Welcome to the July edition of The Marine Biologist magazine, the essential guide to seven tenths of planet Earth! We are proud to present the latest in marine biological research, opinion, and news, as well as a roundup of Association activity.

Our cover story weaves together the ecology of sharks and rays with the history of biogeography to illuminate patterns of diversity. The multi-talented Sarah Popov did the research, wrote the article, and created the beautiful cover artwork especially for this edition.

What would happen if an octopus were enabled to communicate with an artificial intelligence? We introduce an extraordinary project that seeks to explore communication with other life forms.

There is much more inside, including reviews and the fantastic winning entries to the MBA's new competition for young science writers. With the magazine delivered four times a year and a host of other great benefits, why not dive in and join the Marine Biological Association today.

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We are very grateful to the authors who contributed excellent articles for this edition.

I am excited about the really excellent content for issue 3.

Typesetting is one of those jobs that can be 80% done quite quickly but the final 20% takes an age.

Just a couple of days after the post about bacon etc.

A renowned oceanographer told me how a plankton sampling cruise in the Western Approaches in the 1970s owed a lot to the conflicting needs of those on board.

Editor’s blog #1

A warm welcome to my blog as editor of The Marine Biologist – the magazine of the marine biological community.