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Filed Under:Biology / Marine Biology
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Archived Since:July 23, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Shark vs. CTD. Shark 1, CTD 0.

There is a common saying amongst oceanographers, “if you put something in the water, there is no guarantee you will get it back.” I’ve been in that situation before and it sucks. Unlike these guys, I’ve never had to actively fight the ocean to get an instrument back. What appears to be just ordinary shark fishing is actually an […]

These are a Few of My Favorite Species: Pistol Shrimp

My dream day includes Clint Eastwood and I drinking bourbon, smoking cigars, and watching The Outlaw Josey Wales. At one of the most memorable moments in the film, Clint as Josey Wales states “Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?” Shortly after projectile shenanigans ensue. Like Josey, Pistol Shrimp (Family Alpheidae), are entering guns […]

These are a few of my favorite species: Pig Butt Worm

This species bring a whole new meaning to butt face. It’s Latin name even means butt face.  I jest… it actually means resembling a pig’s rump. Chaetopterus pugaporcinus is a polychaete and like other worms it has segments.  Some of the segments are just a little bit inflated, i.e. this worm is all about the […]

These are a few of my favorite species: Painted Frogfish

Leaving alone on the seafloor is the lonely painted frogfish, Antennarius pictus. Males and females only come together for the dirty deed but quickly become intolerant of each other.  If the female stays too close, the male will eat the female…which in the whole evolutionary passing the genes to the next generation scenario seems like an idiotic move. […]

The strange world of the bright blue Velella

Over the past few months, odd floating jellies have been washing up on Pacific US beaches by the thousands. With clear plastic-like sails, and bright blue flesh, these harmless jellies have stumped many a beachcomber. Now, Steve Haddock...Show More Summary

Male, female, or both? When it comes to sex, fishes do it all!

This is a guest blog from Luiz Rocha, curator of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences.  Luiz gets to do some amazing work documenting fish biodiversity around the world.  The Academy’s Philippine biodiversity expeditions have become an extraordinary collaborative enterprise that marries the best of biodiversity research and technical diving in the heart of […]

Whales Can Only Taste Salty

Five basic types of taste exist: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. Most people are familiar with all of these except the last, umami, which is best described as a pleasant savory taste. These tastes occur because of receptors that occur on cells in the mouth. Genes dictate the presence and number of these cells […]

The mysterious case of the missing manta bits

This spectacular picture has been doing the rounds of my Facebook network lately, of a Mr Bell at AMNH working on a manta ray specimen in 1917:   Woah, right?  Helluva fish.  Well, hold your horses there, Tex.  It’s actually a model.  I was a bit suspicious that the specimen was just so…perfect…so I dug around […]

Brutal Battle Between Great White Sharks? Not really, no.

The following post is Luiz Rocha, Associate Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences. His major research interests include evolution, conservation, taxonomy, and community ecology of coral reef fishes.The...Show More Summary

Are swimming zooplankton driving ocean currents? Sort of.

Biomixing, where the ocean is mixed by swimming animals, has long been a hot topic in oceanography. Some people think all that biological flapping and stroking could be a major source of oceanic turbulence. Others, not so much. But a new laboratory study by M. Wilhelmus and J. Dabiri from Caltech is certainly going to ignite scientists love […]

A story about fish, plastic debris and sex

This is a guest post by Chelsea Rochman. Chelsea is a post-doc at the University of California Davis. This is her fourth guest post at DSN, and the first one to come with this.  WARNING: Some content may not be acceptable for a younger audience. (Note from Miriam: It’s ok, Chelsea, nothing in this post is at all out of […]

Symphonies of the Sea

I am inspired by the sea. Inspired to understand the way it moves, meanders, ebbs, flows, heaves, and crashes. Others are inspired by the sea to create. Inspired to dance, draw, perform, paint, and compose. It is this last genre that I want to highlight with a selection of ocean-inspired symphonies. I like to think of them as bringing all the ocean to […]

Diagnosing Death with Diatoms

“I know you drowned him in the ocean, these bones don’t lie…” Ever heard of forensic limnology? Neither had I, until I had a random conversation during a coffee break. The police find a body in the water. How did it get there? How did this person actually die? Was this a tragic accident, or […]

ZOMG Whale shark attack!!!! Or not…

So this little gem came across my Google alerts today. The cognitive dissonance between what happens (biologically) in that video, what the two intrepid heroes do, and what’s reported, fills me with dismay for society.  If that seems hyperbolic, bear with me.  Let’s break it down: What the story says Benchley-esque narrative: blah blah “terrifying […]

Go forth and plunder some trash for International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday

Worried about plastic in the ocean? Then get off your rumpus this weekend and do something about it! It’s International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 20. You and a trash bag and a bunch of your friends can spend a day at the beach making it trash free. Because believe you me, right now that beach […]

New Obligations and Continuing Challenges in Shark Conservation

As the sun rose this morning here in Trinidad and Tobago where I’m conducting field work, I was certain about two facts.  First: Trinidadians and Tobagonians awoke to their morning ritual of doubles and a new reality with regard to their nation’s obligations on the international trade of five species of endangered shark species (Great, […]

To El Niño or not to El Niño, that is the question

At the beginning of the summer, climate forecasters were forecasting that 2014 would be the year of another El Niño. And it was ominous, because El Niño will do things to the weather. THINGS I TELL YOU. Here is Chris Farley perfectly capturing how the media wants you to feel about El Niño. Since then, the probability that an El Niño […]

The Tale of a New Phylum That Really Wasn’t

In 1986, a group of scientists from Australia and New Zealand described, in the one of the highest profile scientific journals, the existence of a new class of organisms. During examination of echinoderms from sunken wood collected from depths between 1,057 and 1,208 m off the New Zealand coast, we discovered nine specimens of a […]

The Plankton Pundit

One of the many reasons that I find plankton to be so delightful is the sheer joy of seeing something so beautiful and alien pop out of an ordinary seawater sample. I mean, I _know_ the sea is filled with plankton but I’m still excited every time! That’s why I’ve been such a fan of Dr. Richard Kirby’s plankton photography […]

Summer of the Goatfish

  I take on a senseless internet meme and make it even more so – for science. With the northern hemisphere days getting shorter, and the air getting crisper as autumn approaches, we reflect back on the summer soon passing. You may not have known, but this was the “Summer of the Goat” as christened […]

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