A Much Delayed Carnival of the Blue #30

by Allie Wilkinson on November 12, 2009

Numerous apologies for the hiatus in blogging, and the delay in posting this edition. Without further ado, I give you, Carnival of the Blue.

No Back Bone

  • Wanderin’ Weeta features some wonderful macro photography, as always.  Life in a tank is always full of surprises, and a new find in a salt-water aquarium was the inspiration for the lesson on zooids, accompanied by the COOLEST photos!  Tanks are a great way to observe nature’s little wonders, like how Hermit Rex goes shopping for a new home.  What a wonderful thing to see in photo-essay form!
  • Eric over at The Other 95% presents the results of a poll on which card to feature from the  Ocean Bloggers Oceans in the Classroom Initiative.  And the winner is……the Iceland Scallop!  Learn a little bit about their biology, range or fisheries, or simply learn how to cook their relatives. YUM.
  • Cephalopodcast participated in the 3rd Annual International Cephalopod Awareness Days, October 8-10th, which includes Octopus Day, Nautilus Night and Squid Day/Cuttlefish Day (also known as Squidturday).  Learn about cephalopods, the history of Cephalopod Awareness Day and why you should celebrate.

Feathery Friends

  • As part of the Marine Life Series at Daily Kos you can learn about one of my favorite shorebirds, the Red Knot, and how the fate of the horseshoe crab population in Delaware Bay is intricately linked to the fate of these tiny birds.
  • 10,000 Birds features another type of sandpiper, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, in part one of a six part series.  Great conservation post!

Salty Science

  • Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News breaks the news to us….size matters.  Well, sieve size at least.  Is it better to follow the crowd or bust out on your own when choosing the proper sieve size for your study?  Size matters when estimating biomass!  Dr. M, the other half of Deep Sea News, presents us with a lesson in biogeography in The Origins of Deep-Sea Fauna.
  • Christie, normally of Observations of a Nerd, wrote a small novel post over at scientificblogging.com entitled Busting Marine Myths: Sharks DO Get Cancer! Take the time to read this longer piece, as it is a MUST-read, especially for those interested in shark conservation.  I remember when the “sharks don’t get cancer” craze came out in the 90s when my grandmother had cancer, and this fallacy has led to the demise of millions of sharks.

Crazy for Conservation

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