Photo from Dan Herschman's Flickr Stream (Click on Image). A link from one of readers (thanks Ashley!) pointed us to a story on MSNBC about a very large Lion’s Mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) that broke apart and stung up to 100 people on a New Hampshire beach last Wednesday. Lion’s Manes can get very big, . . . → Read More: Jellyfish: Pretty from a Distance
Do I really need to point out the error here? At least they got it down to Kingdom correctly… Click on the image to go to the original article. UPDATE: The critter is a pelagic sea cucumber, phylum Echinodermata, genus Enypniastes which is #20 on our list The 27 Best Deep-Sea Species. I can’t . . . → Read More: Examiner Taxonomy FAIL
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.
At this year’s National Association for Biology Teachers conference, Steve Haddock from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, spoke on deep ocean habitats. The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center sponsored the session on extreme environments and are now making all the videos available. Steve’s excellent and visually impressive talk is above and demonstrates the wonder . . . → Read More: Life in the Deep Sea: Only the Fragile Survive
Great video of a comb jelly with its silica plates that are reflecting light. These plates are aligned in rows or combs and thus the name. Comb jellies are not jellyfish. The two are in different phyla, Ctenophora and Cnidaria. The main difference is that Cnidarians have stinging cells and Ctenophores have the silica plates. . . . → Read More: Blood Belly Comb Jelly
This originally posted here during Megavertabrate Week in 2007. I’m reposting it here in honor of the Great Turtle Race of 2009! Good luck turtles! See map below for updated results – Billy is swimming like crazy!. ——————————————————————————————————– From The Desk of Zelnio: Dermochelys coriacea So you walk into the pet shop, you’re looking around . . . → Read More: The “Leathery Turtle”