The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report put out by the Centers for Disease Control makes for fascinating reading sometimes. One came out recently that contains three startling case reports linked to clam beds on the US east coast, but they do not involve, as you might expect, infectious diseases. In the first case a member . . . → Read More: You want mustard with that clam?
The deep-sea Osedax bone-devouring worms could easily have been the poster child for Deep-Sea News instead of the Giant Squid. Below is list of 10 reasons why Osedax are the shiznit. The chicas are freaky. All whalebone-eating, female worms have dwarf males, up to 114 in Osedax rubiplumus, fruiting around inside of their body. The . . . → Read More: 10 Reasons Why Bone Eating Worms Are F’n Awesome
In my inbox today was this video of a remarkable bit of animal behaviour captured on video. It shows the famous manta night dive in Hawai’i interrupted by a dolphin, which seems to solicit help from a diver for a case of fishing line entanglement. The dolphin holds patiently still while the diver carefully removes . . . → Read More: Extraordinary dolphin footage
The Head of the FP herself.Source: Wikimedia Commons We have a fashion emergency. White after labor day? No. Horizontal stripes? Not exactly. Wardrobe malfunction? Definitely No. Too much skin showing at the Grammys despite CBS’s best efforts to keep those scandalous celebs on the straight and narrow? No…oh wait….Yes…but not the example I was referring . . . → Read More: Quick! Someone call the Fashion Police.
Have you ever laid in your bed at night, dreaming what your favorite entertainment personalities would look like re-imagined as narwhals? Well wonder no more my friends. Artist Hayley Casset has done all the hard work for you at her awesome Etsy shop. Just because narwhals lost their science epic battle to elephant seals, doesn’t . . . → Read More: Narwhals Gone Wild.
David Aldridge is a phytoplankton-loving marine biology PhD student at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. Also the founder and editor of Words in mOcean, a website dedicated to publishing blog posts and features on marine science. We’ve asked David to guest post for us here at DSN. Enjoy! Disclaimer: not everything in the . . . → Read More: Underfunded academic, seeking tenure, attempts to steal research ship
FLIP is towed to its operating area in the horizontal position and through ballast changes is “flipped” to the vertical position to become a stable spar buoy with a draft of 300 feet. Photo from MPL. FLIP, the Floating Instrument Platform, is towed to an area in a horizontal position and through changing the ballast . . . → Read More: Flip Ship Photoshop Battle
(A Crow Left of the Murder is a particularly excellent Incubus album, btw) One of the recent papers out of my group describes an unprecedented aggregation of whale sharks in Yucatan Mexico. Prompted in large part by a Twitter exchange with @Sharksneedlove, I have decided that “aggregation”, while utilitarian and certainly descriptive, is about as . . . → Read More: A murder of crows and a stipple of whale sharks?
NOTE PLEASE READ UPDATES AT END OF POST Several news agencies are reporting today about an interesting phenomenon occurring in the Mississippi River. The Memphis Flyer reports… In the last several years hurricanes have ravaged the Gulf coast causing millions of dollars of damage to property and the loss of numerous lives. More powerful . . . → Read More: Climate Change and Hurricanes, Good for Squid?
From the Italian news site La Repubblica comes this disturbing story (with 15 graphic pictures) of a mass stranding of “manta” rays on a beach in the Palestinian territories. According to Google Translate, the caption reads something like “For now only remains a mystery. Difficult to determine the cause, but the scenario that occurred on . . . → Read More: Mysterious Mobula mass mortality