I was going to do a “demons of the deep” post for Halloween but as I was considering which animals to include I had to stop and ask myself what this was really all about and it took me in a slightly different direction, viz: Consider the viper fish with its capacious maw and manifold . . . → Read More: Is this fish evil?
Most folks I know aren’t shy about crunching into a nice red American lobster and dipping that white flaky meat in some molten butter, and who can blame them? But what if the lobster in question looked like this: Or THIS: What you are seeing is the (not very creatively named) shell disease of lobsters, . . . → Read More: The mystery of lobster shell disease
Elizabeth Preston at Inkfish has a super blog post up about a beluga whale that was recorded mimicking the sounds of human speech. It concludes with the most excellent line that “to whales, humans sound like the Swedish chef”. Go check it out and, listen to the sound and then come back. I’ll wait….<whistles>…..back? OK . . . → Read More: Alaskan whales think we sound like Swedish chefs
Recently Chris Mah, that most passionate advocate of all things with pentaradial symmetry (i.e. echinoderms: urchins, starfish etc.), wrote an excellent blog post about how starfish tube feet don’t work the way you think they do. He was right, at least in my case; I had always assumed that they were suckers, and that the . . . → Read More: A sucker for convergent evolution
Put it on 720, go full screen and relax…
In a remarkable turnaround, Craig directed me to a very cool new study about manta rays (next thing you know I’ll be sending HIM papers about energy availability in the deep sea…). In it, the authors use the birth of a baby Manta alfredi in the Chaurami Aquarium in Japan to study these largest and . . . → Read More: Ever seen a manta ray’s bellybutton?
This Friday comes the news that a new jellyfish has been named “City of gonads”. You can’t make this stuff up, except that somebody just did! I guess you have have really big, um, er, what’s the word? to do that… The City of Gonads jellyfish, click to go to the full story . . . → Read More: TGIF – City of Gonads
I’m delighted to present this guest post from Dr. Michelle Staudinger, a post-doc at the University of Missouri Columbia and stationed at the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Reston Virginia. Michelle was a grad student at Stony Brook University while I was an Assistant Prof there another life ago. Thanks Michelle for . . . → Read More: Guest post: The stunning deep-water biodiversity of the Bear Seamount
Yes, August 30 is officially International Whale Shark Day, so declared after the 2nd WS Symposium in Mexico a few years back. There’s been a lot of news in the whale shark department over the last couple of years, so here’s a link fest that ought to satisfy the spottiest of appetites. Nom Nom, AKA . . . → Read More: Kalloo Kallay, It’s International Whale Shark Day!
Relevant to my recent post about whale shark ecotourism, this news article came across my news feed today. It seems the Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines region called Visayas, which includes Cebu province, has ordered the cessation of the practice of feeding whale sharks in Oslob, which was . . . → Read More: Whale shark ecotourism – epilogue