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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 […]

Namibian Government Announces 18-month Moratorium on Seabed Mining

Conservation, deep sea, Environmentalism, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceSeptember 24, 2013

Good news came out of Namibia last night, as the government declared an 18-month moratorium on all experimental seabed mining in Namibian waters, pending a more comprehensive environmental impact assessment. Pressure from both environmental groups and the fishing industry ultimately led to this decision. Both sets of stakeholders, as well as scientists and members of […]

Eleven Marine Organisms that would make Amazing Aquaman Villains

Aquaman, biology, deep sea, ecology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksSeptember 19, 2013

Black Manta. Ocean Master. The Trench. Scavenger. King Shark. Toxin. The Fisherman. Aquaman has had some pretty memorable villains over the last 80 years. Also, the Fisherman. This is Southern Fried Science, a blog famous for two things – inspiring the world with our unique blend of marine science and conservation and doing horrible, horrible […]

Six sea monsters that make their horror movie counterparts look tame

biology, deep sea, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceSeptember 8, 2013

Evolution is infinitely creative. Sometimes, amid the beauty and wonder, the awe that emanates from the shear power of natural selection, and the poetry of descent with modification, evolution produces something that terrifies. I am not talking about our natural predators, for whom fear is part of our evolutionary heritage, but rather creatures that appear […]

The Sex Lives of Spoonworms: 10 marine animals with parasitic, dwarf, and otherwise reduced males

biology, deep sea, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMay 31, 2013

Earlier this week, Fox News commentator and all-around terrific guy* Erick Erickson, while discussing a recent Pew Study that revealed that women were the sole breadwinners in 40% of US households that contain children, had this to say: “I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say […]

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