My friend the Tiger Shark

This here 8′ tiger shark below circled me and Dr. Juan Armando Sanchez twice as we collected gorgonians in 25m of water in a flat rubble landscape on the Saba Bank interior last week.

In memoriam: Dr. Frederick "Ted" Bayer

Frederick “Ted” M. Bayer, 85, a retired Smithsonian curator in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology and one of the world’s leading experts on marine invertebrates, passed away earlier today after a long illness on October 2 at Washington Home in Washington, D. C.