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Fun Science FRIEDay – Visualize the Seafloor

biodiversity, Citizen Science, deep sea, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, Open Science, Public perceptions of wildlife, Science, UncategorizedNovember 4, 2016

Happy FSF! As some of you may know (and for those who don’t), I study the bottom of the ocean, and I do so primarily using innovative technology to image the seafloor (e.g., Wormcam). The interesting work I’ve conducted has resulted in me having the opportunity to present my work to a larger lay audience, […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Underwater World of Pollination

A Renewed Sense of Wonder, biology, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 14, 2016

Pollination. I think most people understand why this is important (or maybe I should say, I hope). To put it simply, the process of pollination facilitates reproduction in plants by transferring pollen from one plant to another. In the terrestrial world, this can be mediated by physical forcing (e.g., wind) or by animals (e.g., insects) – and its why […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Shark Daycare

biology, Conservation, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural Science, sharks, UncategorizedSeptember 2, 2016

A great white shark nursery in the North Atlantic that was discovered in 1985 south of Cape Cod in the waters off Montauk, New York  has received renewed attention due to the increased activity of white sharks off cape cod in recent years. The nursery was first documented in 1985 by Casey and Pratt who deduced the presence […]

The tuna that ate a seagull, and other bird swallowing marine megafauna

biology, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, sharks, UncategorizedApril 26, 2016

Once again, the internet is in a fervour over a rarely documented, but pretty common, animal interaction.  The video below shows fishermen at a pier in L’Escala, Spain tossing small fish to a tuna.  A nearby seagull went for the same fish and was ingested by the tuna, much to everyone’s surprise.  Naturally, the tuna spat out […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Osprey Version of the Truman Show #ospreycam

biology, ecology, Fun Science Friday, Natural Science, UncategorizedApril 15, 2016

Do you ever get that feeling that you are being watched? I imagine that is what the ospreys at the nesting platform at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) must feel, if they notice at all. These birds have a camera that is trained on their nest 24/7 during the osprey breeding season (generally from mid-March […]

One of the world’s rarest birds is also the squee-est

#OceanOptimism, Conservation, ecologyAugust 19, 2015

Introducing the spoon-billed sandpiper: Spoon-billed sandpipers are migratory wader birds that breed in the sub-Arctic and winter in southeast Asia.  Best estimates point to less than 100 breeding pairs left in the wild due to a decrease of breeding habitat in the Arctic and increase of bird-hunters in Asia.  Don’t worry, this is a story about #OceanOptimism…

Dusky Sharks: Whale Killers

ecology, Natural Science, sharksMay 17, 2015

It’s generally thought that baleen whales are too large to be successfully attacked by most marine predators.  Orcas are typically considered the only real predatory threat to large whales, and even they have to use teamwork to take down a young whale.  Large sharks, which also sit near the top of the marine food web, […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – Ocean Acidification, More Than Just pH

climate change, ecology, Fun Science Friday, marine science, Natural ScienceFebruary 27, 2015

You have probably heard that as the global climate changes due to human influence the sea surface is going to rise and the oceans will get warmer and more acidic. The bit about the oceans increasing in acidity is particularly troubling because it implies calcium carbonate based organisms (oysters, snails, corals, etc.) will simply dissolve […]

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