David Honig is a graduate student in marine science at Duke University in the lab of Dr. Cindy Van Dover. He is participating in LARISSA, a 2 month multinational expedition to study the causes and consequences of the ice shelf collapse. He will be posting regular updates on the expedition exclusively for Deep Sea News . . . → Read More: Dispatches from Antarctica – Whalebone Lander Recovery
Never have pork and poultry products combined to form something so beautiful.
This is a cool National Geographic video about research done by Duke Marine Lab researchers Ari Friedlander and Pat Halpin. I love the graphical representation of the data they get from the tags showing the whale twisting around on the seafloor. Below the fold is an interview with Ari for PlumTV about marine biology, photography . . . → Read More: Humpback Whale Aerobics
The Cephalopod beak guide for the Southern Ocean. What everyone needs for the coffee table ..we interrupt this post so that Dr. M can perform the rare dance of the geek and squeal in delight…by Jose Xavier and Yves Cherel and published by British Antarctic Survey was published recently as a product from the International . . . → Read More: Guide To Things That Might Gnaw On Your Brains In Southern Ocean
I am standing in the back of a large lorry, my feet submerged in a pool of blood, water and oil. The truck’s container is open to a grey Welsh sky, but with high-sided walls to keep the blood and us hidden from view. I shout instructions to Nick, my PhD student, over the wind . . . → Read More: Chopping Up Whales For Science!
Scientists love to group things. We also like to name things. We also like to plot data on bivariate graphs. On really crazy nights, we let our hair down, well not me per se but other scientists with hair, and do all three. 90% of science is grouping, naming, and plotting. If you don’t know . . . → Read More: Who likes protandric hermaphrodites?
Tonight at 8pm eastern time, National Geographic Channel is premiering its new documentary Kingdom of the Blue Whale. After just previewing it twice this weekend, I have to say this is one you won’t want to miss! Filmed with 2 main story lines, expeditions from the Channel Islands in California to “the Dome” in Costa . . . → Read More: Enter the Kingdom of the Blue Whale
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
The Supreme Court rebuffed attempts by a California judge to impose limits on the US Navy last November by suspending the use of mid frequency sonar during training exercises offshore. But that’s not to say the US Navy has given up on whales. NOAA recently announced they will be working with the Navy to protect . . . → Read More: NOAA working with Navy to protect whales
Long time readers will be all too aware of my absolute fascination with the bone-devouring zombie worms from the ocean’s depths. Since their discovery merely 6 years ago, researchers have uncovered many discoveries about these strange creatures. To review: Fun Facts on the genus Osedax (meaning “bone-devourer”)! Gather round the whole family! Not only do . . . → Read More: Mommy, Where Do Dwarf Male Harems Come From?