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December 03, 2014

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9:08 AM | Some colleagues aren’t quite in the Christmas spirit yet!
Some colleagues aren’t quite in the Christmas spirit yet!

December 02, 2014

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8:09 PM | Bahamas 2014: Meet Maris
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 Maris Wicks. Sketch: Maris Wicks Hello!  My name is Maris Wicks (that'’s
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7:58 PM | 2014 Turtles: A Mid-Stranding Season Recap
Every year, the New England Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Team rehabilitates critically endangered sea turtles and releases them back into the wild. Your support makes programs like this possible. We are in the midst of an epic sea turtle stranding season right now. Take a look. The Aquarium's Rescue Team has now treated more than 600 turtles at the Animal Care Center. That's nearly
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2:43 PM | DBQ answers
I could well have termed this quiz “The yellow on the mandible edition” as that feature is telling in both these birds. All my respondents identified Bird A as a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and I included that one not because it was tricky overall, but mainly because it’s an oddity. It’s not that this species is […]
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2:00 PM | Every Day Should Be #GivingTuesday
Frankly, I don't understand why giving comes *after* shopping. As if "whatever's left in the change purse" is what should go in the charity bucket once I'm through with the mall... or the Internet. As if the other 364 days of the year, I should be... not giving? I like to give. One Tuesday per year is not enough, I say. One day is too little to devote to all the organizations, causes, places, and people I think are making our world better. If we're advised to "honour Christmas in our […]
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2:00 PM | Watermark, Fall 2014
In this issue of Watermark: King Tide 2014 For Peat's Sake: Storing Carbon in Coastal Wetlands Up Front: Kayak Tours, Maine Island Trail, Soundscapes, Larval Fish, Branch Brook, SWMP, MIMIC 2020 Vision Sandy Dialogues: Preparing for Disaster CT Scanning: A Novel Technique for Studying Salt Marsh Mud Nature-based Learning for York County Head Start Families Science-based Stewardship on Display Finding Common Ground on Maine's Beaches Public Access Guides Cover Entire Coast of Maine About […]

December 01, 2014

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10:34 PM | The Strange Deep-Sea Ophiuroids of Paris! Featuring Dr. Tim O'Hara!
Bonjour once again!! So, my trip to Paris has all but ended and I'll be returning to the United States in a few days. The trip has been a challenging one. The laptop crashed and was out of the loop for two weeks and left me without a computer for data collection and etc..So, much of my trip has been "old school".. working with paper and notes labelling jars with species names as best as I can...Although data collection has not been as efficient as I like, I have done the Paris Museum (my host) […]
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4:08 PM | The Real Monsters of the Ocean: Plankton
As darkness slowly creeps over the coral reef, the night dwellers begin to appear. Coral relies upon its symbiotic algae to feed themselves during the day, but after dark the coral polyps unfold their sticky tentacles. These tentacles grab food (plankton) floating by in the water. Black tip reef sharks, which have been snoozing lazily […]

November 30, 2014

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9:40 PM | The Disappointing Reality of Musical Fish
Fanciful common names of fishes suggest there may be an orchestra in the sea, but this is yet another way the underwater world lets us down. In the heat of the cold war when cloak-and-dagger espiponage went below the sea, the US Navy was listening to fishes. Ideally, after identifying all the strange sounds generated […]
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9:40 PM | The Disappointing Reality of Musical Fish
Fanciful common names of fishes suggest there may be an orchestra in the sea, but this is yet another way the underwater world lets us down. In the heat of the cold war when cloak-and-dagger espiponage went below the sea, the US Navy was listening to fishes. Ideally, after identifying all the strange sounds generated […]
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7:03 PM | The Patron Saint of Marine Scientists
Saint Brendan of Clonfert is often referred to Brendan the Voyager. He is Irish monastic saint born in 484 in Ciarraighe Luachra, near the present city of Tralee, County Kerry and died in 577. Besides founding several monasteries across Ireland, Brendan made a legendary journey. The tale of begins with Brendan and 60 (other stories […]
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7:03 PM | The Patron Saint of Marine Scientists
Saint Brendan of Clonfert is often referred to Brendan the Voyager. He is Irish monastic saint born in 484 in Ciarraighe Luachra, near the present city of Tralee, County Kerry and died in 577. Besides founding several monasteries across Ireland, Brendan made a legendary journey. The tale of begins with Brendan and 60 (other stories […]

