Deep Sea News

CR McClain

Raven Yacht

When I do deep-sea research, I want to do it in style. It may be salty, dirty, rough work with long hours but there is no excuse for not being civilized. That is why I always wear a three button suit and ascot. I require regular breaks with dainty cookies and espresso. We celebrate the…

Relive The Te Papa Squid Dissection

The Te Papa Squid webcast of the colossal squid dissection is now up for your long term viewing pleasure. To bad smell-o-vision still isn’t a reality or you could really “live” the entire experience.

Too Hot In The Hot Tub!

Listen. I know hot water, mainly because I am always in it. A new study reports the hottest water ever recorded 464 degrees C (867.2 F). That so hot the water is in the vapor-phase supercritical region (say three time out loud), basically somewhere between gas and liquid. But doesn’t water boil, i.e. go into…

Invert Pictures…TGIM?

Sometimes pictures are too cool to wait for Friday. My friend Tom K. sent these along for my enjoyment and now yours. The first is a close up of the bay scallop, Argopecten irradians, where you can clearly the ring of blue eyes that around the mantle. They are weak but sufficient to detect predators.…

Big Freakin’ Ostracods

I like things in the deep! I think about them when I sleep. It does not matter if they’re red or blue, swim or crawl. Because I am banking my career or whether they’re big or small! Seriously though if you ever read just week’s worth of DSN, you will know my serious affinity to…

This Is The Story of Carbon…

…and where it goes…how it got there..its trials and tribulations. This week in carbon sequestration theater we explore Little Petey Carbon and (sing out loud) Ollll’ Mannnn Rrrriverrrr. Rivers are major transporters of material to the oceans and on into the deep. Below are estimates from Schlunz and Schneider’s (2000) of just organic carbon flux…

Carnival of the Blue #15…

…is now up at Sea Notes, the wonderful little blog of the mighty Monterey Bay Aquarium

TGIF: Nautilus

Peter Ward is the man. I became acquainted with his work through reading is papers on the rise (and fall) of mollusks through time. His research on mass extinctions is seminal. You also got to love his inordinate fondness of Nautilus!

OMG That’s Not A Sea Angel

…it’s a sea demon! Actually its a pteropod, a shell-less gastropod, and even crazier it is a simultaneous hermaphrodite.

Forget space travel…

…the ocean is our final frontier. Besides if we need to explore it before it is overfished, mined, covered in trash, or a sink for all our excess carbon. Mars can wait. Of course I say this in partly in jest. I mean I don’t want to start another Volcano War. A country like the…