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April 16, 2015

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9:00 PM | Guest Post-Whale Watching: Southern California Style!
My name is Vaishali Shah and I am a volunteer Naturalist for the Cabrillo Whalewatch Program sponsored by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and American Cetacean Society Los Angeles Chapter. I have been a volunteer for 5 years and it has been an amazing experience. Currently we have over 100 volunteers who join the whale watch […]
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1:51 PM | The DBQ that just won’t die
After posting the photo of the headless carcass with dusky reddish legs, it appears we now have a consensus on Bird B. The underwing of the headless carcass bears the classic pattern of an American Black Duck–white overall, with several distinct dark brown feathers at the wrist joint. With that in mind, looking back at […]

April 15, 2015

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8:09 PM | Five Cool Things we have already seen on the Okeanos Oceano Profundo Expedition!
This week: Some echinoderm highlights from the 2015 Okeanos Oceano Profundo cruise! I've made the point in the past about how AWESOME it is to be able to see so many deep-sea animals alive!As a scientist who works mostly with preserved specimens, our typical perception of these species from dead material is something like this:The above specimen is a species of Freyastera, a deep-sea brisingid asteroid. Brisingids have special suspension feeding arms with very delicate arms covered by […]
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6:28 AM | Video: Rare sperm whale encounter with deep-sea ROV
“if you’re watching on channel one the super sampler is…THE HECK IS THAT?!” And that is the start of an absolutely breathtaking real life close encounter in the deep sea. This video could easily fit in a blockbuster movie, but was actually filmed on April 14th, 2015, by the ROV Hercules, which also happened to be broadcasting LIVE at the […]
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6:28 AM | Video: Rare sperm whale encounter with deep-sea ROV
“if you’re watching on channel one the super sampler is…THE HECK IS THAT?!” And that is the start of an absolutely breathtaking real life close encounter in the deep sea. This video could easily fit in a blockbuster movie, but was actually filmed on April 14th, 2015, by the ROV Hercules, which also happened to be broadcasting LIVE at the […]

April 14, 2015

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2:00 PM | From the Corner: Winter's End
One only needed to walk along the snowy road leading into Wells Reserve to realize what a tough winter it was. The drifts were waist to shoulder high and John Speight, hard working Facility Manager and plow operator, had to be innovative in opening up places to put all of it. He kept the walkways open and lights on in the main building, enabling the staff and committees to continue their work. Smooth pillows of deep snow at the top of the hill were a hint of the benches waiting beneath. But the […]
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1:04 PM | We are Going to Need a Bigger Helicopter
Working at a National Park results in a fair share of interesting encounters. Take for instance, yesterday when my boss emails me and says, “The Coast Guard is helping us move a humpback whale skull out of the intertidal, are you interested in watching?” Obviously, he knows me well and that my ocean nerdom would be piqued […]
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1:04 PM | We are Going to Need a Bigger Helicopter
Working at a National Park results in a fair share of interesting encounters. Take for instance, yesterday when my boss emails me and says, “The Coast Guard is helping us move a humpback whale skull out of the intertidal, are you interested in watching?” Obviously, he knows me well and that my ocean nerdom would be piqued […]

April 13, 2015

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8:06 PM | Watch James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge and tweet along with us Tuesday at 8 p.m.!
There are still a couple of days left to donate to the most important marine science and outreach crowdfunding campaign of our time, “buy David Shiffman a less ugly pair of sunglasses.” In the meantime, new rewards have been unlocked! For a $30 donation, you’ll receive a small 3D printed megalodon tooth, one of the first of […]
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6:34 PM | Celebrity Wax Sculptures for Snails
Snails taste good. Well snails taste good to crabs. In fact almost every facet of certain snail’s lives is completely dictated by crabs. Crabs regulate populations of snails. Even the most characteristic part of snail, its shell, represents an evolutionary arms race between prey and predator. Yet, we do not know how many crabs and […]
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6:34 PM | Celebrity Wax Sculptures for Snails
Snails taste good. Well snails taste good to crabs. In fact almost every facet of certain snail’s lives is completely dictated by crabs. Crabs regulate populations of snails. Even the most characteristic part of snail, its shell, represents an evolutionary arms race between prey and predator. Yet, we do not know how many crabs and […]
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2:24 PM | Is Anybody Here a Marine Biologist?
Just a little something to get your Monday started off right.
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2:24 PM | Is Anybody Here a Marine Biologist?
Just a little something to get your Monday started off right.
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2:00 PM | The Meaning of Life
It has been nearly two months since Linda Littlefield Grenfell, the Reserve's Environmental Educator, presented her Lunch 'n Learn entitled, "What Do I Want to Do Next?" It followed our tremendously successful Volunteer Fair, where community members gathered to learn more about the varied year-round volunteer opportunities available at the Reserve. Linda's presentation was centered around retirement, aimed at providing useful tips for retirees. Two months later, I am still reflecting upon the […]
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1:17 PM | Become a Citizen Scientist with SharkBase
Dr. Ryan Kempster is a shark biologist in the Neuroecology Group at the University of Western Australia.  Ryan founded the shark conservation group Support Our Sharks to inform the world about the plight of the most vulnerable shark species. His research focuses on the sensory biology and conservation of sharks and rays.  Sharks have always been […]
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4:28 AM | Got myself an epic birthday present courtesy of Prawno Apparell...
Got myself an epic birthday present courtesy of Prawno Apparell - taking the beautiful and talented Lia Barrett’s underwater shots and making stylish and oh-so-comfy clothes. Highly recommend checking out their collection: http://www.prawnoapparel.com
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4:28 AM | Got myself an epic birthday present courtesy of Prawno Apparell...
Got myself an epic birthday present courtesy of Prawno Apparell - taking the beautiful and talented Lia Barrett’s underwater shots and making stylish and oh-so-comfy clothes. Highly recommend checking out their collection: http://www.prawnoapparel.com

