Archive for August, 2014

Monarch’s on the move

This summer, after I turn the kid’s old sandbox into a planter (by default because I couldn’t dismantle it completely), we went down to our local market and picked out a milkweed plant. Not really thinking, we put it smack dab in the middle and so we then scattered some various flower seeds around that but unfortunately they didn’t survive. It maybe because most of the seeds were quite old.

So just the other day, when my son and I stopped home, we saw we had a visitor. A giant monarch butterfly had come to visit and have a snack. Now while the larger stems were already past their prime, there were several smaller sprouts that were still in bloom.

To make a long short (or to attempt to anyway), here’s an article over at the Environmental News Network that talks about what many feel needs to be done to help them. It’s entitled “Monarch Butterflies Need Endangered Species Act Protection” by Alicia Graef via the Care2 network.

You can also always plant a milkweed and then maybe you too will have a visitor.



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Beneath the ocean floor

Shortly after writing To Sail the Seven Seas the other night, I came back across an article I read several months ago on another body of water that is perhaps beneath our ocean floor. The article is entitled “Rare Diamond Confirms That Earth Mantle Holds an Ocean’s Worth of Water” by  Becky Oskin over at Scientific American.



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To sail the seven seas

Now while there may not be seven seas, to me it’s just really one big ocean but I think we can all agree that in that world below, live a lot of amazing creatures.


Since I’m just about done with the book The Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen and Anthony Palumbi, I thought I would add some more with this article, A World of Creatures That Hide in the Open by Kenneth Chang at the New York Times.



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P.S. This cool image can be found over at Wikipedia (definition of Sea)

The land of evolutionary misfits

It seems like I’ve read a lot of books over the last several years on the topic of evolution and so when I read this article, I knew I had to write a post on it. While for may animals, their place on the tree of life is easy to locate, others are a challenge. This is one of those challenges.

The article is entitled “Evolution Misfit: Misunderstood Worm-Like Fossil Finds it’s Place in the Tree of Life” from the University of Cambridge over at  Science Daily. Don’t forget to heck out the picture that’s with the article. Wow!



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One person’s trash is another person’s treasure

Okay, what I’m discussing really isn’t trash in the sense of what most people consider trash. The article is entitled “By-The-Wind Sailors Litter West Coast Beaches” by Pete Thomas at GrindTV.

In fact for others like myself, it’s just an opportunity to say as David Bader, director of education at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California said in the article,  “…we get to see what the ocean is really made of“.

Just another neighbor to our friend, the Shark.

Very Cool!


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The man who started it all

Even though Shark week is over, I wanted to write out a post to a man who why may have increased our fear of sharks with his book (and later movie) Jaws, later became one of the greatest advocates for sharks.

His name was Peter Benchley and the article is entitled “The Writer of ‘Jaws’ was a Great Advocate for Shark Protection and Ocean Conservation” by Michael Graham Richard over at Treehugger.

Just to show you how far we’ve come since then, I would like to direction your attention to a previous post of mine entitled Land Shark.



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Mapping the ocean blue

Yes shark week is over and even though my kids, my mom and myself had a great discussion about it yesterday morning over breakfast, the place they call home is still the place we know the least about. If Google and some scientist have a say in it however, that’s about to change.

They have joined together to start mapping the coral reefs and other parts of the oceans. In large part to help us protect this world in which we know so little about. The article and video are entitled “Explore the World’s Coral Reefs with Google Street View” by Tanya Lewis at LiveScience.

Good night!


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Ants around the world

My daughter and mom would be giving me grief right about now if they only knew. I once quoted Edward O. Wilson, author of the book Letters to a Young Scientist, who said there are nearly 20,000 species of ants.

Anyway, the article is “Ants May Boost CO2 Absorption Enough to Slow Global Warning” by Kevin Schultz at Scientific American. Thankfully they don’t know.


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Shark week, 325 million years ago

I came across this article a few months ago and thought it would be a great article to post on for shark week. They’re also one of the many amazing creatures discussed in the book The Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen and Anthony Palumbi.

The article is entitled “Ancient Shark Discovery May Rewrite Our Evolutionary History” by Rich McCormick over at The Verge. It’s really a great read for those of you interested in evolution.



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