It’s About Giant Larvaceans. Watch It Anyway. An Awesome Video

THIS POST HAS TWO PARTS: One is a terrific video about giant larvaceans, deep seazooplankton, featuring a cast of many other deep sea denizens and a terrific jazz piano score (It’s from the estimable folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, naturally). Then there’s the article from the quarterly science magazine Cosmos, focusing on research on giant larvaceans’ role in sequestering carbon in their “mucus houses” – yes, “mucus houses” – and sending it to

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Black Durgons: In Living Color

BLACK DURGONS (MELICHTHYS NIGER) HAVE LONG BEEN BOTH A FAVORITE FISH OF MINE and a challenge to photograph. A favorite because I like their dramatic effect – all that blackness with blue stripes along their anterior dorsal and anal fins – and their wiggly technique of swimming powered by those fins. A challenge because, well, they’re black. They suck up light like a black hole. And (see above), they’re wiggly. I’ve shot more black, blobby

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“THE SWISS CONSIDER THE LOBSTER. IT FEELS PAIN, THEY DECIDE” – And Other Trending News & Research

Links to News, Research and Other Interesting Stuff on the Web “THE SWISS CONSIDER THE LOBSTER. IT FEELS PAIN, THEY DECIDE”   A British scientist  concludes it’s possible that lobsters feel pain when placed in boiling water, the Swiss order it no longer be done,  a Boston scientist says it’s all hooey. “THE BLOODY PIRATE LIFE OF ONE OF THE OCEAN’S MOST ELUSIVE CREATURES”  It turns out that giant squids steal from each other. “TRASH IN

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Underwater Photography: UPY’s Best of 2018

BASED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is probably better known in Europe than in the United States, but it draws entries from around the world and the photos are fantastic. The group has just announced its 2018 winners, competing in eight categories – Wide-Angle, Macro, Portrait, Compact, Behavior, Black & White and Up and Coming – plus three British Waters categories, Wide Angle, Macro and Compact. Here are two

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Okeanos Explorer: Live Video, Familiar, Unknown Sea

THE MISSION OF THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION’S Okeanos Explorer research vessel is to study deep-sea habitats all over Planet Earth, using remote operated vehicles (ROVs) to view life at the depths. Among its expeditions during the past couple of years: waters around the Hawaiian Islands, the Mariana Trench and the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. THE GULF’S TURN  During December, it’s turned its attention to the Gulf of Mexico, mapping and focusing

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Doing Things About Reef Health Helps Scientists Cope with Losses

DOING SOMETHING IS THE BEST REMEDY for marine biologists dealing with the continual cascade of depressing news about the fate of coral reefs, according to a recent article in The Atlantic magazine. “Everyone I spoke to talked about becoming very good at compartmentalizing—at acknowledging the scale of the tragedy, but also putting it aside to focus on their work,” wrote science writer Ed Yong in “How Coral Researchers Are Coping With the Death of Reefs.”

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“Meanwhile…”

THIS FANTASTIC VIDEO, ENTITLED “Meanwhile…”  is outside my own goal of explaining things, but it’s an awesome visualization of undersea life directed and shot by Italian filmmaker Sandro Bocci, with original music by Maurizio Morganti. I found it posted on the website of Aeon, a nonprofit site committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. CLOSE UP, SPEEDED UP  On Mr. Bocci’s website, the Julia Set Collection, he says: ” …Meanwhile… shows the world of marine animals like corals

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