Seeking the Science of the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

seaplex-track-nsI hope you are following along on the SEAPLEX blog.  A great post about the kinds of gear used in open-water oceanography.  But better than the gear itself is a Vampire Squid caught in that gear!

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Dr. M (1628 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.





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3 comments on “Seeking the Science of the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch
  1. I didn’t think it was possible for squid to give the stink-eye. I stand corrected, awesomely so!

  2. This might be an unrelated question, but something that is tied to garbage. I read on http://www.goodnews.org that “Catamar” off the coast of France is being used to clean up the ocean floor. What are the repercusions to sea life using something like this? Wouldn’t everything be disturbed and/or sucked up? I am really curious. Thanks

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