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September 10, 2014

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4:31 AM | How you can help support Southern Fried Science
Earlier this summer, we switched funding models from an ad hoc Paypal-based donation system to Patreon, a crowdfunding style service for authors, musicians, writers, and, thanks to us, scientists. Thanks to our wonderful Patrons, Southern Fried Science is, for the first time in history, financially sustainable. We’re still growing. As many of you witnessed during […]

September 09, 2014

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2:06 PM | DBQ answers
Not only did I get FOUR responses on this latest quiz, but all four respondents were in full agreement and concord on what these specimens were. This might well be a first. While I love a good debate, I also love feeling like our database identifications are being backed up in quadruplicate. John, Wouter, James, […]
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6:22 AM | Bull sharks – salinity tolerance little-studied despite river attacks
While putting together a presentation for a Marine Biology subject on lionfish (and throwing in the recent controversy over plagiarised lionfish research), I struggled to find much research on an equivalent marine creature that has developed the same low salinity tolerance. There were papers on the more well-known euryhaline species (those that tolerate wide ranges of […]
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3:25 AM | Perfect Little Killing Machines: an Introduction to the Series
Spiny dogfish have had a long history of interactions with humans.  These sharks, once reviled as pests, became valued food fish (particularly in Europe), were declared overfished, rebounded much more quickly than expected, and are now targeted by a certified sustainable fishery on the U.S. east coast.  All of this has not happened without controversy, […]

September 08, 2014

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11:56 AM | #16: Roseway Basin- the last leg
After working so hard, the team felt lucky to have a full day off on Cape Sable Island. A local friend of the project, Wanda, was kind enough to take some of us grocery shopping for some essentials (eg: potato chips and chocolate bars). Since a few of us had never ventured beyond the dock at Daniel's Head, Wanda took us on a mini tour of the area, making stops at two of the shipyards where
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10:10 AM | The Plankton Pundit
One of the many reasons that I find plankton to be so delightful is the sheer joy of seeing something so beautiful and alien pop out of an ordinary seawater sample. I mean, I _know_ the sea is filled with plankton but I’m still excited every time! That’s why I’ve been such a fan of Dr. Richard Kirby’s plankton photography […]
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10:10 AM | The Plankton Pundit
One of the many reasons that I find plankton to be so delightful is the sheer joy of seeing something so beautiful and alien pop out of an ordinary seawater sample. I mean, I _know_ the sea is filled with plankton but I’m still excited every time! That’s why I’ve been such a fan of Dr. Richard Kirby’s plankton photography […]
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8:00 AM | Commendation for Cebu's Bantay Dagat Team
Commendation for Cebu's Bantay Dagat Team: savephilippineseas: The Sangguniang Panlalawigan And...
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8:00 AM | Commendation for Cebu's Bantay Dagat Team
Commendation for Cebu's Bantay Dagat Team: savephilippineseas: The Sangguniang Panlalawigan And...
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12:00 AM | Call for donations to rebuild Malapascua's Elementary School: The PhP500k Challenge
Call for donations to rebuild Malapascua's Elementary School: The PhP500k Challenge:...
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12:00 AM | Call for donations to rebuild Malapascua's Elementary School: The PhP500k Challenge
Call for donations to rebuild Malapascua's Elementary School: The PhP500k Challenge:...

September 07, 2014

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8:00 AM | Juvenile Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator)
meanguignphotography: Dauin, Philippines Favourite juvenile fish!
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8:00 AM | Juvenile Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator)
meanguignphotography: Dauin, Philippines Favourite juvenile fish!
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12:00 AM | laughingsquid: Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine Play ‘Wheel of...
laughingsquid: Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine Play ‘Wheel of Musical Impressions’ on ‘The Tonight Show’ Not marine biology, but still awesome.
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12:00 AM | laughingsquid: Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine Play ‘Wheel of...
laughingsquid: Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine Play ‘Wheel of Musical Impressions’ on ‘The Tonight Show’ Not marine biology, but still awesome.

