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Western Australia’s sharks need your help!

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksOctober 23, 2011

Last week, I wrote about three current shark conservation issues, including a proposed shark cull in Western Australia. Barbara Wueringer was able to deliver her letter to Western Australian government officials on Friday, and thanks to your help, it was signed by more than 100 scientists and conservationists from all over the world. Yesterday, however, […]

Just enough about “Certainly More Than You Want to Know About The Fishes of The Pacific Coast” to pique your curiosity

History of Science, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 14, 2011

There is a website floating around the interwebs entitled “So you want to be a marine biologist?” that most future marine biologists who came of age in the early 21st century have encountered. The sage page of advice is followed up with “So you want to be a marine biologist, the revenge“. Reading through these […]

Expedition Week premieres tonight, Shark Men next Sunday

Popular CultureApril 3, 2011

Expedition Week 2011 starts tonight on the National Geographic Channel. This year, there are 13 premieres on seven straight nights, and they promise “extreme treks, new discoveries, and bold investigations” featuring topics as diverse as conservation, exotic human cultures, archaeology, geology, and maritime history. In other words, there’s plenty for science geeks like us to […]

Severely injured great white shark found, are scientists responsible?

Conservation, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksMarch 29, 2011

[Editor’s Notice – Comments have been suspended on this post. Please visit “Full video of injured shark shows numerous natural injuries” for an update on this controversy] Last summer, I reviewed National Geographic’s “Expedition Great White” and interviewed the lead scientist. Several researchers and conservationists were concerned about the methods that Dr. Michael Domeier uses […]

State of the Field: Satellite tagging sharks

marine science, Natural Science, Science, State of the FieldFebruary 15, 2011

Modern shark researchers have access to a variety of high-tech tools. Acoustic tags with noises specific to each individual shark signal a receiver (or network of receivers) every time the shark passes nearby. Some tags have three-dimensional accelerometers, allowing researchers to study the small scale movement patterns and behaviors of sharks. Others, which are placed […]

Great Migrations of the Ocean

biology, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksNovember 3, 2010

National Geographic’s Great Migrations, a seven part series which premieres November 7th, calls itself a collection of “the most moving stories on Earth”. It focuses on some amazing animals from around the world and the incredible journeys they take to survive. This series was a massive undertaking, with the National Geographic crew spending 2 years […]

Sharks are not to blame for increases in California Sea Otter deaths

ecology, marine science, Science, sharksSeptember 17, 2010

Deaths among California’s sea otter populations have been increasing in the last few years. The last few years have set records for dead otters washing ashore on beaches throughout central California. The real reason for this was recently discovered (and covered earlier today by Andrew here), but I wanted to stress what was NOT responsible. […]

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