November 29, 2014

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7:03 PM | What single piece of advice would you give another scientist?
Recently I attended a talk by my good friend and fantastic researcher, Brian Sidlauskas. His talk was a retrospective over his research and what contributed to his academic success. A key part of his advice Don’t skip happy hours.   Weekly lunches, tea times, happy hours, and other structured but informal meeting times with other scientists […]
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7:03 PM | What single piece of advice would you give another scientist?
Recently I attended a talk by my good friend and fantastic researcher, Brian Sidlauskas. His talk was a retrospective over his research and what contributed to his academic success. A key part of his advice Don’t skip happy hours.   Weekly lunches, tea times, happy hours, and other structured but informal meeting times with other scientists […]

November 28, 2014

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7:56 PM | Here lies American science
Andrew Wright is a British marine biologist that has been working on the science-policy boundary around the world for over a decade. His experiences have led him to champion a better communication of science to policy makers and the lay public. His research has included a population viability analysis for the vaquita, sperm whales bioacoustics […]
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5:04 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Beauty Sleep
Happy Fun Science FRIEDay!!! It’s the Turkey Holiday, and aside from eating and socializing, I suspect quite a many of you have also been getting lots of sleep! Despite how little of it some of us get during our normal routine, sleep is important… right? We know that sleep has tons of benefits for the […]
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1:08 PM | Rare Octopuses Get Their Close-Up
There are some 300 known species of octopus. From the huge giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) to the tiny poisonous blue-ringed octopus (genus Hapalochlaena), from the shallow-water mimic... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:08 AM | The best shakes come equipped with thresher sharks. #fact
The best shakes come equipped with thresher sharks. #fact
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11:08 AM | The best shakes come equipped with thresher sharks. #fact
The best shakes come equipped with thresher sharks. #fact

November 27, 2014

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4:02 AM | Ocean Things to Be Thankful For: Megalodon is Dead, but We Still Have Sharks (and Whales)
This time of year, it’s appropriate to think of things to be thankful for.  This being an ocean-focused blog, I’d like to share something ocean-related that I’m thankful for, and hopefully spread a little Ocean Optimism in the process.  What I’m thankful for is that Carcharocles megalodon is extinct.  This may not seem like cause […]

November 26, 2014

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7:27 PM | 2014 Turtles: Unprecedented Transport
Since we are in the midst of an unprecedented sea turtle stranding season, we rely on partners to help with the long rehabilitation phase in the recovery of cold-stunned sea turtles. Once we stabilize their health here in Quincy, many turtles are carefully transported to other rescue facilities up and down the East Coast for rehab—a long process that can take months. Most of the turtles
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4:09 PM | Bahamas 2014: Leaving Miami
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 about setting out toward Bahamas comes from Chris. After 3 days of boat prep and awaiting the arrival of our
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3:55 PM | Ocean things we’re thankful for, West Coast Edition
As some of you know (especially if you follow us on OpenExplorer), Amy and I have once again made the vast, continent-spanning migration from the Pacific to Atlantic coast, this time settling down in rural Virginia. While we enjoyed our time out in the weirdly foggy, impossibly dry San Francisco Bay Area, we also learn […]

November 25, 2014

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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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8:59 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: Mainers only edition
In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought you would all probably be longing for a DBQ. So here are two birds found by Mainers in October: Bird A: Bird B: Neither of them are turkeys, by way of a hint.
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6:52 PM | 2014 Turtles: Partners in Rescue
We are in the midst of an unprecedented sea turtle stranding season right now. We've treated more than 400 turtles so far this year, that's double previous records. A green sea turtle during its intake exam at the Aquarium's Animal Care Facility But we couldn't help so many turtles without a strong network of support. First, our partners at Mass. Audubon at Wellfleet Bay organize volunteers
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4:08 PM | Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie
Despite that the blurb from this fiction book makes it sound like it is about mermaids, it isn’t truly. It is a tale of humans living underwater once the air “Above” got too polluted. It is also a story about sisterhood and friendship. The book even ventures into religious territory with the people “Above” and […]
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2:08 PM | Soft Octopus Escape—and Paperback Octopus! Release [Video]
Octopuses long ago shed their ancestors’ protective shells in favor of a slinkier, floppier, softer existence. They were perhaps never meant to be held down by hard covers. In fact, many... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | 20/20 Vision at Our 2020 Vision
The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a timeless place, but these are changing times. Look how fast this year has gone; marvel at how much the kids have grown; just try to predict the weather or migrations or year-to-year ocean temperatures nowadays. The world keeps spinning, spinning, spinning into the future. None of us can afford to be ill-prepared for whatever lies ahead. Another year is almost done, but even as we look back, we’re looking forward too. Two eyes are better than one, and […]
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