A happy new blue year carnival to all of you! Let's take a look at the final menu for 2009 and December's taste of ocean treats:
John from Kind of Curious kicks us off with some evolutionary biology. Turns out we have the horseshoe crab to thank for the lungs of spiders. Thanks, maybe...
Angelo at The Saipan Blog asks why anyone would want to trash the trench. The Mariana Trench - the deepest part of our ocean - and yet not safe from human activity, fake or otherwise.
Conversely, Jan Axel's blog finds treasure among economic development at a converted military use site, now a Marine Exhibition and Research Center.
Jill at Count your chicken! We're taking over!finds treasure and pleasure in the tidepool. Stars are in her eyes and her photographs here.
Susannah at Wanderin' Weeta is also getting up close and personal in the rocky shores and making movie magic with an Oregon pillbug. Cute little guy (or gal!)
Talking of movies, Francesco at Underwater Life thinks he's uncovered the secrets of the stars of the Men in Black movie. Could it be the ghoulish ghost shrimp?
John at A DC Birding Blog has found something washed up. But this has-been is a skate. Or an ex-skate. Do you see what John sees?
Ex-skate, ex-parrot - or at least the parrotfish, which is in decline. In Thriving Oceans Blog, Scott translates a Science article for those of who don't speak geek. Find out more about the “Implications of Urbanization for Artisanal Parrotfish Fisheries in the Western Solomon Islands.”
A less lofty offering from us at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as we answer the oft asked question, to pee, or not to pee. What's another drop in the ocean?
Finally, Jason at Cephalopodcast rounds out 2009 and the holiday season with the 10 Days of Squidmas. What more need be said?
Miriam at The Oyster's Garter will host the next Carnival. See you there!