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Archived Since:July 23, 2010

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Six surprising reasons to be thankful for the sea

The oceans provides us with most of the oxygen we breath, much of the food we eat, and even all the water we drink, which has passed countless times through the seas. There’s no shortage of reasons to be grateful for our blue planet, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to appreciate some of the […]

These are a few of my favourite species: sarcastic fringehead

Most submissions to the “These are a few of my favourite species” series are interesting, to be sure.  Cute, even.  You got your fuzzy faced seals and your pretty nudibranchs and such.  They’re…nice.  But the rest of the DSNers can take a hike cos mine’s a bona fide winner.  While your nudibranch is gradually oozing […]

How the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV and won a national competition

I cannot wait to see Underwater Dreams narrated by Michael Peña, and written and directed by Mary Mazzio.  The story is how sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built a ROV to compete in a national competition. Despite being poor kids with no resources, and starting off with no knowledge of how to build an ROV, they won beating […]

Putting snails in the microwave…for science!

Yahoo answers tells me I shouldn’t put snails in the microwave, but this paper tells me otherwise: Galindo LA, Puillandre N, Strong EE, Bouchet P (2014) Using microwaves to prepare gastropods for DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources, 14(4): 700-705. This paper is so simple, yet so epic in so many ways: We have experimented with […]

These Are Few of My Favorite Species: Humphead Parrotfish

As the as the largest species of parrotfish, a single individual of Bolbometopon muricatum can ingest over 5 tons of reef per year. That freaky looking bump is also for head butting rival males.  What’s not love. And now with the help of the Digital Underground. All right! Stop whatcha doin’ ’cause I’m about to […]

The Antarctic is a rough neighbourhood

There’s a fascinating article getting some press this week, all about a growing incidence of an extraordinary bit of animal behaviour in the islands just above the Antarctic circle.  In an article in the journal Polar Biology, reported on nicely by the BBC (with more disturbing pictures and video), scientists from the Mammal Research Institute in […]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Cryptozoology

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, despite what cryptozoologists may be telling you. The internet is a double-edged sword of enlightenment and ignorance. It has the capacity to educate millions in ways never before possible, making science accessible, understandable, and relevant. At the same time it infects the public with idiocy, lies, pseudoscience, […]

Shark Feeding, Managed Risk, and the Tredwellian Paradigm

Ocean conservation work takes me to many an unusual locale, but none stranger than tomorrow’s destination: Las Vegas.  I’m headed there to attend the annual Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, or DEMA Show for short.  The DEMA Show is the world’s largest international trade show for the scuba diving and water sports industry.  The exhibition […]

TGIF – Zoiks! Lionfish!

This extraordinary bit of footage shows quite the highest density of invasive lionfish I’ve ever seen.  I was talking to Luiz Rocha during the week and he tells me the footage was shot near Pensacola FL.  We agreed that neither of us had ever seen abundances like this in the natural range of lionfish.  We’re […]

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Species: Gasflame Nudibranch

About 350 million years ago during the Carboniferous, a group of snails took a new evolutionary route, one that eventually resulted in a complete loss of the most defining characteristic of a snail—the shell. These shelless snails eventually acquire another set of traits and now the most colorful displays on the planet occur in this […]

Fukushima radiation detected 100 miles from California Coast. Still not harmful.

The latest results from the Fukushima radiation citizen science project Our Radioactive Ocean have just been released. NO Cesium-134 has been detected on West Coast shores, but it has been detected nearly 100 miles off the coast of Eureka, CA. While this may seem worrying to some, it should not be. The amount of Cesium measured in the water […]

That Is Master Alex To You

It is with great joy that I announce that DSN’s Alex Warneke has successfully defended her Master’s thesis at San Diego State University on the effects of copper pollution on seaweed inducible defenses.  Give her love in the comments below

These Are A Few of My Favorite Specie: Carrier Shells

The carrier shells of the family Xenophoridae are the most remarkable bunch of snails.  Both their common name and their Latin name give away their uniqueness.  Xenophoridae in Latin actually translates to foreign carrying.  A carrier shell will cement stones, other shells, sponges, and other debris to its shell.  The individual pieces of foreign matter […]

This is now my favorite boat ever.

I do not know how I lived so long without knowing about The Martini 1.5 Experimental Boat. I MEAN WE SHARE THE SAME NAME. This full-suspension boat can tackle big waves, remain level and I am pretty sure just about eliminate seasickness completely (chronic seabarfs….I haz it). And the concept behind the name…ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. Not long […]

We don’t know the ocean

This is not the ocean: This is not the ocean: Indeed, even THIS is not the ocean: Before you start thinking that the folks at DSN are losing their marbles, bear with me!  The truth is that none of these three all-too-familiar and quintessentially marine images reflects the actual reality of what most of the […]

The rainbow-covered animal with a dark side

Watching animals eat is like my biology crack. I don’t need it, I don’t have to do it, I don’t even always like it, but there’s just something about critters noshing on one another that renders me wonderstruck. And nothing does it for me like the comb jelly Beroe: So let’s start with the obvious […]

What do baseball and fishes have in common?

Here’s the third in our series of guest posts from California Academy of Sciences ichthyologist Dr. Luiz Rocha I am not going to lie to you, before moving to San Francisco I barely knew the rules of baseball. But during the mere three years that I have lived here, our local team (the Giants in […]

These are a few of my favorite species: The Torpedo Ray

“Shields up! Phasers set to kill! Engage!” If the Pacific Torpedo Ray (Torpedo californica) had an inner dialogue whilst stalking delicious fishy snacks, I could imagine it would be something along these lines. In his literary masterpiece, Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast,  Milton Love so rightly describes them as […]

How much weight is the “Ocean Atlas” really carrying on its shoulders?

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has teamed up with B.R.E.E.F. to create “Ocean Atlas”, the worlds largest underwater sculpture. Underwater reef, diverter of tourists from natural reefs and a new hub for underwater selfies, “Ocean Atlas” is a sculpture of a woman supposedly holding the weight of the ocean on her shoulders. Show More Summary

These are a few of my favorite species: almost zombie like brachiopods

The lowly brachiopod.  They make my list because they represent the antithesis of a charismatic organism. Today the attention they get is mostly by mistake. Brachiopods are often confused for mollusks because of their superficial resemblance to clams. But if it wasn’t for that pesky Permian mass extinction, they might be kicking clam butt all over the place. 99% […]

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