With this month's carnival, the torch is passed. Next month's Carnival of the Blue 3 will be at Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets on August 6. Please be as nice to Rick as you've all been to me!
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Now for more blue fun...
Top of the list this month is a striking report on the planet's largest time release capsules, Antarctic icebergs. surf.bird.scribble gives us info and commentary on the mundane dirt in icebergs and it's less mundane fate and effects (think climate change). Great stuff, and we're not related...really.
J sees the future, and it's better, thanks to the styrofoam ban that began in little Capitola this year and spread around the world like wildfire.
When fish meet politics, strange things happen, and Hope for Pandora tackles with characteristic aplomb a fish science problem that's been in the news.
Offering a brand new 4th of July idea from safely north of the border, Shifting Baselines brings us jellyfish burgers. The picture alone is worth the visit, suitable for framing--our ocean future.
Team yin and yang deliver again, going from the engaging to the enraging. Deep Sea News marks 30 years studying an "alternative lifestyle" at hydrothermal vents, and also offers for your reading displeasure, the infuriating record of chemical weapons disposal at sea.
If you lack a backbone or just pine for invertebrates, pay a visit to The Other 95% and learn about the elusive Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus and browse for some more serious fare.
If you've ever wondered what does the deep sea say? stop by Water Words that Work and Eric will tell you. One hint, very few things speak for themselves.
Some real (sad) conservation news over at Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets, where Rick explains the international intrigue and shenanigans at CITES, where precious red and pink corals were protected and then unprotected. It's enough to promote aging, so Rick offers some thoughts on stayin' alive through it all.
Coming to us from the wonderful Spud Point in magical Bodega Bay, I'm a chordata, urochordata asks where have all the chitons gone? and then gives us the answer.
If you're feeling robust, check out the extreme paddleboarding at Three Tree Journal, because I won't tell you here how it made him feel.
We're visited by ocean birds this month, 10,000 birds says it's all connected and explains why bird lovers should care about overfishing and ocean decline. This puts 10,000 birds on my list.
And speaking of birds, who can resist giant penguins? Swing by Laelaps and read about some magnificent and very large extinct ocean birds and what they tell us about life.
As if we're not having enough fun yet, The Natural Patriot relates an excursion that reminds us how and why we got into ocean doings in the first place. Not fair, Emmett, it sounds like to much fun. BTW, how's that Natural Patriot of the year contest going?
A very old whale spurs Ouroboros to wonder if whales age and how could we know anyway?
In the upstream part of the ocean, at the head of Narragansett Bay, comes a story of riotous life officially called a "romp." Mark H's diary at Daily Kos chronicles river otters and what they do with their time (they do occassionally get salty).
In the South Pacific, The Saipan Blog brings ocean conservation to people with a summer camp. Check out the happy faces if you wonder whether it works.
If you wonder whether overfishing matters, blogfish says maybe so, unless you're prepared to eat deer meat sushi, the latest substitue being prepared for you now that tuna are getting scarce.
Missing a few friends, blogfish went beachcombing again this month and found some gems...
Worried that cephalopods may just be this month's fad? Fear not, cephalopod centerfold is confident that cephalopods have staying power so they'll be more like Justin Timberlake than say Vanilla Ice.
More cephalopod news avaialble at cephalopodcast.com, including how whales attack squid.