Image from Otago Daily Times Have you heard about Moko the dolphin? Moko is a three-year-old bottlenose dolphin from New Zealand that gained fame in March last year, when he rescued two pygmy sperm whales. Moko guided them though a narrow channel to safety. Now, Moko is a local resident at Mahia Beach in . . . → Read More: Bad Moko. Bad dolphin. Go home now.
The Eye-in-the-Sea camera will be freshly baited with a frozen sea lion carcass in a camera deployment set for August 14th, in the deep Monterey Canyon. Mark your calendars and tune in to the Ocean Research Conservation Organization (ORCA) website for updates on the event. The ever fascinating Dr. Edie Widder, the ORCA President, . . . → Read More: Eye in the Sea camera to feature CarcassVision
I successfully defended my dissertation thesis today at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. The presentation went well, 45 minutes exactly. Following that, I was grilled for 2.5 hours on subjects ranging from species distributions to taxonomy, and from fisheries regulation to gelological history. At the end, Committee Members Drs. Ian MacDonald, Stephen Cairns, Wes Tunnell, . . . → Read More: Please, call me Doctor
People accept the idea of echinoderm predation on shallow reef building corals. The voracious Crown of Thorns seastar Acanthaster planci is a familiar coral antagonist on the Great Barrier Reef, part of a natural process that may or may not be amplified by anthropogenic disturbance. Asteroid predation on deep-sea corals is more difficult to . . . → Read More: Friday Picture: Have your coral and eat it, too?
Today is political action day. Your voice is only a click away. Sheril Kirshenbam and others are hosting a Letter on Ocean Acidification from ocean champions Randy Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers of West Marine and Oceana asking people contact their local representatives in Congress and their local newspapers–asking them to pay more attention to ocean . . . → Read More: Political action is one click away
From the MPA News: In June, Mexico designated its first deep sea marine protected area around two hydrothermal vent systems in the Gulf of California and the Eastern Pacific Rise. The newly designated Guaymas Basin and Eastern Pacific Rise Hydrothermal Vents Sanctuary covers 1456 km2 of benthic habitat, as well as the portion of the . . . → Read More: New MPAs in Mexico protect vents, whale sharks
Artists Steinbrener and Dempf have taken over a Vienna Zoo, bringing an innovative, but nonetheless depressing, observation to the fore on the tenuous relationship between mankind and wildlife, urban culture and nature. Oddly enough, the idea of someting new in decorative public aquaria could catch on. There’s definitely room for some pizzazz here at the . . . → Read More: Artists Take Over Vienna Zoo
This went public today over the TAMU-CC listserves, the first attempt to tie all my deep-sea coral research from the last three years together into four tidy little paragraphs. DISSERTATION SEMINAR NOTICE COASTAL AND MARINE SYSTEM SCIENCE PROGRAM DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI SUBJECT: Distribution and Diversity of Octocorals in . . . → Read More: Announcing La Defense
Registration for the 12th Deep-Sea Biology Conference in Reykjavic, Iceland doesn’t start until January 2010, but the bags are already packed. The 12th Deep-sea Biology Symposium website offers more than a few old Norse travel destinations. Here’s some choice picks: Jökulsárlón, Southeast Iceland, is actually a beautiful lagoon with numerous icebergs. You can see, maybe . . . → Read More: Travel picks for 12th Deep-Sea Biology Conference
When the Graduate Student Handbook says PhD candidates will be submitting a book-length manuscript, they’re not kidding. Thursday I turned over my draft dissertation – 185 pages of deep thoughts about octocorals in the Gulf of Mexico. Within 5 minutes of discussion about the weight of the paper (~ 3 lbs. ) and the . . . → Read More: Dissertation emancipation