The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) has just posted better footage of Deepstaria, The scyphomedusa Deepstaria is certainly odd, with its bag-like appearance, and bell that can open more than a meter wide. Speculation on the identity of a mystery blob of has become a YouTube sensation, sparking heated and entertaining debates over . . . → Read More: Better and New Video of the Enigmatic Placental Jellyfish
From Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute…In the ocean, there are places where it looks like it is snowing. These magical places are near undersea volcanic activity. The snow particles are clumps of bacteria that use chemicals to make food. Chemicals they use include hydrogen sulfide, which is toxic to virtually all other life. Most . . . → Read More: TGIF: Marine Snow
From the always epically entertaining MBARI Video.
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
You’ve all heard about the bone-eating zombie worm from hell. Yeah it was like OK, but whatever. It had its day like, you know, way back in the 2000s. Now though, all the rage is the BONE SNAIL! Yeah, that’s right the BoNe SnAiL!!! Its cooler than cool, just trust me. The Bone Snail is . . . → Read More: Move Over Boneworm, the Bone Snail is Taking Over
This ghostly-looking orange cirrate octopus was observed with the MBARI’s ROV Doc Ricketts on my recent research cruise to the Taney Seamounts. These finned octopuses belong to an order of animals called Cirrata named for the presence of hair-like structures called ‘cirri’ which may aid these animals in the capture of food. via YouTube – . . . → Read More: Ghostly critters of the deep sea: Cirrate octopus
A new paper by Chris Mah of Echinoblog, Martha Nizinski at the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Lonny Lundsten at MBARI is nicely captured in this Youtube video narrated by Lonny. Congrats to the three authors.
Great informative video from MBARI: “This video shows some adaptations animals have for camouflaging themselves in the deep sea. Many of the animals in the deep-sea use red pigments to hide themselves because red light is one of the first wavelengths of visible light to be absorbed by the ocean (at approximately 100 meters), . . . → Read More: Hide and Seek in the Deep Sea
Awesome squid footage from MBARI! Hat tip to Zooillogix.