Hello my fellow swimmers!

It’s a bit late, but I submit to the latest episode of AquaCast! This episode we tackle Sixgill Sharks and Ocean dead zones. Have a listen, and enjoy! For more information, please explore the bibliography below.

Enjoy, and Keep Swimming!

By NOAA Ocean Explorer from USA – Sixgill Shark, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51048917

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Well, it’s been awhile!

Today, we begin the start of the shiny, new, weekly podcast that is AquaCast. This is now my full time job, so when I’m not travelling around the sound, I’ll be researching and recording episodes.

This week our featured critter is the Pacific Spotted Ratfish, the mascot of AquaCast, and there’s some news of the sonic variety.

Hope you enjoy, and remember to Keep Swimming!

 

 

Doughton, Sandi. “Rise of the Ratfish in Puget Sound” The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. 14 Aug, 2010. Accessed 10/10/2014. http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificnw/2012531495_pacificpratfish15.html

Hilderling, Jackie. “Ra Ra Ratfish!” The Marine Detective. https://themarinedetective.com/2016/02/08/ra-ra-ratfish/ 02 Feb, 2016 Accessed 6/13/2016

Akmajian, A. M., D. M. Lambourn, M. M. Lance, S. Raverty, and J. K. Gaydos. 2012. Mortality related to Spotted Ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei) in Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in Washington State. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48:1057-1062. DOI: 10.7589/2011-12-348. http://www.seadocsociety.org/publication/mortality-related-to-spotted-ratfish-hydrolagus-colliei-in-pacific-harbor-seals-phoca-vitulina-in-washington-state/

Martin, R. Aiden, 2005, Chimeras – “The Neglected Chondrichthyans” WWW Publication, http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/shark_profiles/chimaera.htm

Froese, Ranier, Date Unknown, Fishbase.org. “Hydrologus Colliei / Spotted Ratfish” WWW Database http://www.fishbase.org/summary/HYDROLAGUS-COLLIEI.html

Keenan, Greta. Sept 21, 2016. “Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds.” WWW Publication, New Scientist Magazine. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106331-fish-recorded-singing-dawn-chorus-on-reefs-just-like-birds/#.WKt-B_ez99A.twitter

Picture courtesy of: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hydrolagus_colliei.jpg#file

So after a very, very long hiatus, Aquacast has finally got some wind in the sails.

I’ve finally got a new episode published of Aquacast, this time about Sea Stars. While the episode is brief, I hope you enjoy it.

I plan on posting regularly again, now that I’ve got all the equipment I need to make everything happen. I look forward to sailing these fascinating seas with you all, and I hope we can dive into many more discoveries as the podcast carries on.

Let me know if you’ve got anything you’d like me to cover, requests are very much encouraged.

Now, I’m going to take my own advice- It’s time to start swimming once more.

-The Bald Fish Guy

Well, it’s winter in Puget Sound.

The runs are over, but you can still see the occasional skeleton along the banks of the rivers in the area. These skeletons are the remains of one of the most famous of Puget Sounds residents, the Salmon.Continue reading

Hey guys!

Mussels.

No really, Mussels. These things are cool. They’re yummy in seafood, they siphon out all the crap from the water, they feed a ton of animals, and they even attack snails with something resembling snot. Continue reading