Category Archives: Marine Science

Oh, hi

I’ve neglected this blog, I know. It’s like a dead jellyfish washed ashore, melting slowly in the sun into a pile of formless ooze. With some crabs or something picking at it, probably. Unfortunately, today is not the day I … Continue reading

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Whale barnacles

I have a new story up on Scienceline on whale barnacles. Namely: How on Earth do barnacles get onto whales in the first place? The ocean is huge, barnacle larvae are tiny, whales are rare — it seems, as marine … Continue reading

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Deep sea, deep fried

On Monday, the AP reported the discovery of a shrimp-like crustacean living in the frigid waters beneath a 600-foot-thick Antarctic ice sheet. The NASA team that accidentally caught it on video only wanted to look at the underside of the … Continue reading

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Parasite: A Love Story

Have you read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien? It’s an amazing book for a hundred reasons, but one thing that sticks in my mind is the way O’Brien describes love. (No, this isn’t going to be one of … Continue reading

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Scavengers brave dead zones for fleshy feast

Strange things happen at the bottom of the ocean. Cryptic tubeworms feast on sunken whale bones, furry crabs crawl around seeping geothermal vents, and the bug-eyed, polka-dotted glass squid has the audacity to exist. Now, researchers have discovered that even … Continue reading

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