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One thing I’ve learned from the Okeanos Explorer’s ROV trip to the Marianas Trench, is that deep sea jellyfish just like to let it all hang out. How else you going to feed effectively if you don’t wave your tentacles around like you just don’t care? But get too close to this unidentified jelly, and you risk triggering […]

Hard Celebrity Science: The Ocean Salinity Edition

The story of sea salt. It’s a story of geology, endurance, and erosion. Unfortunately, this story seems to be unknown to several persons of dubious copious fame. And they’ve taken it upon themselves to create a menagerie of strange, kickass and even gross theories on ocean salinity. Join me now on a strange and wondrous trip to debunk some bad celebrity […]

The origin of ripples and other fantastic fluid experiments by Hertha Marks Ayrton

To any one who, for the first time, sees a great stretch of sandy shore covered with innumerable ridges and furrows, as if combed with a giant comb, a dozen questions must immediately present themselves. How do these ripples form? Are they made and wiped out with every tide, or do they take a long […]

Some of the best internal waves for Earth Day

The earth is pretty awesome. And because it is Earth Day, I am going to celebrate one of my favorite Earth features: internal waves. I mean look at this awesome sequence of 3 internal waves groups you can see from space. These solitons are coming at you Palawan, breaking in UR seashores.   Solitons are a particular […]

#Slowmocean satisfying your need for sublime slow motion wave videos

I use a waterproof case on my iPhone because I live in Seattle and I constantly drop it. Ryan Pernofski has a waterproof case on his iPhone to take gorgeous slow-motion videos of waves. I think he wins in “Best use of a waterproof case” category. For more slo-mo awesomeness follow the #slowmocean hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Vine. H/T to Fuck Yeah Fluid […]

Video: What is this scary fish?

So last Wednesday I got a message from DSN reader Aaron England Looze asking if I could identify this fish:   Anyone who knows me knows I love weird animals, so of course I took the bait. And because I work at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, my preliminary investigation consisted of walking around the hallway with […]

Oceanography yarn-bombed!

I come from a family of insanely good knitters. For a time, my mom even knitted professionally for some fancy department store in Manhattan. Although the yarn gene seems to have skipped me, I do have an appreciation for some fancy knitting and purling. When I found out Schmidt Oceans invited knitter Michelle Schwengel-Regala onboard the R/V Falkor […]


It is no secret that I find many denizens of the deep icky. Crustaceans are among them. But this video of a swarm of crabs is both beguiling and horrifying. TEEMING MASSES OF CRABS WALKING AND SWIMMING ACROSS THE SEA FLOOR. Due to a wonderful confluence of ocean physics, seamounts are biological hotspots. Currents formed by upwelling […]

Some REALLY Damn Good Advice

A few eons ago or so, the renowned Ichthyologist Dr. Milton Love wrote a piece entitled “So You Want to Be a Marine Biologist?” in which he imparted some damn good advice to those looking to follow in his slighty fish encrusted footsteps. In honor of another Dr. M, I have compiled what I would […]

Dr. M: An Ocean Outreach Giant

  When it comes to ocean outreach, Dr. M is a giant: a rum-loving, goggle-wearing outreach giant, one with whom I had the pleasure of working on his most massive (though by far not his only) science-meets-outreach success. Dr. M was the lead author on a groundbreaking 2015 review paper called “Sizing Ocean Giants,” cataloging the largest […]

A graphical biographical tale of Dr. M

Craig likes snails, I like craig and I love bad photoshop. Which means it is completely fitting that I’ve cut, copied and pasted snails onto his head in this loving graphical tribute to Dr. M. Anyone who knows Craig knows is a die-hard ally. He’s a kind, thoughtful, encouraging and inspiring mentor. Mess with his […]

Five New Delicious (and Fittingly Strong) Cocktails in honor of Dr. M.

In celebration of success, to savor the beauty of life, or to soften the pitfalls of experiments gone awry, alcohol has always been an integral part of research. Alcohol consumption in the sciences is higher than many other professions, but of course, we are not elderly rummies barely hanging from the corner lamppost. We are cultured […]

The man behind the science: Top 10 Facts about Dr M

What better way to kick off a “Tribute to our Leader” theme week than with Dr M’s favorite type of post? That’s right, a listicle. Scientists aren’t always up in their research 24/7 – we have personalities too! Kickass personalities, in fact, that don’t always come across on the internet. For those of you DSN […]

Surprise Theme Week: Tribute to our Leader, Dr M

SURPRISE! Like ninjas, we’re announcing a SURPRISE theme week here at DSN. All this week – from today until next Wednesday – we’re paying tribute to our friend and leader Craig McClain (AKA Dr. M here at Deep-Sea News). Why? Because we felt it was time. And because we want to have some fun. And […]

A little science, a little soccer. All while adrift on the ice.

Think you are hardcore because you’ve been on a research cruise for a week? A month? Three months? Well you ain’t got nothing on these researchers. FIVE MONTHS people. Oh and I did I mention, they froze themselves into the ice too?! FOR SCIENCE. Anyway, here’s a little peek into what it is like to […]

Two California fishermen pretend they are maritime pirates and hold an oceanographic mooring for ransom

First, let’s give a shoutout to these two dudes who found a washed up mooring and, like adults, gave it back to MBARI. Now I give the eye of disdain to another two fisherman, who found a detached piece of an mooring and have decided to hold it for ransom. It’s not unusual that oceanographic moorings […]

Why They Should Name the Ship Boaty McBoatface

In 2019 the United Kingdom’s new state-of-the-art polar research vessel is slated to take to the seas. The Natural Environment Research Council, the UK’s leading public funder of environmental science who is funding this beautiful new ship, is allowing the public to name the new ship.  And unless you have been living under a rock […]

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 […]

Waves of Washington’s Windstorm

Check out @NWSSeattle image of windstorm! We’re monitoring the situation and will have highway updates here. — WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) March 13, 2016 We had a pretty spectacular windstorm here in Seattle yesterday, with winds up to 56 mph. Word to the wise, when attempting kite flying between downpours, go to a park not the sidewalk […]

Under Pressure: Will Deep-Sea Animals Explode or Implode on the Surface?

A comment on Reddit reminded me of a question that I have received many times. The question is always a good one because it stems from knowledge and deductive reasoning. The said question requires one to know that one of the most extreme environmental gradients is the increase of pressure with increasing depth, at the […]

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