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The great #Mermaids Storify

marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 30, 2013

This week, Animal Planet aired “Mermaids: The New Evidence”  the second fake documentary in their series about mermaids.  After complaining about the ridiculous show and the associated devastating effects on science literacy*, we decided to watch the re-air together and live-tweet it. The goal was to get real scientific information into the twitter conversation associated […]

Mock the Doc: Watch both fake Mermaids documentaries tonight and mock them on twitter with us!

marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 29, 2013

Tonight from 8-11 P.M. EST, Animal Planet is re-airing both fake mermaid documentaries, “Mermaids: The Body Found” and “Mermaids: the New Evidence”. We’re going to watch them. We’re going to live-tweet our thoughts using the show’s existing hashtag, #Mermaids. We’re going to systematically point out everything factually incorrect about mermaids (or anything having to do […]

Five more marine organisms that put their superhero counterparts to shame

biology, deep sea, ecology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceApril 17, 2013

Evolution is the most creative force on the planet. Everywhere we look, we find species with novel and phenomenal adaptations that put their comic book brethren to shame. In no ecosystem is this more apparent than in the vast and unfathomable ocean. Marine species, especially those in the deep sea, have evolved to survive in a […]

15 important shark conservation and management terms explained with memes

Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, fisheries, fisheries, Focus on Nuance, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, Science and Sustainability, sharksApril 1, 2013

If interested citizens want to get involved in conservation and management policy, it’s absolutely vital to use proper terminology. The policy world can be full of confusing jargon, but there are few ways to discredit yourself in the eyes of decision makers as quickly as using a critical term incorrectly. In fact, it isn’t uncommon […]

Who are “The Lucky Ones”?

Popular CultureMarch 13, 2013

We interrupt our regularly scheduled marine science and conservation discussions and frequent Aquaman adulation to bring you this important announcement: “My legs creak as I climb the stairs to our meeting room. I lean against the wall to steady myself. I could have taken the elevator, saved myself the pain, but I need to heal. […]

Aquaman is back!

Aquaman, Popular CultureMarch 12, 2013

Long-time readers know that I am a dedicated fan of the one true king of Atlantis, Arthur Curry–Aquaman. Since his reboot in DC Comic’s New 52 series, Aquaman has risen above the Justice League pantheon, casually crushing his critics with humor, style, and pure, aquatic power. My original plan was to review the marine science […]

How to tell if a “shark in flooded city streets after a storm” photo is a fake in 5 easy steps

marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksJanuary 23, 2013

The combination of increasing extreme weather and social media has created, if you’ll pardon the pun, a perfect storm for sharing photos that show post-hurricane devastation (both real and fake). Many of them take the form of of a shark swimming through flooded city streets. For better or for worse, I’m known as “the shark guy” […]

Five organisms with real super powers that rival their comic book counterparts

deep sea, ecology, evolution, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceJanuary 2, 2013

There is no force more creative than the painstakingly slow process of evolution. Ever wanted to walk through walls? Naked mole rats can physically bore through concrete. How about fly? There are a couple dozen different ways to accomplish that goal, even if you’re a squid. Incredible power of regeneration? Flatworms, roundworms, and echinoderms have us beat. Among […]

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