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Gut contents we found from juvenile Bull Shark stomachs today included this large, partially-digested fish. Can't wait for the genetic barcode results to tell what this beast was before it became shark food.

Juvenile Bull Sharks seem to appreciate Pamlico Sound Blue Crabs just as much as I do.

Surprisingly, we found evidence that at least one of the juvenile Bull Sharks we sampled stomach contents from had encountered a human before. Most of a fishing rig was in its stomach. It looks like the fisherman may have tried to cut the hook, which makes me wonder how the rest of the rig ended up in there.

Though partially-digested, there are few tells for identifying this as more than likely an Atlantic Menhaden. These include the strip of "dark meat" down the middle, the patch of silvery skin, and that big dark gizzard that seems to be the last part of this fish to be digested. Everything likes to eat Menhaden, including apparently at least one juvenile Bull Shark.

One juvenile Bull Shark stomach included this long skinny fish that's almost definitely some kind of eel. Since both Conger and American Eels can occur in Pamlico Sound (and one is considerably more of a conservation concern than the other) genetic ID will tell us which it is (or if it's something else entirely).

Early unit of computing power: one "kilogirl" was equivalent to a thousand hours of manual computing labor

I maybe used the spare LEDs from my ROV mount to put underbody lights on the toddler's stroller.

You know you want one of these very chill chinstrap penguin stickers.

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I made a display frame to store my ROV between deployments and I think I just accepted robot Jesus as my personal servo. @JoeyMaier

Playing around with OpenROV Trident at the University of Delaware. It's a little bot with a big vision and we're giving away 1000 over the next year to scientists, explorers, students, and adventurers.

I asked my toddler if she wanted her first code to print "Hello World" or make an LED blink.

She picked "Hello World".

I think my child is BASIC.

This is a modern circuit board by a major appliance manufacturer that wants $100 to replace it. The traces aren't even etched. It's basically a bread board.

In a dishwasher.

Are you surprised it failed?

Let's be clear about this. The sequence of events goes thus.

1. Consumer _purchases_ $1000+ computer.

2. Consumer's device has hardware problem

3. Consumer takes device they own to a technician

4. Device _permanently breaks itself without the consumer's consent_.

This is utterly unacceptable. When I say don't buy apple devices, this is what I mean. Do better.

Owning an inkjet printer means never, ever, not getting a low ink warning ever time you print something.

I don't care that Cyan is low. It's been low for 4 months. I'm printing grayscale.

What I'm reading right now: Gender, social norms, and survival in maritime disasters.

The Titanic lied to you. In shipwrecks and sinking, it's very much "every man for himself".

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/

This week's installment of the Monday Morning Salvage is a weird one!

SeaWorld versus OSHA versus Brett Kavanaugh, sea lions and sucker punches, this dumpster whale is all of us, and more! Monday Morning Salvage: October 1, 2018.

southernfriedscience.com/seawo

Junk. Trash. Rubbish. I curate an anthology of papers so bad, nobody should have published them: figshare.com/articles/Stinging Let me know if I'm missing any!

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