Bringing you the best of marine science and conservation from the last week.
Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- The ridiculous, extensible jaw and neck joint of a Barbeled Dragonfish.
Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)
- Majestically breaching humpback whales are probably yelling. At you, probably. You know what you did.
- Lead bullets still dominate the U.S. ammunition market despite ample evidence showing that they pose real environmental and health risks. Bullet Proof from Lynne Peeples.
- The Mystery of the 19th-Century Maine Marine Monster by Rachel Fritts.
- #TeamSkynet for life. Swarm of underwater robots helps scientists study ocean dynamics.
- The 7 Wonderful Pikes, Pickerels, and Muskies of the World, from our friends over at the Fisheries Blog.
- Finally, Deep Sea News asks the all important question: How do bone-eating worms eat bones?
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Aylesworth and friends (2017) Seahorses (Hippocampus spp.) as a case study for locating cryptic and data-poor marine fishes for conservation. Animal Conservation. doi:10.1111/acv.12332.
- Haas and friends (2017) The contemporary economic value of elasmobranchs in The Bahamas: Reaping the rewards of 25 years of stewardship and conservation. Biological Conservation. doi.org:10.1016/j.biocon.2017.01.007.
- Redfern and friends (2017) Predicting cetacean distributions in data-poor marine ecosystems. Diversity and Distributions. doi:10.1111/ddi.12537.
- Schakner and friends (2017) Can fear conditioning repel California sea lions from fishing activities? Animal Conservation. doi:10.1111/acv.12329
- Lubchenco (2017) Environmental science in a post-truth world. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. doi:10.1002/fee.1454.
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- It continues to be ominously hilarious that the International Seabed Authority refers to themselves as “The Authority” international seabed as “The Area”. The Authority want your comments on The Area. Developing a Regulatory Framework for Mineral Exploitation in the Area.
Derelicts (favorites from the deep archive)
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