Dear Abby, It’s just not fair. There I was, a freshly produced sand tiger shark embryo, developing nicely and making my way down the ovarian ducts to one horn of the uterus. I had blastulated like a boss, totally owned gastrulation and even did a half decent impersonation of ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny. Things were looking . . . → Read More: It’s not uterUS, it’s uterME
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
There is not much to add to the whole story on disposable penises after Ed Yong wrote about it. So being a big fan of the Ten Hundred Most Used Words challenge (Can you explain a hard idea using only the ten hundred most used words?), I decided it was time I give it a . . . → Read More: Disposable Penises in Ten Hundred Most Used Words
Alexandria Warneke is a masters student at San Diego State University. You may remember that Alex had a Scifund project asking for funds to support her research in chemical ecology. I so was impressed with Alex video dropping made science rhymes over the beat of Fresh Prince of Bel Air that I asked her to . . . → Read More: Nothing says let’s get it on…
1. Seahorses-Males Giving Birth Th example might be an obvious one but worth the mention. Male seahorses possess a pouch on their frontside, similar to kangaroos. During mating, the male will pump seawater into the pouch to expand and reveal its sad emptiness to the courting female. The female, feeling very bad about the emptiness, . . . → Read More: 10 Ocean Species That Challenge Gender Role Stereotypes
Neritina canalis with its eggs. Each egg contains a few hundred larvae that will be washed down into the ocean. Photo from Eric Krandall Many animals do not spend their lives entirely in saltwater or freshwater choosing rather to fully explore the world around them. These species are referred to as diadromous from the Greek . . . → Read More: The Oceanic Travels of Freshwater Snails
Undoubtedly you’ve already seen the above video of deep-sea squids mid-coitus at 1400 meters (0.86 miles) deep in the Gulf of Mexico. The male and female Pholidoteuthis adami are unconcerned with the lights, cameras, and audience. However, you may not know what is actually going on here. Well you may have some idea. Well . . . → Read More: Penetrating the mysteries of sex in deep-sea squid
This image shows female Antillogorgia elisabethae with newly released eggs and developing planulae larvae. (Credit: Howard Lasker) You might be surprised to learn that an ingredient in some skin crèmes is coral, or more accurately coral extract. More specifically, Pseudopterosin A is a topical anti-inflammatory agent derived from the sea whip Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae and often . . . → Read More: By trying to look sexier you may be ruining sex for corals.
On the winner goes the Rough Periwinkle (Littorina saxatilis) from the North Atlantic (both sides of the pond) On average, each clutch of 70 offspring had 19 fathers between them. Larger clutches had more…Males track females by following their mucus trails, and will attempt to mate with pretty much any snail they encounter, regardless of . . . → Read More: The world’s most promiscuous snail
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?