No doubt you have seen the Amazing Ocean Facts circulating around the web. It seems to be drawing renewed interest even though it cam out last year. Overall, I love the concept. Humor, cartoons, ocean creatures, and some science. Yes more please! However, I have to shot at National Geographic all because I take . . . → Read More: What is the true size of Colossal Squid?
As a followup to Monday’s post on the National Geographic Atlantic bluefin-hunting reality TV show Wicked Tuna, I wanted to highlight some other perspectives. Please go ahead and post those I missed in the comments. From the Center for American Progress (h/t Cameron Coates): Bluefin tuna is one of the poster children for overfishing. . . . → Read More: Wicked Tuna link roundup
When I wrote about Wicked Tuna, the National Geographic channel’s Atlantic bluefin tuna fishing reality show (first aired Sunday night), I thought it would be pretty straightforward. Every rating system – Seafood Watch, Sea Choice, Blue Ocean Institute – lists Atlantic bluefin as an “Avoid.” A look through the scientific literature – though I am not a tuna or fisheries expert – showed a vast gap between the fisheries literature, which focuses on bluefin population structure , and the conservation literature, which is trying to sound the alarm about bluefin’s decline. Frankly, I didn’t think it would be terribly controversial to argue that a purportedly conservation-focused organization like National Geographic shouldn’t encourage consumption of Atlantic bluefin tuna. So I was pretty surprised when two very different scientists, Lee Crockett, Director of Federal Fisheries Policy at the Pew Environment Group and Dr. Molly Lutcavage, Director of the Large Pelagics Research Center at U Mass-Amherst disagreed with my perspective. (I was offered a chance to talk with Crockett about bluefin before the post went up, but the scheduling didn’t work out until afterwards. Dr. Lutcavage reached out to DSN in response to the post.) Both of these tuna experts believe that Wicked Tuna is good publicity for the Atlantic bluefin. . . . → Read More: Eating Wicked Tuna: A marine scientist tries to figure out what the heck is going on
This post is co-authored by Al Dove and Craig McClain In the 1989 James Cameron sci-fi movie The Abyss, there’s a scene when Ed Harris’ character dons a special environmental suit that allows him to breathe an oxygen-laden liquid. Thus protected from the risks of crushing deep-sea pressures (no air = no voids to collapse), . . . → Read More: James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge: a scientific milestone or rich guy’s junket?
Wicked Tuna fishers land their catch. Image from LA Times The contradictions of the reality TV show Wicked Tuna, which follows fishers out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, as they use hook-and-line to catch bluefin tuna, are utterly mind-bending. Normally, I’d be cheering hook-and-line commercial fishers at the top of my lungs – unlike long lines or . . . → Read More: A wicked bad idear: National Geographic hunts bluefin tuna for entertainment
Despite the “hunting the giant squid” theme, there is some really cool footage here. some of it I haven’t seen before.
Tonight starts Expedition Week on the National Geographic Channel. It opens with “Eating with Cannibals” and “Finding Jack the Ripper” at 9pm EST/PST. For those with a salty swing, Wednesday April 6 is your night! At 9pm EST/PST aires “Return of the Ghost Ship” where explorers try to bring a nearly intact wooden wreck back . . . → Read More: Dive into Expedition Week!
Christmas Island red crab migration. Each year they travel from the forest to the seashore to breed. National Geographic embarked on an ambitious two and a half year film project, covering over 420,000 square miles, and telling the story of animal movements for a wide variety of animals. There are several awestruck moments. One of . . . → Read More: Great Migrations
Love this new video put out by Census of Marine Life. “Featured in a new “roll call” of life from 25 key ocean regions, marine oddities oscillate, swim, and skitter to an ocean “chorus.” The animals are all on the Census of Marine Life’s newly released species inventory of 25 key areas of the world’s . . . → Read More: A Symphony of Species in the Deep