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A Fishy Beachfront Orgy: The Tweet That Became An Article

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Earlier this summer, evolutionary biologist, wildlife photographer, and (most importantly) my friend Neil Losin asked if I wanted to drive down to Long Beach with him to check out the grunion run, and try to get some decent photos of it.

We went, and it was awesome, so I tweeted about it.

Then, my friend Zach Behrens, who I met when he was editor of LAist, saw my tweet and sent me a message asking if I’d be willing to write something up about it for KCET, where he is now editor-in-chief of blogs. (KCET is the largest independent public TV station in the US)

I agreed to write a piece and include a few of my better photos from the evening; Neil agreed to provide a few of his photos as well. Last night, that piece was published at the KCET blog “The Back Forty”: What it’s Like to Witness a Grunion Run.

Here’s the moral of this story: you never know when an offhand tweet will lead to a commissioned piece of science writing. Go check it out: What it’s Like to Witness a Grunion Run.

Jason G. Goldman About the Author: Dr. Jason G. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he studied the evolutionary and developmental origins of the mind in humans and non-human animals. Jason is also an editor at ScienceSeeker and Editor of Open Lab 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Follow on . Follow on Twitter @jgold85.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. tucanofulano 8:36 pm 07/20/2012

    Tasty fish; especially good cooked right on the beach.

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