Best of DSN 2007

BESTofdsn.jpgBest Photo (Ansel Adams On Ship Award): Again in the peace loving, utopia that is DSN…we are all winners.

International Polar Year
Scaly Foot
Radiolaria “I’m kind of a Haeckel groupie and this picture of the real thing is obviously a rip off of his artwork“stated one of The Judges!
The Art of Kawika Chetron.
Animals in Formalin Overheard judges comment, “Yeah, yeah… call me a classicist.”

Best TGIF video: Peter introduced the Thank God Its Friday Video series this year, thereby creating more work for me but making Friday a little more enjoyable.

Fish Guys
Cruise, Cruise, Baby (Honorable Mention) updated link
GIANT ISOPODS! (Honorable Mention) updated link
Its hard not to like Fish Guys for all of its magnificent geekdom…systematics, museums, obscure pop culture references. Two of The Judges! pointed to the line, “Yeah, she’s like Thelma going to Scooby-Do’s Funeral.” One of the Judges! noted, “This was probably a no-brainer for someone using the blogging handle FishGuyDave” Another of The Judges! commented, “I’ve also tried to make office space jokes to stiffs. I totally run around in my lab shouting species names too. You can ask anyone.” Cruise, Cruise, Baby gets a nod from The Judges! and myself (secretly we all love Vanilla Ice and Rick James) GIANT ISPODS! is also in because as Chief Justice I can do whatever the hell I want and one of The Judges! is ” partial to this amazing footage of my brethren at a holiday meal.”

Best Conservation Post: Me being overly optimistic that we can actually do this.
How to Save the Ocean

Most Entertaining/Funniest Post:

Gorton’s Law
Hurricanes Lead to Incursion of Deep Sea Squid Up the Mississippi (honorable mention)
So You Want to Be A Marine Biologist (honorable mention)

Multiple votes were cast for each one of these but ultimately Gorton’s Law took the cake. I thought we only had 8 judges? The first likely won because “sometimes the truth is funny and sad.” My April Fool’s Joke originally duped at least one of The Judges!. The last caused one commenter to criticize us all for hating dolphins and hating those who love dolphins.

Best Cephalopod-Related Post: Who doesn’t love tentacled mollusks? If you love charismatic megavertebrates then you’re in the wrong place but if you love charismatic mega-INvertebrates then welcome home!

Three way tie

Biggest Squid Ever (part one & part two)
Voracious Deep-Sea Squid
Humboldt are here and they are hungry

Post Most Likely to Put Zooillogix out of Business:
Attack of the 2000lb Deep-Sea Monster

Dr. M (1730 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

5 comments on “Best of DSN 2007
  1. Indeed, Munitions Dumping had nearly as many hits in one week as DSN had in its biggest month ever, nearly 50,000 hits, I think, in December 2007. Munitions Dumping is an all-time great. The megavertebrate nominations have cumulative power, though. They top the charts daily.

    I move that we check the numbers. Is it possible?

  2. ahem, cumulative power??? I think all the giant squid posts alone from 2007 beat out ALL megavert posts from 2007. I believe that was a resounding spineless checkmate.

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