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

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

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

The Rise of Marine Parks: Will it be Enough?
Energy, News, and Climate / Marine Preservation / Policy / The HumanitSEAS

The Rise of Marine Parks: Will it be Enough?

If you have been following this blog, you have become familiar with a myriad of issues facing our oceans today: acidification, global warming, over fishing, ect. Yet, what is actually being done about it? While most of the environmental headlines have focused on the Paris talks, only recently has news coverage begun to highlight the … Continue reading

What you need to know about Japanese Whaling
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What you need to know about Japanese Whaling

This article is a guest post by ODU undergradaute Ben Maxie. Ben works in the Barshis Lab and studies the evolution of stress tolerance in corals and other organisms.  Despite an adverse but nonbinding vote by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Japan has sent a whaling fleet south to Antarctica. The fleet left on December … Continue reading

The Marine Venomous Animal Top 10
Marine Life / Oddities in the Ocean / Uncategorized

The Marine Venomous Animal Top 10

Venoms are complex chemical cocktails designed to be actively injected into another organism and wreak cellular havoc (not to be confused with poisons, which need to be ingested). Venoms have a rich evolutionary history, with each independently evolved lineage accumulating new duplicate genes that can then mutate and alter existing proteins to produce an extraordinarily … Continue reading

4 Ways Advances in Virtual Reality Can Revolutionize Marine Science
Funsies / Science / Technology

4 Ways Advances in Virtual Reality Can Revolutionize Marine Science

Virtual Reality (VR) has had an arduous and disheartening history over the past several decades, but things have recently been looking up. There are many reasons you aren’t currently able to play Fallout 4 in a computer generated landscape projected right onto your eyes, but the foremost probably comes down to limitations in technology. VR … Continue reading

Field Site Students CCCCz the Days
Guest Posts / How do we science? / Scientists in Action!

Field Site Students CCCCz the Days

A positive outlook (and willingness to get dirty) is exactly the attitude you need to be a marine scientist! Larisa Bennett talks about research being conducted at UNC Institute of Marine Sciences this semester by UNC undergraduate students in her latest guest post. From freezing cold water to covered in mud, this field is not … Continue reading