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Mystery of the “Deep-Sea Purple Sock”
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean / Uncategorized

Mystery of the “Deep-Sea Purple Sock”

In 1915 a strange new sea creature was discovered that resembled a “purple sock”. This creature was eventually named as Xenoturbella bocki in 1949, but no one really had any idea what this weird creature was (Westblad, 1949). Unable to clearly establish more information about the creature’s fit in the evolutionary tree or even its … Continue reading

Project Oratsimba
Guest Posts / Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Policy

Project Oratsimba

This is a guest post by Elyse Dankoski, a neurobiologist at the University of North Carolina. She recently spent 3 months in southeast Madagascar volunteering with Azafady’s Conservation Programme. This fall, I lived in a small community on the southeast coast of Madagascar called Sainte Luce. Sainte Luce is remote even by Madagascar’s standards, and … Continue reading

Fake Plastic Fish: how consumerism ruins the ocean
Energy / Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Life / Marine Preservation / News / Policy

Fake Plastic Fish: how consumerism ruins the ocean

By now you’ve probably seen one of the many articles we have posted about plastics, recycling, and the garbage problem that plagues the world’s oceans (if not, check them out 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Ocean pollution is obviously an issue that we here are UNdertheC are concerned about. Luckily, we aren’t the … Continue reading

Homeward bound: How do organisms navigate home?
Marine Life / Science / Science and Communication

Homeward bound: How do organisms navigate home?

During the holiday season many people travel to visit family and friends that live across the country or even the world. But in the New Year, we must get back to our normal lives: school, work, or whatever one does in their everyday life. Humans are traditionally visual navigators and have developed a variety of tools … Continue reading

Warren County, NC: Birthplace of Environmental Justice
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Warren County, NC: Birthplace of Environmental Justice

Warren County, North Carolina, doesn’t seem the most likely place for the environmental justice movement to have started.  It’s a small, rural county northeast of Raleigh, and might have stayed just that if not for a decision to dump a toxic landfill in its midst in 1978.  The response of Warren County’s primarily black residents … Continue reading

Spread your science!
How do we science? / Science and Communication / Scientists in Action! / Uncategorized

Spread your science!

In this day-and-age with flat-lined funding and increasingly smaller funding rates, you have to do more than just ‘good science’ to get $$$ (not that this isn’t important – doing good science is the first step!). In the competitive funding world, there seems to be more and more interest in funding science (that is not … Continue reading

Shark Conservation in St. Maarten
Guest Posts / Marine Life / Marine Preservation / Science and Communication / Scientists in Action! / Uncategorized

Shark Conservation in St. Maarten

Written by Emma Park. Emma is an undergraduate at UNC who spent her winter break working with The Ocean Foundation. Over part of winter break, I traveled to the eastern Caribbean to work with Hello Ocean, a nonprofit that showcases ocean conservation work through a series of online videos. I helped with the production of … Continue reading