Archive for the ‘Sea’ Category

Ocean blue

Okay, here’s another one of those articles which I am recommending that is over at the Wall Street Journal.  Unfortunately you will need either a subscription to the Journal online or you can hop on down to your local library and look for the Review Section of the March 11-12 weekend edition page C4.

The article is entitled “Why Is the Ocean Blue? We know that water is transparent and colorless, so what accounts for its color? Think of it as a big game of molecular pinball” by Helen Czerski. Another option however would be to check out her book Storm in a Teacup: The physics of everyday life , which came out last year. I just requested it myself.

Sail away!


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Cape Cod & great whites

I’ve been to Cape Cod only once and I have some really fond memories of the place. Now it sounds like great whites sharks like it too, at least according to the numbers. You can read about them in this article entitled “Cape Cod’s Great White Shark Population May Be Growing” by Stephanie Pappas over at Live Science. I would love to visit again!



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Shortly after I graduated in from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education back in 1985, I got my first job working at the St. Louis Community College at Meramec as an instructor in their fitness center teaching students how to use their  nautilus equipment.

Fast forward to just over thirty years and here I am writing a post about nautilus, not the fitness equipment but, the beautiful chambered cephalopod for whose shape the equipment is designed upon. Who knew?!

Anyway, tonight I came across an article over at the Center for Biological Diversity on a petition they submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service asking for the nautilus to be given protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Then being the research librarian that I am today, I searched to find some more articles on this topic and low and behold, I came across the group Save the Nautilus. How cool is that?



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Whale of a story

This article reminded me of the book The whale : in search of the giants of the sea by Philip Hoare , a book that really started my love of whales. The article is entitled “When Whales Started Living Large: A new study tracks ‘the rise of ocean giants’“by Brian Switek over on the Laelaps blog at Scientific American. I also highly recommend the book.



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So last night my daughter said to me that she’s been watching Shark Week over on the Discovery Channel and so in honor of that, I first gave a few bucks to Conservation International and now I’ve decided to post an article on sharks.

The article is entitled “7 Unanswered Questions About Sharks” by By Laura Geggel over at LiveScience. After reading this article, I realized we really don’t know a lot about sharks. Go sharks!



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Yearning for the sea

Despite the fact that I’ve spent most of my life living in the middle of the country, I been fortunate enough to visit both coasts several times in my life. When I was really young, I got the chance to see the ocean up in the Northeast (New York) then for several years we visited my grandparents out West in San Diego.

Later on, several friends and I went to Daytona Beach for Spring Break our senior year of high school. The last time was over twenty years ago (wow, it’s been that long!) when I went back up to Northeast again, this time to Cape Cod.

Anyway, I’ve always been drawn to the ocean and so when I came across this article and video on what they call “ghost nets”, I knew I had to post them. Ghost nets are nets left by fishing ships, nets that will continue to kill animals for many years to come.

The article is entitled “The Unseen Slaughter Under the Sea” by Taylor Hill and the video is entitled “Watch Divers Free Sharks and Other Marine Animals Caught in Deadly ‘Ghost Nets’” by Todd Woody, both over at Takepart.

One last note, what do you do with those old nets? Check out this article over at Remodelista entitled “DIY: Pot Holders Knit from Ocean-Tossed Twine” by Justine Hand. FYI, she does sell them as is noted towards the end of the article. I’m planning to this Christmas. They’ll make a great gift.


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Wolf fest

So this weekend the kids and I made it out to Wolf Fest over at the Endangered Wolf Center and I have to say it was very cool. I remember to the only other time I went to see wolves was with a friend of mine and we went to one up in Indiana.

So with wolves in mind, I found this interesting article over at the Mother Nature Network entitled “Tracking British Columbia’s secretive sea wolf” by Jaymi Heimbuch. We got the chance to see both Mexican and Gray wolves this weekend but, we didn’t see (and I’d never heard of) sea wolves. Evolution at it’s finest.



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