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The Sea Hare Cometh

I pick my way along the beach The sky is blue, the tide is out, Exposed pools glitter; down I reach To touch a sea hare on the snout.* – *(Perhaps it’s not quite etiquette To poke all creatures, come … Continue reading

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One Invasive Lionfish Down, A Hundred Thousand to Go

The Caribbean lionfish epidemic has been covered in FishiLeaks before, so all three of my devoted readers should be well aware of this pernicious menace. Lionfish can devour up to 80% of native fish larvae on a given patch of … Continue reading

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It’s Raining Fish. Hallelujah?

With no warning whatsoever some two thousand sardines and mackerel plunged to earth from the clouds… The fish were fresh, still with a smell of the sea about them. The fish struck people, cars, and roofs, but not, apparently, from … Continue reading

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Turtle Crap: It’s What’s for Dinner (if you’re a batfish).

The batfish* is one of the most common reef denizens in Southeast Asia, and also one of the most pleasant. They’re large, triangular-bodied fish, and they move with the undisturbed placidity of organisms that are neither predator nor prey. They … Continue reading

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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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