Now, More Than Ever, America Needs an Ambassador for the Deep Sea.

#OceanOptimism, A Renewed Sense of Wonder, Conservation, EducationNovember 25, 2016 • 2~2 min read • 0

That ambassador is Bathynomus giganteus, the giant, deep-sea isopod. Conservation has long had the concept of Flagship Species—popular, charismatic species that serve as rallying points for conservation awareness and action. Formalized within the framework of conservation marketing, flagship species are focused around particular goals and audiences. Think of the WWF’s Giant Panda, Polar Bears and […]

Diversity is Resilience

#OceanOptimism, BloggingNovember 14, 2016 • 1~2 min read • 3

We stand at a crossroads. Southern Fried Science has occupied a unique niche in the online ocean community. We have defended commercial and recreational fishers as often as we have opposed them. We have at times stood behind ocean conservation policy and at times pushed back against excessive legislation. We have criticised those within our […]

We love giant isopods and America should love them too!

#OceanOptimismNovember 3, 2016 • 1~2 min read

Southern Fried Science loves giant isopods. There are few deep-sea animals more iconic, more charismatic, more weird and wonderful, than the deep-sea isopod. The biggest of the deep-sea isopods, the giant deep-sea isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, is a quintessentially American beast. It dwells in the deep Gulf of Mexico. The bulk of its known range falls within […]

The plague-busting, prairie-dog-vaccinating, ferret-saving drone

Animal welfare, ConservationNovember 1, 2016 • 1~2 min read

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is adapting new technology to the business of saving and endangered species: they’re sending in the drones. Black-footed ferrets are a small, solitary, extremely territorial weasel-like animal that lives in the American west. Once abundant in central North America, today, their wild population stands at around 500. Black-footed ferrets […]

The 3D-Printed Giant Deep-sea Isopod You Always Wanted.

#OceanOptimism, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceOctober 6, 2016 • 1~2 min read

I love giant deep-sea isopods (Bathynomous giganteus if you’re fancy). I’ve written quite a few articles about giant isopods. Giant isopods were prominently featured in our epic ocean monograph, Sizing Ocean Giants. I’ve even been fortunate enough to observe novel giant isopod behavior in the deep sea. If Southern Fried Science had a mascot, it would […]

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