Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Carnival of the Blue XXVIII

The Saipan Blog is proud to host Carnival of the Blue 28!

Carnival of the Blue is a gathering place for ocean bloggers. Published on the first Monday of every month, it is a month’s worth of the best ocean-related blog posts on the Interwebs.

This is my third consecutive year hosting Carnival of the Blue in the month of September and I am honored to be able to participate with such distinguished writers, scientists, and whatever it is that Rick MacPherson calls himself these days.

I have to apologize for posting this a day late, but I've been kind of busy lately. Let me explain.

I still find time for protecting coral reefs, like helping to plant trees on hillsides in an attempt to reduce the sediment washing onto the coral reefs in Laolao Bay on Saipan, but I’ve been extremely busy…wait for it…wait for it...campaigning as the Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Saipan.

That’s right, this ocean hugger is running for political office.

Ahem.

Click here to make a donation.

Ahem.

But really, $20 would be a huge help.

And now we're on to the carnival!

I now present the Carnival of the Blue 28 Campaign Platform:
Cameras for Clunkers

Check out the underwater housing and the strobes of the National Geographic photographers in this post by Dustin Addis. Trade in two cars in exchange for one camera.

An End to Snailfish Abuse

Japanese interrogators have allegedly been forcing enemy combatant snailfish to stand on their heads for long periods of time. Carnival of the Blue (candidates should always refer to themselves in the first person, right Joe Biden?), and Jason Robertshaw at Cephalopodcast, promises to look into these alleged abuses. We'll form a commission or something.

Illegal Immigration of Sargassum Weed Communities

Undocumented Pelagic Sargassum WEed Community Members (UPSWEM) have been blown ashore in Rhode Island by hurricanes for decades. Although some have been accused of contributing to the delinquency of marine biologist beachcombers (stop walking on the beach and get a job, you bum!), Mark Hall promises to provide some interesting photos of some interesting creatures.

Dashing the Dreams of Children Wanting to be Astronauts

Rick MacPherson at Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, & Sunsets doesn't care if Star Trek was the best movie this summer. 
He is tired of ocean science taking a back seat to space science in media (perhaps this would change if ocean scientists discovered a species of head-standing snailfish that could use the Force and fight Sith Tiger Sharks....just a thought) . Some ocean scientists are figuring out ways to change that with Broader Impact Done Right (and no, it does not involve scuba diving Ewoks).

Renaming the North Pacific Gyre

Miriam Goldstein reflects on why people care so much about plastic floating about in the middle of the ocean. Carnival of the Blue promises to change the name of the giant vortex of swirling plastic in the North Pacific Ocean to Newer Jersey.

Mental Health and applying the Bush Doctrine to Bull Kelp

Wanderin' Weeta has two posts this month, Destroyer of Cities, about kelp-encrusting bryozoans and the nudibranches that feed on them, and Split Personality; an anemone dividing down the middle to make two.

Sharks with Frickin' Lasers on their Heads

The only thing Shark Week was missing to keep the public misinformed about sharks was a show about Sharks with Frickin' Lasers on their Heads. David Shiffman would like The Discovery Channel to be a bit more responsible. Read his thoughts on Shark Week. And then what do shark finners and scientists have in common? Longlining!

Fishing

Alright, this isn't funny. A new study on rebuilding the world's fisheries shows that success is possible if we implement reasonable, responsible controls on fishing. Courtesy of Mark Powell.

Cetacean Privacy Rights

Corey's report of an amazing day whale watching off Montauk, New York with Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island.

Creating New Story Lines for Disaster Movies

James Hrynyshyn tells you how your car and toaster are contributing to a shift in the Earth's axis by changing the distribution of water in the oceans.
And there you have it, the 28th edition of Carnival of the Blue. I hope you visit me again in September 2010 when I host Carnival of the Blue XL.

7 comments:

Cephalopodcast said...

Thanks for hosting this month's Carnival. And what does Rick Macpherson call himself these days?

Rick MacPherson said...

i rather like the sound of "grand poobah"...

but i suspect "fat haole" works just as well...

The Saipan Blogger said...

Your Native American name could be Hungry Polar Bear MacPherson.

The Saipan Blogger said...

...or perhaps Albino Cetacean MacPherson. Now that has a ring to it!

The Saipan Blogger said...

Come to think of it, a Fat Haole line of t-shirts could be extremely popular.

Rick MacPherson said...

oh man, i can see a whole line of stulll forget phat farm... sport some fat haole!

Wanderin' Weeta said...

Great post! I'll vote for you any day!

Thanks for including my links.