If you’re going to the beach this summer, please watch this video on recognizing and avoiding rip currents. It’s a critical practical guide AND a great explanation of the physical oceanography of beaches and waves. This is especially important for my U.S. west coast peeps, since our strong waves lead to strong rip currents – . . . → Read More: Must-watch video on rip currents
AHHHH! Why are we eating this baby worm? Slurrrrp. Slurrrrp. Mmm…worm juice… (Photo: Terje Berge/International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal) Dear Deeplings, I am a dinoflagellate – a single-celled microscopic plankton of the fine lineage Karlodinium armiger. I’m a pretty peaceful dude-lady – I just chillax on the ocean’s surface, spinning my flagella and soaking . . . → Read More: Dear Deeplings: I thought I was a plant, but now I think I’m a killer!
It’s Monday, but I feel in need of a little video pick-me-up, and maybe so do you. Please enjoy this yery cute parody of Gotye’s “Someone That I Used to Know” from One World One Ocean. Via Michael Barton.
Pacific bluefin wants your soul. Photo via OpenCage/Wikimedia There’s nothing like a terrifying headline to point out how differently scientists and the public see the world. On Monday, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS) found that Pacific bluefin tuna had carried detectable radiation from . . . → Read More: Detectable but not hazardous: radioactive marine life of Fukushima
View from Scripps library, by daniel_clark I’m disappointed to report that the Scripps Institution of Oceanography library will shut down this summer. After I reported the library’s potential closure last year, many of you express shock and dismay at losing this amazing resource – but unfortunately California’s budget woes have triumphed. From Mike Lee’s article . . . → Read More: Scripps oceanographic library will shut down
Guys….I have an embarrassing confession. Sometimes I think marine mammals are really cute, and want to hug them. I KNOW, I can’t believe I’m actually admitting this on the internet – but it’s true. There’s a reason that this shocking confession is coming to light now, and his video is below. There’s a naming contest . . . → Read More: Name a baby fur seal at New England Aquarium
I am admittedly a huge invertebrate nerd. But there’s a lot more going on in the ocean than can be caught with a plankton net. For this week’s TGIF, check out super awesome Scripps alumna and MIT post-doc Melissa Garren on the glory and the mystery oceanic microbes.
You might have seen the headlines last week: Big rise in North Pacific plastic waste, Plastic in ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ increases 100-fold, Ocean Trash is a Lifesaver for Insects, and so forth. These were based on a paper that I wrote with two co-authors, which came out in Biology Letters last week. Because . . . → Read More: Pacific plastic, sea skaters, and the media: behind the scenes of my recent paper
Happy Sunday, everyone. Music by Parry Gripp, via Metafilter.
#SciFund is back and bigger than ever. During the month of May, 75 scientists are campaigning to raise awareness and funding for their research. There’s an entire page of cool and important aquatic biology projects – check them out, and donate to win fun prizes! . . . → Read More: The return of #Scifund 2: fund cool aquatic biology projects!