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What is science?

I really appreciate everyone being so kind to a “non-traditional student.”  (Yes, I will be taking the exams for a grade – and am hoping for a C!  I’m pretty good at learning new things, but don’t know beans about … Continue reading

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ZooBots arrive at Friday Harbor

The new ZooBot class arrived yesterday as the spring quarter gets rolling. Most of the students are from the University of Washington, but we also have visitors from Minnesota, Arizona and Taiwan. Students will take two courses, Marine Botany and … Continue reading

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New 2010 blog

The new 2010 blog can be found here

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Porpoise or Dolphin?

Until a week ago, I could not have told you the difference between a porpoise and a dolphin, and in fact, would have used the terms interchangeably. No longer, my friends!  I have been learninated! At the Whale Museum last … Continue reading

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Orcas make me smile, but Humpbacks make me splooge!

Naturally, I have to talk about something from the state up North. Although there are Orcas–northern residents and transients–in Alaska, I am much more familiar with the humpbacks. Humpbacks, Megaptera novaeangliae, are pretty much the cutest thing on earth… if … Continue reading

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Cancer productus, Sorry for killing you

Red rock crab, I won’t lie, killing you made my day. Sorry, but you were a pretty agressive bugger in the tank: killing, pinching, and general bullying around. Here’s your final shot: You and your kind are found from Alaska … Continue reading

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Holy Sea Cow!

Undoubtedly the darlings of Pacific Northwest megafauna, whales have captured our imagination for centuries.  Vicious killers, gentle grazers, awe-inspiring and reverent, whales have filled human culture with imagery and lore that persists to this day.  But are whales truly the … Continue reading

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Cyamida: The other other other cetacean health concern

Whale lice. Who’da thunk it? At the Whale Museum last Thursday, most of you probably noticed the display case containing various parasitic invertebrates that can sometimes cause whales a lot of grief. One of the species displayed was the parasitic … Continue reading

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Whales and other miscellaneous odds and ends

It’s funny how certain animals can capture the minds and hearts of humans so effectively.  History is littered with instances where this animal was held in near god-like reverence, briefly dropping out of favor during the age when they were … Continue reading

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Ah, the whale museum…

            I would live at the whale museum if I could, surrounded by the skeletons, baleen, and echo of whales past. I don’t even know where to begin talking about what I learned and enjoyed there. Not much of the … Continue reading

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