Cascading planetary-wide ecosystem effects of the extirpation of apex predatory Krayt dragons on Tatooine

Blogging, Conservation, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science FictionJuly 22, 2014 • 3~5 min read • 0

Author’s note: this post is part of the “Science of Tatooine” blog carnival. Though obviously about science fiction and not the real world, it includes real ecological theories,  and it uses some real peer-reviewed scientific papers as references. Whenever possible, I’ve linked to accessible copies of those papers and explainers of these ecological terms. Many […]

Frequently asked questions about Rosie O’Donnell killing an endangered shark for fun

fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJuly 13, 2014 • 2~2 min read • 0

On Friday afternoon, Slate published an article I wrote about Rosie O’Donnell killing an endangered hammerhead shark. Since that time, there has been an active discussion about the article and the surrounding issues on twitter (follow me here) and Facebook (like my page here). Some of the same questions keep coming up, so I decided […]

Can the world’s luxury yacht owners help reduce ocean scientists’ biggest expense: ship time?

Blogging, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJuly 7, 2014 • 2~2 min read • 1

The International SeaKeepers Society is offering yachts for marine science expeditions, free of charge. Marine scientists perform research ranging in scope from global food security to threatened species conservation to climate change, research that is critical to a healthy environment. As with other scientific disciplines, however, funding cuts threaten the future of this research. A recent […]

Absurd headlines about sharks, adjusted for accuracy

BloggingJune 11, 2014 • < 1 min read

The mainstream media doesn’t always have the greatest reputation for accuracy when it comes to reporting stories about sharks. Inspired by this brilliant campaign, I decided to “adjust” the headlines of some particularly absurd recent news stories about sharks. This story about a shark that may have been eaten by another shark.   

Announcing a F1000 research collection on shark biology and conservation

Blogging, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks • 1~2 min read

An announcement from Cesar Berrios-Otero, Outreach Director at Faculty of 1000: Shark Week is fast approaching and with it the potential for misinformation (re Megalodon special 2013) as well as an excellent opportunity for public education and outreach. Furthermore, with 25% of all sharks and their relatives in danger of extinction due to over fishing, […]

Florida fisherman catches an 18 foot goblin shark, the second ever caught in the Gulf of Mexico

Blogging, deep sea, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksMay 2, 2014 • 3~4 min read

Last week, commercial fisherman Carl Moore was fishing for royal red shrimp off the coast of Key West Florida.  When he pulled up a net from more than 2,000 feet, Moore had caught something other than just shrimp. In his net was an unusual looking enormous fish—a goblin shark more than 18 feet long. As […]

How much shark fin soup could you make from an adult megalodon?

BloggingApril 26, 2014 • 1~2 min read

Carcharocles megalodon, commonly known as the megalodon, was likely the largest shark that ever lived. I say “was”, because despite claims by certain Discovery Channel “documentaries”, there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the megalodon is extinct and has been for millions of years. It isn’t surprising, though, that the largest shark that ever lived has […]

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