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March 28, 2014

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8:50 AM | Merri Marine Sanctuary, a local protected area with some serious crays
Over the summer, I helped out on the Marine Summer Ranger program that Parks Victoria run across their land and marine parks. Locally, where in live in Warrnambool on the south west coast, the program involved rockpool rambles in the Merri Marine Sanctuary. This is an area that, from anecdotal reports, was close to being […]
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8:00 AM | griseus: Which marine mammals dive the deepest? A new...
griseus: Which marine mammals dive the deepest? A new long-term study of elusive Cuvier’s beaked whale shows they can dive to nearly 3,000m (10,000 feet) while a second stayed down for 138 minutes. awesome Reference (Open Access) : Schorr et al 2014 First Long-Term Behavioral Records from Cuvier’s Beaked Whales (Ziphius cavirostris) Reveal Record-Breaking Dives. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92633. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092633
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12:00 AM | earthhour: This #EarthHour we want you to show the world how...
earthhour: This #EarthHour we want you to show the world how you’re being a Superhero for the Planet on Instagram! Take a picture of your action, whether you’re cleaning up a beach, taking public transport, planting a tree, cycling for life or taking part in Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29 at 8:30PM. Don’t forget to use the hash-tags #EarthHour #YourPower and #SpiderMan and share your location! Use Your Power to change the world we live in. Images via @ews_wwf, […]

March 27, 2014

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7:27 PM | Beaufort NOAA Lab Builds Community: It would be a huge loss to say goodbye
Hopefully many of our faithful readers have seen the sad announcement that the NOAA lab in Beaufort, NC may be no more. The main reason cited for the potential closure is financial – the cost of maintaining an aging building. Our friends over at the fisheries blog have written a sound debunking of this reasoning, […]
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11:44 AM | Photos don’t do justice to the beautiful hilly landscape...
Photos don’t do justice to the beautiful hilly landscape around Coron airport
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11:40 AM | Dive t-shirts are such a danger to my wallet…
Dive t-shirts are such a danger to my wallet…
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8:00 AM | Dive shop art. Coron, Palawan
Dive shop art. Coron, Palawan
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7:11 AM | 46. Sentinel
After some weeks away, I went back recently to a site described earlier on this website, where two Black-Lined Sleeper Gobies, (Valenciennea helsdingenii) have been building and tending a network of dens and towers off the coast of Sydney. Here’s … Continue reading →
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5:17 AM | Echinoblog Travelog: Japan: the things I will miss.... Pt. 5 (final)
Just got back from Japan and the 15 hour flight just wiped me out... so today is pictures!                                         See-through starfish! (Anseropoda petaloides) Densenman! Matching Socks!Sweets! but not chocolate or the usual western types...Nakano Broadway... and some of its unique and interesting goods... (cleared and stained fish skeletons for […]
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3:38 AM | Amazing close-up video of Great Barrier Reef animals
Daniel Stoupin’s message is simple: Please care for the Great Barrier Reef. His film, on the other hand, shows the incredible complexity of the animals that live there. This video has left me completely in awe. Below, I’ve tried to provide information of the animals featured in the video. In some cases, I don’t know. For […]
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3:38 AM | Amazing close-up video of Great Barrier Reef animals
Daniel Stoupin’s message is simple: Please care for the Great Barrier Reef. His film, on the other hand, shows the incredible complexity of the animals that live there. This video has left me completely in awe. Below, I’ve tried to provide information of the animals featured in the video. In some cases, I don’t know. For […]
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2:31 AM | Recent and future impacts of ocean warming on marine biodiversity
I am a (relatively junior) member of an NCEAS/NSF funded international working group that is assessing how climate change is affecting ocean ecosystems.  Today, we published our third major paper (in Nature; Burrows et al. 2014), that predicts how ocean warming will affect global patterns of Biodiversity. Read a nice non-technical summary here and a nice summary […]

