Why is it that we seem to have moved away from celebrating images like the one above left (a big game hunter posing over a dead African lion) yet seem to have no problem with the the image above right (a fishing party with their 1,320 pound dead Blue marlin caught off Ascension Island . . . → Read More: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
It’s raining tonight in my heart as I dwell on the thought that Kevin is cleaning-out his desk here at Deep Sea News. My colleague, my co-author, my friend, my partner in microbrews, my blog-brother, my fellow DSN suite noise-maker, and my mentor for soulful science writing has decided to dedicate himself fully to a . . . → Read More: Loomings
Our Miriam, immortalized in cartoon form in The Devil’s Panties (http://thedevilspanties.com/archives/3800) Once upon a time, let’s call it 2006, I launched my very first ocean science blog post over at Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets. Back then, I was among a small cohort of ocean scientists who were venturing into the online social media . . . → Read More: She Makes Me Want To Be A Better Writer
Lonesome George, © BBC News I just read that Lonesome George, the presumed sole-remaining member of the Pinta Island giant tortoise species of the Galápagos, has died. Lonesome George was more than just bearer of his evolutionary legacy. He was an icon for the delicate precipice that all Galápagos species (and other threatened species globally) . . . → Read More: Encomium: Lonesome George
Not exactly “mint” condition, but treasure nonetheless. Picture this: Cape Cod, June 20, 1975. Gerald Ford is President, gas is .53 cents a gallon, and a carefree, 11 year-old–yet already ocean-nerd, future coral conservationist/blogger–is spending the summer with family in the vacation town of Orleans, Massachusetts, right on Nauset Beach. This is the summer he’s . . . → Read More: Hooper Drives The Boat, Chief
Image on left: Seafloor Production Tool (SPT) that will be operated at a depth of 1600 meters off the coast of Papua New Guinea by Nautilus Minerals to extract copper and gold from high grade seafloor massive sulphide deposits. Image on Right: Computer generated Bucket-Wheel Excavator used to extract unobtanium from Pandora in James . . . → Read More: James Cameron And The Dawn Of DeepTruth?
Something for your Friday. A webinar by coral reef scientist Dr Gloom Nancy Knowlton (I kid, Nancy! I’m a kidder!). I particularly love her review of coral reefs through time. If you’ve never heard of a Rudist reef before, you’re in for a treat! Long talk, but worth it. . . . → Read More: Dr. Nancy Knowlton: Coral Reefs: Past, Present and Future
Fiat lux Being a total dick on the web is easy. From the safe (and relatively anonymous) confines of your bedroom, place of work, mother’s basement, or Starbucks, and armed only with Internet access and the 1st Amendment, everyone can be a critic. Our brave new online world has given anyone with a keyboard a . . . → Read More: Awareness Through Scrutiny, Not Negativity: A DSN Core Value
White-tip reef shark, Fiji © 2011 Angelo Villagomez Causal relationships can be fiendishly tricky. Spend an hour watching any of Star Trek Voyager’s time travel episodes and you begin to understand why the show’s writers often resort to lines such as, “It’s better if we don’t talk about this too much.” Consider another example of . . . → Read More: For Want Of A Shark…
Some of these things are not like the other. Can you spot the Zombie worms? What’s the difference between a collection of Osedax “Zombie worms” and the 112th United States Congress? One is a population of spineless, sedentary, opportunistic life forms that thrive in darkness while devouring the bones of the dead. The other are . . . → Read More: When Far-Sighted Vision Meets Near-Sighted Politics or Zombie Worms For Congress!