My marine debris buddy Nick Mallos of Ocean Conservancy pointed me to this beautiful animated model by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner of the University of Hawaii. This animation shows how wind affects the rate at which debris from the Japanese tsunami moves across the Pacific. It is a mathematical model that incorporates a great . . . → Read More: How wind-blown Japanese tsunami debris may move across the Pacific
Behold! The biggest poop on earth! Well, we don’t actually know if it’s the actual biggest poop, but it is a poop that came out of the biggest animal ever to exist on Earth. The majestic poop of the mighty blue whale! Photo by Eddie Kisfaludy. This photo was taken from a small plane off . . . → Read More: TGIF: The Biggest Poop On Earth (possibly)
If you were at the beach in San Diego this weekend, especially off La Jolla Shores, you might have seen streaks of green sea foam. Here’s a stunning photo of the foam off Scripps pier, taken by Eddie Kisfaludy from a small plane 1,500 feet above the ocean. Streaks of green foam (Tetraselmis spp.) off . . . → Read More: What is the green sea foam off La Jolla Shores (San Diego)?
From gCaptain: Tourists get the full experience of the power of a calving glacier while on a boat trip off Ilulissat, Greenland. Fortunately, and somewhat amazingly, nobody was hurt. Scary part starts at 0:50.
Giant isopods and vampire squid are sooooo last year. I bet you’re even sleeping through the night now without imagining sixgill sharks tearing at your carcass. Fear not! Or should I say – FEAR MORE. I am here with an entirely new species to fuel your fevered nightmares. Meet the giant Antarctic scaleworm Eulagisca. Last . . . → Read More: New nightmare fuel: the giant scaleworm Eulagisca
As I mentioned in our Firefly post, I’ll be covering San Diego Comic Con for Deep Sea News. I’ll actually be attending the convention tomorrow, but here’s a little preview of some cephalopodic comic goodness, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics. Over on my Google+, Danna Staaf has the best reaction: “Maybe it’s a the plaintive . . . → Read More: Apparently hell is populated by squid.
There are scientists floating in the middle of the North Atlantic who are holding the dinosaur extinction in their hands. Really. Here it is: This may look like an alien landscape, but it’s actually a section of deep sea mud from the drilling ship Joides Resolution. When the lighter-toned sediment on the left was deposited, . . . → Read More: Drilling for dinosaur death: the Joides Resolution finds extinction in deep sea mud
I swear, I don’t want to be a nay-saying science crankypants. I want to dream big and have my own submarine and frolic on the Deep Sea News private island hideout. I don’t want to be the lab-coated finger-shaking wench that crushes new ideas before they are even born. But sometimes a girl just . . . → Read More: SeaOrbiter: amazing breakthrough or cool-looking boondoggle?
It’s no secret that we here at Deep Sea News are huge nerds. I can hear the outraged cries through my computer screen – “No, not the Deeplings!” – but guys, IT’S TRUE. What you probably don’t know is that Dr. M and I are HUGE Firefly fans. (For those of you who don’t know, . . . → Read More: Shiny! Top 10 reasons why seafarers love Joss Whedon’s Firefly