Seals “see” and hunt fish with their whiskers

Have you ever looked at a seal or a sea lion and wondered about their voluptuous whiskers? Those fine hairs, called whiskers or vibrissae, have a crucial role in their lives. Studies have shown that blindfolded captive harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) can easily follow other seals underwater, using only their whiskers. Yet, that was just the tip of the iceberg; what are these fine hairs really do? Seal have long and voluptuous whiskers – photo…

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Pandemic Pedagogy Chronicles Part 5: Mourning what we have lost in this pandemic

Lost relatives, friends, careers, jobs and money Cancelled plans that had been long in the making. In the months since the SARS-Cov-2 virus has spread across the globe, people have experienced many losses, big and small. Some are, sadly, grieving for family and friends who died from COVID_19, which has turned out to be a […]

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Choose the best courses to study marine mammals

If you want to study marine mammals but don’t know which courses to take, this post is for you. Multiple times I have found myself confronted with the typical student dilemma of which courses to take. Do you want to work within the marine mammal sector? Then most people will respond with “you need to study marine biology.”. However, neither my bachelor nor my master was focused on marine biology, and here I am, studying…

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Research for Writers: How to Find Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Welcome to Teach Write! This column draws on my 20 years’ experience teaching writing to kids, university students, and adult learners. It includes ideas and exercises that teachers and students can use in the classroom, and creative writers can use to level up their process. Last time we compared primary and secondary sources and talked about how to use them when researching writing assignments or creative projects. Today, we’re getting a bit more practical, with…

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