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3 sharks that were on twitter before being a shark on twitter was cool

marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJanuary 3, 2014

Recent plans in Western Australia to place acoustic tags in sharks and have them tweet their location when they approach a beach have resulted in a sharknado of media coverage. The plan has been covered by internet technology news giant Mashable, Fox News, NPR news, Popular Science, and NBC news (which, with “sharks with frickin’ tweets,” […]

Here’s how you can tell that the “shark” photobombing kids is actually a dolphin

Blogging, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 31, 2013

When California resident June Emerson snapped a photo of her children playing at the beach, she didn’t expect it to generate international news. Although the kids seem to be adorable, that isn’t what captured the attention of the media. In a wave behind them, you can see the outline of a large animal swimming by […]

13 wrong things about sharks that conservation advocates should stop saying in 2013 (and what they should say instead)

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksDecember 27, 2012

While the rest of the scientific and management community and I are grateful for the passionate support of many shark conservation advocates, passion is no substitute for knowledge and accuracy.  Some conservation issues are a matter of opinion and can (and should) be reasonably be discussed by people with different views, but many others are […]

Cull canceled: victory for the sharks of Western Australia!

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksNovember 15, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a proposed shark cull in Western Australia and asked for your help to oppose it. By the end of the Support Our Sharks anti-cull campaign, the petition had almost 19,000 signatures from dedicated shark conservationists from around the world, including many of our readers. After some initial anti-shark […]

Western Australia’s sharks need your help!

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksOctober 23, 2011

Last week, I wrote about three current shark conservation issues, including a proposed shark cull in Western Australia. Barbara Wueringer was able to deliver her letter to Western Australian government officials on Friday, and thanks to your help, it was signed by more than 100 scientists and conservationists from all over the world. Yesterday, however, […]

Just enough about “Certainly More Than You Want to Know About The Fishes of The Pacific Coast” to pique your curiosity

History of Science, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 14, 2011

There is a website floating around the interwebs entitled “So you want to be a marine biologist?” that most future marine biologists who came of age in the early 21st century have encountered. The sage page of advice is followed up with “So you want to be a marine biologist, the revenge“. Reading through these […]

Expedition Week premieres tonight, Shark Men next Sunday

Popular CultureApril 3, 2011

Expedition Week 2011 starts tonight on the National Geographic Channel. This year, there are 13 premieres on seven straight nights, and they promise “extreme treks, new discoveries, and bold investigations” featuring topics as diverse as conservation, exotic human cultures, archaeology, geology, and maritime history. In other words, there’s plenty for science geeks like us to […]

Severely injured great white shark found, are scientists responsible?

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksMarch 29, 2011

[Editor's Notice - Comments have been suspended on this post. Please visit "Full video of injured shark shows numerous natural injuries" for an update on this controversy] Last summer, I reviewed National Geographic’s “Expedition Great White” and interviewed the lead scientist. Several researchers and conservationists were concerned about the methods that Dr. Michael Domeier uses […]

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 […]

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