“Bula!” (That’s Fijian for “Yo, wassup!“) Following a successful premier this past Monday in the Fiji capital of Suva, I’m proud to bring you the new short documentary, Shark Hope. Produced by the Coral Reef Alliance and The Pew Environment Group’s Global Shark Conservation Campaign, the film is an entirely Fijian effort that details . . . → Read More: Shark Hope
With apologies to Karen James. (Pretty much goes for Paleontologists, too… Sorry Laelaps.) I kid! I’m a kidder!
Composite map of the first two and a half weeks of salinity data since Aquarius satellite became operational on August 25 (click to embiggen). Map reflects ~150km resolution and 1 week revisit time. © 2011, NASA Aquarius Project Apologies if I lost any of you post-Gen X readers with that Muppet Show homage title. But . . . → Read More: SALT FROM SPAAAAACE!
A friend of CORAL, Dr Steve Cohen, passed along this great footage he captured of some randy cuttlefish on the reefs at the Wakatobi Dive Resort in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. No lascivious copulation, sneaker males, or sperm displacement observed, but cool nonetheless. Thanks Steve! . . . → Read More: Your Friday Cuttlefish
By now you’ve no doubt noticed that international shark protections (well, at least legislative shark protections) are beginning to pile-up. It can be truly said that the past few months of 2011 will go down as Summer of the Shark. On June 24, Honduras declared their waters as a permanent shark sanctuary. On July . . . → Read More: Fijians Hope Lives in “Shark Hope”
“La La La La….Nothing to see here!” CREDIT: Brooker, et al., Coral Reefs, Sept. 2011 After reading a recent paper in the journal Coral Reefs on the ability of Harlequin filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris) to masquerade as branching stony coral (abstract only), two facts are inescapable: 1) Evolution freakin’ rocks! 2) Vertebrates are just invertebrate wannabe’s. . . . → Read More: Invertebrate Wannabe
Thresher shark tails found aboard a fishing vessel caught illegally long-lining in the Galápagos Marine Reserve, Ecuador. Image © 2011, John Bruno By now, you’ve probably seen coverage of the news from July 24 by MSNBC, and documented first-hand by my colleague John Bruno over at SeaMonster (What a marine massacre looks like), of the . . . → Read More: Contextualize Your Outrage
Here we go again. Follow the link (or click image below) for special report by KTVU TV, Oakland, CA. White shark awaiting tagging, South Farallon Island, CA. For the full online chatter on the Michael Domeier White shark tagging saga, you can’t get any better analysis than Mike Neumann’s blog. See also here, and here. . . . → Read More: Shark Researcher Seeks New Permit For Controversial Tagging Procedure
Happy Pride Weekend to everyone! Here in San Francisco, I’m hunkered down in the office prepping for field work in Mexico, but through my open window I can hear the cheers of the crowd from the SF Pride Parade just a couple of blocks away. This post has spent a long time languishing in my . . . → Read More: Minorities in Ocean Sciences: The LGBT Pride Weekend Edition
I’ve been on stealth mode for the past few months, in part because my workload doubled this year and I’ve been serving double duty at my day job. But I’ve also been working on some exciting ocean conservation work in remote locations that I’m not yet at liberty to discuss. But since I’m in . . . → Read More: 30 Meters. 70 Bull Sharks. ‘Nuff Said.