Deep Sea News

Peter Etnoyer

Farewell, Sciborg

Farewell, Scienceblogs. This will be my last post at SB’s DSN. It’s a little sad for me, because I kinda feel like I grew up here. Since I started blogging, I had two little girls, moved from Los Angeles to Texas, bought a house, and enrolled in a PhD program. Since moving to ScienceBlogs, I…

If art is the universal language, how do you say “don’t eat orange roughy”? We’ll have to ask electronic artist Don Relyea, who generated the image above. “Orange Roughy” was inspired by his wife’s cooking, which, unfortunately, includes the fish formerly known as “slimehead”. Orange roughy are long lived and quickly depleted. They come from…

Sailfish Appreciation Day

GrrlScientist is having a sailfish appreciation day over at Living the Scientific Life. She’s posting hot links to the online story at National Geographic about their cooperative fish herding techniques. Its really amazing. I trolled a “maori-style” sailfish image that could make a nice tattoo. It’s shown here on a t-shirt from Google images. Sailfish…

Tricked out hurricane websites

Naturally, one of the favorite pastimes here in the Cone of Probability is to monitor as many websites as possible for different forecasts and projections of Hurricane Ike. The more the models stray away from Corpus Christi the less anxious you feel. Currently three models veer to the north before landfall, so CC has a…

Yikes. I’m in the Cone again!

Corpus Christi is in the center of Hurricane Ike’s projected trajectory. He’s coming at us like a fastball over home plate. This is a bit scarier than being on the periphery of the strike zone. TAMU-CC started issuing updates yesterday. One scientific expedition is recalled. If there’s anything good that came out of Katrina it’s…

The glacial pace of sea-level rise

“Flow velocities of ocean-ending outlet glaciers would have to be about 49 km/yr, 70 times faster than those glaciers move today” for Greenland to raise sea level 2 m, says Tad Pfeffer about his new research in Science. That’s three times faster than he and his colleagues have ever observed an outlet glacier to move.…

Mercury rising

Shrimp fisherman and environmental activist Diane Wilson gave a talk today at the Harte Research Institute. She speaks without script or slides. That’s probably what makes her such a great speaker. Stories of her life as a fisherwoman turned activist invoke depressing, humorous, and inspiring emotions all at the same time. Diane’s best known for…

TGIF Video: Italian Spiderman

You can’t say farewell to Summer 2008 without a loving look back at… the Italian Spiderman. This viral video came on the scene like a Jersey girl on the boardwalk, sweeping Philly boys off their feet. We’re showing Episode 6, in which our hero seeks remnants of the the asteroid that formed the Chicxulub Crater…

Image courtesy Dr. Erik Cordes, Expedition to the Deep Slope, NOAA/MMS The deep-sea gorgonian genus Iridogorgia sp. is characterized by a partially calcareous axis with an open, upright spiral or helix arrangement (Verrill, 1883) used to strain food from the water column. Three new species were described last year (Watling 2007). According to Dr. Steve…

Sailor saves a bumblebee

When a sailor misses a chance to go to sea, he tends to wander around his garden, paying special attention to the clouds and the weather, as if he were walking on the ship’s deck in fresh sea air. He circles his home like it were a shipyard, looking for repairs. Today I noticed some…