One way an oil rig’s blowout preventer can fail

There’s not much more to say other than blue marlin bill fish caught in oil rig blowout preventer.

Several people have asked why we aren’t blogging about the oil spill. The simple answer is that the Deep Sea News crew has done such an awesome job there’s not much more for us to add.

H/T Underwater Thrills

~Southern Fried Scientist

Please note: this is not taken from the well currently destroying the Gulf Coast.

Tournament marlins get bigger?

ResearchBlogging.orgThis week’s ResearchBlogCast featured the paper “Decline in top predator body size and changing climate alter trophic structure in an oceanic ecosystem”, originally discussed at Fish Schooled (Prey populations explode as predators get smaller). In both the podcast and the blogpost, the authors argue that prey abundance booms despite predator biomass remaining constant because the average size of predatory fish is decreasing, a trend that has been describe as fisheries induced selection. Read More