In midsummer 2009, under the intense Mexican sun, a whale shark, MXA-182, arrived at Holbox. He is injured. A nasty cut nearly severs his right pectoral fin. His fin eventually heals, but a hole completely through his fin still persists. The hole’s shape earns MXA-182 the nickname of Keyhole. In 2009, Keyhole is at Holbox . . . → Read More: Sharks and lasers, not just for entertainment!
Science is about discovery, observation and understanding, but it doesn’t always proceed smoothly and inexorably towards success. Real science, especially RealBiology®, is often messy and complicated, and the real challenge of being a biologist is distilling out of that sloppy chaos some meaningful patterns that might advance the field. I am with a team from . . . → Read More: Notes from the field: Mexico whale shark research 2012
To go with the whale shark news roundup this week, I thought I’d post a video from my group’s whale shark research work in Mexico for Georgia Aquarium and Project Domino. This clip is from 2010 and shows an inquisitive whale shark that breaks from their typical surface feeding behaviour to swim down and investigate . . . → Read More: TGIF – curious whale shark
I think it’s fair to say that when most folks think about conservation, or biology in general, money is not the first thing that pops into their heads. Indeed, many people I know in those fields consider money, commerce and economics to be somewhat foreign, a necessary evil perhaps, to keep society going and keep . . . → Read More: For sale?: one reef, well-loved
The other deeplings (except RickMac) are at the fantastic Science Online conference this week, meeting with other scientist communicators and hatching various plots for DSN’s ascendancy to world dominance using, I suspect, some combination of Ferragarmos, rum and giant squid tentacles. So, I guess you’re stuck with me! To wit: I made this bit of . . . → Read More: A glass more than half full of awesome
Dr. Al aka para_sight: “Hey, while you’re visiting Georgia Aquarium for the Deep Sea News retreat, I can offer you the opportunity to dive in the Ocean Voyager exhibit, which is our (and the world’s) biggest tank, featuring 4 whale sharks, 4 manta rays and about 8,000 other sharks and fishes.” Dr. M & I: . . . → Read More: Dr. M and Miriam swim with manta rays & whale sharks in world’s biggest tank
If they know it, they will love it. If they love it, they will protect it. My wife, with over a decade of nonprofit experience, spoke those words to me six years ago . She was describing how she viewed what I was striving for with Deep-Sea News. Those words still ring true to me. . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: The Future of Deep-Sea News
Ten days ago I had a conversation with Dr. Mark Hay from Georgia Tech where he was at the Aquarius ReefBase habitat on the bottom of the Florida Keys and I was at the ice breaker for the annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums meeting hosted at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. We were talking about . . . → Read More: A conversation with Mark Hay aboard the Aquarius habitat
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is holding its annual conference in Atlanta this week (Twitter #AZA2011) and at tonights iceabreaker event at Georgia Aquarium, we’re going to try a live cross to the Aquarius ReefBase habitat off the Florida Keys. ReefBase, which is a NURC and UNCW initiative, is the only underwater lab in . . . → Read More: ReefBase broadcast tonight!