Welcome to the latest edition of Carnival of the Blue, a monthly compilation of the best in ocean science blogging from around the internet! This month’s entries are as diverse as ocean life itself, and are almost as awesome as the new logo that Jason Robertshaw was kind enough to make for this month’s carnival. You should all be sure to give each of our excellent submissions a read, but definitely take the time to admire this great logo. It’s the standard Carnival of the Blue logo, but there’s a shark swimming by it! It’s almost as if Jason knew that a shark enthusiast would be hosting this month’s Carnival. And now, on to this month’s submissions.
We all welcome Mark Powell back to the ranks of active science bloggers. He has written a Blogfish post about one of my favorite topics, the sustainability of tuna fishing. Like most of the material about sustainability out there, it makes me both depressed and hungry.
John from Kind of Curious has written about seven fascinating adaptations that terrapins have evolved. We often don’t think of small turtles as highly evolved creatures, but this post may change your mind!
Wandering Weeta wants us to learn about the hooded nudibranch, and the beautiful pictures in this post make me wish I could see one! I remain dedicated to sharks, but I suppose that some inverts are pretty awesome as well.
Helen from Wild Ocean Blue tells the story of an underwater filmmaker who loved seahorses. I’m sorry I never got the chance to meet him, he seems like an incredible person. I’ve already reserved his book from the library, and you should, too!
Dr. M of Deep Sea News continues to study global draining, a phenomenon first discovered right here at Southern Fried Science. For those of you who haven’t yet heard about this phenomenon, it will either make you terrified about a new threat to the world’s oceans… or make you laugh at a great satire of people who try to base global trends in climate on a few data points.
Like Jason and his awesome logo, our next submitter must have known that a shark enthusiast would be writing this month’s Carnival. Christie of Observations of a Nerd has written about the plight of the great white shark. This post should make even the most hardcore of the charismatic megafauna haters out there feel bad for these incredible animals.
Michael Bok of Arthropoda has a post all about the super strength of the mantis shrimp. I was nervous being around these “thumb splitters” before I saw the awesome video embedded this post, and now I may never sleep again. Give me a big shark any day of the week, you can keep your super strong shrimp.
Kevin of Deep Sea News tells a great story about how barnacles influenced Charles Darwin’s most famous ideas. If you think of finches as being the most important animal in shaping Darwin’s theory of natural selection, read this post!
Our final submission this month comes from Jason Robertshaw of Cephalopodcast (and of awesome logo design fame). He has compiled a list of 50 interesting Wikipedia articles about the ocean, which will be responsible for me not getting any work done the rest of today.
Thanks for your great submissions, everyone! If you want to submit a post of your own, use the handy new blog submission form here. Next month’s Carnival of the Blue will be hosted by Allie at Oh For The Love of Science.
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