How would the elegant Trochus wear its jaunty red knit cap for #JacquesWeek?

#OceanOptimismJuly 19, 20170

#JacquesWeek. Be there. 


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How would this Mola Mola wear her jaunty red knit cap?

#OceanOptimism, #SciCommJuly 18, 20170

#JacquesWeek. Be there. 


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The Jaunty Red Knit Cap.

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How would they wear it?

#JacquesWeek. Be there. 


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HAGFISH! Also deep-sea mining, climate change, The Ocean Cleanup, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: July 17, 2017

Monday Morning SalvageJuly 17, 20170

Fog Horn (A Call to Action)

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

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Measuring the Cultural Value of Oysters

fisheries, geography, Highlighting the Rural Voice, marine science, Maritime history, Open Science, UncategorizedJuly 14, 20170

Most people from oyster-producing regions like the Chesapeake can attest to the fact that oysters are important the the social fabric of the community. In many towns that date back to the colonial era, oyster shells literally line Main Street and form the foundation of the town. In others, they form the basis of a modern-day bar scene boasting of “merroir” of the oysters alongside terroir of the wine. When the ecosystem around these kinds of places changes (think warming waters, acidified waters, introduced species who also love oysters), the resource underpinning this aspect of culture and heritage can be threatened. What does that mean for the humans so connected to the briny bivalve?

Historic Baltimore Shucking House. Courtesy of the NOAA Photo Library

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Your car has just been crushed by hagfish: Frequently Asked Questions

A Renewed Sense of WonderJuly 13, 20175

Wait, what?

Earlier today, Oregon State Police reported that a truck carrying a shipment of live hagfish overturned, spilling its slimy cargo all over the highway and damaging at least one vehicle.

Photo courtesy Oregon State Police.

What’s a hagfish?

Hagfish are eel-like jawless fishes. They are primitive, lacking a vertebral column. They are deep-sea scavengers notorious for tying themselves into knots as they rip chunks of meat from carcasses. Your ancestors, at some point, probably looked a lot like a hagfish.

Hagfish at Mount Desert Island Biological Lab. Photo by author.

I thought they were eels?

Slime eel (as well as snot snake) is the common name for Pacific hagfish. Dr. Milton Love has the simplest guide to telling the difference between hagfish and eels: Look at the hand holding the fish. Is it completely covered in slime? Then it’s a hagfish.

So, it’s an Agnathan?

Hagfish are Cyclostomes. Hagfish systematics is kind of a mess right now, with competing hypotheses about where hagfish and their ancestors fit into the history of vertebrate evolution. Unless you’re a taxonomist, I wouldn’t worry to much about hagfish cladistics; it will likely change a time or two in your lifetime.

Ok, so what’s the deal with all the slime?

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It’s here! The Official Schedule for #JacquesWeek 2017!

#OceanOptimismJuly 12, 20170

Jacques Week is only a week and a half away! Join us, beginning July 23 for six nights of classic Cousteau documentaries! From the very earliest films to his last adventures, Jacques Cousteau set the standard for underwater film, adventure storytelling, and conservation messaging. So batten the hatches and haul the sheets, it’s going to be an exciting journey!

Some of these films are available online. Some will require purchase. We’ve provided links to the for-purchase options and alternates if you can’t find them. Links to all available films can be found at the JacquesWeek2017 YouTube playlist.

Jacques Week is not associated with any of the Cousteau organizations. It is a purely grassroots celebration of the man who brought ocean adventure, science, and conservation to the world.

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#JacquesWeek, Lionfish tax, coral that glows, accelerating climate change, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: July 10, 2017

Monday Morning SalvageJuly 10, 20170

Fog Horn (A Call to Action)

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

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What to expect from #JacquesWeek 2017?

#OceanOptimismJuly 7, 20170

Classic Cousteau Films? Yes!

In depth ocean discussions? 100%

Hilarious tweets? Probably!

Exceptional photoshops? I hope so!

Even more classic Cousteau Films, Documentaries, and Clips? We. Are. On. It.

#JacquesWeek returns July 23, right here, on the internet.

Cecil the Lion 2 years later, spawning crayfish, and extreme ice: Thursday Afternoon Dredging: July 6th, 2017

Thursday Afternoon DredgingJuly 6, 20170

 

Cuttings (short and sweet):

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