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No bones about it

biology, sharksFebruary 7, 2014

Hello, dear internets! Thank you for the warm welcome. I am extremely excited to be joining Southern Fried Science—talk about being in good company! For those of you who don’t know me, I am a student at the University of Oregon, where I study marine biology and journalism. I love all things science, but I […]

Fisherman catches cosmopolitan planktonic tunicate. You’ll never guess what various news agencies are calling it.

biology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceJanuary 22, 2014

“Translucent fish leaves New Zealand fisherman stunned” ~UK Metro “Shrimp-like Translucent Sea Creature Found off Northland’s East Coast” ~Science World Report “Now that’s a jelly fish! Stunned fisherman catches wobbly shrimp-like creature” ~Daily Mail And another half-dozen variations on translucent, fish, shrimp, and baffled. This creature, whose image has gone viral in the last few […]

Fun Science Friday – BP Oil Spill Impacts Dolphins

biology, ecology, Fun Science Friday, policy, toxicologyJanuary 3, 2014

Happy Fun Science Friday! Though this post does not present such a happy story, given the recent discussion about dolphin photobombing, this week’s FSF is topically related.  In the spring of 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig experienced catastrophic failure resulting in the worst oil spill in human history. The Gulf of Mexico (GoM) was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Herring Wars: Quotas, Conflicts, and Climate Change in the North Atlantic

biology, climate change, Conservation, ecology, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, Social ScienceJuly 25, 2013

A small collection of islands in the North Sea, a few hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, is preparing for war. The European Union, under the auspices of an international fisheries management agreement, is ready to levy heavy trade sanctions against the Faroe Islands, an independent protectorate of Denmark. The Faroes, with a population […]

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