Carnival of the Blue #35: The Better Late Than Never Edition

by Allie Wilkinson on April 7, 2010

Welcome to the 35th edition of Carnival of the Blue, a monthly compilation of the best ocean blogging.  First and foremost, I would like to share an announcement from GrrlScientist about a new twitter feed (SciNatBlogs) that announces science, environment, nature and medical blog carnivals to the public.

Of Winds and Water shares their first sailing trip with us, which is chock full of little tidbits of sailing information.

Jill, a nomadic field biologist, shares some of her photography of critters in the tide pools of Patrick’s Point State Park in California.  Wanderin’ Weeta, who also usually shares photographs with us, is sharing a video of skeleton shrimp this time around.

Sometimes a picture is worth more than 1,000 words.  A timely picture helped NEAQ researchers determine a calf’s gender, and will ultimately help with future conservation efforts for the entire North Atlantic right whale population.

Members of NEAQ’s Marine Animal Rescue Team were literally up to their knees in mud while assisting with a mass dolphin stranding in Cape Cod.  Read the post to learn about the stresses involved for both cetaceans and rescuers during a stranding.

In “Won’t They Think of the Poor Bone-Eating Worms?” Kevin Z (of Deep Sea News) writes, “The troubling aspect to me is the general idea sinking things to the deep-sea is a great way to solve problems. Out of sight, out of mind right?”.  The Saipan Blogger feels the same way, and wants to stop an ocean litter bug “artist” before he gets a chance to dump a giant “art” sculpture in his backyard, the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.

Can pink flamingos and a burping cow help turn the tide for ocean wildlife threatened by climate change and ocean wildlife? The answer may lie in Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new special exhibition, Hot Pink Flamingos: Stories of Hope in a Changing Sea.

New research shows evidence that male pipefish prefer larger females, and will abort the embryos from less attractive females.  It seems like no matter the species, the men go for the pretty ladies…

What do Popeye and deep-sea fishy pigeons have in common?  Spinach, of course!

Miriam, of The Oyster’s Garter Deep Sea News, shares a list of dolphins in science fiction.  [Complete with comments regarding some interspecies lovin'.]

On a more serious dolphin-related note, both Southern Fried Science and Deep Sea News wrote about The Cove this month.  Amy tackles mercury poisoning and dolphins, which Kevin touches on in his review of The Cove.

Water Words That Work asked what went wrong in gaining stricter protections for the Atlantic bluefin tuna, and looked at how the ocean community’s environmental communications efforts compare to other conservation organizations.

Oceana shared a series of video dispatches from the CITES meeting in Doha, Qatar, the results of which are summed up in The Bitter End.

Submit your posts for next month’s carnival, through the Blog Carnival Submission Form or directly to dotoftheblue @ gmail . com.  Next month’s carnival will be hosted by Christie at Observations of a Nerd.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason R April 8, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Great job, Allie. Thanks! I love skeleton shrimp.


Susannah April 9, 2010 at 3:42 am

Good stuff here! Thanks, Allie.

I’m so swamped I thought I’d forgotten to send in a link, so I was surprised to see my beasties here. I think I must have been working in my sleep.



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