Aquaman In A NYC Taxi

A few weeks back I was speaking to youngsters up in the Big Apple about evolution and marine biology .  A few nights prior being the geek I am, I perused a city comic book shop with my friend Courtney and our significant others.  Imagine my glee, when I beheld the Aquaman Bobblehead.  This was a treasure I must possess!

All night long I managed to contain myself not to rip the little guy out of the box to take a whack at his wiggly head.  But I resisted.  When I finally arrived at my friend Courtney’s apartment, alas it was my time to play. But wait, where was my tiny superhero?  Much to my dismay I realized, Aquaman had given me the slip and remained in the NYC taxi I just frequented.

Was he scared and alone?  Of course not! This is Aquaman we are talking about!  Defender of the salty!  The superhero who can summon any ocean animal to do his bidding!  What is a NYC taxi!

Since I paid cash and couldn’t recall the taxi company, I realized Aquaman and I would never be united.  I comforted myself in the fact that somewhere in NYC there is a taxi with an Aquaman Bobblehead sitting on the dash.  So if you find yourself in NYC be on the lookout and snap a picture!

I’d lost all hope in owning my own little, shaky headed, superhero. But a few days ago on my home step was a delivery.  What could this be?  Perhaps a carebox from Sea Shepherd? Nope! A new Aquaman Bobblehead and T-Shirt? Hell yesssss!  I owe a tremendous amount of thanks to my best friend Courtney, who was my best friend before the package but will even harder to topple from her postion, for the gifts.

Pure little kid excitement in opening this present and to now once again own an Aquaman Bobblehead have fueled this post.  We now return to your regularly scheduled scientific programming.

Dr. M (1729 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.

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