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November 25, 2014

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7:14 AM | The Funky Octopuses of Paris Pt. 2!!
Bonjour! Greetings to everyone from Paris! My apologies for the brief silence. Trips do not always go as planned and my laptop decided it had other plans a couple of weeks ago. "Technical difficulties"..  Ah well.. C'est la vie!As I am trying to get stuff done before my return to the United States, I thought I would offer a follow up to my artsy octopus post from last year (here)As a bit of contrast, here was a hyper awesome (and realistic) brass octopus at the gates to the Institute […]
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3:29 AM | Hi. What would animal fat floating in the ocean and then beached smell like? Thank you.
…………….bad? If nothing had eaten it already. 
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3:29 AM | Hi. What would animal fat floating in the ocean and then beached smell like? Thank you.
…………….bad? If nothing had eaten it already. 

November 24, 2014

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8:00 PM | Six surprising reasons to be thankful for the sea
The oceans provides us with most of the oxygen we breath, much of the food we eat, and even all the water we drink, which has passed countless times through the seas. There’s no shortage of reasons to be grateful for our blue planet, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to appreciate some of the […]
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8:00 PM | Six surprising reasons to be thankful for the sea
The oceans provides us with most of the oxygen we breath, much of the food we eat, and even all the water we drink, which has passed countless times through the seas. There’s no shortage of reasons to be grateful for our blue planet, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to appreciate some of the […]

November 23, 2014

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4:38 PM | Birdbooker Report 348
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]

November 22, 2014

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2:00 PM | Only Turkeys Don't Vote
The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 11/23/2014. The most important thing I can say about this year’s midterm election is simply: thank you for voting. Maine had the highest voter turnout in the entire 50 states, with 59.3% of us going to the polls, well above the national average of 36%. If it was the “gu-bear-natorial” nature of our election, so be it: each vote tallied was an expression of individual preference. Some races […]
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1:30 PM | Bahamas 2014: Preparing the Boat / Miami Weather
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 prepararing for the big trip comes from Jackie. Tuesday, November 14th, was a day of preparation. I

November 21, 2014

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10:39 PM | How the tides affect breaking waves
In a previous post , I explained how breaking waves work and how wind interacts...
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9:23 PM | SAFS design
My octopus design was chosen by students and staff for the 2014-15 school of aquatic and fishery science sweater! I wanted to create something from the marine world that was eye catching and fun. I stumbled across a similar design online while searching for inspiration, and decided to add a few of my own touches. I initially drew the tentacles with pen and paper, then scanned it into my computer and ed [...]
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7:55 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Death Star
Happy Fun Science FRIEDay! While Ebola wreaks havoc on Homo sapiens in the terrestrial world, there has been an even more virulent disease causing the destruction of a marine animal, the sea star. Today we talk about this deadly condition impacting sea star populations and the recent discovery of just what is causing this affliction.   […]
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1:01 PM | 16 awesome ocean songs
Whether you are on a boat trip or cruise and want some appropriate songs, or whether you just want to imagine that you are out at sea whilst in the office or lab, we have some tunes for you. Below … Continue reading →
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10:27 AM | It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your...
It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your partners in conservation! Dennis is doing incredible work in Malapascua and I’m honoured to support him in protecting the island’s reefs. After years of friendship we’ve both grown into the conservation professionals that can work together and achieve some really great outputs. Today was a big day. The dream discussed over many years and beers - forming multi-stakeholder partnerships to regulate and protect […]
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10:27 AM | It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your...
It’s a special moment when your best friends are also your partners in conservation! Dennis is doing incredible work in Malapascua and I’m honoured to support him in protecting the island’s reefs. After years of friendship we’ve both grown into the conservation professionals that can work together and achieve some really great outputs. Today was a big day. The dream discussed over many years and beers - forming multi-stakeholder partnerships to regulate and protect […]

