I’m a grad student and Rhode Island transplant studying the spiny dogfish in North Carolina.  Join me as I discuss that most noble of sharks, as well as shark research in general, marine science, fisheries, and nerdy internet minutiae.

The header photo was taken during a study on the daily ration of spiny dogfish using captive sharks.


  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.