Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- #JacquesWeek! It’s Jacques Week! Join us all week long as we watch and discuss classic Cousteau documentaries.
- This incredible interactive map of deep-sea mining sites, associated ecosystems, and the threats they face, from the Royal Society. And, while we’re on the topic of Deep-sea Mining, I am Wilderness just launched the DSM Observer to track all the latest developments in deep-sea mining.
- A whale making a rainbow. Share the love.
Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)
- Why These Dolphins Behead Their Prey. The grisly behavior is exceptionally rare—and may be a cultural phenomenon.
- Internet death threats hound a young Alaskan after a successful hunt: A Teen Whaler in the Age of Cyberbullies from our friends at Hakai Magazine.
- Good stuff from oceanbites – Deep Iron: Good for the Ocean’s Bones.
- Cyclothones are the most common fish in the sea. They’re also really, really cool.
- Look, it’s also Shark Week, so I guess we can share a few pieces about sharks. Trump’s love of Mar-a-Lago is bad news for sharks. The president is on record as being generally against sharks, anyway.
- Pirates, or Storms? Archaeologists Find ‘Ships Graveyard’ in Greek Archipelago.
- The evolving fallout from an incident several years ago are going to have fascinating implications for the future of maritime protests. Russia Told to Pay Dutch $6 Million Over Greenpeace ‘Arctic Sunrise’ Seizure.
- I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration by former director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Interior Department Joel Clement.
- Wake up and smell the marine awareness…on social media?!
- Crustacean parasites are common on whales, but how they survive on smaller, speedier ocean animals is a mystery: The Lonely Lives of Dolphin Lice.
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Boucquey (2017) ‘That’s my livelihood, it’s your fun’: The conflicting moral economies of commercial and recreational fishing. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.06.018.
- Madigan and friends (2017) East not least for Pacific bluefin tuna. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan3710.
- Galaz and Mouazen (2017) ‘New Wilderness’ Requires Algorithmic Transparency: A Response to Cantrell et al. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.06.013
- Goffredi and friends (2017) Hydrothermal vent fields discovered in the southern Gulf of California clarify role of habitat in augmenting regional diversity. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0817.
- Nyegaard and friends (2017) Hiding in broad daylight: molecular and morphological data reveal a new ocean sunfish species (Tetraodontiformes: Molidae) that has eluded recognition. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx040.
Shipping News (academic and ocean policy wonkery)
- A stark look at how the grant funding cycle can make or break promising researchers’ careers: Another tenure-track scientist bites the dust
- But, sometimes you can fight back: Nevertheless, she persisted and Rough rides at tenure time.
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- White Man’s Game: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden, and Other Myths of Conservation in Africa by Stephanie Hanes. See this excellent review by John Platt: A Call to Look and Listen; The new book “White Man’s Game” challenges conservationists to look beyond their own personal narratives.
Derelicts (favorites from the deep archive)
Some Shark Week Classics:
- An open letter to new Discovery Channel President Rich Ross from a shark scientist
- Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine is a fake documentary.
- Megalodon: the New Evidence is a fake documentary.
- Severely injured great white shark found, are scientists responsible?
- Full video of injured shark shows numerous natural injuries.