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  • November 17, 2011
  • 10:00 PM
  • 983 views

The REAL cookie monster

by Alistair Dove in Deep Sea News

Marine biologist & blogger Dr. Alistair Dove interviews marathon swimmer Michael Spalding, victim of the 1st known attack on a person by a cookie cutter shark... Read more »

Honebrink, Randy, Buch, Robert, Galpin, Robert, & Burgess, George H. (2011) First documented attack on a live human by a cookiecutter shark (Squaliformes, Dalatiidae: Isistius sp.). Pacific Science, 65(3), 365-374. info:/10.2984/65.3.365

  • August 17, 2011
  • 10:30 PM
  • 833 views

There Is More Than One Way To Impregnate A Squid

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News


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All sperm are not the same. Among fruit flies the longer the reproductive tract of the female the longer the sperm. In tiny crustaceans called ostracods, sperm length can ........ Read more »

  • August 12, 2011
  • 12:15 PM
  • 1,524 views

A great day for a little Traumatic Insemination

by Holly Bik in Deep Sea News


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Sometimes I think that those of us studying ‘minor phyla’ do so in order to prevent from developing some secret (potentially peverse) obsessions. Example: I recently a........ Read more »

  • August 8, 2011
  • 11:30 PM
  • 1,427 views

Expletive Infixation and Marine Scien-****in-tists

by Kevin Zelnio in Deep Sea News


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We would be remiss at DSN if we didn’t blog about a paper that was brought to our recent attention.  Warning the following material uses profanity with high frequen........ Read more »

  • August 3, 2011
  • 08:00 PM
  • 1,398 views

Marine Fungi are Totally Badass

by Holly Bik in Deep Sea News


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That’s right, you heard me—there are mushrooms that live in the sea. OK, well technically a mushroom is a fruiting body of a fungus with a cap, stem and gills, but let........ Read more »

Atalla, MM, Kheiralla, ZH, Hamed, ER, Youssry, AA, & Abeer, AA. (2010) Screening of some marine-derived fungal isolates for lignin degrading enzymes (LDEs) production. Agricultural and Biology Journal of North America, 1(4), 591-599. info:/

Jones, M., Forn, I., Gadelha, C., Egan, M., Bass, D., Massana, R., & Richards, T. (2011) Discovery of novel intermediate forms redefines the fungal tree of life. Nature, 474(7350), 200-203. DOI: 10.1038/nature09984  

  • August 1, 2011
  • 02:21 PM
  • 1,385 views

The many personalities of snails and anemones

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News


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Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures-F. Scott Fitzgerald  Quirky, sheepish, fun-loving, lethargic, energetic, aloof, courageous, sensitive You might i........ Read more »

  • July 12, 2011
  • 05:57 AM
  • 2,197 views

Anemones Fight Back Against Their Opressors

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News


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From van der Meij and Reijnen (2011) Fig. 1 a–e The unsuccessful attempt of an edwardsiid sea anemone to feed on a Nembrotha lineolata. f A non-responsive Phyllidia ocel........ Read more »

  • June 29, 2011
  • 10:58 PM
  • 2,239 views

The Ocean Mood of Saturn

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

From Wikimedia Commons: Dramatic plumes, both large and small, spray water ice out from many locations along the famed "tiger stripes" near the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Original source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Sixty two moons orbit Saturn.  The sixth largest of these at just 300 miles in diameter is Enceladus named after . . . → Read More: The Ocean Mood of Saturn... Read more »

  • June 14, 2011
  • 08:56 AM
  • 1,557 views

The Circle of Life (and how Jellyfish screw it up)

by Holly Bik in Deep Sea News

Mufasa was right.  We’re all intertwined.  Whether we humans like to admit it or not, every action by a living organism on Earth has repercussions.  (And yes, you can lump in viruses and prions because I’m not getting into a philosophical debate about what constitutes ‘living’). Run, Harry! You don't want to catch Irukandji . . . → Read More: The Circle of Life (and how Jellyfish screw it up)... Read more »

