Southern Fried Scientist has finally posted our latest creation. Those follow @sfriedscientist and @kzelnio on twitter may have heard us mention Project S. It is a biomimetic concept canoe of the highly charismatic deep-sea shrimp Rimicaris exoculata. I’ve previously blogged about the fascinating eye of Rimicaris for those interested in learning more. Andrew and I . . . → Read More: Behold the Rimicanoe!
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?
Rimicaris exoculata, from this Japanese website (click image) *Not to be confused with the hit song by Survivor. The vent shrimp Rimicaris exoculata (literally the Rift-shrimp deprived of eyes) swarms hydrothermal chimneys, with temperatures reaching over 350 C, en masse in the darkness of the deep sea. It has a certain peculiarity in that its . . . → Read More: The ‘Eye’ of the Vent Shrimp
This is a new species of Bathyacmaea (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Patellogastropoda, Acmaeidae) currently under description by a japanese colleague. I have found hundreds of these individuals in my quantitative collections of chemoautotrophic communities at the Lau Basin hydrothermal vent fields. They reminded me of the Patella limpet I learned about in my undergrad inverts class. Photos . . . → Read More: New Bathyacmaea
The World's Authoritative Guide to Vent Fauna Clearly, last week’s Cephalopod Beak ID Contest was too easy! So This week’s contest is going to be a little harder. I’m testing you guys out, seeing where your limits are. This week I am highlighting the Handbook of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Fauna by veteran deep sea colleagues . . . → Read More: Mad Taxonomic Skillz Contest II – What Vent Worm Am I?
[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
President Felipe Calderón announced the creation of three new marine protected areas including Mexico’s first deep sea marine protected area, the Guaymas Basin and Eastern Pacific Rise Hydrothermal Vents Sanctuary, protecting 360,000 acres of deep-sea habitats.
Dr. M was kind enough to mention and congratulate me on my first publication several months back. I just had two more papers published in the time since then! I always meant to give the back story on it but hadn’t the time while I madly finished writing my Masters degree. I’ve finished and got . . . → Read More: Shrimp Tails: Describing a New Species
A mysterious plume, possibly a stream of ice-covered methane bubbles (inset arrow), rises about 1.4 kilometers from the seafloor off the coast of California. The plume originates in a previously unknown, amphitheater-shaped scar (main image, arrow) on the ocean bottom about 32 kilometers northwest of California’s Cape Mendocino. A recent oceanographic survey on the NOAA . . . → Read More: The Creation of a New Deep-Sea Feature