Did animators know that two of three “Finding Nemo” sharks cannibalized their own siblings?

By Patrick Cooney, Certified Fisheries Scientist  Finding Nemo is riddled with biological inaccuracies, including one that we previously explained: Nemo’s dad, Marlin, should have become a female (Marlene?) who mates with her own son, Nemo.  Despite the animators missing an opportunity for an incredible biological plot twist, perhaps they were biologically accurate when making sharks Bruce, Chum, and Anchor feel…

Salmon On the Fringe: Not all who wander are lost

Guest Post By: Karen Dunmall, PhD Candidate, University of Manitoba Edited by Patrick Cooney I study salmon “on the fringe”. They are not part of the mainstream. They exist on the extreme periphery. They live in the Arctic. Specifically, the Canadian Arctic of the Northwest Territories. Naturally, Pacific salmons are primarily distributed in waters of…

Killing sea lions to save salmon

By Patrick Cooney I rubbed my eyes, focused, and asked: Is it Sasquatch? A massive beaver pushing a log? Or is it Humphrey the Wayward Whale up to his old shenanigans? After spending much of my life in rivers around the globe, I had never seen such a large hairy beast plying freshwater like I…