It's the best in ocean blogging, hosted here at the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Notes blog.
Quite a busy month, highlighted by Earth Day celebrations (though Sylvia Earle would probably call it the Day of Dirt because of the terracentric focus; no matter, World Ocean Day is coming up on June 8!).
Not a problem for ocean bloggers, so let's dive right in:
Dissing Dolphins: David Schiffman at SouthernFriedScience.com offers "Sharks are mean but dolphins are cute...right?" -- the latest in his series addressing the thesis that dolphins are actually jerks. What do you think? (You won't be the first to weigh in with an opinion.)
Ducks & Clucks: Marcus Ng of The annotated budak (cluckings on life, nature and ducks), reflects on intertidal life on a small islet, and the possible sexual etymology surrounding some beautiful sea snails. Read one or all three for well-crafted words and fab photos.
Cucumber Crisis: Sheril Kirshenbaum, who blogs at The Intersection for Discover Magazine, is shocked, SHOCKED to learn that anyone is shocked about overfishing for sea cucumbers. Shifting baselines, anyone?
Ain't No Sunshine: Speaking of which, Jennifer Jacquet of Guilty Planet is REALLY talking shifting baselines. If a picture's worth a thousand words, then hers is the longest blog entry of the Carnival! She highlights the half-century decline of fish in the Sunshine State, recorded in trophy shots taken by sport fishermen.
Best of Brasil: A rare English-language entry from Lucia Malla of Uma Malla pelo mundo (One Malla for the world) -- an interview with biologist Ginnie Carter, who's attempting to cryopreserve corals. (You can also read it in Portuguese, along with other entries.)
Land of Snow: Just because it's springtime in the northern hemisphere doesn't mean we're past the season of snow. Dive into Puget Sound with Mark Powell on his Swim Around Bainbridge blog and you'll be pulling your muk-luks out of storage!
Deep Impacts: In the Sea Notes blog, Ken Peterson writes about research by colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, who warn that rising levels of atmospheric CO2 could starve deep sea animals of oxygen. There's good news in the same entry, as the U.S. Environmental protection agency has opened the door to regulating greenhouse gases as a public health threat.
Death of Captain NIMO?: On the subject of CO2, Mark Powell of Blogfish poses a big question for Earth Day 2009, asking how far we're willing to open our minds to address grave threats to the future of the oceans). Will we think the unthinkable, and begin to talk about it?
Science of Snails: What's the impact of sea snails on diversity and productivity in tide pools? Jarrett Byrnes of i'm a chordata! urochordata! has some answers -- and they're not the ones you'd expect.
Sustainable C-Food?: Can we find a new source of sustainable seafood not by fishing down the food web but by fishing down the EVOLUTIONARY web? And can you find the famous ocean blogger at the heart of the story? Clues abound in this riveting tale from Rick MacPherson of Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice and Sunsets.
Mega-Mouthful: What's the moral thing to do when a rare shark dies in a Third World fishing community? Ponder the story, ferret out the facts and form your opinion, sparked by Patric Douglas' posting at the Shark Divers blog.
Big Mama: She didn't win the Great Turtle Race, but an enormous leatherback sea turtle named Wawa Bear made news of another kind in French Guiana. Let Peter Etnoyer of Deep Sea News tell you all about it.
Pucker & Bloat: Jason Robertshaw at Cephalopodcast brings us the latest installment of his always-popular comic, featuring the two biggest sea starts since Spongebob and Patrick. Guest appearance this month by Eunice the bobbit worm, the newest member of the band TÜN-O-FISH.
Penguins a la Road: Alexa (age 9) and Cindy BeMent of Oceans4Ever meet macaroni & gentoo penguins during travels to the Tennessee Aquarium, and share penguin facts gleaned in a video interview with aviculturist Amy Graves.
Star of Saipan: Finally, how cool is this? Angelo O'Connor Villagomez of The Saipan Blog earned international recognition and told a compelling tale of conservation in the Northern Mariana Islands on the NBC Nightly News during its Earth Week coverage of ocean issues. You can see it here, and read the reactions, too. Way to go, Angelo!
Leatherback photo © Jean-Yves Georges; barreleye photo © MBARI