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Grampa Hagfish: say hello to your greatest uncle

biology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 20, 2010

Today is Hagfish Day! Who knew? What is a hagfish? Hagfish are primitive eel-like chordates make famous for their relative unattractiveness*, profuse production of slime, and charismatic ability to tie themselves in knots. They are perhaps the only ‘fish’ that possesses a skull, but no vertebral column. But the question “What is a hagfish?” goes […]

Altered sea turtle sex ratios: Can global warming harm warm-water animals?

biology, Conservation, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 12, 2010

When most people think of an animal threatened by global warming, images of a polar bear drowning because of lost ice habitat come to mind. Few know that climate change can also threaten animals used to living in environments much warmer than the Arctic. Even when you’re used to heat, too much heat can be […]

A short note on the “turtle harvest” e-mail

biology, Conservation, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 8, 2010

An e-mail has been making the rounds over the last few weeks purports to show evidence of an illegal turtle egg harvest in Costa Rica. It contains several pictures like this: While the pictures are real, the e-mail is misleading. They show a sustainable, legal turtle harvest that actually helps the Olive Ridley turtle population. […]

Shark Science Monday: Michelle Heupel discusses the need for lethal shark research

biology, Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, Shark Science Monday, sharksOctober 4, 2010

Last spring, we held an ethical debate focusing on a paper called “Science or Slaughter”. The authors claimed that sometimes it is necessary to kill sharks to answer important scientific questions. One of the authors agreed to be interviewed for Shark Science Monday. Enjoy! As always, feel free to ask questions of the interview subject […]

Bad news for sharks in the South China Sea

biology, Conservation, ecology, fisheries, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksSeptember 30, 2010

While a large percentage of the world’s shark fins pass through Hong Kong fish markets, most come from far-away countries and little attention has been paid to shark populations in adjacent waters. An important new paper, appropriately titled “The sharks of South East Asia – unknown, unmonitored and unmanaged” provides new insight into this problem.

A global shark conservation challenge from Palau and Micronesia

biology, Conservation, fisheries, marine science, Science, sharksSeptember 23, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, the Presidents of Honduras and Palau challenged other world leaders to follow their example by protecting sharks. Both nations have banned shark fishing within their territorial waters, and they are encouraging other nations (both rich countries with fishing fleets and poor coastal countries) to do the same. This announcement was timed to coincide […]

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