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Monday Morning Salvage: January 2, 2017

Welcome to 2017 and the ninth year of marine science and conservation at Southern Fried Science!

Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)

  • Alex Warneke knows exactly how to push all of my ocean outreach buttons: Low-cost teaching tools? Check! Hands on student engagement? Check! Open-source materials and datasets? Check! 3D Printing? Check! Meet 3D Cabrillo:

Courtesy A. Warneke, DSN.

Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)

Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)

Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)

Since we’re on a children’s book kick, here’s two more additions to our list of the best ocean-themed baby books, this time a little bit more advanced:

  • The Wonderful Dogfish Racket by Tom Dawe and Anne MacLeod. It’s a children’s book about the complex socio-ecologic systems that dominate Newfoundland dogfish fisheries.
  • The Blobfish Book by Jessica Olien. It starts with the zones of the ocean, and gets better and better from there.

Derelicts (favorites from the deep archive)

What you read on Southern Fried Science in 2016:

If you were wondering what the most read Southern Fried Science article of all time is, it’s Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine is a fake documentary.

Feel free to share your own Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, Driftwood, and Derelicts in the comments below. And, of as always, if you enjoy Southern Fried Science, consider contributing to my Patreon campaign to help us keep the servers humming.


Deep-sea biologist, population/conservation geneticist, backyard farm advocate. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


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