Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- Robots versus Aliens is my favorite genre of conservation technology. Sea-Star Murdering Robots Are Deployed in the Great Barrier Reef.
- Fish Bombardment is my other. Video: Utah Officials Restock Remote Lakes by Plane.
The Gam (conversations from the ocean-podcasting world)
Speak Up for the Blue with two great recent episodes.
Jetsam (what we’re reading from around the web)
- Such a cool story! Go Alvin! 85 Miles of Atlantic Coral Reef Stayed Hidden Until Now.
- Environmentalists win appeal against seabed mining decision.
- This is brilliant!
- The Mysterious Science of Motion Sickness: New research starts to explain why some people feel nauseous on cars, boats, buses, and carnival rides, while others don’t.
- It’s an older paper, but still a great paper: Jumbo Shrimp: The First Definitive Evidence of a Megalodon Nursery.
- The Ecologist on a Mission to Count New York’s Whales.
- run. fish. beer. Conservation through Recreation. From our friends at the Fisheries Blog.
- Lonely dolphin stranded in Scottish firth alters ‘speech’ to fit in with local sea life.
- Bankrupt Titanic Collector Is Selling Everything. Cool cool cool.
- It’s Photoshop. Thousands share photo of man with 16-foot shark on Outer Banks. There’s a big problem with it.
- When Conservation Backfires: Ironically, the creation of huge marine reserves can temporarily worsen the problems they are designed to address.
- USNS Comfort Ordered To Colombia But The Future Remains Uncertain For The Hospital Ship.
- How Escaped Pets Took Over Florida. When store-bought animals are released, they may go from pet to pest.
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Willoughby and Christie (2018) Long‐term demographic and genetic effects of releasing captive‐born individuals into the wild. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13217.
- Coldren and friends (2018) Warming accelerates mangrove expansion and surface elevation gain in a subtropical wetland. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13049.
- Gooden and Grenyer (2018) The psychological appeal of owning private land for conservation. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13215.
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- The Realm of the Submarine by Paul Cohen.
Story time! I found this delightful volume in a used book store in Annapolis. Inside the front cover, I found a letter from the author to Admiral Mike Rindskopf, the youngest officer to command a fleet submarine and (when he died in 2011) the last living US commander of a WWII sub. What a cool piece of submarine history!
The Realm of the Submarine.It gets better! Check out the end page inlay illustration the sizes of various submarines compared to a blue whale. Not only does it show just how big military subs are compared to research subs (we have bad priorities), but some of the sizes genuinely surprised me. I always though that Aluminaut (4), for example, was about the same size as Alvin (3).
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