Hawaiian Petrel. Photo from Jim Denny on Flickr. Meet The Hawaiian Petrel (or ʻUaʻu or Pterodroma sandwichensis) a bird species endemic to the Hawaiian Islands but with an appetite causing it to dine on squids, fish, and crustaceans from around the Pacific. A single individual may take off on a 10,000 kilometer (>6,000 mile) trip . . . → Read More: An overfishing story told by bird collagen
The deep-sea Osedax bone-devouring worms could easily have been the poster child for Deep-Sea News instead of the Giant Squid. Below is list of 10 reasons why Osedax are the shiznit. The chicas are freaky. All whalebone-eating, female worms have dwarf males, up to 114 in Osedax rubiplumus, fruiting around inside of their body. The . . . → Read More: 10 Reasons Why Bone Eating Worms Are F’n Awesome
I guess it has just been an Anglerfish kind of week. Found this little ditty at work today and it made me giggle. May it inspire all of your friday night escapades. Source: Alex Warneke
Growing up in Arkansas, in the epicenter of Tornado Alley, a sound has coded on my psyche. When I hear this sound my breathing accelerates, adrenaline levels rise, and a tightness emerges in my gut. The sound of the sacred tornado siren (above), a cultural icon in the South and Midwest, will elicit a . . . → Read More: Loud Noise Makes Crabs Even More Crabby
I was just thinking to myself the other day on how we needed more songs about the finer things in life like seagrass and amphipods. How did the scientific masterminds of the Zostera Marine Network (ZEN) know?!? Or maybe this is just what happens when you’ve been in the lab sorting epifauna samples too long. . . . → Read More: I’m a grazer baby.
When he made his historic solo dive into the Mariana Trench last month, James Cameron brought back images and descriptions of a “lunar like” marine landscape nearly devoid of life.-via National Geographic Returning from humankind’s first solo dive to the deepest spot in the ocean, filmmaker James Cameron said he saw no obvious signs of . . . → Read More: Is Marianas Trench A Lifeless Void?
At some point someone had sent me this video as a joke – according the SpongeBob SquarePants, this is what nematodes do in the deep sea: Video embedding was disabled by YouTube, so click here to watch the video. (And if you’re really lazy, here is a screenshot): Nematodes according to SpongeBob – AVERT YOUR . . . → Read More: Don’t try to learn marine taxonomy from SpongeBob SquarePants
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to crush prey with one swipe of his hand! Down in the Sea! Look! It’s a lobster! It’s a crab! No…it’s Supermantis! Odontodactylus scyllarusSource: Roy L. Caldwell …not who you were expecting was it. The mantis shrimp, also known as stomatopods, are a . . . → Read More: Supermantis
A “species” is a hypothesis. And for microscopic critters, this hypothesis is very often wrong. Everyone knows I despise charismatic megafauna (especially dolphins). I will now secretly admit that I also don’t care much for charismatic invertebrates. I mean, Yeti crabs are pretty much the Lindsay Lohan of marine creatures – they’re just too damn . . . → Read More: When 2 becomes 12: Cryptic species need some love like they’ve never needed love before