Oceans Like Us / concepts

The ocean as a heterotopia
Plankton dust
The qualities of water
Broken world broken stuff
Gag ordered scientists
Amphibious diving vehicles for corporate use only
Dredges and diggers
Wet synanthropes
Death of a thousand signing animals (right whale epitaphs)
Whale vomiting plastic bags
People reefs  (ref Jason Decares Taylor statues)
Ghost nets
Plastic pollution
Plastic dancing with humans, humans and plastic in deep sexual embraces
Plastic sex toys in fish mouths
Plastic in translucent whales and fish
Humbacter (human bacteria hybrids)
Hydrocarbon dreaming (new hybrids and up cycled conveyances)
Bottles playing in the shallows (Japanese Tsukumogami)

Sketch drawings and notes:



Oceans Like us / octopi


Gimme shelter, says your new neighbor, the urban – Anthropocene

DAILY SCIENCE City life may suit the world’s largest octopus species, according to a new study from researchers in Seattle. The study is a rare look at how urbanization affects marine organisms. It suggests that the sea, too, has its synanthropes – wild species that live in, and even benefit from, human-dominated landscapes.

Octopi* Wall Street

Wade sez, “This cartoon appeared in U.S. Money vs. Corporation Currency, ;Aldrich plan’ by Alfred Owen Crozier, published by The Magnet company in Cincinnati, Ohio.” *I have one (1) delicious knuckle-sandwich here for the first wisenheimer to engage in octopi/octopuses pedantry. “Octopuses Wall Street?” Really? (Thanks, Wade!)

Octopi Wall Street!

This lovely piece of art, by graduate students Laurel Hiebert and Kira Treibergs with artwork by Marley Jarvis, made the rounds last week. We are thrilled to have been given permission to post it on Deep Sea News!


Jelly Cam and jelly info

I’ve been more disorganized than I thought I’d be on my residency in Houston! That’s by way of saying, I don’t have any extensive reports, but more generally, I’ve been working two prongs: one, learning more about port operations and sidling up close to big ships and black boxes; two, jellyfish – learning about them, conceptualizing a world dominated by these “global citizens” and figuring out inventive ways to eat them.

I had the honor of spending a day with Juli Berwald, a science writer spending a lot of time thinking about jellyfish.

But this post is primarily a link to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live jellyfish cam, featuring sea nettles (Chrysaora fuscescens).


If the screen is black, try Sea Nettle Jelly Cam After Hours