You might remember Al’s post on his Marine Biology Bucket List. There are so many amazing aquatic species out there, it’s practically impossible for any one person to see them all, even if they dedicated their entire life to marine biology research. To that end, I reckon every good marine bio enthusiast needs a Bucket . . . → Read More: My Marine Biology Bucket List
Two of my favorite things, Cypress Hill and Squids, together at last. During experiments on the axons of the Woods Hole squid (Loligo pealei), we tested our cockroach leg stimulus protocol on the squid’s chromatophores. The results were both interesting and beautiful. The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the . . . → Read More: Insane In the Chromatophores
You never know what may be sitting on a table in the Scripps Collections. Last time, I wandered by the Benthic Invertebrates Collection, there was a giant scaleworm the size of a loaf of bread. This week, as I went about my work in the Pelagic Invertebrates Collection, there was a squid with GIANT SPIKES. . . . → Read More: Fearsome spiked tentacles of a deep-sea squid
With just reason Humboldt or Jumbo Squid are called Diablo Rojo. The skin of Dosidicus gigas is blood red but can change to bone white. These massive squids, the third largest of all squids, forage for prey in the dark of night, which they take down with two long tentacles covered in teeth. If the . . . → Read More: Coordinated Hunting in Red Devils
The always epic Alex Warneke (a.k.a. A-Pain) made us a little nerd-gift based on the gull-vs-octopus battle. Happy Friday!
I just HAD to post this on DSN in case y’all missed Miriam’s links on Twitter. If you’re still on the fence in the vertebrates vs. invertebrates debate, this story will surely convince you of the winner (invertebrates, of course). The folks over at BirdFellow witnessed an incredible sight: an octopus EATING a seagull in . . . → Read More: Puny Seagull vs. Badass Octopus
This week the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer has been dropping its ROV Little Hercules onto various features in the northern Gulf of Mexico, including an old wood/iron wreck, salt domes and man-made seismic trenches. Okeanos has an interesting remote arrangement where folks back on the continent can direct the ROV pilots in real time by . . . → Read More: TGIF – Pretty pictures from Okeanos Explorer
CITES is the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, to which 175 nations are signatories. Along with the IUCN Red List, it’s one of the main ways that the international conservation status of a species is recognised (IUCN) and regulated (CITES). The main mechanism for this at CITES is through listing of a . . . → Read More: Will marine conservation miss out at the next CITES meeting?