Category Archives: Erin Loury

How Many Grad Students Does it Take to Dissect a Fish?

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab For a fish as big as a mahi-mahi, getting the inside scoop can be a team effort.  Students from an MLML Ichthyology class dissected this fine specimen to study everything from the digestive system to … Continue reading

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Baby Black Cod

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab. Sablefish, also known as Black Cod, are enjoying a boom in price as the in-demand fish of the hour.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guide currently ranks them as “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative,” … Continue reading

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Saying Thanks to Dr. Kenneth Coale

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab My very first class as a shiny and eager new student at MLML, in that distant year of 2008, was Chemical Oceanography with Dr. Kenneth Coale.  That class not only kicked of my graduate path … Continue reading

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The Stargazer Fish – a Pretty Name, If Not a Pretty Face

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab It might not be one of the the shiniest stars of the deep sea, but the stargazer fish certainly has some unique adaptations.  With eyes on top of its head (the source of that romantic … Continue reading

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Pinned to the Bottom of the Sea

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab I’ll admit, the prospect of spending ten days at sea aboard a 60 foot fishing vessel to do a fish survey had me a bit nervous.  The conditions in sunny southern California are nothing to … Continue reading

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Basket Case: A Tangled Catch from the Deep

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab The fishing practice of bottom-trawling, which involves dragging a weighted net across the seafloor to scoop up deep-dwelling fish, has some obvious downsides: the net often indiscriminately collects everything else in its path.  Despite its … Continue reading

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Squat Lobster Caviar

by Erin Loury, Ichthyology Lab This bright white crustacean is a squat lobster pulled from the deep during a government fishing survey in southern California.  Squat lobsters aren’t actually lobsters at all (they’re more closely related to porcelain crabs and … Continue reading

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