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Bermudian Eels

Both the American eel and the European eel, two closely related species, inhabit rivers and lakes many miles inland on their respective continents but are born in the ocean.  We know this because juveniles coming from the ocean inundate rivers in the spring, and the smallest, youngest eel larvae – shaped like transparent leaves with eyes and teeth – have only been found in the southwestern Sargasso Sea. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, mature…


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For Women In Oceanography, Progress is Made—And Challenges Remain

Oceanographer Kristen Buck has been spared the gender discrimination faced by her female predecessors, who until the 1960s were often restricted from science labs, kept from leadership positions, or prohibited from sailing on research vessels.    “I am familiar with…


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“Sea Butterflies” Showing Signs of Struggle

Some of the most beautiful creatures in the sea are so small they are rarely seen and easily escape our attention.  “Sea butterflies,” called pteropods by scientists, are lentil-sized marine snails that flit through oceans around the world. While a…


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By Diving Deep, A BIOS Scientist Exposes Lionfish Invasion

Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley has been studying the legendary corals around Bermuda for more than a decade. As she dove to collect small coral samples for genetics studies during her doctoral research, she saw not only the island’s underwater beauty, but…


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The High Cost of Hurricanes

As we continue to assess the full extent of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo, The Bermudian takes a look at the damage inflicted by previous storms that have directly hit the island. While there are…

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Hey Taxi! A taxi driver friend of ours dropped us a line the other day after a particularly good day on the job.

I’ve been threatening to start a HEY TAXI! blog because as a taxi driver in Bermuda, I daily have some interesting conversations and often encounter an almost noteworthy event, but so far nothing has seemed truly “blogworthy” until yesterday, when…