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Build your very own CTD. Then kiss it and love it and call it George.

OMG OMG OMG OMG, Andrew Thaler, Kersey Sturdivant and Russell Neches over at Oceanography for everyone have just published a Build Guide for the OpenCTD, the CTD you can build at home. In case you didn’t know, a CTD is the tool that enables us to calculate the temperature, salinity and density of seawater. They are […]

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 […]


Who knew that a battle between an articulate robotic sampling arm and a colonial organism related to soft corals rooted to the seafloor could be so suspenseful? I have no emotional connection to either of these opponents, but I FEEL the utter disappointment of the loser in this epic 50-sec confrontation. This battle has been brought to you […]

The Ethics of Respect for Nature

  Lately I have been saddened by a series of unfortunate events that have become all to common. These incidents center around one central theme- human interaction with wildlife. From bison making their way into cars at Yellowstone National Park, Gorilla’s being shot at the Cincinnati Zoo, and even in my own backyard, Sea Lion’s […]

TGIF: Elasmo-Lite-Brites

Basically, the ocean is a glowing rave of awesome…but you already knew that. Happy Friday!  


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 […]

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