What’s making waves this week?

Hello all and welcome to the inauguration of Sea Snacks, my blog about marine biology and the science of the seas! I’m starting with what will, unless I forget, become a regular feature: a weekly news roundup. I’ll be covering whatever’s oceanic, scientific and new each week with this fixture. First comes a story about […]

Conservation Canines: Update #2

Update #2 from science documentary filmmakers Jade Hoffman and Noah Baker, who are filming dogs that track whales in the Pacific Northwest. Looks like they’re having pretty good weather out there, which must be good for filming. We held back from posting this until the rain stopped, in case you spat coffee at your screen […]

Conservation Canines: Update #1

Last week Noah Baker and Jade Hoffman, documentary filmmakers from Imperial College London, left for the Pacific Northwest in the US to start making a film about dogs that track whales. The Conservation Canines project, run out of the University of Washington, Seattle, uses highly-trained sniffer dogs – similar to those used by customs officials […]

Captain Scott’s 100-Year Legacy

Despite none of them making it home, the scientific legacy of Captain Scott and his team remains strong 100 years on. Here are just a few of the discoveries that can be traced back to Scott’s tragic Antarctic expedition. 2011 marks the 100-year anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott’s doomed quest to be the first to […]

Singing Against the Tide

I’m sure I am not the only one who is missing Camila’s Monday blog posts on the exploits of the animals at Buin Zoo. So for me, and any nostalgic readers out there, here is a little animal anecdote to fill the void. This is the story of the loneliest whale in the world. This […]

How to Hypnotise a Great White Shark

The Great White Shark or Carcharodon carcharias if you want the Latin, otherwise known as Jaws. This infamous predator can grow to up to six metres in length, has three thousand razor-sharp teeth, a top speed of 40kmph and can detect a single drop of blood in 100 litres of water. A true apex predator, […]