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2-12-17 A Tribute to Granny J-2

Sunday, February 12th...today the Town of Friday Harbor and The Whale Museum held a tribute to Granny J-2....knowing that many people who knew Granny but live far away would not be able to attend, and because of requests by some...I remade the slide show into a movie so I could put it on my blog. Show More Summary

How do bone-eating worms eat bones?

The deep-sea Osedax bone-devouring worms could easily have been the poster child for Deep-Sea News instead of the Giant Squid.    I love them because Osedax these little soft sacks resemble snotty little flowers.  Perhaps that’s why the first named species got the Latin name of Osedax mucofloris, literally bone devouring mucus flower. The females are all […]

seafoodwatch: Seafood Watch’s Big Moments of 2016 Being a bunch of scientists, we here at Seafood...

seafoodwatch: Seafood Watch’s Big Moments of 2016 Being a bunch of scientists, we here at Seafood Watch usually channel our inner Vulcan and keep emotion out of it. We’re pretty proud, though, about a few things that happened this year. Show More Summary

Big wave story is big

I imagine somewhere there is a cold-war era control room in a deep bunker where an alarm bell starts ringing every time a giant ocean wave is detected. When the  World Meteorological Association announced there was a new record holder for the World’s biggest wave recorded by a buoy, I immediately scrambled for more info! A lone buoy deployed by […]

A Decade of Deep Sea Decadence

Today is legendary! Why, you ask? Well, we are celebrating TEN YEARS of DSN posts. That’s right – if you go wayyyyyyyyy back in the archives you will note that the proto-Deep Sea News empire began with a little post by Dr. M on December 13, 2006. What were we all doing in 2006? Well […]

npr: kqedscience: Jellyfish have survived five mass...

npr: kqedscience: Jellyfish have survived five mass extinctions and manage to live in every ocean. They are the ultimate survivors.  Watch the latest Deep Look video, brought to you by kqedscience and pbsdigitalstudios. Take a break from election and watch this video about jellies. -Emily Brainless, spineless, heartless and outlived the dinosaurs.

montereybayaquarium: Try as she might, MacKenzie Bubel just...

montereybayaquarium: Try as she might, MacKenzie Bubel just couldn’t satisfy the baby comb jellies. The aquarist was attempting to spawn a species called Mnemiopsis leidyi—a ghostly-looking little creature native to the Gulf of Mexico—in the Aquarium’s Jelly Lab. Show More Summary

skunkbear: skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal...

skunkbear: skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video. An update to the chart - this fish (a Greenland shark): Reaches sexual maturity at 150 years - and lives to be at least 272 years old. That’s older...Show More Summary

Have you been watching Okeanos explorer? If not, this week is your chance!

I’m kind of obsessed with Okeanos Explorer. Why? Because being able to watch a live feed of an ROV exploring the deep ocean on the TV in my living room is pretty amazing. THE FUTURE IS NOW PEOPLE. Okeanos Explorer is a NOAA boat whose sole business is ocean exploration. It uses two ROVs equipped with mega […]

Try as she might, MacKenzie Bubel just couldn’t satisfy the baby...

Try as she might, MacKenzie Bubel just couldn’t satisfy the baby comb jellies. The aquarist was attempting to spawn a species called Mnemiopsis leidyi—a ghostly-looking little creature native to the Gulf of Mexico—in the Aquarium’s Jelly Lab. Show More Summary

An open letter from DSN to our fellow scientists

The recent string of violent tragedies, both in the USA and abroad, have wrenched our hearts and left our minds baffled. Minnesota, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Orlando. This list continues. Some may view these tragedies as separated from science. We disagree, science does not happen in a vacuum. Science happens in the daily interactions of curious […]

skunkbear: Since the frigatebird spends most of its life at sea...

Photo Credit: benketaro/Flickr Photo Credit: Harvey Barrison/Flickr Photo Credit: Lucy Rickards/Flickr Photo Credit: David Surtees Photo Credit: Hans Scholte/Flickr skunkbear: Since the frigatebird spends most of its life at sea its habits aren’t well-known. Show More Summary

The Ocean Cleanup deployed a prototype and I honestly have A LOT of questions

Judging from the number of emails Miriam and I received from reporters today, the general public wants to hear what we have to say about the project a lot more than the Ocean Cleanup does. But with the new media blitz that is going on, I admit I checked out the prototype that the Ocean […]

amnhnyc: It’s our favorite time of year—Cephalopod Week!—the...

amnhnyc: It’s our favorite time of year—Cephalopod Week!—the annual celebration of all things tentacled. We’re teaming up with @sciencefriday to talk about cephalopods, and celebrate these amazing, adaptive, and sometimes creepy creatures. Today’s Fossil Friday is a look at the diversity of some extinct cephalopods, ammonites. Show More Summary

seafolklore: Flamboyant Cuttlefish by  Beyond The Water...

seafolklore: Flamboyant Cuttlefish by  Beyond The Water Surface Some reasons to appreciate the flamboyant cuttlefish: - It can walk along the seafloor on arms and fins—a rarer mode of transit for this otherwise adept swimmer. - It varies...Show More Summary

3-31-16 A West Side Day With Orcas

Thursday, March 31st...if you want whales on the west side in the morning, make a dentist appt....works every time!...I located the whales when they had already gone down island and were off South Beach......the same two family groups...Show More Summary

3-26-16 T137s in San Juan Channel

Saturday, March 26th...no whales had been reported in the morning...late morning some whales were seen coming out of Puget Sound...Ivan of the Western Prince heads down that way and comes upon some other whales !...it was the T137s and...Show More Summary

Video! The sea slug that looks and swims like a fish

Out there in the open ocean is a nudibranch sea slug that looks like a fish, and for the last five months I’ve been obsessed with it. I wrote an article about this fishy slug, called Phylliroe, back in November (link to original article here, which is also posted below). But despite all my best efforts […]

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