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Hagfish, chill Puffins, swamp monsters, the mining boat floats, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: April 2, 2018

Monday Morning SalvageApril 2, 20180

Foghorn (A Call to Action!) Want to help stem the tide of misinformation online and off? Do you have it all figured out and just need resources to implement your world-saving solution? The Rita Allen Foundation is looking for Solutions to Curb the Spread of Misinformation. Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now) Hagfish. Tough. […]

A year of snot-oozing, carcass-scavenging, slime eels: Hagfish Science in 2017.

biology, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceDecember 27, 2017

Hagfish. You love them. I love them. The owner of this sedan has no choice but to love them: 2017 was a big year for hagfish science. Big Ideas (the ecologic paradigms that hagfish shifted)  Heincke’s law is one of those ecologic principles that more often acts as a foil for rejecting the null hypothesis […]

Everything about hagfish is the best thing about hagfish, the battle for the deep-sea heats up, parasitic butt snails, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: December 17, 2017

Monday Morning SalvageDecember 18, 2017

Fog Horn (A Call to Action) The CDC was given a list of seven banned words for their upcoming budgets. Among the censored words are “science-based” and “evidence-based”, which, of course, are concepts central to the CDC’s mission. I have some thoughts about why this list has appeared at this time. If you think the […]

HAGFISH! Also deep-sea mining, climate change, The Ocean Cleanup, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: July 17, 2017

Monday Morning SalvageJuly 17, 2017

Fog Horn (A Call to Action) Hakai Magazine want to hear from you! Dear Hakai Magazine Reader, Who Are You? Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now) Everything Tangier is utterly fascinating right now: Angry messages to the Trump-supporting mayor of Tangier Island illustrate a need to listen, not to shout. I’m still just dumbfounded by […]

Your car has just been crushed by hagfish: Frequently Asked Questions

A Renewed Sense of WonderJuly 13, 2017

Wait, what? Earlier today, Oregon State Police reported that a truck carrying a shipment of live hagfish overturned, spilling its slimy cargo all over the highway and damaging at least one vehicle. What’s a hagfish? Hagfish are eel-like jawless fishes. They are primitive, lacking a vertebral column. They are deep-sea scavengers notorious for tying themselves […]

Five more marine organisms that put their superhero counterparts to shame

biology, deep sea, ecology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceApril 17, 2013

Evolution is the most creative force on the planet. Everywhere we look, we find species with novel and phenomenal adaptations that put their comic book brethren to shame. In no ecosystem is this more apparent than in the vast and unfathomable ocean. Marine species, especially those in the deep sea, have evolved to survive in a […]

Misunderstood Marine Life # 7 – The Living Fossils

evolution, History of Science, Natural Science, Ocean of Pseudoscience Week, ScienceOctober 3, 2011

Horseshoe Crabs, Coelacanths, Seven-gilled sharks, hagfish. Throughout the oceans there are creatures whose primitive bodies hearken back to earlier days in our evolutionary history. They possess basal characteristics that are more akin to those of the ancestors of our contemporary phyla. Because we can look into these organisms and learn something about our own deep past, we […]

Grampa Hagfish: say hello to your greatest uncle

biology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 20, 2010

Today is Hagfish Day! Who knew? What is a hagfish? Hagfish are primitive eel-like chordates make famous for their relative unattractiveness*, profuse production of slime, and charismatic ability to tie themselves in knots. They are perhaps the only ‘fish’ that possesses a skull, but no vertebral column. But the question “What is a hagfish?” goes […]