March 26, 2014

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9:04 PM | Bacteria on Whale Skin Tell a Tale of Health and Sickness
[php]Whales swimming in the ocean are never really alone. Even if one swims by itself with no other whales for miles around, it still has company—the tiny microbes that live on its skin. For a long time, these microbes went unnoticed or ignored. What scientists knew about skin microbes on whales was limited to studies on stranded or deceased animals, and virtually nothing was known about the microbes residing on healthy, free-ranging whales. But as links are now emerging between the […]
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4:48 PM | Sending in the reinforcements! SEANET gets help!
Normally, lean, mean SEANET gets by with a skeleton crew of 2 working a total of a few hours a week. We manage to get a lot done, but some of the work does pile up. We are therefore very relieved to have help this semester. Grad student Marissa Jenko has joined us as work […]
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1:08 PM | No, harassing a shark for fun is not ethically equivalent to scientific research that helps conserve a species
Last month, I wrote an article for Scientific American that I shouldn’t have had to write. In it, I argued that riding, poking, prodding or otherwise harassing a free-swimming large predatory animal for fun is a bad idea. I do mean “argued;” believe it or not, there are people who strongly disagree with me. In my […]
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3:34 AM | Mystery of Missing flight 370
Someone please explain why the proposed crash site is about the same distance but in the opposite direction to its destination.
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1:00 AM | The Floating Rocks of the South Pacific
In the South Pacific world building occurs every day.  From beneath the ocean’s depths active submarine volcanoes eject molten lava and sulfuric gases well above sea level.  South of the Solomon Islands, the 8-kilometer diameter submarine volcano Kavachi ejected lava 70 meters (230 feet) into the air.  In 2003 the volcano, named after a sea […]
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1:00 AM | The Floating Rocks of the South Pacific
In the South Pacific world building occurs every day.  From beneath the ocean’s depths active submarine volcanoes eject molten lava and sulfuric gases well above sea level.  South of the Solomon Islands, the 8-kilometer diameter submarine volcano Kavachi ejected lava 70 meters (230 feet) into the air.  In 2003 the volcano, named after a sea […]
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12:00 AM | biologicalmarginalia: Blue Whale from Amos Photography versus...
biologicalmarginalia: Blue Whale from Amos Photography versus an illustration from Encyclopedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, illustrations are still being produced with monstrously incorrect proportions; and in fact, the general outline seems like it would be more appropriate for a Humpback Whale.

March 25, 2014

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11:41 PM | Top 20 Frequently Asked Questions of Marine Scientists
Here at DSN we strive to inspire the next generation of mini-deeplings. Ultimately, we want you to want you to be like us. Perhaps not the more delinquent side of us, but definitely the better half of us that constantly questions, investigates, and stands in awe of our blue planet. With that, we often get […]
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11:41 PM | Top 20 Frequently Asked Questions of Marine Scientists
Here at DSN we strive to inspire the next generation of mini-deeplings. Ultimately, we want you to want you to be like us. Perhaps not the more delinquent side of us, but definitely the better half of us that constantly questions, investigates, and stands in awe of our blue planet. With that, we often get […]
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1:14 PM | Top 5 Things I Learned at The Benthic Ecology Meeting 2014
Justin Baumann has a very nice piece on his first experience at the Benthic Ecology Meeting here. I was really impressed by his insight and the general maturity of his post. I am on Justin’s committee but I haven’t interacted with him enough to get this clear a sense of what he is doing and thinking. […]
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1:00 PM | NOAA to close key fisheries lab in Beaufort, NC
The excellent Fisheries Blog has a great piece on the proposed closing of the facility on Pivers Island.  I was shocked when I first heard this news.  Duke/UNC organized a congressional visit to the facility that could change minds. Despite the incredible work done by the approximately 100 NOAA Beaufort Laboratory employees (see page 8), […]
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11:29 AM | Biofuels, more harm than good?
A United Nations report, set to be published this week is to say that fuels made from crops harm the environment and drive up food prices.
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8:00 AM | FREE BOOKS OF MARINE SCIENCES
FREE BOOKS OF MARINE SCIENCES: griseus: some titles here (HAY LIBROS EN ESPAÑOL) Marine...
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6:25 AM | falabaloo: Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey (camouflage)  
falabaloo: Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey (camouflage)  
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12:00 AM | unconsumption: Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned...
unconsumption: Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned into beachfront art: "Plastic World" — made by Portuguese artists Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya — pictured in Australia, on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, during the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition.  The spherical sculpture is 79” (200 cm) in diameter, in case you’re wondering. (photo credit: Halans on Flickr)

March 24, 2014

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6:07 PM | Help track fire restoration with this innovative Citizen Science project!
Last year, over 3,000 acres of Mount Diablo State Park were scorched by the Morgan Wildfire. The fire, likely started by target shooters, caused 75 homes to be evacuated and left the park closed to visitors for weeks. The park is now open and the massive fire scar is beginning to heal. Nerds for Nature, […]
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3:23 PM | Graph of the day: projected coral bleaching under different RCPs
From van Hooidonk et al. 2013 PDF. Learn about RCPs here.
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3:20 PM | Really Dumb Idea #247: Training sharks to eat dead lionfish
Below is a repost from the graduate student-written Under The C blog by Serena Hackerott.  Since the lionfish invasion hit the news, people have suggested that native predators will eat and control invasive lionfish. For more information check out our previous posts The Great Debate: Predators vs Lionfish and Who’s “Lyin’” about Lionfish?. But with current evidence suggesting […]
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