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The Tension of Intention: A Surfer, A Shark, A Fox, And A Grizzly

Guest post by DSN Alumni Rick Macpherson When my pal Dr McClain yanked me out of retirement and asked me to pen a quick post on all the hubbub around the televised and much discussed close encounter between world-champion surfer Mick Fanning and a presumed great white shark at the start of the J-Bay Open […]

The Science of Sea Bunnies: You’ll Never Believe The Top Ten List We Created To Get You To Visit Our Website.

Recently a friend brought to my attention that the Internet was losing its collective mind over “sea bunnies”. Googling, “sea bunny” I found articles at International Business Times, Metro, RT, Apex Tribune, Weather Channel (wait what?), The Dodo, HuffPo, Geek, Women’s Day (umm), and The Telegraph. Well gosh darn it! How to I jump on up on this […]

This squid won’t stop staring at you

Stop it. Stop staring at me Taonius sp. All the other squids that MBARI featured during Cephalopod week are either cute, athletic, or named after breakfast foods. But you, you just can’t stop staring can you? I know you are just floating there below 300 m with your arms up in the air water like you […]

Digital Seashells and David Raup

My love of snail shells did not begin at a young age. This is not a story of a 6-year old boy discovering his first shell on an idyllic sandy beach. The year was 1998. I was 23 and in the first semester of graduate school. I was not sitting in the sand with the […]

The Deep-Sea Coral That Is Older and More Awesome Than David Caruso

From the deep flanks of the atolls and islands of the tropical Pacific, live corals as old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza. At 4,000 years old, the Leiopathes sp. black corals beat the quahog clams, which live to be 400, and the tortoise Jonathon, who’s 176. Of course, these deep-sea black corals are colonial creatures, a little […]

It’s time to geek out over a new global bathymetric data set

Nothing makes my little heart go pitter-patter like a new data set. And the new General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) does not disappoint. Let’s go geek out over some data, shall we? What exactly is GEBCO? It’s a giant, high-resolution map of the ocean seafloor (with some topography thrown in to make land feel better […]

The real Alien vs. Predator is occurring right now in Antarctic waters

In the freezing and dark waters of the Antarctic, two marine species are pitted against each other in a battle of survival. Each of the players in the evolutionary game is trying to avoid a permanent residency in the other’s stomach. One of the competitors, you may not be surprised by. The behemoth colossal squid […]

One Stop Squishy Shop

Flashback to my freshman year of college. Even better, the first day I ever set foot in a marine lab. I had no idea what to expect, no idea where to go…I just knew I was suppose to meet a graduate student named Linsey and she was going to tell me everything I needed to know […]

Happy Birthday Mr. Trashwheel! Thanks for cleaning plastic before it gets to the ocean.

This is Mr. Trashwheel. He’s been quietly removing trash from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for over a year now. And everyone, he wants to know why you’ve forgotten that he’s cleaning plastic from the ocean RIGHT NOW (although others like to claim they are the first)…..ON HIS BIRTHDAY NO LESS?!! Mr. Trashwheel has been dutifully scooping […]

Six reasons the blanket octopus is my new favorite cephalopod

When I first saw a picture of the blanket octopus I did a double take. I’d never heard of a blanket octopus before, which is surprising given the internet’s obsession with both large cephalopods and bizarre animals. A two meter long octopus dressed like a fashion icon certainly falls under both categories. But the truth is, blanket octopuses are incredibly elusive. Very […]

All Walrus. All the time.

It’s Friday and who doesn’t need a little more Walrus in their lives? I certainly do. Streaming live 24-7 from Round Island, Alaska (in the aptly named Walrus Islands) is the Walrus Cam. You can watch the walrus in the waves. Walrus laying on the beach. The ungainliness as the they attempt to transfer between these two states. […]

Release the Glaucus!

Aliens? Squishies? Deformed Plastic? Jellyfish? Many descriptors have accompanied the emails, texts, and Facebook messages that have recently flooded my cellular device, all describing one unique ocean beastie… Exhibit A.   With Spring...Show More Summary

Malacology Monthly: Cephalopod Compendium

Even if you don’t care much for marine invertebrates, you gotta love Cephalopods.  Squid, octopus, nautilus, cuttlefish, they have the stylish panache and quirky evolutionary innovations that other spineless lumps don’t.  Their highShow More Summary

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 […]

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