November 20, 2014

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11:45 PM | RIP, Mike Nichols
I just heard that Mike Nichols, the great film director, has died. While perhaps best known for his masterpiece The Graduate, we should not forget his other masterpiece: Yes, Day of the Dolphin, the movie where George C. Scott teaches … Continue reading →
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9:23 PM | These are a few of my favourite species: sarcastic fringehead
Most submissions to the “These are a few of my favourite species” series are interesting, to be sure.  Cute, even.  You got your fuzzy faced seals and your pretty nudibranchs and such.  They’re…nice.  But the rest of the DSNers can take a hike cos mine’s a bona fide winner.  While your nudibranch is gradually oozing […]
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9:23 PM | These are a few of my favourite species: sarcastic fringehead
Most submissions to the “These are a few of my favourite species” series are interesting, to be sure.  Cute, even.  You got your fuzzy faced seals and your pretty nudibranchs and such.  They’re…nice.  But the rest of the DSNers can take a hike cos mine’s a bona fide winner.  While your nudibranch is gradually oozing […]
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5:39 PM | 2014 Turtles: In the trenches
It's looking to be another busy sea turtle season. We'll be posting updates and snapshots of the action here on this blog. This post is an overview of what happens during these early days of a very busy time for us. After a busy weekend of sea turtle strandings, the number of sea turtles arriving for care is not letting up. More than 40 turtles arrived at our doorstep on Wednesday. That's
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5:38 PM | News flash: citizen scientists are trainable
Not to be smug about it, but SEANET has been doing citizen science since before citizen science was cool. Or at least, since before it was widely accepted as a viable and valid method of collecting large scale data sets. For a long time, the critique from the science establishment was that lay people without […]
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5:03 PM | How the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV and won a national competition
I cannot wait to see Underwater Dreams narrated by Michael Peña, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio.  The story is how sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV to compete in a national competition. Despite being poor kids with no resources, and starting off with no knowledge of how to build an ROV, they won beating […]
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5:03 PM | How the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV and won a national competition
I cannot wait to see Underwater Dreams narrated by Michael Peña, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio.  The story is how sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV to compete in a national competition. Despite being poor kids with no resources, and starting off with no knowledge of how to build an ROV, they won beating […]
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1:22 PM | Bahamas 2014 | Heading South
The centerpiece of the New England Aquarium is the 200,000-gallon Caribbean coral reef exhibit known as the Giant Ocean Tank. The massive reef soars through all four floors of the building and hosts hundreds of marine animals—from undulating eels and sleek barracuda to lumbering sea turtles and flitting wrasses. Giant Ocean Tank This vibrant ecosystem engages visitors not only with its
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12:00 PM | Putting snails in the microwave…for science!
Yahoo answers tells me I shouldn’t put snails in the microwave, but this paper tells me otherwise: Galindo LA, Puillandre N, Strong EE, Bouchet P (2014) Using microwaves to prepare gastropods for DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources, 14(4): 700-705. This paper is so simple, yet so epic in so many ways: We have experimented with […]
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12:00 PM | Putting snails in the microwave…for science!
Yahoo answers tells me I shouldn’t put snails in the microwave, but this paper tells me otherwise: Galindo LA, Puillandre N, Strong EE, Bouchet P (2014) Using microwaves to prepare gastropods for DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources, 14(4): 700-705. This paper is so simple, yet so epic in so many ways: We have experimented with […]
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4:38 AM | Does this thing still work?
By gum, I think it does! It’s been a while, internet…but I am getting the blog back together. And I have things to write about. Stay tuned…
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12:04 AM | #WorldParksCongress wraps up #WPCMarine
I worked some of the longest days of my career at World Parks Congress and dealt with a variety of event teething issues never experienced before. On the upside, I met some amazing people (including the wonderful Sylvia Earle, who I interviewed for our webtv channel) and worked with a great team from the French […]

November 19, 2014

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7:30 PM | These Are Few of My Favorite Species: Humphead Parrotfish
As the as the largest species of parrotfish, a single individual of Bolbometopon muricatum can ingest over 5 tons of reef per year. That freaky looking bump is also for head butting rival males.  What’s not love. And now with the help of the Digital Underground. All right! Stop whatcha doin’ ’cause I’m about to […]
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7:30 PM | These Are Few of My Favorite Species: Humphead Parrotfish
As the as the largest species of parrotfish, a single individual of Bolbometopon muricatum can ingest over 5 tons of reef per year. That freaky looking bump is also for head butting rival males.  What’s not love. And now with the help of the Digital Underground. All right! Stop whatcha doin’ ’cause I’m about to […]
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6:18 PM | The Antarctic is a rough neighbourhood
There’s a fascinating article getting some press this week, all about a growing incidence of an extraordinary bit of animal behaviour in the islands just above the Antarctic circle.  In an article in the journal Polar Biology, reported on nicely by the BBC (with more disturbing pictures and video), scientists from the Mammal Research Institute in […]
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6:18 PM | The Antarctic is a rough neighbourhood
There’s a fascinating article getting some press this week, all about a growing incidence of an extraordinary bit of animal behaviour in the islands just above the Antarctic circle.  In an article in the journal Polar Biology, reported on nicely by the BBC (with more disturbing pictures and video), scientists from the Mammal Research Institute in […]
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