From the MBARI YouTube page: By all accounts, jellyfish are creatures that kill people, eat microbes, grow to tens of meters, filter phytoplankton, take over ecosystems, and live forever. Because of the immense diversity of gelatinous plankton, jelly-like creatures can individually have each of these properties. However this way of looking at them both . . . → Read More: There’s No Such Thing as a Jellyfish
A fantastic KQED QUEST video on jellies starring Chad Widmer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steve Haddock of MBARI! QUEST on KQED Public Media. . . . → Read More: “Jellies Are As Elegant As They Are Squishy”
KAZ – A new occasional series modeled from Ed Yong’s Pocket Science where I will briefly report a few cool studies and tell you why I think they are cool! ———————————- Bathykorus bouilloni, new species. Kevin Raskoff from Monterey Peninsula College (where I got my start in science!) describes a new genus and species of . . . → Read More: The Tide Pool: New Jelly, Misplaced 6-Gill, Old Ostracods
Drifters of the deep from Eugenia Loli-Queru on Vimeo. Hat tip to Penguin Wanderings.
There are a few theories about why sea turtles make occasional excursions into very deep (> 1000 m) water. These involve escape from predation, thermoregulation, and prey availability. In the first two, sharks are fewer, so turtles can evade predation and “cool off” at the same time. Like ladies tanning on a balcony. . . . → Read More: Why would a leatherback turtle dive 1000m deep?
From National Geographic’s new Translucent Creatures photo gallery: A hydromedusa spreads its luminescent tentacles in the Weddell Sea near Antarctica. Photograph by Ingo Arndt/Minden Pictures. This medusa is like totally coming at me like a spider monkey with those nunchuk tentacles. Meet some of its friends below the fold! . . . → Read More: Friday Deep Sea Picture: Ninja Hydromedusa!