Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- The women fish sellers of West Africa, a great video from China Dialogue.
- How smart are octopuses? So smart! For Smart Animals, Octopuses Are Very Weird.
Jetsam (what we’re reading from around the web)
- Chemical analysis of the shells of long-lived North Sea ocean quahogs unveils hundreds of years of environmental change. A 450-Year Record of North Sea Herring, Pried from Clams
- High stakes for China as WTO fishing subsidies deadline looms
- Neoline Selects Shipyard to Construct Modern Sail-Powered Cargo Ship
- This week in our impending climate catastrophe:
- Sperm Whale found on Krabi beach had digested plastic bottles.
- This is a wild story: Russia Says Fourteen Russian Sailors Killed in Submarine Accident. The “secret” submarine was likely the AS-12, a Soviet-era nuclear research sub designed to be Russia’s response to the US’s NR-1.
- Japan scrubs ‘research’ from its whaling ship as it returns to commercial hunting and Do people in Japan actually want commercial whaling to resume after three decades?
- How the Traditional Japanese Art of Fish Printing Inspired a Modern Art Form.
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Theodoridis and friends (2019) The role of cryptic diversity and its environmental correlates in global conservation status assessments: Insights from the threatened bird’s‐eye primrose (Primula farinosa L.). DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12953.
- Cruz-Castán and friends (2019) A possible new spawning area for Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus): the first histologic evidence of reproductive activity in the southern Gulf of Mexico. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7187
- Rafiq and friends (2019) OpenDropOff: An open‐source, low‐cost drop‐off unit for animal‐borne devices. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13231
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by P. W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking.
- Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World by Bruce Schneier.
- The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life by by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski.
So it’s a nice, light week of feel-good pleasure reading.
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