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Happy Fun Science Friday – Blinky, the 3-Eyed Crab

Conservation, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine scienceNovember 8, 2013

Happy FSF everyone, this week we bring you Blinky! For the Simpsons aficionados amongst you, we are unfortunately not referring to the affable 3-Eyed fish, indicative of the radioactive influence of Springfield’s nuclear power plant. No Blinky is a real-life, 3-eyed crab, discovered and documented by German researcher Gerhard Scholtz and colleagues while working in […]

What can the funniest shark memes on the internetz teach us about ocean science and conservation?

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks

In recent years, some of my favorite ocean predators have started to show up in memes. As part of our tradition of using internet humor to educate our readers, I’ve selected the funniest shark memes on the internetz, and I’ve tried to explain what’s going on in the photos used for those memes. I’m happy […]

Fish out of water: the necropsy of the beached oarfish

marine science, Natural Science, Science

Antonella Preti, graduated with a degree in Biology specializing in Marine Ecology from the University of Turin, Italy. She is currently attending a long distance Ph.D. program through the School of Biological Sciences of Aberdeen, Scotland.  She has been working for 15 years on the feeding ecology of large pelagic species (sharks, swordfish and cetaceans) caught in the […]

10 components of a sustainable shark fishery, and how you can help implement them

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharks, SustainabilityNovember 7, 2013

In 1999, government officials from all over the world gathered in Rome for a meeting of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s Committee on Fisheries. The Committee meets every two years,  but one of the numerous outputs of this meeting was particularly significant, at least for sharks. Based on years of consultation and discussion […]

One-fifth of all known hydrothermal vents are threatened by deep-sea mining

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceNovember 6, 2013

Few moments have so profoundly altered our understanding of what it means to be a living thing on Planet Earth as the discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents and the organisms that thrive around them. The first vents visited were dominated by Riftia pachyptila, the giant tube worm, whose magnificent ruby plumage parted to reveal an […]

28 fallacies about the Fukushima nuclear disaster’s effect on the US West Coast

Conservation, Environmentalism, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, ScienceOctober 29, 2013

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news, with recent reports of continued leaks. Coming on the heels of these new reports is a viral blog post entitled 28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima. The article is a paranoid, poorly reasoned attempt to […]

Happy Fun Science Friday – First Venomous Crustacean

biology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, Ongoing Series, ScienceOctober 25, 2013

Happy Fun Science Friday everyone! After a busy semester I hope to get into the regular groove of Fun Science Friday posts. This week I bring you the first and only known venomous crustacean, the remipede Speleonectes tulumensis. These crustaceans were first discovered in the 1980s and suspected to be venomous after documentation that behind their jaws, they […]

Science in the Fleet: The Promise of Technology as a Panacea for Human Impacts

climate change, Fleet, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science Fiction, SustainabilityOctober 7, 2013

Today marks the release of Fleet: Wide Open, part 2 of my serial maritime science fiction adventure. With half the story revealed, we now see the roll technology plays in both the history and the day-to-day operations of the fleet. Specifically, we see three major technological advances that seem as though they would have been […]

A photo of people eating a shark is upsetting activists for some silly reason

Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 26, 2013

A photo of a single thresher shark being served for dinner at a resort is making the rounds among shark conservation activists. The photo, shown on the right, has been shared more than 12,000 times. A petition written in response to the image  (in French) has over 1,000 signatures. The story has even made it into […]

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