I’m a former New Englander and North Carolina-based grad student, now a postdoc in the most middle of Mid-Atlantic states.  The focus of this blog is on the lesser-known and appreciated sharks, particularly the mighty spiny dogfish (though I’m certainly not above writing about great whites and other celebrity species).  You can also find me on Twitter (where to be honest I’m considerably more active than on here).


  1. BomaiCruz · July 14, 2010

    Welcome to Southern Fried Science, looking forward to your posts


  2. Tim · July 14, 2010

    Hey, is it true that sharks are most likely to bite during dusk and dawn? I see that a lot, but don’t know if it’s true.

    • Chuck · July 14, 2010

      Their vision is keyed in to the light conditions at dusk and dawn, so a lot of species are most active at those times. Some are highly nocturnal, but there are a fair number that hunt by day too (the white shark being one). Basically sharks feed whenever they feel like it, but visibility and water conditions at dusk and dawn make it more likely to get an accidental bite.

  3. Rahel Hazen · July 14, 2010

    Hi Chuck–

    I’m with the Oceans program at Environmental Defense Fund. We follow your blog and we are hoping to get an email address from you so we can share any oceans-related and fishery management news that we may have.

    Rahel Hazen

    • Chuck · July 14, 2010

      Thanks for reading and keep up the good work. Is there a contact e-mail for the oceans program that I can get in touch with? I try not to leave my personal e-mail up in comments.

  4. Gidds · July 14, 2010

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now. I started reading it because I love sharks but then I got the idea that I should know you from somewhere. I’m pretty sure you were a freshman when I graduated from high school and that you were an undergrad when I was a grad student. I’ve been following you on twitter since I started reading your blog but I didn’t want to “out” myself over ther. Anyway I’m glad one of us is living the dream, I enjoy your writing, and keep up the good work.

  5. Nick Landers · July 14, 2010

    Welcome to NC Chuck! I am a Early Collage student at CECHS and I am looking for collages, jobs, and what I should focus on studying like cephalopods, sharks etc. So if you can help me look for those sorta things I would appreciate it majorly.


  6. Nick Landers · July 14, 2010

    Forgot to mention that the above is information I need for a career in Marine biology and like what are some jobs (all would make my day go “swimmingly”) thats in the field stuff thats not 24/7 in the lab. If you can help it would be very much appreciated for I do not know much on the jobs but I am looking them up still on the vast never ending interweb.


  7. Chelsey · July 14, 2010

    Hello Chuck,
    I have read your blog many times and I really enjoy it. I am currently writing a profile in my composition class and I was hoping you would be willing to answer some questions. I was wondering if there was an e-mail I could reach you at to go over the questions with you. If could please back to me as soon as possible, I would appreciate that a lot.
    Thank you,

    • Chuck · July 14, 2010

      I’d be happy to help. I can be reached at cbangley (at) gmail (dot) com.

  8. Soyo · July 14, 2010

    Dear Chuck Bangley,

    Hello! My name is Soyo Hong and I’m writing an article for the Questions segment of Hopes&Fears (http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/now/question). The purpose is to find answers to topical questions by asking experts to weigh-in with their knowledge and insight over email. I was referred to you by David Shiffman.

    Here are a few links to my work:

    The question we are writing about is: Do sharks attack people for fun, food or revenge?

    I personally understand that sharks do not attack humans intentionally but for the purposes of this article it is important that we hear in the expert’s own words why this belief is inaccurate.

    Would you be willing to answer our question? My deadline is this coming Thursday and an email response with a paragraph would be more than sufficient. It would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance! I hope to hear back from you soon.


    • Chuck · July 14, 2010

      Apologies for taking multiple months to reply, you caught me in the middle of kind of an unplanned hiatus. Obviously I’m way past your deadline now, but you can send any future inquiries to cbangley (at) gmail (dot) com.