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April 19, 2014

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7:31 PM | Beyond the Plunder: The Misunderstood Life of Pirates
Buccaneers, Charlatans, Marauders, and Swashbucklers. Throughout the centuries, our booty-hoarding friends have been branded by many rather dubious labels. Yet seldom does the average gangplank groupie stop to appreciate the secret identities of some of history’s most illustrious “privateers.” Maintaining a blatant disregard for authority and indifference in adhering to traditional country borders, pirates were […]
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7:31 PM | Beyond the Plunder: The Misunderstood Life of Pirates
Buccaneers, Charlatans, Marauders, and Swashbucklers. Throughout the centuries, our booty-hoarding friends have been branded by many rather dubious labels. Yet seldom does the average gangplank groupie stop to appreciate the secret identities of some of history’s most illustrious “privateers.” Maintaining a blatant disregard for authority and indifference in adhering to traditional country borders, pirates were […]

April 10, 2014

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7:51 PM | Guest Post: Cuttlefish by Grant Stirton
The Cuttlefish There’s one cryptic reef dweller, whose superior intelligence, curiosity and charisma has always captured my heart. With over 120 species worldwide, the cuttlefish is both an adaptable and resourceful predator. They belong to the taxonomic class of Cephalopods and their morphology is closely related to octopus and squid. I’ve been fortunate enough to […]
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4:26 PM | This sea slugs is like a cross between a dinosaur, a jellyfish, and a watermelon
As someone who can be a bit awkward a times, I’ve decided the sea slug Melibe will be my new power animal. I’m clumsy, constantly bumping into things, equally bad at all sports, and catch roughly 2% of things that are tossed to me. I don’t exactly always feel like I fit in. I can’t […]
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4:26 PM | This sea slug is like a cross between a dinosaur, a jellyfish, and a watermelon
As someone who can be a bit awkward a times, I’ve decided the sea slug Melibe will be my new power animal. I’m clumsy, constantly bumping into things, equally bad at all sports, and catch roughly 2% of things that are tossed to me. I don’t exactly always feel like I fit in. I can’t […]

April 08, 2014

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2:03 PM | MH370 and the proverbial haystack.
When does an analogy become useless?  How about when it’s less exaggerated than the actual facts being analogized?  Take the oft-used “needle in a haystack” analogy.  That one has been trotted out many times during CNN’s intensive coverage of the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.  So much so that […]
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2:03 PM | MH370 and the proverbial haystack.
When does an analogy become useless?  How about when it’s less exaggerated than the actual facts being analogized?  Take the oft-used “needle in a haystack” analogy.  That one has been trotted out many times during CNN’s intensive coverage of the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.  So much so that […]
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3:53 AM | A day at the beach with a pair of Oarfish
When I think of vacations to Mexico, I think margaritas and lounging at the beach. But last month in Baja California, this group of tourists got a surprise of the unusual kind. Not one, but TWO Oarfish trying to strand themselves on the beach. Thankfully these were tourists of the ordinary kind and they came equipped […]
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3:53 AM | A day at the beach with a pair of Oarfish
When I think of vacations to Mexico, I think margaritas and lounging at the beach. But last month in Baja California, this group of tourists got a surprise of the unusual kind. Not one, but TWO Oarfish trying to strand themselves on the beach. Thankfully these were tourists of the ordinary kind and they came equipped […]

April 03, 2014

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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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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 […]

April 01, 2014

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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 […]

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 […]

March 27, 2014

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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 […]

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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11:00 AM | AABW in the news!
It only took 25 years, but my thesis topic is now becoming newsworthy!  Gluttons for punishment can see at least the abstract at A model of the formation of high-salinity shelf water on polar continental shelves.  Which is aimed at one of the important ingredients for AABW (Antarctic Bottom Water).I've been reluctant to blog about the topic because it is, after all, my baby and I'm sorely tempted to post at excruciating length and detail.  (Not that there aren't other people who […]
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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 […]

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 […]

March 24, 2014

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6:55 PM | Harry Bulkeley: A few questions about global warming -- Answered
An opinion writer (a retired judge) asked a few questions in his Galesburg, IL local paper, and I'll provide some answers here.  As always, I encourage you to read the original.The good judge, like the usually informative Mr. Krauthammer, starts off on a very wrong foot, with bad philosophy of science.  There are many facts in science -- the earth is round, the sun is hot, there is a greenhouse effect, and CO2 is a greenhouse gas.  All can be questioned -- but not in the trivial […]

March 22, 2014

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1:11 AM | One Drop of Water on World Water Day
Hi, I am one drop of water. I am here today, World Water Day (March 22), to talk about the drought happening in California. California is in the midst of its worst drought in over 100 years, and the warmest and driest winter in recorded history. California is also in a 3 year dry spell. […]
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