Blog Profile / Deep-Sea News

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Archived Since:July 23, 2010

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Kelp, Spacecraft, and You

OK, folks, time for some more KEEEELP FROOOOM SPAAAAAACE!!! And an opportunity for you to do some science of your very own! As you know, I’m super into kelp. Just a wee bit. And one of my great passions is trying to understand how kelp around the planet has changed over time. With things like […]

How We Know Megalodon Doesn’t Still Exist?

Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon) is the largest shark, at a magnificent maximum of 18 meters (59 feet), to ever have dwelled in the oceans.  We know primarily about Megalodon’s existence through fossilized teeth.  Megalodon’s maximum size is inferred because we do not actually have a whole preserved Megalodon.  Using a mathematical relationship between body size and […]

New Research Reveals How to Easily Grow Jellyfish In Captivity

For more updates on my research, follow along at, or on twitter @RebeccaRHelm As a scientist, I love jellyfish, and I suffer for it. Up until a few years ago, I had no way of knowing exactly where or when the jellyfish I study would appear. So I traveled to Washington and France and Florida […]

The Writings on the Sea Wall: Jill Pelto Art

As science communicators, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to translate the ramblings of the ivory tower into a relatable and accessible public dialogue. In my experience, our strongest ally in this endeavor lies in the artists, musicians, and storytellers within our communities. “The Writing on the Sea-Wall” series seeks to highlight the […]

How David Cassidy Introduced A Hawaiian Shell To The World

David Cassidy, 70’s heartthrob and star of The Partridge Family, died today at age 67. In November of 1970, his hit song, “I Think I love You,” was everywhere on AM radio. It’s one of the first hit songs I recall from my childhood. As a seven-year-old boy in 1970, I remember David Cassidy for […]

Seaweed Sorting? There’s Now an App for That!

“What is that squishy brown stuff on the rock?” – said every tidepool enthusiast ever. Just in time for the low winter tides, the brilliant minds of the Martone Lab out of University of British Columbia have come to the rescue (just in case you needed one more reason to love Canadia). With over 100 different […]

Where Do the Most Narwhals Live?

  Where do you find the most Narwhals on the Earth. Why Narwhals? Well it could be any species. Anglerfish, carnivorous sponge, giraffe, or even a montane unicorn. BUT I WANT TO WRITE ABOUT THE NARWHAL! NOBODY CAN STOP ME! MWAHAHAHA So Narwhals. You probably already know that Narwhals inhabit the Arctic Ocean. But it’s […]

The greatest thing ever to happen to science communication

In 133 days from today, the greatest thing ever to happen to science communication will happen in coastal Louisiana. Welcome to OceanDotComm.  Intrigued? You should be. Imagine a conference.  No better yet, imagine a collaborative, storytelling, social media event. Show More Summary

Will Tweeting About Your Research Paper Get You More Citations? Meh.

Currently, one of the most pressing questions in science communication is what impact does participating in these kind of activities have on individual scientists.  These impacts are difficult to quantify as many are indirect, ephemeral,...Show More Summary

When real-life marine biologist and mom goes to sea, she takes the octonauts with her

My friend Roxanne Beinart studies deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems—work that sometimes takes her out to sea for weeks at a time. When on land, Roxanne and her young daughter love watching the octonauts together—a show about fluffy cartoon underwater explorers. So, to include her daughter in real life research, Roxanne brings the cartoon crew along on […]

Koi Division

Happy Friday, all! To celebrate an end to this week, I bring you something that’s been giving me great joy – a Fish Goth cover band, Koi Division! With lyrics like Cries of trout in your sleep That you lure there with krill There’s a taste in your mouth of shrimp cocktail swilled I know […]

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

This is a guest post by Dr. Danna Staaf, a science writer with a PhD in marine biology from Stanford University. Her first book, Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, chronicles the 500-million-year evolutionary journey of these fascinating animals. She also blogs at The Cephalopodiatrist. Giant squid are the sea’s best monsters, […]

The Writings on the Sea-Wall: Ocean Art by Bryan Helfand

As science communicators, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to translate the ramblings of the ivory tower into a relatable and accessible public dialogue. In my experience, our strongest ally in this endeavor lies in the artists, musicians, and storytellers within our communities. “The Writing on the Sea-Wall” series seeks to highlight the […]

Dragons, Sea Urchins, and Sea Otters? Oh my!

And when I say Dragons, I am talking about the Dragon Kelp (Eularia fistulosa), of course! This summer, I was lucky to catch a number of tweets by Genoa Sullaway (@genoa_sully), a student in Matt Edwards lab, on a research trip up in the Aleutian Islands. The images she posted were arresting – particularly for […]

A quick look at the data from inside Hurricane Irma

OMG Irma. It is going through the Caribbean and slamming everything in its path. I’ve been getting updates from friends in the Virgin Islands and it sounds like it was harrowing. Thankfully they made it through which is the most important part (even though their stuff may not have). Other islands have not been so […]

Support Sea Stories

I firmly believe that good science must always be accompanied with good storytelling. Now more than ever, we must connect those around us to the work we are doing both intellectually (in a way they understand) and emotionally. What better way to do this than in a children’s story book? One of my personal heroes […]


I’ve always been a big fan of science communication and the ability to tell compelling stories through alternate forms of media- especially video. Gloop, by videographer Gaby Bastyra, is one of my favorite examples of the ability to get a poignant message across in a visually stunning way. Gloop from gaby bastyra on Vimeo.

What actually happened in the sea during the solar eclipse!

Last week, we wrote a teaser on what would happen in the sea during the eclipse. But now the results are in and YES! CALAMITY ENSUED. Sort of. On August 21 2017, the moon passed in front of the sun, the sky darkened, the temperatures dropped, and the zooplankton thought it was night. This triggered […]

We don’t know jack about the deep sea

The title may be a bit harsh but without a doubt the deep sea remains one of the least explored environments on Earth.  The earliest interest and sampling in the deep sea occurred in the late 1800’s; however, a majority of deep-sea exploration did not occur until after the 1960’s.  And although the current amount […]

What happens in the sea during a solar eclipse?

On July 20th, 1963, three scientists sat on a research ship 200 miles south of Woods Hole, MA, waiting for something remarkable. They were nearly 4000m above the seafloor, and using sonar, they could ‘see’ a line of creatures resting in the deep. By this time, biologists were beginning to unravel the mystery of this […]

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