Giant Squid Spotted on the Streets of Baltimore

The advantage of being a marine biologist is that EPIC things pass by my desk quite often.  Sure my salary is low and the hours long but this week somebody emailed me a picture of new species of starfish.  EPIC.  Even more EPIC when I tell you later in the year why I’m so excited about this specific species.  This week across in my inbox came the video of the siphonophore that Rebecca wrote about.  I drank my morning coffee and watched video of one most beautiful animals that graces the oceans.  I know EPIC because I see it every day.

So @WallyGPX, an artist who uses GPS and and a mountain bike as his brushes and a city as his canvas, tweeted this


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my interest was very peaked.  And justly so.  WallyGPX on his mountain bike rode across a series of roads and trailsin Baltimore to create this

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Totally EPIC. Now I just wish they made this in adult sizes.




Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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.

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