This is a guest post from Dr. Kristen Marhaver. Kristen is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California at Merced, who lives full-time and studies coral reefs on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. She is an occasional blogger, frequent photographer, and a 2012 TEDGlobal Fellow. After seeing her grim photos of the Curaçao oil . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Crude oil insults in the Caribbean
It’s getting to that time of year again. It’s hot here in Atlanta, and really hot down in Mexico, where, in between the tropical storms and occasional hurricanes, dog days are settling over the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s also the time when whale sharks begin to gather in big numbers off the coast, not far from . . . → Read More: Spotting the difference between whale sharks
*Ed. Note: Al’s post was selected by the staff at PLoS One as the April Blog Pick of the Month! Awesome Job Al! – KAZ (Oh boy, have I been looking forward to writing this post! This one is 2 years in the making) Like a lot of biologists, I get to see some really . . . → Read More: Inside the Outside
Eric Heupel is a graduate student at University of Connecticut in Oceanography. He keeps a personal blog at Eclectic Echoes and Larval Images, and used to part of The Other 95% team along with me before we closed shop. You can find Eric tweeting as @eclecticechoes. —————————————————- Hey folks, Kevin asked me to do . . . → Read More: Scientist in Residence: My ‘Seascape of Fear’
Photograph of Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) with lionfish (Pterois volitans) protruding from its mouth. Image © 2010, Florida Sportsman, www.floridasportsman.com Feed a fish a fish, it eats for a day; Teach a fish to fish, it eats forever. That basically seems to be the crux of a discussion currently playing out on NOAA’s online Coral . . . → Read More: What’s Eating You?
…because it has already happened. During a conference this summer, I heard Jeremy Jackson give talk. He highlighted the severely degraded state, as measured by just about any metric, of Caribbean reefs. Observe one of his talks or take a quick read of his papers and you will find yourself in the fetal position crying. . . . → Read More: There Is No Marine Biodiversity Crisis…
© Jean-Yves Georges – Great Turtle Race competitor “Wawa Bear” Pearl Jam’s “Backspacer” is declared the victor in the Great Turtle Race, the first leatherback sea turtle to arrive in the Caribbean Sea from foraging grounds off Nova Scotia, Canada. The largest turtle in the race, Wawa Bear (pictured), was not the first place . . . → Read More: Enormous sea turtle lays 95 eggs after ocean race
Dr. Carl Safina is one of the great ocean communicators. But can he speak turtle? Here Carl is photographed coaching one the the Leatherback turtles in the Great Turtle Race, presumably giving directions to Caribbean nesting grounds. You can read daily updates on the race from Carl Safina, Olympic swim coach Rowdy Gaines, Sylvia . . . → Read More: TGIF: Carl Safina on the Great Turtle Race