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The awkward state of penguin molting

This oddly plumaged penguin appeared in my Antarctic & Arctic Data Consortium 2015 calendar (yes, I have a data calendar) and I needed to know…why on earth does this penguin have a fauxhawk? And of course there is no better day to answer this question than on World Penguin Day! Before this, I used to think there […]

These are a few of my favorite species: Paulasterias mcclaini “McClain’s 6-armed fleshy star”

Today is a very exciting day. Indeed, today is one of the best days ever! The next step in my evil science plans for total world domination to unlocking science achievement level 10 is now complete. Thanks to Chris Mah (@echinoblog), one of the world’s leading experts on starfish, there is now a species named […]

Day 1,825

5 years ago today, an explosion in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico lead to one of the worst human-induced environmental disasters in history. Check out this stunningly, beautiful recap of where we are now and the questions still remaining. This video, featured by onEarth Magazine, was concocted by the one and only Perrin Ireland (@experrinment). Having seen […]

Ten Simple Rules for Effective Online Outreach

Exciting news for the DSN team! What we do here on this site — our mission and core values — have now been immortalized in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Yeah, baby! It’s been a long time in the making, but we’re so happy to announce the publication of “Ten Simple Rules for Effective Online Outreach”, a new […]

Which way does an octopus crawl? Anyway it wants.

Let’s face it, octopuses are just going to be our cephalopod overlords. They have 8 arms, 3 hearts, Moms eat their own babies so the others can survive and they put Houdini to shame with their escape artistry. And now let’s just add to the list that they are way better at crawling than we will ever […]

Video: Rare sperm whale encounter with deep-sea ROV

“if you’re watching on channel one the super sampler is…THE HECK IS THAT?!” And that is the start of an absolutely breathtaking real life close encounter in the deep sea. This video could easily fit in a blockbuster movie, but was actually filmed on April 14th, 2015, by the ROV Hercules, which also happened to be broadcasting LIVE at the […]

We are Going to Need a Bigger Helicopter

Working at a National Park results in a fair share of interesting encounters. Take for instance, yesterday when my boss emails me and says, “The Coast Guard is helping us move a humpback whale skull out of the intertidal, are you interested in watching?” Obviously, he knows me well and that my ocean nerdom would be piqued […]

Celebrity Wax Sculptures for Snails

Snails taste good. Well snails taste good to crabs. In fact almost every facet of certain snail’s lives is completely dictated by crabs. Crabs regulate populations of snails. Even the most characteristic part of snail, its shell, represents an evolutionary arms race between prey and predator. Yet, we do not know how many crabs and […]

Is Anybody Here a Marine Biologist?

Just a little something to get your Monday started off right.

Given the choice, corals would prefer oil to dispersant

Just near 6 million liters of oil spilled out of Macondo well in 2010, about 6 supertankers worth of oil. The ramifications of the oil spill are still being documented and far reaching but included aberrant protein expression in fish gills, altered bacterial communities, and a whole suite nastiness in dolphins. At three different sites […]

Malacology Monthly: Pilot Episode

Like seashells but are sick of social media?  Hate Facebook but need a hearty dose of marine invertebrates?  Want a bigger malacological meal rather than tiny tidbits of mollusk-based science? Do not worry, you can get all of the “Malacology Monday” posts from the Deep Sea News Facebook page right here on the official DSN […]

Super Colossal

Twelve years ago this month, a super squid was captured. On April 1, 2003, a massive squid was pulled up from the sub-antarctic waters south of New Zealand, and while a bit mangled by the fishing lines that captured it and suffering from additional damage from packing and travel, it still measured 5.2 meters (nearly 18 […]

The obnoxiously loud sounds of glaciers melting

No matter where you go in the ocean, there will always be noise. Rain, waves, wind, ice, whales, boats, kraken screams, etc. All these processes have specific noises associated with them, creating an ever present background rumbling in the ocean. But it’s the constant snap, crackle and pop of melting glaciers that turns fjords from […]

Roger Norman Bamber (1949-2015)

I asked Tammy Horton, a noted expert on crustaceans, to write this post about the life of her colleague and friend Roger. Roger will be greatly missed in the community both for his scientific contributions and his companionship. Roger Norman Bamber (1949-2015) I am proud to have been given the task of writing this farewell […]

It’s Time to Overhaul the Funding of Ocean Science

The National Research Council (NRC) released the first-ever Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences(DSOS) report on 23 January 2015 as commissioned by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE).  The 147 page report...Show More Summary

The Plankton Chronicles

WARNING: Scrolling down might result in relinquishing a good portion of your Monday watching videos of squishy, wonderful plankton. If this is the kind of procrastination you are looking for, then by all means, enjoy. However, Deep Sea News, our partners, and affiliates are not responsible for your lack of productivity in watching said videos, only […]

The Id of the Squid

Does the squid consider with only revulsion The prospect of sex under jet propulsion? Or does he think it all slightly spectacular, This flying embrace so tightly tentacular? Or perhaps he is shy, so he cleverly thinks, “Any loving we do will be hid by our inks.” But when they embrace, whether flying or hid, […]

So what do you call a group of cuttlefish?

Octopuses are generally loners. Squids often form schools. But cuttlefish (or seacuttles if you will)…they outright just don’t get along with one another. In the video below two Giant Australian Cuttlefish males that are bit cranky fight over a female. They are both flashing the characteristic Zebra “Don’t FK With Me” pattern.  Make sure you […]

The EDC of the SEA

Grab your glow sticks. Throw on all the neon swag you can possibly find. Turn up the Calvin Harris and DROP. THAT. BASS. We are going Reef Raving. Reef Raving, more formally know as Fluorescence Diving, is a relative newer, underground form of sea exploration. Utilizing the power of blue light flashlights (the only light available […]

I prefer my seafood without sperm, thank you

With the first taste of palolo I understood the Samoans’ love for it. Certainly it suggested a salty caviar, but with something added, a strong, rich whiff of the mystery and fecundity of the ocean depths. —R. Steinberg. Pacific and Southeast Asian cooking. Time-Life Books, New York, 1970 (opening quote from from Schulze 2006) This […]

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