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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 […]

Singing Science: Weather vs. Climate with lyrics for teachers

#SciComm, climate change, Personal StoriesMarch 14, 2016

The month of February 2016 just broke a global temperature record, previously held by… January…2016. While the Trubama climate plans are being praised, the comments section of this Guardian article was still inundated with “Well, it’s cold where I am” posts.  Perhaps we need to create more awareness about the difference between weather and climate… I know, I’m […]

Shark MOOC: There’s a big shark party, and you’re invited!

Education, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksFebruary 26, 2016

William E Bemis is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell and lead faculty member for the edX MOOC Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation. He studied at Cornell University, the University of Michigan, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Chicago before serving 20 years as Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 2005 to 2013, he served as […]

Fun Science FRIEDay – The Universe Sings a Song, and Humans Can Finally Listen

Fun Science Friday, Natural Science, Physics, ScienceFebruary 12, 2016

The  interwebs have been going crazy the past few days with the recent announcement that scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. In terms of scientific advancement, to quote Joe Biden, “This is a big fucking deal!” Bigger than the discovery of the subatomic Higgs […]

Ocean Kickstarter of the Month: Whale Science Double Feature

Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 10, 2016

Comprehensive Conservation of Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Modern Ocean Southern Resident Killer Whales are endangered; only 85 remain. In today’s modern ocean they face many threats simultaneously. A holistic approach to addressing the cumulative impacts of all threats is needed. However, data are sparse, making it difficult to identify which threat(s) is causing […]

What is it about mercury? Thinking about chemicals in the public discourse

Education, Science, Social ScienceFebruary 9, 2016

All of the revelations about the lead in the water system of Flint, Michigan have made residents and curious neighbors alike  wonder ‘haven’t we solved the lead problem’? There are thousands of well-established scientific studies; the sources and even many of the solutions are well-understood and frequently implemented. Not to say the problem’s gone, but we’ve […]

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