Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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A huge oarfish, also known as the ribbonfish, Regalecus glesne, was caught on camera in the Gulf of Mexico, giving scientists a rare glimpse of the bizarre fish in its native deep sea habitat. This is probably the largest bony fish in the seas, and it has the distinctive habit of swimming vertically (head up). Researcher Mark Benfield describes the fish, a likely inspiration for the sea serpent myth.


  1. #1 anna
    February 11, 2010

    Greg Laden totally stole your post today, though he gives you a “tip of the hat” & doesn’t expand on the topic at all. Content theft-o-rama.

  2. #2 "GrrlScientist"
    February 12, 2010

    yeah, i noticed this, especially after he was added to the SB front page “video” section. rather annoying, really.

  3. #3 carel
    February 12, 2010

    Wow. I’d never seen footage of one of these guys before. Very different from what I’d imagined.

  4. #4 MoM
    February 14, 2010

    OTOH, he linked your blog, which I have never visited before, and would not have, except for his link. And now, at his recommendation, I will go read the posts on Pro Publica.

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