Carnival of the Blue #27: The Vacation Edition

by Allie Wilkinson on August 4, 2009

While on vacation, Wanderin’ Weeta sends us a postcard from Vancouver Island, which shows a beautiful underwater garden beneath the Powell River wharf.  There’s nothing like a little rest and relaxation, especially when everyone’s quiet except the gulls.

If you’re wondering where you should travel this summer, you could go to California to check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new gallery about ocean acidification, but be sure to read their post Climate Watch on their blog Sea Notes in the meantime.

Mark Powell, father of Carnival of the Blue and blogfish, tells us that Wal-mart is the green leader, again. So if you need to buy a few last-minute purchases for your trip, you can now check out the broad sustainability information on product labels!

Although tourists can be obnoxious, as Christie of Observations of a Nerd points out, they may also be the solution for how to accidentally stopping whaling.

On the topic of vacation, The Saipan Blogger just returned from a 10 day expedition to the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument!  He just wrote about some legislation pending in the U.S. Congress that would weaken some of the protections of the  monument , and take out the area with the most productivity and biodiversity.  If the Senate and President Obama agree to the new legislation already passed by the House, then the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument could then become home to Uracas Floating Hotel.

Now that we are in the realm of the deep, Rick MacPherson of Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, & Sunsets pointed out the deep irony of deep sea vent research ethics.  There’s just something fishy about “research ethics developed for deep vent research knowing that extractive mining interests (who are also heavily funding the research) are right around the corner,” as Rick puts it.  Don’t forget to read The Southern Fried Scientist’s post on responsible research at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and beyond!

Peter Etnoyer, of Deep Sea News, asks if you can have your coral and eat it, too? Ah, the difficulties in demonstrating sea star predation on deep-sea corals…

As we are in the midst of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, I urge you to check out David Shiffman’s interview with Discovery Channel’s Paul Gasek over at Southern Fried Science. It’s very insightful as to the motivations behind Shark Week these days.

Last but certainly not least, if all this time at sea has you dying for some freshwater, Caspar Henderson, of The Book of Barely Imagined Beings,  wonders if conservationists can save the Ganges River Dolphin from the same fate of it’s cousin the Yangtze River Dolphin as he sings the Brahmaputra blues.

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