April 12, 2015

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8:13 AM | After admiring his work around the Philippines for years, I was...
After admiring his work around the Philippines for years, I was so happy to finally meet @whaleboy2000 and do my (tiny) part on one of his murals #ADEX2015
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8:13 AM | After admiring his work around the Philippines for years, I was...
After admiring his work around the Philippines for years, I was so happy to finally meet @whaleboy2000 and do my (tiny) part on one of his murals #ADEX2015

April 10, 2015

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6:59 PM | How a 10 Million Year old fossil, a smart phone, and a 3D printer recharged my #OceanOptimism.
Last week, we launched a novel little experiment in crowdfunding marine science and conservation – Buy David Shiffman a Less Ugly Pair of Sunglasses – ostensibly about replacing David’s legendarily hideous sunglasses with something a bit more aesthetic. Of course, anyone digging into the stretch goals quickly realized that this was less about sunglasses and […]
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12:23 PM | Cricket averages: what do you mean?
Easter has always seemed a nothing sort of a holiday to me. Partly it’s because I never know when it will be (I would vote for a party that pledged to standardise Easter, but that’s another matter…) There is - of course - an R function, timeDate::Easter(), but Easter’s date will never be ingrained in the way that Christmas is, and thus anticipation will never build to the same extent. There’s not much to look forward too, either. Don’t get me... Read […]

April 09, 2015

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8:32 PM | DBQ answers
All respondents quickly recognized Bird A’s distinctive beak–heavy, straight and dark. This is a Common Loon. I wanted to show this picture mainly since it makes visible the very slight mismatch in length between upper and lower beak that one can rarely appreciate in a live bird at a distance. In fact, the upper bill […]
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1:12 AM | Given the choice, corals would prefer oil to dispersant
Just near 6 million liters of oil spilled out of Macondo well in 2010, about 6 supertankers worth of oil. The ramifications of the oil spill are still being documented and far reaching but included aberrant protein expression in fish gills, altered bacterial communities, and a whole suite nastiness in dolphins. At three different sites […]
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1:12 AM | Given the choice, corals would prefer oil to dispersant
Just near 6 million liters of oil spilled out of Macondo well in 2010, about 6 supertankers worth of oil. The ramifications of the oil spill are still being documented and far reaching but included aberrant protein expression in fish gills, altered bacterial communities, and a whole suite nastiness in dolphins. At three different sites […]

April 08, 2015

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10:26 PM | Malacology Monthly: Pilot Episode
Like seashells but are sick of social media?  Hate Facebook but need a hearty dose of marine invertebrates?  Want a bigger malacological meal rather than tiny tidbits of mollusk-based science? Do not worry, you can get all of the “Malacology Monday” posts from the Deep Sea News Facebook page right here on the official DSN […]
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10:26 PM | Malacology Monthly: Pilot Episode
Like seashells but are sick of social media?  Hate Facebook but need a hearty dose of marine invertebrates?  Want a bigger malacological meal rather than tiny tidbits of mollusk-based science? Do not worry, you can get all of the “Malacology Monday” posts from the Deep Sea News Facebook page right here on the official DSN […]
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4:57 PM | Science Flyers: My comment to the FAA regarding proposed new drone regulations.
I submitted the following to the FAA regarding docket number FAA-2015-0150: Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Comments can be filed online, but I also sent an actual, physical letter. If you care about the regulation of drone in US airspace, you have until April 24, 2015 to submit you own. I am a marine […]
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2:00 PM | Guided Kayak Tours 2015
The Reserve's upcoming fifth season of kayak tours offers participants the unique opportunity to paddle on the Little River's quiet and calm estuarine waters while observing wildlife and learning about the natural history of this treasured habitat. There are eighteen scheduled program dates through the summer months, all led by a registered Maine Kayak Guide: Monday, July 6: 1:00-4:00pm Tuesday, July 14: 9:00am-12:00pm Thursday, July 16: 10:00am-1:00pm Monday, July 20: […]
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12:58 PM | Astrosarkus idipi A species I described is now a toy! Pt. 2
Earlier this year, I discovered that a Japanese company had decided to make a toy out of a species I described in 2004! Well, today the one I ordered finally arrived and BEHOLD!!! This is one of a set of "candy toys" or miniature models of deep-sea animals from a set entitled "Deep-sea Sushi" which was just released in mid- March of this year.As I've made frequent mention of in past blogs, the Japanese have a VAST love of the natural world and have made MANY toy series which depict various […]
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5:48 AM | Super Colossal
Twelve years ago this month, a super squid was captured. On April 1, 2003, a massive squid was pulled up from the sub-antarctic waters south of New Zealand, and while a bit mangled by the fishing lines that captured it and suffering from additional damage from packing and travel, it still measured 5.2 meters (nearly 18 […]
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