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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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8:00 AM | zerostatereflex: Just a Mantis Shrimp scrubbing it’s badass...
zerostatereflex: Just a Mantis Shrimp scrubbing it’s badass eye,
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3:15 AM | Scientists Move to Patent Octopus Robot
Scientists have spent years crafting a very special, creepy robot. One that can crawl over obstacles, swim through surf and grasp just about any object. To achieve all of these tasks, the robot... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:00 AM | fuckyeahenvironmentalism: Press Release Statement...
fuckyeahenvironmentalism: Press Release Statement here:http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18162.pdf

March 31, 2014

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10:44 PM | Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes Port Moresby
Eventhough Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, locals will tell you that earthquakes are a rarity in the southern region. That being an exception last night when an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the richter scale struck … Continue reading →
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9:26 PM | Explainer: An end to Japan’s “scientific whaling” program in Antarctica
Early this morning, the International Court of Justice declared that Japan’s scientific whaling program in Antarctica violates the International Whaling Commission moratorium, and ordered Japan to stop.  This is big news for the marine conservation community, but like many legal policy decisions, it can be difficult to determine exactly what it means. I asked marine […]
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1:56 PM | Coral reef resilience: a biogeographic perspective
Coral reefs are affected by a large range of disturbances including disease, bleaching, storms, and Acanthaster planci, also known as crown of thorn starfish (COTS) outbreaks.  There appears to be a lot of variation of how much coral cover is affected by physical and biological disturbances and in how quickly coral communities recover from it.  Those two […]
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1:27 PM | Elusive Dwarf Octopuses Hatch in Captivity
In the dark of night, between Monday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 18, dozens of fully formed baby octopuses burst forth from their outsized eggs. It seems only natural that these octopuses would... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:27 AM | How To Grow a Patagonian Red Octopus
Octopuses are tricky animals to keep in captivity. They’re smart, strong and slinky. But surely their eggs much be easier—being naturally contained and all. Not always, it turns out.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 30, 2014

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11:55 PM | Breakwater spring melee
Now is the time when California sea lions and Brandt’s cormorants battle for control of the Monterey Breakwater. The breakwater is a favored hauling-out hangout for male sea lions during most of the year, but in the spring, Brandt’s cormorants gather for … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | lacicantmosh: lostincape-town: fencehopping: Coral: flowers...
lacicantmosh: lostincape-town: fencehopping: Coral: flowers of the ocean. Holy shit This makes me uneasy Noms time!

March 28, 2014

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10:04 PM | EU Considers Ban on Dogfish
Last week the European Union considered a petition to ban on all products made from spiny dogfish.  The petition, put forward by the representative from Germany, would have banned trade of all spiny dogfish products, and barring that called for … Continue reading →
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3:15 PM | Our Six Favorite Terrifying and Amazing Sea Life Feeding Strategies
This month's group post is an expose of our favorite feeding strategies in the s...
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2:33 PM | Calving Season Drawing to a Close
As the end of March approaches, the few right whales that remain down on the calving ground off Florida and Georgia begin heading north along the coast to their feeding grounds off Massachusetts. Southern survey teams (FWC, GDNR, the Marineland Right Whale Project, Sea-to-Shore Alliance, UNCW, and others) report a relatively quiet season this year with only 50-60 whales seen and 10 calves
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