News of an rogue iron-dumping experiment off British Columbia, Canada, broke in the Guardian on Monday, and was followed up by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and io9. Dr. M explained why this was appalling news, and ever since we’ve been having a vigorous discussion in the secret Deep Sea News lair on . . . → Read More: Satellite imagery of the rogue Canadian iron dumping experiment
Check out these gorgeous photos of blue whales going through the red tide! Eddie Kisfaludy took them with his iPhone from a small plane off La Jolla Shores, and they are published here with his permission. (Thanks, Eddie!) For more information on the current red tide – still going strong today – see our FAQ . . . → Read More: Blue whales in a red tide
Dr. Peter Franks This is a guest post modified from two emails by professor of biological oceanography Peter Franks, reprinted here with his permission. Peter is a phytoplankton ecologist who studies how the physical processes in the ocean influence the growth and distribution patterns of phytoplankton, so he’s often the go-to guy on red tides. . . . → Read More: The San Diego red tide: FAQ from Scripps professor Dr. Peter Franks
A nice little paper in Nature Geoscience that helps reconcile iron budgets for the word’s oceans. The hot, mineral rich water that spews from hydrothermal vents contains a significant amount of fool’s gold, or iron pyrite. Because iron pyrite is more resistant to rusting than basic iron and much of the iron pyrite venting is . . . → Read More: Fool’s Gold from Hydrothermal Vents to Plankton
Zazzle, are you saying that all phytoplankton look the SAME to you?! Thanks, R.A.!
Dear Diatoms, You are pretty, and I like you. Haeckel liked you too, so did Gaudi. Obviously, they appreciated the little things in life. While you still make appearances now and again in modern life, let’s face it: being microscopic and aquatic, recognition is an up-current battle, and you can’t swim. Perhaps obscurity suits you? . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence: Danny Richter on the To Humble Diatom
It’s been an eventful week here in the Southern California Bight – the northwest-southeast slanting part of the coastline between Point Conception (north of Los Angeles) and Ensenada, Mexico. There’s a bright green algae bloom making the waves look like they’ve been highlighted with a fluorescent marker. The color is caused by an algae bloom . . . → Read More: SoCal sea a-swim with scum and sharks
An occasional series where we briefly report 3 new studies and tell you why they are cool! A new paper by Boyce, Lewis, and Worm from Dalhousie University, provides clear evidence of decreasing phytoplankton biomass over the last century. The researchers used a blended dataset of ~450,000 measurements of chlorophyll consisting of field measurements of . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: Loss of Phytoplankton, War Gods and Corals, and Gulf of Mexico Biodiversity
From NOAA/MBARI on Wikimedia Commons: Ghostly grenadier or rattail (Coryphaenoides leptolepis) on the Davidson Seamount at 3158 meters depth. Originally, Popeye the Sailor gained strength from rubbing the head of a rare chicken. Not until 1932 and thereafter did Popeye gain superhuman strength and invincibility from downing a can of spinach. Besides being easier to . . . → Read More: Spinach, Popeye, and Fishy Pigeons
From Nature Adding iron to the ocean is not an effective way to fight climate change, and we don’t need further research to establish that, say Aaron Strong, Sallie Chisholm, Charles Miller and John Cullen. In the face of seemingly accelerating climate change, some have proposed tackling the problem with geoengineering: intentionally altering the planet’s . . . → Read More: Ohh! Ocean Fertilzation Snap!