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Cichlids’ Death-Defying Dispersal

The cichlids are popular with aquarium-keepers–they’re diverse, gorgeous fish that live in freshwater. They’re also popular with biologists. In my evolution class in college, we learned about the cichlids in East African rift lakes, which have evolved and split into … Continue reading

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Snakehead Tournament

Back in 2004, I had a great time poking around the Potomac River and its tributaries in search of snakeheads. I was reporting my first story for Smithsonian magazine, about the fish, which was at that time a new arrival … Continue reading

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How Baby Rays Breathe

Manta rays, like the majority of sharks and rays, give birth to live young but don’t have a placenta. How do they do it? In a study I wrote about for ScienceNOW, the researchers worked out part of the puzzle: … Continue reading

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field book project

I recently acquired a smartphone. (As a friend told me: “Welcome to 2005.”) This is improving my life in a lot of ways, among them that it is finally possible for me to read blogs. I know, yeah, I have … Continue reading

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more about salmon

Erik Stokstad at Science wrote an item about how salmon are actually managed – and it pretty much works, so no need to reorganize it, according to a guy at a salmon nonprofit.

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salmon in fresh and salt water

One of the sets of terms I remember being most excited about learning in high school was anadromous/catadromous. (What, you didn’t learn this in high school? And you call that an education?) In case you missed it, a highlight of … Continue reading

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museum tourist: california academy of sciences

I’d been to the Cal Academy in San Francisco once or twice before, but it was about a decade ago, and I didn’t remember much other than a bunch of fish. So I went into this expecting your basic natural … Continue reading

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halloween costume

Not my costume, someone else’s: Lamprey. A lamprey is a jawless fish that sports, at the business end, a bunch of teeth and a raspy tongue with which they can suck your blood. (If you are a fish.) Yipe. Thanks … Continue reading

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museum tourist: denver museum of nature and science

I took the occasion of a visit to Colorado last week to drop in on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The building opened in 1908, which is positively ancient for Colorado. And like any self-respecting natural history museum, … Continue reading

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museum tourist: national aquarium (cont.)

A few weeks ago when I went to the National Aquarium in Washington, I got quite a surprise: this guy, staring me down from inside his tank. He’s a northern snakehead, a kind of invasive fish who made quite a … Continue reading

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