I’m delighted to host this month’s Carnival of the Blue; my thanks to Jason and Mark for letting me help. If this is your first visit to Deep Type Flow, then welcome! You’ll find here a lot about whale sharks, which is my main research thrust at Georgia Aquarium, but there’s a lot of other diverse stuff too, like ecology, oceanography, marine mammals, turtles, fish, parasites and more. Basically anything about the diversity of ocean life or the science that flows from it. If you’re a return visitor, thanks for participating.
Since it’s the season for it, I thought we would do the Carnival to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. SO, my horrible attempts to shoehorn too many syllables into that well-worn melody notwithstanding, please sing along with the following while you enjoy these excellent ocean-themed blog posts (this is best done with a glass of egg-nog by the fire on the iPad you got from santa).
♫ On the 12th day of Cot-B, the bloggers gave to me:
♫ Oil Drums a-leaking ♪ The DeepSeaNews crew continue their comprehensive coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its ecological consequences.
♫ 10 New Jersey Shorebirds ♪ From Alex at The Nemesis Bird. Beautiful photographs of seabirds from down around Cap May in far southern New Jersey
♫ Crabs eating cordgrass ♪ From Sam at Oceanographer’s Choice. Essential coastal salt marshes of Cape Cod are are being munched by tiny crabs freed of predation by declines in tautog abundance.
♫ Google’s acid oceans ♪ From Emily at Oceana’s blog The Beacon. Google Earth has teamed up with Oceana to make a tour explaining the implications of an increasingly-acidic ocean
♫ Sustainable seafood ♪ At Blogfish, Mark offes Powell’s Law and wonders whether self-righteous activism is getting in the way of people’s ability to enjoy seafood
♫ Fearless seals a-feeding ♪ From Chuck at Southern Fried Science/Ya Like Dags? In another predator-release case, seals freed from fear of predation by sleeper sharks have bolder prey searching strategies
♫ FIVE! DI-A-GRAMS! ♪ From David at Southern Fried Science/WhySharksMatter. An original post considering 5 drawings of experimental apparatus that, taken out of context, might look altogether different
♫ Grey literature ♪ From Andrew at Southern Fried Science. Thaler considers the perennial quandary of what to do about grey (i.e. not peer reviewed) literature, as it applies to urgent fishery management
♫ And a Barnacle on an Oyster. ♪ From Jessica at Oceanwood. A photographic allegory about crustaceans and civilisation
There’s lots of other great blogs out there with marine content, too. Here’s just some of the other 2010 Carnivals hosted at blogs not represented in the list above: SeaNotes (#32, Jan), Oh, for the love of Science! (#35, Apr), Observations of a Nerd (#36, May), Saipan blog (#40, Sep) and Jason’s own Cephalopodcast (#41, Oct). And with that:
A very happy <insert holiday of your choice here> to you all!