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
From Schlupp, I., Riesch, R., Tobler, M., Plath, M., Parzefall, J., & Schartl, M. (2010) Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Straight men let’s face it. We will do anything if we think females will find it attractive. No matter how ludicrous, expensive, or time-consuming it may be, we will do it. The rise of mullets . . . → Read More: 70’s Porn Staches and the Female Fish Who Love Them
President Felipe Calderón announced the creation of three new marine protected areas including Mexico’s first deep sea marine protected area, the Guaymas Basin and Eastern Pacific Rise Hydrothermal Vents Sanctuary, protecting 360,000 acres of deep-sea habitats.
From the MPA News: In June, Mexico designated its first deep sea marine protected area around two hydrothermal vent systems in the Gulf of California and the Eastern Pacific Rise. The newly designated Guaymas Basin and Eastern Pacific Rise Hydrothermal Vents Sanctuary covers 1456 km2 of benthic habitat, as well as the portion of the . . . → Read More: New MPAs in Mexico protect vents, whale sharks
Think of an aquatic habitat as far away from the deep-sea as you can get without coming up on land, and we will find a connection to the deep-sea. River rock = settlement substrate. Kelp forest = urchin food. Beaches = spawning grounds for tuna food. Mangroves = seafood … food. Bumper stickers in the Carolinas say it best – “no wetlands, no seafood.” . . . → Read More: Making that deep-sea connection to mangroves
Industrial fishing operations take most of the blame for collateral impacts to sea-turtle populations, but new research shows that small-scale fisheries–operated by hand from little open boats –can kill as many critically endangered loggerhead sea turtles as industrial scale fisheries. . . . → Read More: Loggerhead turtles die by thousands in small fishery