Deep-Sea Tattoo

Rhonda sees our anglerfish and raises us a viperfish.  Looks like I will need to bust out on the giant isopod tat soon just to stay in the game. -CRM

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Dr. M (1623 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





12 comments on “Deep-Sea Tattoo
  1. To be fair, this one looks like an airbrush job, just as the red squid in the prior collection looked like a temporary tattoo.

  2. All these tattoos make me think of pirates. One thing the Somali pirates have taught me is that there may be way more dumping of toxic waste at sea than I had allowed myself to believe prior to beefed up news coverage. I am by no means defending their actions, rather I believe there needs to be more monitoring of vessel activities especially on the high seas.

  3. The vampire squid was a real tattoo. I am equally suspicious of the viper eel tattoo though. It may just be a fresh tat with the bacitracin still on it to keep it moist, but that is VERY detailed for a tat. I’d like to know who the artist is (so i can be sure to go there!), how big it is and how long it took!

  4. Way cool Rhonda! I hope you update us as you make progress on your sleeve. Too bad he is in CA. I hear there is a good artist in Durham, NC 3 hours from where I live. I need someone to a wicked vent shrimp tat for me. Its a new species I described. I’m thinking of having it crawling up calf. Not married to the bodily location though.

  5. Peter, I know. It was supposed to come out in the most recent PBSW, but it got held back at the last minute because the resolution of some of my drawings was too low for the printers :(

    So it will have to wait till the next issue. btw I’m typing this “nomen nudum” right now :o

    Rhonda, you are my newest hero and best friend. Can I like hang out with you some time?

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