Condon, R., Steinberg, D., del Giorgio, P., Bouvier, T., Bronk, D., Graham, W., & Ducklow, H. (2011) Jellyfish blooms result in a major microbial respiratory sink of carbon in marine systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1015782108  

Parsons, T.R., & Lalli, C.M. (2002) Jellyfish population explosions: revisiting a hypothesis of possible causes. La Mer, 111-121. info:/

  • June 9, 2011
  • 07:30 AM
  • 969 views

The Indian Ocean’s cup runeth over

by Alistair Dove in Deep Sea News

I’ve been in Brazil for the past week for some research coordination meetings.  This has involved a number of different folks in several forums, but the whole process was pervaded by a patent anxiety on the part of many people I spoke to with regards to climate change.  This is not new of . . . → Read More: The Indian Ocean’s cup runeth over... Read more »

  • June 9, 2011
  • 07:30 AM
  • 959 views

The Indian Ocean's cup runeth over

by Alistair Dove in Deep Sea News

The Agulhas leakage is an ocean current that spills warm water from the Indian Ocean into the Atlantic, where it has a profound effect on global climate.... Read more »

  • June 8, 2011
  • 05:08 AM
  • 1,396 views

From the Editor’s Desk: The Giant Squid Can Be A Panda For The Ocean

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

How many of you see a panda and automatically think of conservation and the World Wildlife Fund?  The well-known panda logo was designed by the famous conservationist Sir Peter Scott. one of the founding members of WWF.  The idea originated from a panda named Chi Chi transferred into the London Zoo in the . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: The Giant Squid Can Be A Panda For The Ocean... Read more »

Ángel Guerraa, Ángel F. Gonzáleza, Santiago Pascuala, and Earl G. Daweb. (2011) The giant squid Architeuthis: An emblematic invertebrate that can represent concern for the conservation of marine biodiversity. Biological Conservation, 144(7), 1989-1998. info:/10.1016/j.biocon.2011.04.021

  • June 1, 2011
  • 11:00 AM
  • 1,506 views

KRAKEN Day: Giant Squid = Awesomesauce

by Archie Teuthis in Deep Sea News

To get you ready for the awesomesauce that is KRAKEN Day(!!), it is only appropriate to open with Dr. M’s Epic giant squid post from earlier this year. Enjoy —————————————— In the following post I will enumerate the many ways in which current science repeatedly demonstrates that giant squids are awesomesauce. Awesome: (adj) . . . → Read More: KRAKEN Day: Giant Squid = Awesomesauce... Read more »

K. S. BOLSTAD, & S. O’SHEA. (2004) Gut contents of a giant squid Architeuthis dux (Cephalopoda: Oegopsida) from New Zealand waters. Bolstad , 15-21. info:/

Roeleveld, M. (2000) Giant squid beaks: implications for systematics. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 80(1), 185-187. DOI: 10.1017/S0025315499001769  

  • May 28, 2011
  • 08:00 AM
  • 1,595 views

Who’s your daddy?

by Alistair Dove in Deep Sea News

Jenny Schmidt from U. Illinois and her co-authors have uncovered a fascinating nugget of biology of the whale shark in a recent (and Open Access – w00t!) paper in Endangered Species Research.  In it, they continue the analysis of embryos collected from a heavily pregnant female first reported by Joung et al. (1996) . . . → Read More: Who’s your daddy?... Read more »

Schmidt, J., Chen, C., Sheikh, S., Meekan, M., Norman, B., & Joung, S. (2010) Paternity analysis in a litter of whale shark embryos. Endangered Species Research, 12(2), 117-124. DOI: 10.3354/esr00300  

