It's that time of year again on a couple counts!
A) You'll soon be getting a new post only three months after the last one entitled "B is for BATOIDS". I know you are literally oozing with excitement so you should probably go get a mop and take care of that, it'll stain the carpet.
A spotted eagle ray, who is indeed a batoid.
B) It's time for the DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge 2010! www.donorschoose.org is one of my favorite educational charities, especially since I used to work in an elementary school and:
i) they are poor, educational funding the U.S. is a trainwreck
ii) I made it one of my duties to "transmit the joy of science to students" in addition to being a literacy tutor.
I was more successful than I expected, possibly because I have zero shame and behave like an eight-year-old when it comes to things that I am excited about. I probably made a bunch of adults uncomfortable too but maybe they should learn to not be joyless husks every once in a while.
Anyway, not a lot of noise has been made yet and I am currently waiting to throw my lot in with the ocean science people. PZ Myers and his lot already have their widget up, I'm just biding my time.
I'm also feeling the drive to do some sort of ocean-related top ten list. One would suggest that it would be natural for me to do one on cephalopods, but that's so been done. Of course, since it is the month of Halloween, I could do another "You call these horrors of the deep? Here are REAL horrors of the deep and btw the nature is amoral therefore this is not an excuse to kill sharks in the style of the Mexican Navy." Because you KNOW all people are going to do this month is post pictures of anglerfish despite that the average anglerfish is about as terrifying/provides as much physical resistance as a bowl of pudding.