Leads to Multi-Armed Wrestling Match [Video]
The octopus, by in large, practices very safe sex. You would, too, if you and the object of your affection were both cannibals. But the algae octopus (Abdopus aculeatus) has developed a relatively... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:15 AM | Six new robots join Papua New Guinea’s marine science assets: an update from #ROV2PNG
Note: we’re home after an exceptional 3 weeks of work in Papua New Guinea. Sadly, the course was so intense that we weren’t able to produce updates during the program. Instead, please accept these time-shifted updates from #ROV2PNG. After a long week of intensive robot building, six brand new OpenROVs went into the water on […]

November 06, 2014

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5:07 PM | Media coverage of the Yates Supreme Court case isn’t treating illegal fishing seriously
This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Yates vs. the United States. Commercial fishermen John Yates was caught with dozens of illegally caught grouper, he destroyed much of the evidence of this crime, and he was charged under a law designed to prosecute people for destruction of evidence. He is now suing the government […]
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4:46 PM | This Baby Otter Learning How to Swim Is the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today
Originally posted on TIME:You may not have known how much you needed this video of a baby otter swimming, but the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sure did. The Chicago-based aquarium has welcomed this little fellow to their facilities and now you can welcome the pup into your heart. You can thank us later. Pup…
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1:31 AM | From Hardliners TV star to rusting away at a Sydney pier
Since digital television hit Australia a few years ago, the influx of new channels an increase in airtime has not only surprised audiences but broadcasters as well. Channel 10’s digital offering, with the bland and unhelpful title ONE (since I’ve never seen it linked to an actual channel 1 on any digital TV) showed early promise […]
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12:15 AM | This is now my favorite boat ever.
I do not know how I lived so long without knowing about The Martini 1.5 Experimental Boat. I MEAN WE SHARE THE SAME NAME. This full-suspension boat can tackle big waves, remain level and I am pretty sure just about eliminate seasickness completely (chronic seabarfs….I haz it). And the concept behind the name…ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. Not long […]
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12:15 AM | This is now my favorite boat ever.
I do not know how I lived so long without knowing about The Martini 1.5 Experimental Boat. I MEAN WE SHARE THE SAME NAME. This full-suspension boat can tackle big waves, remain level and I am pretty sure just about eliminate seasickness completely (chronic seabarfs….I haz it). And the concept behind the name…ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. Not long […]

November 05, 2014

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10:06 PM | Tagging sharks in St. Croix
This post is one of a series on projects supported by the Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF). Through MCAF, the Aquarium supports researchers, conservationists and grassroots organizations all around the world as they work to address the most challenging problems facing the ocean.   In this post, Bryan DeAngelis, of The Nature Conservancy, writes about a shark tagging project
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8:43 PM | Why #DoctorWho needs a science advisor!
There is probably no one in the science geek/nerd community who has not heard of Doctor Who, even if they can’t recite the names of all 13 actors who have played a regenerating incarnation of the Doctor (I’m including the awesome John Hurt in this list), or don’t own an exceedingly long, multi-colored scarf. Doctor […]
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6:37 PM | We don’t know the ocean
This is not the ocean: This is not the ocean: Indeed, even THIS is not the ocean: Before you start thinking that the folks at DSN are losing their marbles, bear with me!  The truth is that none of these three all-too-familiar and quintessentially marine images reflects the actual reality of what most of the […]
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6:37 PM | We don’t know the ocean
This is not the ocean: This is not the ocean: Indeed, even THIS is not the ocean: Before you start thinking that the folks at DSN are losing their marbles, bear with me!  The truth is that none of these three all-too-familiar and quintessentially marine images reflects the actual reality of what most of the […]
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4:33 PM | The rainbow-covered animal with a dark side
Watching animals eat is like my biology crack. I don’t need it, I don’t have to do it, I don’t even always like it, but there’s just something about critters noshing on one another that renders me wonderstruck. And nothing does it for me like the comb jelly Beroe: So let’s start with the obvious […]
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4:33 PM | The rainbow-covered animal with a dark side
Watching animals eat is like my biology crack. I don’t need it, I don’t have to do it, I don’t even always like it, but there’s just something about critters noshing on one another that renders me wonderstruck. And nothing does it for me like the comb jelly Beroe: So let’s start with the obvious […]
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1:03 AM | Gorgeous Goniasterid Starfish! & some Cousteau Connection??
 Bonjour from Paris! This week: a new post looking at some cool specimens I'm looking at while researching at the world famous Museum national d'Historie Naturelle!   Home of Lamark and many other natural history legends!Today...two neat specimens with some interesting commentary and history, respectively...First, a rarely encountered species & some taxonomic commentary... Paraferdina sohariae! It LOOKS like Fromia monilis, but isn't....  (as I said here awhile […]

November 04, 2014

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9:10 PM | Why we need ACTIVISTS not WHACKTIVISTS !
My lazy Sunday morning was ruined by a “whacktivist” on a friend’s Facebook page on whale and dolphin issues. To explain what I mean, here are some definitions: ACTIVIST – someone who tries to draw public attention and concern to an issue they consider to be important. This typically involves trying to convert an uncaring […]
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7:07 PM | What do baseball and fishes have in common?
Here’s the third in our series of guest posts from California Academy of Sciences ichthyologist Dr. Luiz Rocha I am not going to lie to you, before moving to San Francisco I barely knew the rules of baseball. But during the mere three years that I have lived here, our local team (the Giants in […]
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