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I AM THE ANGRY NIGHT!!!! This was at our 2017 Bat Blitz in Birmingham, Al.

Interesting note, bats release a stressed echolocation and it calls other bats to them to help out, so that is why I made the comment about the bat calling more to our mist net, bats show a lot of altruism. Maybe @koryos might have some more comments on why bats are amazing altruistic mammals.

SERC technician Ruth DiMaria just finished a round of zooplankton sampling here on California’s coast. She spent last week leading SERC’s annual zooplankton survey in San Francisco Bay, and then early this week spent a couple days collecting these teeny marine critters in Bodega Bay and Tomales Bay. Monitoring like this helps SERC scientists keep an eye on the spread of invasive species in our coastal waters! 

Just had a real fuckin creepy moment.

Its 10:30 at night and im asleep here in a hotel, out of town doing field work, and someone starts knocking on my door. Wakes me up and I think it is my co-worker. Look through the peep hole and it is some random guy holding what looks to be paper or a bag.


Texted my coworker who went out side and he said all he saw was a car driving away from the hotel when he walked out.

I’m not gonna lie this place is sketch as fuck and drug trades do go down around here, it’s right across from a 18 wheeler rest stop so there are also lot lizards walking around. I’m not opening this door for anyone but my coworker.

You know you are a marine scientist when...

  • You own more field clothes than professional clothes.
  • Your Keens are your most valuable pair of shoes.
  • You probably own a wetsuit for every kind of weather and water temperature (guilty, I own 5 wetsuits and a hoodie…).
  • You shake your head when you tell people you work in marine science and they say “so are you a dolphin trainer?”

  • The only fashion trends you care about are new scuba diving equipment.
  • You go full-on nerd when you can access a scientific paper for free.
  • You also go full-on nerd when your research gets published for the first time.
  • Statistics are your living nightmares.
  • Grants, grants, grants, grants…. grants!

  • You have an irrational obsession with the Cousteau family, Sylvia Earle and/or David Attenborough.
  • It’s very hard for you not to buy everything you see at the store that is ocean-related or that has a marine animal on it.
  • You get to spend time at sea or on remote islands with no access to the outside world or the Internet and actually enjoy it.
  • Chances are, you’ve been stung by fire coral, jellyfish multiple times, have had some urchin spines stuck in your leg, got bitten by damselfish or got weird rashes from who knows what was in the water?!

  • You often communicate using dive signs with your co-workers, even though you’re on land.
  • The sound of a biogeochemistry class doesn’t scare you away.
  • You usually have one favorite ocean species and get very fired up when people start arguing with you about it.
  • You have watched Blue Planet at least 20 times.
  • And The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. 

  • Similarly, you know every line from Finding Nemo.

  • You have inadvertently brought back wildlife home from the field, and only realized when you saw a little crab crawling around your bathroom floor.
  • You already have, or are seriously considering getting tattoos related to the marine life.
  • You get ridiculous tan lines in the summer doing field work.

  • One of your most acute fear is that something will get messed up in your tanks and will kill your live animals, i.e killing your dreams of a thesis. 
  • You have gone multiple days without a shower, and sometimes you’ve had to resort to a saltwater shower.
  • As a lady, your coworker are used to seeing you ‘au naturel’, because really, ain’t nobody got time for make-up while you’re in the field.
  • You think you are going to change the world… hey, maybe you will ;)

A/N: I’ve had an idea for a drabble/sketch where Tentoo is sick and Rose takes care of him for a while, so here goes. It’s all fluff and crack – enjoy!
Title: S’Good.
Pairing: Tentoo x Rose
(There is an OC involved, but purely for the purposes of presenting the Doctor and Rose’s relationship as seen by a stranger).

The plaque on the van’s door reads Rose Tyler and she climbs the three steps, reasoning with herself that Rose certainly wouldn’t mind if she waited inside. Certainly.

The inside is warm and pleasantly stuffed. It smells of tea.

Anya shrugs off her heavy coat and looks around curiously. Incidentally, the van lives up to her assumptions regarding how Rose Tyler’s living space would look. The walls are covered in corkboards, calendars and photos of various sorts, painted pink, and there are quite a few rather mismatched pieces of furniture crammed into this small amount of space. There’s even a tiny and strikingly old-fashioned telly sitting on top of some cupboard, and she catches a glimpse of Twin Peaks opening credits before it strikes her that she isn’t alone.

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