  • May 19, 2011
  • 10:28 PM
  • 1,358 views

On the Reasons Why We Need A New Supereon

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

The largest unit of defined geologic time is the supereon. Only one is defined, the Precambrian spanning from the formation of the Earth to right before life goes crazy in the Cambrian explosion (4.6 billion years ago to 542 million years ago).  Oddly, there is no other supereon after the Precambrian, just the . . . → Read More: On the Reasons Why We Need A New Supereon... Read more »

KOWALEWSKI, M., PAYNE, J., SMITH, F., WANG, S., MCSHEA, D., XIAO, S., NOVACK-GOTTSHALL, P., MCCLAIN, C., KRAUSE, R., BOYER, A.... (2011) THE GEOZOIC SUPEREON. PALAIOS, 26(5), 251-255. DOI: 10.2110/palo.2011.S03  

  • May 19, 2011
  • 10:22 AM
  • 1,509 views

A bunch of hot heads

by Alistair Dove in Deep Sea News

Driving through more remote parts of the Australian countryside when I was a young tacker, my Dad would often stop the old Mazda Capella so that we kids could investigate some reptilian thing warming itself on the black road surface; it was usually a fat shingleback or bombastic blue tongue, but sometimes a . . . → Read More: A bunch of hot heads... Read more »

  • May 16, 2011
  • 09:31 PM
  • 1,271 views

From The Editor’s Desk: The Secret Life of the Coelacanth

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

Hans Fricke may not be a familiar name to you.  His voice was never auto tuned into a pop hit, he did not make a list of the top ten running backs of all time, and you will not see his fashion collection in Milan.  No his contributions to society are greater. Fricke . . . → Read More: From The Editor’s Desk: The Secret Life of the Coelacanth... Read more »

Fricke, H., Hissmann, K., Froese, R., Schauer, J., Plante, R., & Fricke, S. (2011) The population biology of the living coelacanth studied over 21 years. Marine Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-011-1667-x  

  • May 14, 2011
  • 10:19 AM
  • 1,711 views

Predicting Microbial Communities in the Deep-sea

by Holly Bik in Deep Sea News

I recently reported on the awesomeness of high-throughput sequencing technologies, and commented on their huge potential for transforming the way biologists do business.  (Seriously, people, its going to be like the renaissance of 21st century science – you heard it here first!) As a follow up to my previous post, I wanted to . . . → Read More: Predicting Microbial Communities in the Deep-sea... Read more »

Brazelton, W., Ludwig, K., Sogin, M., Andreishcheva, E., Kelley, D., Shen, C., Edwards, R., & Baross, J. (2010) Archaea and bacteria with surprising microdiversity show shifts in dominance over 1,000-year time scales in hydrothermal chimneys. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(4), 1612-1617. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0905369107  

  • May 8, 2011
  • 04:52 PM
  • 1,395 views

Some Echinoderms Will Never Grow Up

by Dr. M in Deep Sea News

Not your typical Echinoderm. This female specimen of a Xyloplax seastar was collected along the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the coast of the state of Washington; it measures less than a quarter-inch (4 mm) and shows brooded embryos Some of us never grow up.  In fact I am writing this now in . . . → Read More: Some Echinoderms Will Never Grow Up... Read more »

  • April 26, 2011
  • 07:27 PM
  • 1,605 views

Metagenomics: Transforming our understanding of oceans

by Holly Bik in Deep Sea News

If you’ve ever talked to me in person for more than 5 minutes, I’ve probably mentioned the !#$%*ING AWESOMENESS of high-throughput sequencing.  Frankly, I’m a bit obsessed.  If my life were an SAT analogy, it would be Dr Bik:Sequencing platforms as Teenage Girls:Twilight.  My gorgeous Illumina never sleeps (runs 2 weeks straight for . . . → Read More: Metagenomics: Transforming our understanding of oceans... Read more »

Gilbert, J., & Dupont, C. (2011) Microbial Metagenomics: Beyond the Genome. Annual Review of Marine Science, 3(1), 347-371. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-marine-120709-142811  

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