All posts by Elliott Norse

If the Earth were alive, what would she do to us?

Let’s assume that you’ve had your eyes and ears open these last 20, 40, 60 or 80 years.  If that’s true, you’ve probably noticed that the Earth is not doing too well right now.  People not only kill other people; we’re killing the Earth.  The planet that’s our only environment is in real trouble.  And … Continue reading If the Earth were alive, what would she do to us?

The neighborhood that made me a marine biologist

The question I used to be asked most often is “What’s the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise?” (Answer: dolphins and porpoises are members of two different but closely related families of toothed whales.) The question I’m most often asked now is “Isn’t all that garbage in the ocean terrible?”  (Answer:  It’s terrible that … Continue reading The neighborhood that made me a marine biologist

Exclusive interview with the two-headed shark

As an observer of the sea and its life, I always want to report on the latest ocean stories while they’re hot. Yesterday the media learned that a fisherman had found a two-headed pre-term bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas). Realizing that it had a most unusual perspective on the world, I managed to obtain the shark’s cell … Continue reading Exclusive interview with the two-headed shark

Smart like a rock? Kind like a rock?

Being a biologist requires me to think differently than most people.  Most people are driven by questions such as: “How long will it take me to get downtown in this traffic?” “What do I not pay so I can make my rent this month?” “How’d we do versus our competition last quarter?” “What do I … Continue reading Smart like a rock? Kind like a rock?

My teachers were real survivors

In the field, the lab, the library or the classroom, or a few times on a flower-festooned cliff overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean, I learned about marine biology from professors, colleagues and friends in New York, California, Baja California and Sonora (Mexico), Florida, Jamaica, Panama, Colombia, Curacao, Iowa, Washington DC and the state of Washington.  … Continue reading My teachers were real survivors