Contributed by Nick Higgs, Adrian Glover & Tammy Horton Today sees the launch of Deep Sea ID, a free app that allows offline access to the World Register of Deep-Sea Species and currently stores on your device the taxonomic information for over 20,000 deep-sea species, over 350 high-resolution photographs of deep-sea specimens as well . . . → Read More: The Earth’s Largest Ecosystem – in Your Back Pocket
To get you prepped for the large unleashing of Discovery Channel’s Looking for the Giant Squid this Sunday below is all the required reading. First the background on the video The giant squid has been captured on video in its natural habitat for the first time ever. This long-sought after footage — considered by many . . . → Read More: Giant Squid Linkfest
Elizabeth Preston at Inkfish has a super blog post up about a beluga whale that was recorded mimicking the sounds of human speech. It concludes with the most excellent line that “to whales, humans sound like the Swedish chef”. Go check it out and, listen to the sound and then come back. I’ll wait….<whistles>…..back? OK . . . → Read More: Alaskan whales think we sound like Swedish chefs
Recently Chris Mah, that most passionate advocate of all things with pentaradial symmetry (i.e. echinoderms: urchins, starfish etc.), wrote an excellent blog post about how starfish tube feet don’t work the way you think they do. He was right, at least in my case; I had always assumed that they were suckers, and that the . . . → Read More: A sucker for convergent evolution
From NOAA’s Ocean Explorer: A mola mola soaks up the sun. Image courtesy of Jon Moore. Amidst an odd week of impending deadlines, a national holiday and the celebration that ensues, and record temperatures, I am not ripe for unique contributions to Deep-Sea News right now. Luckily I can rely on the writing of others. . . . → Read More: DSN Editor’s picks
I cannot say it any better than Jai and Jarrett so in their own words The #SciFund Challenge is an experiment – can scientists use crowdfunding to fund their research? The current rate of funding for science proposals in the U.S. is ~20%. The current rate for crowdfunding statues of RoboCop in Detroit is 135% . . . → Read More: SciFund Challenge: The Aquatic Projects
#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!
Whale sharks (in Vietnamese: Ca Ong, literally “Sir Fish”), have been in the headlines quite a bit lately. Here’s a roundup: WA WS, OK? A whale shark was seen far from home back in January; it was around Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Now WA is home to probably the best characterised whale shark . . . → Read More: Sir Fish grabbing headlines, but it’s not all good
Estimation of debris path created with OSCURS model. The colors are years after the tsunami. Click through for more information. Map courtesy of J. Churnside (NOAA OAR) and created through Google. Debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed towards Hawaii and the North American west coast. For those concerned, several new sources of information . . . → Read More: Japanese tsunami debris link roundup
My ocean blogging colleague, David Shiffman – known as “Why Sharks Matter” on twitter and the blog Southern Fried Science – is in the lead for an amazing opportunity: a $10,000 blogging scholarship! You can vote for him to win here and you are allowed to vote once per day. I should mention that voting . . . → Read More: Sharks Need Your Vote!