September 06, 2014

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8:00 AM | thatfishkid: My buddy Connor White has built shark backpacks...
thatfishkid: My buddy Connor White has built shark backpacks allowing him to track their movement w/ robots! Check it out!
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8:00 AM | thatfishkid: My buddy Connor White has built shark backpacks...
thatfishkid: My buddy Connor White has built shark backpacks allowing him to track their movement w/ robots! Check it out!
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12:00 AM | theoceaniswonderful: Blue ringed Octopus by steve de neef
theoceaniswonderful: Blue ringed Octopus by steve de neef
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12:00 AM | theoceaniswonderful: Blue ringed Octopus by steve de neef
theoceaniswonderful: Blue ringed Octopus by steve de neef

September 05, 2014

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9:11 PM | Will Climate Change Bring an Invasion of the Octopuses—Or Halt It?
Climate change is bad news for many species. Environments are changing more rapidly than plants and animals can adapt to—or move out of—them. Octopuses, however, reproduce so quickly (and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:42 PM | Summer of the Goatfish
  I take on a senseless internet meme and make it even more so – for science. With the northern hemisphere days getting shorter, and the air getting crisper as autumn approaches, we reflect back on the summer soon passing. You may not have known, but this was the “Summer of the Goat” as christened […]
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8:42 PM | Summer of the Goatfish
  I take on a senseless internet meme and make it even more so – for science. With the northern hemisphere days getting shorter, and the air getting crisper as autumn approaches, we reflect back on the summer soon passing. You may not have known, but this was the “Summer of the Goat” as christened […]
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7:44 PM | Breaching Blue Chapter 5: The Hunters
All week I’m posting the first five chapters from my absurd work-in-progress, Breaching Blue. Check out Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4. This concludes our week long mermaid adventure. Enjoy. And, if you don’t enjoy, blame Shiffman. The reef made them strong. Janthina no longer hesitated to swim above the sunbreak, to explore the illuminated waters above. […]
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7:12 PM | #15: Roseway Basin - Part 3
We began the following day with an early deployment of our second acoustic buoy.  By this point we were a well-oiled machine, so it was quickly and successfully deployed before we hopped back on track to continue searching for whales. The morning deployment.  Photo by Marianna Hagbloom. After a brief fog interlude, we emerged to find our first whales of the day in the northern central area
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4:23 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: long overdue edition
I know you’ve all been suffering mightily without regular DBQs, so here’s something to boost your spirits: Bird A was found by Dan Tracey in northern Massachusetts. Very nice photos, especially that one of those diminutive little feet! This bird had a reported wing chord of 21cm, culmen 30mm, and tarsus 26mm. Bird B was […]
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3:29 PM | Ocean Optimism and Aliens
Ripley: How long after we’re declared overdue can we expect a rescue? Hicks: … Seventeen days. Hudson: Seventeen days? Hey man, I don’t wanna rain on your parade, but we’re not gonna last seventeen hours! Those things are gonna come in here just like they did before. And they’re gonna come in here… Ripley: Hudson! Hudson: …and […]
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2:12 PM | MCAF at Work: Tagging Giants, Part 3
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. This series focuses on a satellite tagging project underway by the Manta Trust.  Our friends at Manta
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8:00 AM | Wonderpus (Wonderpus photogenicus)
meanguignphotography: Lembeh, Indonesia
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8:00 AM | Wonderpus (Wonderpus photogenicus)
meanguignphotography: Lembeh, Indonesia
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12:00 AM | malformalady: This two-tusked Narwhal skull is a rare example,...
malformalady: This two-tusked Narwhal skull is a rare example, as males usually only have one. Narwhals are toothed-whales and in males, one tooth erupts as a long tusk. In rare case, both front teeth erupt, giving two tusks. Each tooth/tusk was a little under 2m long. Hunde Island, Greenland Photo credit: Tim Melling This is beyond awesome.
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