Foghorn (A Call to Action!)
- Irrational, unhinged, and belligerent, Sweaty Brett Kavanaugh has no place on the Supreme Court. Call your Senators and let them know. And, because all drains lead to the ocean, read his inscrutable dissent on the SeaWorld v. OSHA case.
Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- This kayaker got sucker punched. Sorry, I’ll show myself out.
- It was a banner week for ocean gifs. Dead whale spends night in Rye parking lot after movers realize they’re going to need a bigger tote.
- I’m pretty jazzed by the idea of a transparent canoe.
Jetsam (what we’re reading from around the web)
- NASA can see dark, polluted Carolina rivers spilling into the ocean from space (though, note, a lot of that is just plain old run-off, not coal ash or toxic hog sludge).
- How did piles of Haiti’s trash end up on NC beaches? Hurricane Florence is a suspect.
- From Yong. Why Your Vacuum Clogs but a Manta Ray Doesn’t.
- Killer whales: why more than half world’s orcas are threatened by leftover industrial chemicals.
- This is a pretty wild story. Could Pablo Escobar’s Escaped Hippos Help the Environment?
- That Viral Elephant Poaching Story Has Gotten a Lot More Complicated.
- Japan to continue to push resumption of commercial whaling.
- Honestly, I had no idea Ghost Dolphins were a thing: Can the Ghost Dolphin Survive Obscurity?
- As hunting dwindles, who will pay for wildlife conservation? Um, my bet is conservationists. Look, if someone’s goal is to preserve gamelands for the sake of hunting, then they’re ultimately going to come into conflict with major conservation initiatives, anyway.
- A Teenager Takes On A Giant Pacific Octopus And Hate Rains Down From Adults.
- From sea monster to conservation icon: Tracing our relationship with whales.
- Nicola Smith earns the 2018 Bullitt Environmental Prize!
- Deep-Sea Mining for Rare-Earth Metals Looms, as Do Environmental Questions.
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Gómez and friends (2018) Growth and feeding of deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa from the California margin under simulated ocean acidification conditions. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5671.
- Ogura and friends (2018) Population history of deep-sea vent and seep Provanna snails (Mollusca: Abyssochrysoidea) in the northwestern Pacific. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5673.
- Sørensen and Grzelak (2018) New mud dragons from Svalbard: three new species of Cristaphyes and the first Arctic species of Pycnophyes (Kinorhyncha: Allomalorhagida: Pycnophyidae). DOI: 10.7717/peerj.5653.
Shipping News (academic and ocean policy wonkery)
- The People Who Could Have Done Science Didn’t. Because they were women, and they were told, at every stage, that they weren’t good enough. It was a lie.
- Judge: NOAA can’t regulate fish farming under law.
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
- This week, I want to know what you’re reading. Comment below!
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