The holidays are a time for lists: shopping list, grocery list for the holiday meal, things I must accomplish before the year ends, and Santa’s naughty or nice list. In case your wondering, all of us at DSN were naughty, except for me. I’ve been more nasty nice. To these lists, I will add the . . . → Read More: The Twelve Days of Snails
Why don’t animal’s use wheels in locomotion? Why aren’t blue whales bigger? Why are there no freshwater starfish? Why are there no tree dwelling cephalopods? Why can’t my dog make a decent cocktail? These are the kinds of questions that intrigue me. Apparently I am not alone. Geerat Vermeij’s new paper “Sound reasons for silence: . . . → Read More: If Molluscs Could Communicate What Would They Say?
A potential new species of nudibranch (white box) on a bubblegum coral You might have noticed that my posting frequency is down recently. Why? 1. Kevin Z convinced me to start Tweeting. There seems to be an inverse relationship to my writing for DSN and posting Tweets. Previous attempts to integrate our Twitter content into . . . → Read More: What’s New With the Dr. M and the Oceans?
A blog war is starting to develop again. No I am not talking about this one. I am talking about the Great Invertebrate Wars. Everything was quiet until someone had to stir the pot. GIW I took many causalities with molluscs taking the clear win. Which invertebrate group will take GIW II? If polls are . . . → Read More: Molluscs, now with 100% more awesum
With an illustration this cool you know it has to be good science Behold the Samuel Jackson of snails, i.e. one bad mother It is told in the Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai At the time of the attack on the castle at Shimabara, Tazaki Geki was wearing very resplendent armor. Lord Katsuhige was . . . → Read More: The Evolution of Iron-Clad Samurai Snails With Gold Feet
If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development. –Aristotle To understand the biogeography of the modern deep sea, we must examine the history of the ocean floor and the establishment of deep-sea fauna. The paleoceanography of the deep-sea is an account of intense fluctuations in temperature, oxygen, and circulation. In the past . . . → Read More: The Origins of Deep-Sea Fauna
[mappress] Yellow feather star (comatulid crinoid). Photo courtesy of MBARI. We dove Wednesday on North Cleft (45.030268, -130.182166), a massive ravine over 100 meters deep and a few hundred meters wide formed by the spreading of the Juan de Fuca and Pacific Plates. At 2.5 kilometers depth, we explored three inactive hydrothermal vents, the tallest . . . → Read More: NE Pacific Expedition Day 8 & 9
Dr. Mah direct quoate, “Small snails (genus Stilapex) that work their way into the body wall and suck on their juices!! So, what's weirder then sea pigs??? SEA PIG SNAIL PARASITES!!!!” Photo from Australian R/V Tangaroa weekly log Everything you ever wanted to know about sea pigs (Holothuroidea: Scotoplanes sp.) from the Echinoblog. The best . . . → Read More: Sea Pigs
My labmate was christened this summer before an expedition to the Manus Basin hydrothermal vents. Andrew has kind enough to allow me to share his tattoo here of a "ying-yang" between 2 chemoautotrophic gastropods found at these vents. One I have written about extensively, Alvinichoncha hessleri, and the other snail is called Ifremeria nautilei. . . . → Read More: Deep Sea Tattoo
Jim has decided that he will join the darkside for the Invertebrate Battle Royale. That’s fine! We wouldn’t want someone with such poor cognitive processes on our team. Jim’s attack centers on the idea that the Aristotle’s Lantern is cooler than the radula. Now I just cannot stand for this. Especially after reading about . . . → Read More: You Should Fear and Respect the Radula