Guide To Things That Might Gnaw On Your Brains In Southern Ocean

The Cephalopod beak guide for the Southern Ocean.

What everyone needs for the coffee table

What everyone needs for the coffee table

..we interrupt this post so that Dr. M can perform the rare dance of the geek and squeal in delight…by Jose Xavier and Yves Cherel and published by British Antarctic Survey was published recently as a product from the International Polar Year.

This guide will be useful for those identifying the beaks of cephalopods from the stomachs of villainous predators.  This unfortunately includes just about every seal, penguin, whale, and albatross below 60 degrees.  Yeah its tough being a mollusk.  The book contains all you need to know about squid and octopod beaks…including 3-d computer images!

Xavier, J. C. & Cherel, Y. (2009). Cephalopod beak guide for the Southern Ocean. British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK, 129 pp

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.