At first glance, a sawfish appears otherworldly, lifted from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. One fish, two fish, blue fish, sawfish…there was a fish without a flaw but I was caught off guard by that saw. If one can get past the saw, used to unearth crustaceans from the mud for a tasty . . . → Read More: Exaltation to Extinction for Sawfishes
I was going to give you a post about sea snakes to commemorate Chinese New Year, but I decided they’re just too creepy. Go check out some YouTube videos and see how long you last (I can only take about 10 seconds of footage). Instead, I figured I’d highlight something more soothing–Modern Art in China. . . . → Read More: TGIF: “Journey to the Deep and Within”, modern Chinese ink paintings of the underwater realm
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We have been following Nautilus Mineral for some time. As a quick recap, they are the company that is actively pursuing the mining of massive sulfide deposits, i.e. hydrothermal vent chimneys, from the seafloor particularly off of Papua New Guinea. Since July their stock has taken a huge plummet from over 2.5 Canadian dollars per . . . → Read More: Hostile Takeover For Nautilus Mineral
Oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico, as seen on Sept. 21, 2012. (NOAA photo) In September an oil sheen about four miles long had appeared in the Gulf of Mexico near the Deep Water Horizon well site. The sheen was originally spotted on a satellite image from BP. That oil from the sheen matches . . . → Read More: Mystery Sheen Near Deep Water Horizon Site
This image shows female Antillogorgia elisabethae with newly released eggs and developing planulae larvae. (Credit: Howard Lasker) You might be surprised to learn that an ingredient in some skin crèmes is coral, or more accurately coral extract. More specifically, Pseudopterosin A is a topical anti-inflammatory agent derived from the sea whip Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae and often . . . → Read More: By trying to look sexier you may be ruining sex for corals.
In the third or, um, sixth Star Wars movie, Emperor Palpatine finally reveals himself as the evil Sith lord Darth Sidious when he orders the assassination of every Jedi in the Galaxy by clone soliders (who either later or earlier become the infamous storm troopers of the first or, er, fourth episode). This edict is . . . → Read More: Execute order 66
This is Guest Post from Dr. Daniel Jones a deep-sea biologist with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Project Coordinator for SERPENT (described below). Dan research focuses on how organisms in the deep sea are impacted by both natural and human disturbances. Drilling for oil is far from rare, even in deep . . . → Read More: Can Beasts of the Deep Survive the Impact of Drilling for Oil?
Was just sent these great informative short videos about research being done to understand how climate change affects coastal communities. Coastal organisms live in areas with much day to day variation. There are the changing tides, the amount sun exposure, and also shade from tidal zone seaweeds and rock crevices. This makes coastal animals, like . . . → Read More: California Coastal Climate Change Research
This is a guest post from Sam Musher. Sam is a middle school librarian and children’s lit blogger. A steady diet of post-apocalyptic fiction made her an environmentalist at a tender age. (She’s pretty sure we’re all doomed.) Having known her almost that long, I can confirm that she has, as her blog claims, been . . . → Read More: Guest post: The March…OF SCIENCE