Breaching Blue Chapter 4: Over the Edge

Popular Culture, Science FictionSeptember 4, 2014 • 2~2 min read

All week I’m posting the first five chapters from my absurd work-in-progress, Breaching Blue. Check out Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Enjoy. And, if you don’t enjoy, blame Shiffman. Clymene swam just below the sunbreak, testing the limits of her own courage. The reef was behind her, its unexplored pinnacles rising into sunlit waters. She cut a […]

Throwback Thursday: The Birth of @WhySharksMatter

BloggingAugust 28, 2014 • < 1 min read

Today we celebrate the 30th birthday of David Shiffman, but the entity known as WhySharksMatter was born on an entirely different day. On January 26, 2009, David officially joined Southern Fried Science and assumed the handle that would soon become the most prolific shark conservation activist online. Here, for posterity, is the original chatlog where […]

A roundup of misleading, deceptive, and dangerous shows produced by Discovery Communications

BloggingAugust 12, 2014 • < 1 min read

It’s no secret that we’ve produced quite a bit of critical commentary regarding Discovery Communications (whose properties include Shark Week, Animal Planet, TLC, and many others) over the years. This Shark Week, we’re seeing a massive spike in interest around their less-than-factual productions. Here, for your convenience, is a quick roundup of articles we’ve written about […]

About those lionfish

BloggingJuly 28, 2014 • < 1 min read

We’ve been monitoring the situation surrounding a south Florida lionfish study that’s been blowing up the headlines thanks to a feel-good story about a young student’s science fair project and a subsequent controversy surrounding a former grad student who feels slighted for having his name left out of the research. We decided not to comment […]

Busting Ocean Myths: How many containers are really lost at sea?

Focus on NuanceJuly 27, 2014 • 2~3 min read

The Claim: 10,000 containers are lost at sea every year. Who said it: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Slashdot, Yahoo News, NOAA, me, and many others. Status: False. 10,000 is one of those numbers that’s big enough to be surprising, but not so huge to inspire immediate incredulity. The worldwide shipping industry is enormous and […]

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