Monthly Archives: December 2010

I know hybridization is bad and everything, but is it really too much to ask one walrus and one orca to get it on?

According to mammalogists in Nature, loss of Arctic sea ice could lead to the hybridization of certain marine mammals. Well, okay, not really. But holy crap would that be awesome. The animals that are actually in danger of hybridizing include … Continue reading

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A Diver’s Guide to Sipadan Island (and a good excuse to post more great pictures).

Last week I posted a geological history of, and introduction to diving at, Sipadan Island, one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite dive spots. Today I’d like to offer some advice to intrepid divers considering a journey to Sipadan. In 2005 Sipadan … Continue reading

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Moray Eels Do Things That Will Blow Your Mind

The moray eel thrusting its head from a crevice, jaws agape, is an iconic underwater tableau, recognizable even to those unfortunate souls who care nothing for marine life. At least in Malaysia, where I’ve done most of my diving, morays … Continue reading

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Small Fish/Big Pond Sunday

In which we explore happenings in the hydro- and blogospheres. 1) Most ocean enthusiasts know all about the lionfish invasion that currently plagues America’s eastern seaboard and the Caribbean. Lionfish, introduced to the Eastern hemisphere by aquarium traders in the … Continue reading

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Undersea Penis Fencing! (That got your attention.)

This holiday season, millions of Americans will gush over freshly unwrapped Playstations and electric beard trimmers and other ribbon-festooned bits of electronic junk that will probably end up forgotten in a drawer by March. In all that exulting, one phrase … Continue reading

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Why Do Humans Eat So Many Sea Bass?

“Wild fish did not come into this world just to be our food,” Paul Greenberg writes toward the end of his book Four Fish.  “They came into this world to pursue their own individual destinies.” Yet the way in which … Continue reading

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Titan Triggerfish Will Seriously Mess You Up

The PADI textbook may be rife with information about avoiding the bends, nitrogen narcosis, and rip tides; but it’s relatively silent on dangerous sea creatures.  It offers some perfunctory advice, most of which boils down to “no touching,” yet never … Continue reading

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