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What can the funniest shark memes on the internetz teach us about ocean science and conservation?

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 8, 2013

In recent years, some of my favorite ocean predators have started to show up in memes. As part of our tradition of using internet humor to educate our readers, I’ve selected the funniest shark memes on the internetz, and I’ve tried to explain what’s going on in the photos used for those memes. I’m happy […]

Were 18 foot long thresher sharks responsible for closing a New York beach?

marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksJune 3, 2011

Earlier this week, several New York state beaches were closed due to shark sightings. Fox News’ Rick Leventhal, speaking as part of Bill Hemmer’s “America’s Newsroom” show, reported on this story, claiming that “some onlookers ID’ed them as thresher sharks, they’re estimated to be about  18 feet long”. A half-eaten seal also washed up on […]

State of the Field: Satellite tagging sharks

marine science, Natural Science, Science, State of the FieldFebruary 15, 2011

Modern shark researchers have access to a variety of high-tech tools. Acoustic tags with noises specific to each individual shark signal a receiver (or network of receivers) every time the shark passes nearby. Some tags have three-dimensional accelerometers, allowing researchers to study the small scale movement patterns and behaviors of sharks. Others, which are placed […]

Shark News Roundup: the ecology of fear, curious whale sharks, and saving the manta rays

Conservation, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 16, 2010

The shark blog-o-sphere has been busy lately. Here are some of the headlines from the world of shark science and conservation. Chuck from Ya Like Dags has a fantastic post explaining the ecology of fear and how it relates to sharks. As it turns out, predators can have a major impact on an ecosystem just […]

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