Student Horseshoe Crab and the Arts contest winner The Ecological Research & Development Group (ERDG), a non-profit wildlife conservation organization founded in 1995 with the primary focus conserving the four remaining horseshoe crab species, announced the flip’em campaign. Our Just flip ‘em! program is designed to bring attention to the hundreds of thousands of horseshoe . . . → Read More: Just Flip ‘em
A few days ago DSN received a letter from one of our fans, [sic] To whom it may concern, After reviewing your comments concerning the Sea Shepard, it is quite apparent that you do not appose the killing of whales by the Japanese!! It is also apparent that you support such actions by these savages!! . . . → Read More: We Get Mail – Sea Shepherd Shenanigans Edition
This is the question that has been floating around the marine blogs this week. The complaint is that Discovery Channel “is promoting negative stereotypes about sharks at a time when we should be promoting conservation,” i.e. portraying sharks as evil, vicious mankillers. Of course, and rightly so, this has not set well with conservationists. Last . . . → Read More: Discovery Channel: Friend or Foe of Sharks?
Knowing how diverse an ecological community is should be a simple matter. At the most basic level, we can go into the field take a sample and count the number of species. I know that when I look into my refrigerator that I have a beer diversity of 2. I have a few Guinness* and . . . → Read More: Biodiversity Pt. 1: Richness vs. Evenness or What Kinds Of Beer Are In My Refrigerator
From the world famous “Dance Your Dissertation” contest, now on YouTube with a methods section. This video depicts a dissertation entitled “The invention and adoption of conservation technology to successfully reduce the bycatch of protected marine species” by Lekelia, using a mix of modern dance and watusi styles in the remarkable Sea Turtle Conservation . . . → Read More: TGIF: Dance Your Sea Turtle Dissertation
Hervey Bay Whales 3938 courtesy of Michael Dawes on Flikr and available by CC Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/) No matter what meaning I intend with the title, it has more than likely made you uncomfortable. It makes me uncomfortable to write it. I do this as a sort of social and individual level experiment for . . . → Read More: Let The Whales Die
Cities around the world shut the lights at 8:30pm Saturday. The WWF sponsored Earth Hour event calls on you to shut the lights for an hour this Saturday at 8:30 pm local time. This is one of the most compelling experiments of recent times, an exercise in political will. The event will take place around . . . → Read More: Earth Hour goes darkly this Saturday night
Six months ago in the yesteryear of 2008, Machlis and Hanson outlined in Bioscience a new subfield of study titled warfare ecology. As the authors state “among human activities causing ecological change, ware is both intensive and far-reaching. Yet environmental research related to warfare is limited in depth and fragmented by discipline.” The paper is . . . → Read More: Warfare Ecology
David from Southern Fried Science has a good post continuing the discussion started by Dr. M here on Deep Sea News. While Dr. M focused on their tactic of ramming ships, David (a shark biologist) asks whether the work of Sea Sheppard has been effective at all for shark conservation.
In looking over Swimming With Sharks, I came across this video of Sea Shepard ramming a Japanese whaling ship. Appalled is the best word I can think of to describe my reaction. I am no whale hugger (Give me invertebrates or give me death!) but of course those big charismatic megafauna are worthy of . . . → Read More: Sea Shepard: Only Making Matters Worse